Arlington Heights native receives 30 under 30 recognition

Arlington Heights native, Taylor Witter, CPRP, CPO, has achieved the honor of being named one of the National Recreation and Park Association Young Professional Network and Parks & Recreation Magazine's 30 under 30 recognition program. More than 100 nominations from 15 different states were scored on the following criteria: Impact on the agency's community and service population, contributions to the professional development of the field of parks and recreation, and innovative ideas, programs, or research in the field of parks and recreation.

Witter has made an incredible impact in her agency's community at a state and national level. At the community level, she enhanced her before- and after-school programming by adding innovative opportunities, including sign language, no-bake cooking, Tae Kwon Do, Spanish, self-defense, yoga, and magic classes, enabling more than 500 children to further their education through diverse experiences.

Witter has implemented and led painting in the park programs, and, during the pandemic, transitioned the program to a Zoom format to accommodate people at home due to quarantine. Witter then transitioned to supervising aquatics and ice programming, whereby she increased overall admission revenue by more than $30,000 in one year.

At the state level, Witter is active with the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, which has given her an opportunity to provide guidance and mentorship to hundreds in the field.

Witter graduated from Illinois State University with Honors in 2016. Witter was born and raised in Arlington Heights and graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 2012. She holds a degree in Parks & Recreation Administration: Recreation Management from Illinois State University.

Reference: 30 Under 30 for 2023| Feature | Parks & Recreation Magazine | NRPA

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