Bill Cohen, president of the Woodridge Park District, was recently appointed sergeant-at-arms of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees.
As sergeant-at-arms, Cohen 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 in advising the association in its service, research, advocacy, public awareness, and educational programs. IAPD’s membership includes more than 360 park, recreation, and conservation agencies and nearly 100 affiliated business partners.
“Bill is an outstanding proponent of enhancing the quality of life through parks, recreation, and conservation,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “His strong leadership skills and enthusiasm are excellent traits that will benefit IAPD’s mission of helping Illinois park districts, forest preserves, and conservation agencies thrive.”
Cohen is co-chair of the IAPD/IPRA Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Committee, and he serves on the IAPD/IPRA Joint Legislative Committee. He was elected to the Woodridge Park District board in 2017.
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 more than 360 agencies employing more than 67,000 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.