Situated in far northwest suburban Chicago, Illinois, NISRA serves communities in McHenry County and parts of Cook, Lake and Kane counties. Programs are offered in all of the member communities at public and commercial recreation facilities. NISRA's administrative office is located at 285 Memorial Drive in Crystal Lake. Call us at (815) 459-0737 for directions. Click here for a map of the office and surrounding streets in Crystal Lake.
The park districts and cities that form the NISRA cooperative and support the activities of the Association are:
Thank you to these districts for their partnership & commitment to providing meaningful recreation experiences people with disabilities.
NISRA welcomes participants of all ages and ability levels in programs. Preschoolers, children, teens, adults and senior adults can experience the benefits of involvement in recreation activities. Our programs have close staff-to-participant ratios to assist people with disabilities in achieving their greatest success. Program adaptations to accommodate a physical limitation are common in our adapted sports and fitness programs. Many of our programs enhance socialization and foster independence. Activities for youth-at-risk promote cooperation and social skills in a therapeutic and challenging setting. In keeping with the goals of each program, our #1 objective is to offer fun!
To find the most current information about the facilities being used for our programs and events, please refer to the next to last page of our current program brochure. To download our Facility Directory with Directions, click here.
Transportation is offered for many NISRA programs. NISRA's activity buses and accessible mini-buses provide community access for participants. Each program description in the brochure indicates whether transportation is available. Pick-up and drop-off points are scheduled at various locations within NISRA's member communities. Limited door-to-door service may be available for in-district residents with physical limitations. Participants registering for programs with transportation should indicate their transportation choice on the registration form.
Go to the Links page to find more information about other community transportation options (such as PACE Dial-A-Ride and taxi subsidies).
An Award-Winning Agency
NISRA has twice earned the prestigious national Gold Medal Award for excellence in park and recreation management, presented by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Sports Foundation, Inc. In addition, NISRA programs and staff have attracted local and state recognition with other awards.
NISRA's Governing Board
NISRA's Board of Directors is comprised of one representative from each of the member districts. The Board of Directors meets on the third Wednesday of each month except for March, June, September and December. Board meetings are open to the public, and are held at the Association's administrative office in Crystal Lake. Each month's meeting date & agenda is posted here during the week before the meeting. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 15th. For the meeting agenda, click here. For this year's entire schedule of meeting dates, click here. For information about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, please click here.
Click here to view the NISRA/NISRA Foundation 2013-14 Annual Report.