About Us

Serving communities in McHenry County and parts of Cook, Lake and Kane counties.

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 to our office. Click here for a map of the NISRA office (PDF) 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.

Participants playing tennis


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!


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 2020, NISRA achieved Illinois Distinguished Park and Recreation Agency status. 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 (PDF). 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. Board members serve on various committees.

This page is updated about three business days before each month’s meeting with the date and agenda. The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Minutes from previous meetings (months with meetings that took place with a quorum) are posted after they are approved at a successive meeting. Please refer to the links below for meeting agendas and minutes.

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