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  • 3 Aug 2022 8:42 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    September 8, 2022

    Plymouth Community Center

    This workshop explores placemaking and promotion from the perspectives and experiences of staff responsible for economic development, parks and recreation, marketing, and cultural affairs. Drawing from two very different development projects in Westminster, Colorado, the morning sessions will focus on the role of parks, public spaces, and cultural programming to enhance development interest and create a sense of community. The afternoon sessions will focus on the creative programming and marketing of events in those spaces as well as practical advertising and social media tips.

    Note: the morning portion is designed for directors and managers; the afternoon is geared toward programmers and supervisors. You may register for a half-day or full-day.

    Sponsored by:

    Click here to view the event flyer

    Click here to register

  • 18 Jul 2022 9:14 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The MRPA Annual Conference will be held October 11-14, 2022 at Cragun's Resort and Conference Center in Brainerd, MN.

    Click to view the delegate brochure

    Delegate registration form

    Click here to register online - member rate

    Click here to register  online - non-member

    To register for the MRPF Annual Golf Tournament preceding the MRPA Annual Conference on October 11, visit the Foundation website

    To register for the Adventure Race on Wednesday, October 12, click here

    To register for the Off-Site Institute on Wednesday, October 12, click here

    Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibit Hall Guide 2022 

    Click here to register online

  • 23 Jun 2022 8:19 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The 29th Annual Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 30 at Theodore Wirth Golf Course in Minneapolis.  Shotgun start time will be at 10 am.

    The Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame will benefit from the proceeds. You can register to play on your own or you can put together a team of your friends, colleagues, and/or softball buddies. You’ll be able to enjoy a late summer day on the greens, while helping provide support for Minnesota USSSA Hall of Fame.

    If you are not interested in playing, there is an opportunity to contribute as a hole sponsor or cash/merchandise contributor.  All donations welcome!

    Golf Registration and Sponsorship Form

    Click here to pay online

  • 14 Jun 2022 12:27 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The all new MRPA Forums will launch next week. You will be receiving an email directly from the MRPA website with your unique password. 

    You can login by clicking the forum(s) you would like to join on the forums page under membership at

    This site is provided as a service for the members of MRPA.  To ensure the best experience for all members, we have established some basic guidelines at  

    Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. Thank you!

  • 7 Jun 2022 9:10 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Welcome to MRPA On the Air - a podcast for Minnesota Recreation and Park Association members and friends. Hosts Bryce and Meredith discuss everything parks and recreation throughout the entire state of Minnesota, including the latest MRPA news and events and what's going on in your association. MRPA is grateful to Landscape Structures and Flagship Recreation for their sponsorship of the podcast.

    Teaser Episode

    Today’s episode will introduce to you MRPA On The Air’s hosts, Bryce Shearen and Meredith Lawrence. Get to know the podcast hosts, and how they began in the parks and recreation profession. They’ll also share what listeners can expect from this new podcast.

  • 2 Jun 2022 10:18 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The summer issue of the MRPA magazine will arrive in early July.  This will include the 2022 Annual Conference brochure.  For further information on the conference, visit

  • 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.

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