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  • 12 Apr 2024 7:30 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    MRPA Aquatics Managers Bootcamp

    May 22, 2024
    4 - 5:30 p.m.
    Shoreview Community Center

    Click here for more information and the registration form

    Click here to pay online

  • 19 Mar 2024 7:47 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    This training will be held June 5 - 6 in Wright County. The focus will be on building and maintaining natural surface trails both multipurpose and single track. There will be time in the field learning and implementing best practices on trail construction/maintenance. *Limited to the first 23 registrants.

    Click here for the flyer

    Click here to pay online

  • 14 Mar 2024 8:41 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Having those Tough Conversations and Nailing It - workshop hosted by MASS on May 2-3 at Grand Casino Hinckley.  Members $159 and Non-Members $199.  The registration deadline is March 29. Thank you!

    Click here to register online

    Click here to pay for MASS membership online

  • 8 Feb 2024 8:48 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)
    The 2024 Conference Planning Committee is excited to bring to you the 2024 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference.  The Conference Committee is looking forward to providing diverse educational opportunities that will engage professionals from all backgrounds.

    To submit an Educational Session Proposal please visit: ­­­­­

    The deadline for Educational Session Proposals is Friday, March 15, 2024.  

    If you have questions, the Conference Committee members would be happy to assist you:

    Claudia Hicks, Co-Chair                                                  

    Kevin O’Brien, Co-Chair

    Ben Boldt, Program Committee Chair     

  • 2 Feb 2024 3:29 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The third annual RPLS Day will be held Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center (aka Mankato Civic Center) beginning at 1pm. This year's event will provide the opportunity to connect with new friends and reconnect with old ones.  Please use this form to RSVP

    RPLS Day Schedule

    12:30pm | Doors Open

    1:00pm | Musical Networking 

    This session provides an opportunity to chat with students and professionals, recruit for employment opportunities, and enjoy the company of new and familiar faces.

    2:00pm | The Six by Six

    A new addition to our event! Six speakers get six minutes each to talk about timely and interesting topics in the field of parks and recreation management. A fast-paced and fun way to keep up to date on current trends, emerging topics, and bright ideas. MORE INFO on The Six by Six.

    3:00pm | RPLS Honors

    This session honors the varied contributions of current students, alumni, former faculty, community members, and other friends of the program. You can nominate yourself or someone else using the RSVP Form.

    4:00pm | Social Hour

    After a long day of learning, stick around on site to continue conversations from the day and celebrate the achievements of our friends. Cash bar will be available.

    6:00pm | Adjournment

    Watch the Official RPLS DAY 2024 Announcement Video

    Please contact Jonathan Hicks, Minnesota State University, Mankato at 507-389-2747 with any questions.

  • 4 Jan 2024 11:09 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    WILS Annual Luncheon - Flyer
    Wednesday, February 7
    9 am - 1 pm
    Shakopee Community Center
    1255 Fuller St South
    Shakopee, MN 55379

  • 11 Dec 2023 11:21 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following members:


    Rick Birno, Golden Valley


    Joey Schugel, New Ulm


    Chelsea Swenhaugen, Inver Grove Heights


    Peter Dugan, Eagan


    Aimee Peterson, Maple Grove


    City of Richfield

    We look forward to honoring the award recipients at the Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon on January 12, 2024 at the Maple Grove Community Center.

    Click here for the registration form

    Click here to pay online

  • 7 Dec 2023 12:12 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The City of Burnsville is excited to continue our yearly publication of Minnesota Best.

    MRPA members should highly consider submitting their best facilities, events, park features, and programs for inclusion in Minnesota Best Ideas from any year are welcome to be included, and each city can submit as many entries as they'd like. This isn't a competition and there are no "winners;" all entries will be included in a published digital booklet.

    The compiled information will be a valuable resource for parks and recreation departments across the state to create new and engaging programs for their communities from the ideas they garner from Minnesota Best.

    We encourage all cities to submit as many entries as they’d like. Facilities, events, park features, and programs from any year are welcome to be included. All submissions will be compiled into a digital booklet and shared with the MRPA membership in early 2024.

    Please submit entries at the link below by January 15 or via email:

  • 28 Nov 2023 10:30 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Virtual Education in Partnership with Florida Recreation and Park Association (FRPA)

    *Registration link will be emailed from FRPA

    Reigniting your SPARRK - 24 Strategies to Jumpstart 2024!
    December 6, 2023
    noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Play on Player: Celebrating Disability with Play
    December 12, 2023
    noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Diversity Marketing in Parks and Recreation
    January 16, 2024
    noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Project Management Essentials
    January 31 2024
    noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Eat a Frog for Breakfast! Morning Fuel to Leap into your Day!
    February 6, 2024
    noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Activate Communities Through Intentional Playground Design
    February 13, 2024
    noon - 1:30 p.m.

    Click here for the registration form and further information

    Click here to register online

  • 8 Nov 2023 11:49 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.

    New Episode - Annual Conference 2023
    Join hosts Bryce and Meredith for a conversation with Katie Yandell from the City of Plymouth about the 2023 Annual Conference.

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