Park District commissioner elected vice chairman of statewide association
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Nathaniel “Nate” Martin, commissioner of the Rockford Park District, was recently elected vice chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) board of trustees.
As vice chairman, Martin 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 and educational endeavors to its membership.
“Nate has dedicated years of selfless service to promoting parks, recreation and conservation both locally and statewide,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD president and chief executive officer. “He brings a wealth of expertise to the IAPD board, and he will certainly continue to help to advance the park, recreation and conservation mission.”
Martin has served on the IAPD board since 2008. He is a member of the IAPD board development and membership committees and the IAPD/Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) joint coordinating council and joint distinguished park and recreation accreditation committee.
He was elected to the Rockford Park District board in 1999.
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 390 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.
From the Feb. 13-19, 2013, issue
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