Illinois Park and Recreation Association Rolls Out Unplug IL Day

On Saturday, July 11 2020, people throughout Illinois will "unplug" and plug into the fun and activities available at their local park and recreation agencies. Unplug Illinois, a program of the Illinois Park & Recreation Association, promotes the value that parks and recreation play in creating healthier communities.

Unplug Illinois Day is part of an ongoing, state-wide initiative to get communities to plug into play, plug into creativity, and plug into activity. Participating communities across the state include Bartlett hosting a kit flying event, Forest Park holding a photo scavenger hunt, Danville offering a free round of golf with cart rental, New Lenox hosting a multi-activity field day, Bolingbrook offering free family fishing at Hidden Lakes, and more. A comprehensive list can be found at

"The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) is thrilled that on this, our second annual Unplug Illinois Day, park and recreation agencies throughout the state are showcasing the value of parks and recreation in their communities.," from Debbie Trueblood, Executive Director of IPRA. "This professional community is dedicated to serving communities all over Illinois, making our state a better place to live, work, and play."

Whether a person is biking with friends on local trails, playing a sport, or riding a bike, Illinois is home to thousands of park and recreation facilities that can help people be active, engaged and healthy.

"Unplug Illinois Day is a day to celebrate getting up and out and active in Illinois," said Heather Weishaar, Illinois Park and Recreation Association Outreach Director. "We encourage communities and residents to unplug with us on July 11, and share the message to get people out to enjoy all that park and recreation agencies have to offer."

The benefits of unplugging have been shown to help improve quality of life, help you feel more recharged every day, help you sleep better, and improve your interpersonal communication skills. Studies show that regular daily activity can reduce major illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50%, and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.


The mission of the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation and conservation communities. IPRA is a national leader in providing education, networking, and resources for professionals in parks, recreation and conservation. For more information visit

Unplug Illinois is a public service campaign designed to help park and recreation agencies communicate the value "unplugging" offers people and communities. Unplug Illinois encourages people to get out, unplug, play and engage with one another through their experiences at their local park and recreation agencies.


via Oak Park-River Forest, IL Patch

July 8, 2020 at 05:19PM

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