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Alsip Park District Commissioner Elected Trustee of Statewide Association
SPRINGFIELD, IL – – Joe Schmitt, Commissioner of the Alsip Park District, was recently elected to the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees.
As an IAPD Trustee, Schmitt will assist the association with its mission of advancing Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies in their ability to preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois. He will work with the 19-member board to advise the association in providing service, research, advocacy, public awareness, and educational programs to its membership of 360 park, recreation, and conservation agencies and nearly 100 affiliated business partners.
“Joe is an outstanding proponent of enhancing the quality of life in Illinois through the services of park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “He is a great addition to the IAPD Board, and I know that with his guidance and expertise, Illinois parks, recreation, and conservation will thrive and continue to rank among the nation’s best.”
Schmitt serves on the IAPD Honors and Resolutions Committee and the Program Committee.
He was elected to the Alsip Park District board in 2003.
IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation, and conservation in America. The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation and forest preserve district board members who govern 360 agencies employing 40,000 individuals.
IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation, and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities, and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois