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  • 18 May 2022 11:52 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)



    The 2022 Conference Planning Committee is excited to bring to you this year's Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, which will be held October 11-14 at the newly remodeled Cragun’s Resort and Conference Center in Brainerd, Minnesota.  The Conference Committee is looking forward to providing continuing education, technical assistance, and social exchange among all members. The conference serves as an information resource on trends, developments, and future changes related to the delivery of parks and recreation services.  Registration will open in July!


  • 11 May 2022 10:00 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    This virtual training provides concepts, tactics, and methods used in de-escalation and crisis intervention practices. Participants will be provided with theory and knowledge to apply in their individual real-world situations and crises. This includes learning skills to address the needs of people in crisis, personal safety considerations, and preserving the safety of bystanders. This training is beneficial for full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff.

  • 4 May 2022 9:00 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    This virtual workshop will feature presenter Ellie Krug on Gray Area Thinking, and presenter Cardina Esparza on Understanding Oppression: How Oppression Manifests in our Individual Experience.  Register by April 27.  A Zoom link will be sent to the email address on the registration.  Thank you.

    More information and registration form

    Click here to register online


  • 22 Mar 2022 8:08 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Minnesota Youth Water Safety – State

    On March 21, 2022, the Minnesota Department of Education released the Minnesota Youth Water Safety grant available to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and city and county parks providing swimming lessons to youth. These state funds are available primarily for the purpose of providing low-income and at-risk children with scholarships for swimming lessons based on nationally recognized water safety curricula. Up to 15% of the grant funds may also be used to hire water safety instructors or lifeguards or to train water safety instructors or lifeguards in nationally recognized water safety practices and instruction. The total funding available is $110,000 for two fiscal years. The minimum award is $10,000 and the maximum award is $30,000 annually for the two fiscal years. Completed applications are due April 22, 2022. Information and applications can be found on the Minnesota Department of Education Grants webpage for the Minnesota Youth Water Safety grant.


  • 10 Mar 2022 3:05 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)


    Mike Ramirez Heart Scramble

    The Mike Ramirez Heart Scramble will be held April 28 at Theodore Wirth Golf Course. Registrations will be accepted through April 24, so put together your group and get signed up. The fee is $80 per person and includes the green fees, cart, and a box lunch. 

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Jacob Andersen at jandersen@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us

    Registration Link: Mike Ramirez Heart Scramble Registration

    Minnesota State University, Mankato - RPLS Day

    The Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato is excited to invite you to the first RPLS Day on Friday, April 8, 2022 in the Centennial Student Union! RPLS Day is an opportunity to share in celebrating all things RPLS, connect with professionals and students, visit campus and, reconnect with old friends and faculty.

    Any and all RPLS professionals, advocates, and stakeholders to attend! Please see the schedule and RSVP by clicking this link: https://mnsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bJzsBchiOXDoTuC 

    Please help us by registering to attend by March 14, 2022. 

    March and April WILS Meetings

    Women in Leisure Services (WILS) has the second book club meeting on Monday, March 14 from 9 - 11 a.m. They will be reading Choose Joy by Babs Plunkett. The author is a friend of one of our WILS members and has agreed to do a presentation. This meeting is free and will be at Edina Senior Center. 5280 Grandview Square # 101, Edina, MN 55436. Click here to sign up.

    On April 13, there will be self-defense training from the highest ranking Krav Maga instructor in North America. Paula Meyer will teach some ways to keep ourselves safe. Click here to register.

    Sincerely,


    Minnesota Recreation and Park Association


  • 7 Mar 2022 9:09 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    MRPA will honor the following outstanding parks and recreation professionals at the MRPA Professional Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 1, 2022. Click here for an event registration form.

    CLIFTON E. FRENCH AWARD

    Tom Schmitz, New Ulm

    JACK NILES AWARD

    Alex McKinney, Washington County

    DOROTHEA NELSON AWARD

    Marcia Larson, Bemidji

    Becky Sola, Shoreview

    HORIZON AWARD

    Jenna Smith, Bloomington

    BOARD AND COMMISSION AWARD

    Thomas P. Anderson, Corcoran

    Congratulations to the 2021 MRPA Professional Award recipients!


  • 22 Feb 2022 8:42 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    As an agency member of MRPA, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato is excited to invite you to the first RPLS Day on Friday, April 8, 2022 in the Centennial Student Union!  RPLS Day is an opportunity to share in celebrating all things RPLS, connect with professionals and students, visit campus and, reconnect with old friends and faculty.

    Any and all RPLS professionals, advocates, and stakeholders can attend. Please see the schedule and RSVP by clicking this link: https://mnsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bJzsBchiOXDoTuC

    Register to attend by March 14, 2022. 


  • 8 Feb 2022 1:12 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The 2022 Conference Planning Committee is excited to bring to you this year's Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, which will be held October 11-14 at the newly remodeled Cragun’s Resort and Conference Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. The Conference Committee is looking forward to providing diverse educational opportunities that will engage professionals from all backgrounds.

    One of the most important parts of any Conference Planning Committee is the recruitment of high-quality speakers and engaging educational topics that will spark the interests of everyone in your organization. Please consider either submitting a proposal or forwarding a proposal to a person that may be interested in sharing their talents.

    To submit an Educational Session Proposal please visit: ­­­­­

    https://form.jotform.com/220148336806151

    The deadline for Educational Session Proposals is Friday, March 11, 2022.    

    If you have questions, the Conference Program Team would be happy to assist you:

    Rachel Mikel                                                                   

    rmikel@ighmn.gov                        

    Tel: 651-450-2583                                                

    Gina Brady

    gina.robinette@cityofroseville.com

    Tel: 651-792-7104

    Ross Demant 

    rdemant@ci.otsego.mn.us

    Tel: 763-235-3155

    This year’s conference theme is The Power of Parks and Play. The 2022 conference team is devoted to delivering a conference that will explore all aspects of parks and recreation.

    Thank you in advance for your contributions to the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference.


  • 3 Feb 2022 3:51 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Thank you for your patience and understanding of the January postponement of the 28th Annual MN-USSSA Hall of Fame Banquet.

    The RESCHEDULED date for the banquet will be Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.

    There is no need to re-register if you had previously registered.  If you would like a refund, please let me know.

    Thank you -

     

    Deb Weinreis

    Program Director

    Minnesota Recreation and Park Association

    200 Charles Street NE

    Fridley MN 55432

     

    Office:     763.571.1305 x106

    Fax:          763.571.5204

    www.mnrpa.org


  • 31 Jan 2022 11:47 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Now's the time to show your support for your agency! The MRPA Awards of Excellence program recognizes agencies or organizations in Minnesota for outstanding achievements in parks, recreation, and leisure services.

    We invite you to participate and submit your agencies' outstanding programs, projects, or initiatives. The Awards of Excellence application is an online process. The online application for each category is available as follows:

    ·     Administrative or Management Strategies

    ·     Marketing and Communications 

    ·     Park and Facility 

    ·     Programming and Events 

    ·     Sponsorship and Partnerships 

    ·     Volunteer Initiatives

    *These recognize programs, projects, or initiatives that occurred during 2021*

    This is a scored process, so complete answers to the application questions are valuable to a project’s overall score. Those applications that meet scoring criteria are presented with an MRPA Awards of Excellence plaque. All nominations must be submitted by the application deadline of February 28, 2022.

    We encourage all agencies to submit at least one project application. Let’s highlight all the great projects happening in Minnesota!

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Owens and Chelsea Swiggum

    Co-Chairs, MRPA Awards Committee


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