Outgoing Board Member Award
Agencies can recognize board members who will be stepping down from their
local board after any number of years of service with the new IAPD Outgoing Board Member Award.
Watch the video to learn more about this outstanding opportunity to pay tribute to your outgoing board members.
Order this new award here.
Don't Miss this Exciting Employment Opportunity!
Executive Director Position Available at Belvidere Park District.
The IAPD is assisting with the recruitment of candidates for the Belvidere Park District. Belvidere is an industrial community surrounded by prosperous farms. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 14, 2017.
Belvidere Park District has 12 parks on 360 acres with a 20,000-square foot recreation center complete with a serving kitchen and a 35-foot climbing wall. Learn more about this exciting position in the announcement of vacancy brochure.
Opportunity is Knocking!
Don't miss this opportunity to apply for the Executive Director position available at the Tinley Park-Park District! The IAPD is assisting with the recruitment of candidates, and applications will be accepted until Friday, March 17th.
Tinley Park, with its top-rated schools, low crime, beautiful parks, affordable houses, and easy access to jobs, was named "The Best Place to Raise Your Kids in Illinois" by Business Week magazine.
The Village is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest. Learn more about this exciting opportunity in the announcement of vacancy brochure.
Join IAPD at One of Our 2017 BOOT CAMPS!
An IAPD Boot Camp is a power-packed course for new and seasoned commissioners covering key issues, basic skills and best practices. In just one session, attendees will receive targeted, in-depth training on:
- Fulfilling the critical, one-time Open Meetings Act training
- Best practices for your responsibilities as an elected official
- Strategies for successful advocacy
- Understanding your role in the financial operations of the agency
- Essential information on relationships among the board, executive director and staff
- And, much, much more!
Click here to register for one of the following Boot Camps!
Saturday, May 20, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill Street, Huntley, Illinois 60142
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Metro East Park and Rec District, 104 United Drive, Collinsville, Illinois 62234
Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Normal Parks and Rec Department, 1110 Douglas Street, Normal, Illinois 61761
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Bolingbrook Park District, 335 E. Broughton Road, Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440
Thursday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Schaumburg Park District, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60194
Host a Flying 4 KIDS Kite Fly in April or May!
IAPD is coordinating the 13th annual Flying 4 KIDS Statewide Kite Fly designed to create awareness of the Park District Youth License Plate, an important revenue-generator for beyond-school programming at park, recreation and conservation agencies throughout Illinois.
We encourage park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies to host kite fly events during these months. IAPD will provide participating agencies with a FREE Event Planner's Guide, graphics and youth license plate brochures.
Please complete this form and return it no later than 3 weeks from your event.
OSLAD and PARC Grants Released
We have some very exciting news to share with the IAPD membership!
We have learned that agencies with suspended OSLAD and PARC grants are now receiving letters from the IDNR restoring their projects to pre-suspension status to allow them to proceed. This includes the 2015 OSLAD and PARC grants!
View Legislative Update #21-2016.
IAPD Parks & Conservation Legends Video Series
George Longmeyer, Schaumburg Park District
Listen to George Longmeyer, 15-year commissioner for the Schaumburg Park District and former IAPD Chairman of the Board of Trustees, speak about his advice for what makes a good commissioner.
Oscar Dahl, Northbrook Park District
Listen to Oscar Dahl, former commissioner for the Northbrook Park District
and former IAPD Board President, speak about what he believes are the best characteristics of a good board member.