IPRA Promotes Play & Recreation

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12:00am - Monday, December 3, 2018 at 12:00am
Illinois Park and Recreation Association
Illinois Regional Map November 2018

Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. This interactive education symposium will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities in these modern times. 

Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content and hands-on learning activities will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities. 

Join us to share your vision, and discover evidence-based best practices that thoughtfully promote: physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across Illinois.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is essential to a healthier and happier society.
  • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
  • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.


9:00 - 9:15am

Arrival, Registration and Light Refreshments

9:15 - 10:00am

Welcome and IPRA Statewide Initiative Overview

11:30 - 12:00pm


12:00 - 1:00pm

Hands On Activity

1:00 - 1:30pm

Survey and Closing

Master Trainer


Jennie Sumrell Master's Degree, Special Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood

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Lunch, educational resources, and continuing education certificates will be provided at no cost. CEUs will be provided for a total of 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)/ .25 CEUs.


November 27

9:00 - 1:30pm

Alton Parks and Recreation Department 

Spencer T Olin Golf Course

4701 College Avenue

Alton, IL 62002

November 28

9:00 - 1:30pm

Pontiac Parks and Recreation Department 

The Eagle Theater

319 N Plum Street

Pontiac, IL 61764

November 29

9:00 - 1:30pm

Schaumburg Park District

Jerry Handlon Administration Building

235 East Beech Drive

Schaumburg, IL 60193

November 30

9:00 - 1:30pm

Tinley Park District

Community Park

8125 W 171st Street

Tinley Park, IL 60477

December 3

9:00 - 1:30pm

Oregon Park District

Nash Recreation Center

304 s. 5th Street

Oregon, IL 61061

Any questions or special requests please contact Kathryn Barnes:



Register online for IPRA Education Symposium.