There are more than 90,000 public entities in the United States. The Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) estimates that at least 80% of public entities participate in one or more risk pools.
Founded in 1991 pursuant to the Illinois Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, the Illinois Parks Association Risk Services (IPARKS) is a local government risk-sharing pool that exists for the primary purpose of providing park, recreation and conservation districts, river conservancy districts, forest preserves and special recreation agencies in the state of Illinois with an alternative to traditional insurance. IPARKS is the risk management affinity partner of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), a nonprofit service, research and educational organization that serves park districts, forest preserves, conservation districts, river conservation districts, municipal park and recreation districts, and special recreation agencies in the state of Illinois. IPARKS differs philosophically from traditional insurance programs in that IPARKS is owned by its members and serves only its members interests.
More than 170 Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation districts, river conservancy districts and specialized recreation agencies participate in IPARKS -- more than any other insurance or pooling arrangement program in the state of Illinois.
Yes. IPARKS has a wide variety of members, from one of the largest park districts in Illinois to the very smallest of districts. IPARKS provides expanded coverages and services to all of its members.
Yes. IPARKS has risk control professionals who assist members in risk control, by providing on-site visits, park and pool inspections, presentations, and other services. In addition, as part of their IPARKS membership, members have access to an extensive Resource eLibrary, which provides members with access to best practices, human resources materials, seminars, hundreds of online training courses and webinars which can be viewed live, or on-demand, all of which assist park districts with reducing or eliminating risk.
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