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IAPD'S Best of the Best Awards Gala is Coming October 24th!
Award Nominations Accepted Until Noon on September 4th

(posted July 22, 2014)

It's the red carpet event for Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies: IAPD's Best of the Best Awards Gala!

Join us the evening of Friday, October 24 at Wheeling Park District's beautiful Traditions at Chevy Chase Country Club as we celebrate board member service anniversaries, agency anniversaries, intergovernmental cooperations, partnerships, businesses, media,
citizen volunteers, best green practices, good sportsmanship and outstanding arts programs!

Nominations are due by noon on September 4th, so submit yours today!  Download the 2014 Awards Gala Brochure to read more about each award.  And, don't forget to make your reservations to attend this year's gala!

A Special Thanks to Our Beverage and Wine Pull Sponsor


The One Minute Manager ® Webinar
(posted July 3, 2014)

IAPD's Leadership Institute is in full swing! Join us for the second part in the IAPD Leadership Institute s
eries — The One Minute Manager ®­ webinar on Wednesday, July 23 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

 You will learn that there is no one-best leadership style. Most effective leaders use a combination of four styles: Directing, Coaching, Supporting and Delegating. Learn how to consistently identify the correct leadership styles to help achieve your agency's goals.

The $50 registration fee includes the book Leadership and the One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard. 0.1 CEUs are available for $6
. Register today!

Read about the entire IAPD Leadership Institute program.


Two Exciting Executive Director Opportunities
(posted July 17, 2014)


The Illinois Association of Park Districts is pleased to announce two wonderful job opportunities – one with the Pekin Park District and the other with the Community Park District of La Grange Park.

Pekin Park District

The Pekin Park District Board of Commissioners is seeking a dynamic Executive Director with five to seven years of experience in the park and recreation field who possesses strong comprehensive planning and financial management skills. The compensation range for this position is $95,000 to $115,000 - salary and benefits will be negotiated with the board. Download the Announcement of Vacancy brochure.

Community Park District of La Grange Park

The Community Park District of La Grange Park Board of Commissioners is seeking an energetic Executive Director with four or more years of experience in the park and recreation field who has a collaborative management style that encourages effective communication with all stakeholders (staff, partners, residents and board members). Download the Announcement of Vacancy brochure.




Volunteers Needed for Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair!
(posted June 18, 2014)

Park District Conservation Day volunteers have tons of fun assisting with this outstanding public awareness event for Illinois parks, recreation and conservation! 

Join IAPD and IPRA for Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 16th.  Volunteers are needed to distribute giveaways, coordinate park district entertainment, assist with the Park Play Station (free children's activities) and work the Park District Conservation Day booth.  Volunteers can work for a specified amount of time, and then enjoy their time at the Illinois State Fair. 

Volunteers receive FREE parking and FREE admission to the fair.  Sign up today!

Hotel reservations may be made at the Springfield Hilton, 1/800-HILTONS (1/800-455-8667) or call the hotel directly at 217/789-1530 and ask for the group rate of APD Conservation Day. Reserve your room by August 1 to receive the discounted rate of $105. Reservations may also be made online.

IAPD Platform Bills Headed to Governor
(updated May 23, 2014)

We are very pleased to report that both IAPD Platform bills for the Spring Session have passed both chambers.

HB 4597 (Martwick, R. / Bertino-Tarrant, J.)
will expand the options available to park districts when they need to borrow funds on a short-term basis by allowing the use of a simple promissory note. This new option will save park districts the time and expense associated with more costly financing options such as bonds and tax anticipation warrants.

HB 4483 (Reboletti, D. / Cullerton, T.) will allow newly elected officials of park districts, forest preserves and conservation districts to satisfy their Open Meetings Act training requirements by attending a special course developed by IAPD.

Both IAPD Platform bills now head to the Governor.

Golf with IAPD! The 2014 Summer Golf Tour is in Full Swing! 

(updated July 10, 2104)

IAPD's 13th Annual Summer Golf Tour is making its next stop at New Lenox Community Park District's Sanctuary Golf Course on Wednesday, August 27th.

The Golf Tour is an excellent opportunity for commissioners, professionals, staff and friends to network, make new acquaintances, visit with good friends and learn about other agencies' golf operations, facilities and programs.

Join us for the following outings:

  • Wednesday, August 27 at Sanctuary Golf Course, New Lenox Community Park District
  • Monday, September 29 at Wilmette Golf Club, Wilmette Park District
Register online or download a registration form today! We are also accepting door prize donations.


Database Updates
(updated November 13, 2013) 


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