As a national leader, IAPD will provide superb association services to its members.
IAPD will achieve our vision by:
- Strengthening our alliances with environmental, economic and human service agencies throughout Illinois and the nation.
- Maintaining a strong relationship with state and national governmental leaders.
- Establishing grants and other new revenue streams for our members.
- Addressing the problem of decreasing open spaces and natural areas in Illinois.
- Assisting our members in the promotion of healthy lifestyles for all ages and abilities.
- Assisting our members in their ability to meet community challenges, such as youth-at-risk, obesity and the demands of increasingly senior and diverse populations.
- Helping our member agencies thrive in spite of limited tax-based revenues.
- Educating elected and appointed officials to work in cooperation with fellow board members to promote a stronger community through public parks, recreation and conservation.
IAPD's organizational strengths will include the creation and delivery of:
- Orientation and training programs for citizen board members;
- Citizen advocacy initiatives that direct and draw on the power of our individual members to educate policymakers on issues of vital importance to the mission of park, recreation and conservation agencies;
- Educational materials such as the Illinois Parks and Recreation magazine, books and newsletters, a dynamic association web site, in-depth and challenging educational seminars, and an annual conference;
- Technical assistance that helps member agencies increase their efficiency, meet their goals or acquire more funding;
- More opportunities for member agencies to save costs on such budget items as utilities, insurance and other operational expenses.
The IAPD will continue to achieve these results in a fiscally responsible manner that assures the association's viability and makes membership a cost-effective necessity for all members.
The Illinois Association of Park Districts is a nonprofit service, research and education organization that serves park districts, forest preserves, conservation, municipal park and recreation, and special recreation agencies. The association advances these agencies, their citizen board members and professional staff in their ability to provide outstanding park and recreation opportunities, preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois.