The Junior League of Peoria Receives Community Service Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts and Illinois Parks and Recreation Association

The Junior League of Peoria announced that it has received a community service award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA). The community service award honors groups who support the advancement of parks and recreation within the community. The Junior League of Peoria was presented with the award at the IAPD and IPRA annual conference held in January 2012.

“I am truly honored to accept this distinguished award on behalf of the Junior League of Peoria, said Kris Coulter, President, Junior League of Peoria. This award represents the power of voluntarism and collaboration. It inspires us to continue working together to improve our community in every way possible.”

The Junior League of Peoria has a long and rich history of working with the Peoria Park District on a variety of community projects. A few examples of this longstanding partnership include the following:

During 1977-1979, the Junior League of Peoria partnered with Glen Oak Zoo to sponsor the Zoo Animal Project, an effort that later became a catalyst for increasing volunteerism and community awareness for the needs of the Zoo. This volunteer group evolved into the Friends of Glen Oak Zoo, which today is known as the Peoria Zoological Society.

From 1990-1994, the Peoria Trail was another Junior League of Peoria project that involved trained volunteers, in collaboration with the Peoria Park District and other community volunteers, to expedite and enhance the development of the Peoria Trail. The project included developing a unique focal point for the trail – a community playground.

During 1991-1992, The Tricentennial Playground, another Junior League of Peoria project, involved trained volunteers working in collaboration with the Peoria Park District, to develop the unique playground, designed by Robert Leathers, in honor of the City of Peoria’s Tricentennial celebration.

In 2000-2001, The Junior League of Peoria partnered again with the Peoria Park District to build a unique playground along the Peoria RiverFront to provide quality recreation for families and children in the area.

From 2000-Present, The Peoria Children’s PlayHouse Museum project is based on a partnership between the Junior League of Peoria, the Peoria Zoological Society, and the Peoria Park District. The Children’s PlayHouse Museum will prepare every young child to learn by offering the hands-on experiences essential for healthy brain development.

About the Junior League of Peoria
Founded in 1936, the Junior League of Peoria is an organization of more than 400 members committed to promoting voluntarism and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The Junior League is a volunteer organization for women interested in making an impact in their community.
Through its history, the League has played an integral part in the development, improvement, and support of the Peoria community. Long recognized as one of the premier training organizations in the Peoria area, the Junior League provides trained volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to research community needs and initiate projects or expand current services.

Over the last 75 years, the Junior League has established more than 50 community projects. The Junior League is undertaking its biggest project to date, The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum. The Peoria PlayHouse is planned to be an interactive children’s museum that will prepare every young child to learn by offering the hands-on experiences essential for healthy brain development. The Peoria PlayHouse is currently in the capital fundraising phase. For more information, visit www.peoriaplayhouse.org.

The Junior League of Peoria is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International which represents over 190,000 members. For more information, please visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org.

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