NISRA - Nothern Illinois Special Recreation Association
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NISRA's Location
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 for people with disabilities.

NISRA welcomes participants of all ages and ability levels. 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. Many of our programs focus on skill development, promote socialization and foster independence. In keeping with the goals of each program, our #1 objective is to have fun!

preschool girl with snowman craft

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.

NISRA Transportation
Transportation is offered for many NISRA programs. NISRA's accessible 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 unless otherwise indicated on the agenda.
This page is updated approximately a week before each month's meeting with the date and agenda. The next meeting is Wednesday, August 21. For the meeting agenda, click here. For this year's entire schedule of meeting dates, click here. Minutes from previous meetings (months with meetings) are posted after they are approved at a successive meeting. To view the August meeting minutes, click here. To view the May meeting minutes, click here

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
For information about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, please click here.

Total Compensation Package Information
Pursuant to Public Act 97-0609, the following information is provided for budget year ending April 30, 2020; click here 

Annual Report
To view the NISRA & NISRA Foundation Annual Report, click here.