Upcoming Events

MRPA hosts a variety of education opportunities throughout the year. Workshop information will be added to this page throughout the year.

Click here to register for upcoming events online.


In-Person Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course and Exam
September 29 - October 1, 2021
New Brighton Community Center
New Brighton, MN 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first two days
Certification exam runs from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the third day

*This class is full.  MRPA will hold another CPSI Course and Exam in March of 2022.

Health and Safety Precautions: 
1. Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms.
2. Stay home and monitor your health if you have had contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the course date.
3. Wear a mask for the entire course. 
4. 
Per NRPA guidelines, participants must complete a Participant Health Liability Form and have temperature checked prior to entering the classroom each day. 

*All seats in the classroom will be six feet apart and surfaces will be cleaned regularly.



MRPA Annual Conference 2021

October 12-15, 2021
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, MN

Click here to view the 2021 Annual Conference Guide

Click here for the delegate registration form

Click here to register online

Interested in Volunteering?  Click here for the volunteer form.  Click here for the student volunteer form.   Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

Exhibit Hall Opportunities:

The MRPA Conference Committee is giving thoughtful consideration to the exhibit hall layout to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. There are currently 50 booths confirmed at this time. If you’re interested in registering for the exhibit hall, please contact our office at 763.571.1305 x100. Our team asks for additional time as we work to provide space for vendors Thank you.

Click here for the exhibit hall registration form

MRPA Awards Luncheon

October 12, 2021
12:00 - 2:30 p.m. 
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Brooklyn Center, MN

MRPA will honor the following outstanding parks and recreation professionals:   

CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD
Sandy Breuer, Washington County

JACK NILES AWARD
Nate Rosa, St. Louis Park

DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD
Nicole Gorman, Edina

HORIZON AWARD
Chris Fleck, Eagan
JJ Williams, Washington County  

TOMMY JOHNSON AWARD
City of St. Louis Park  

LEADERSHIP AWARD
Dale McCamish, Rochester 

Congratulations to the 2020 MRPA Professional Award recipients!

Click here for the registration form

Click here to register online 


Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute 1 (ERLI) 2021


Click to download flyer and registration form.

Day One: Thursday, October 21
Theme: Facilities
Format: In-person at Shoreview Community Center*

Day Two: Tuesday, October 26
Theme: Programming
Format: Virtual

Day Three: Thursday, November 4
Theme: Partnerships and Engagement
Format: Virtual

Day Four: Tuesday, November 9
Theme: Development and Planning
Format: Virtual

Day Five: Thursday, November 18
Theme: Funding
Format: In-person, location TBD*

*The format for in-person class days subject to change, based on COVID-19 conditions at that time

MRPA Member Rate: $229
Non-Member Rate: $349

Registration now open!

Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon 2021

January 2022
January 14, 2022 at a Location TBD

MRPA Annual Conference 2022

October 11-14, 2022
Cragun's Resort and Conference Center
Brainerd, MN

Minnesota Recreation & Park Association (MRPA)
200 Charles Street NE
Fridley, MN 55432

(763) 571-1305

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