Member News

  • 30 Nov 2021 11:48 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The MRPA Mentorship Program is now taking applications for both mentors and mentees interested in being a part of a mentorship program. This is a program hosted by the Young Professional and Student Network to help park and recreation professionals and students grow professionally in the field through meaningful connections. Please submit the application by December 17, 2021.

    Mentor Application

    Mentee Application

    Contact either John Stutzman or

    Meredith Lawrence with any questions.

    Click here for the brochure.

  • 8 Nov 2021 11:55 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The MRPA election for the Board of Directors and Recreational Sports Commission (RSC) begins this week. Click here to view the Board and RSC nominee profiles.  Thank you to all the nominees for the MRPA Board of Directors and RSC.

  • 28 Oct 2021 9:35 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The 2021 MRPA Awards Committee is calling for Professional Award nominations to recognize individuals in six different categories: Clifton E. French, Dorothea Nelson, Jack Niles, Leadership, Horizon and Board and Commission Members. The nomination form is online this year and can be completed by clicking here. All nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, November 3.

    2020 Professional Award Recipients
    Left to right: JJ Williams, Chris Esser, Sandy Breuer, Jason West, Mark Oestreich, Chris Fleck, Nicole Gorman, and Nate Rosa; (Dale McCamish not pictured - unable to attend)

  • 19 Oct 2021 7:46 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Thank you to all the sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and delegates for attending the 84th MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall October 12-15 at the Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center.

    To view photos from the Annual Conference, visit the MRPA Facebook page.

    We look forward to the MRPA Annual Conference 2022 at Cragun's Resort and Conference Center in Brainerd the week of October 11-14.


    MRPA Annual Conference Committee

  • 21 Sep 2021 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    Emerging leaders seek opportunities to learn, explore, and take risks. Minnesota Recreation and Park Association is committed to preparing professionals with the leadership skills and knowledge base needed to sustain and better their organization and the people they serve.

    The Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute 1 (ERLI) will meet on five days during the fall of 2021, October 21, 26, November 4, 9 and 18. ERLI is geared for the parks and recreation professional with less than eight years of experience. Seasoned professionals will serve as the faculty for each session. ERLI is limited to 40 participants.  

    Much consideration was given to the program’s delivery format due to COVID-19 conditions and member survey responses. Therefore, the program is offered in a condensed format with both in-person and virtual sessions. The program has been designed so participants learn together as one group – either all in-person or all virtual – so they may build their professional peer network. A minimum of 20 participants is needed to run the program.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • 20 Sep 2021 10:57 AM | Anonymous


    In 2020, Life Floor and Inside Edge Safety Surfaces awarded a free splash pad surface to the city of Dothan, AL. Don't miss your chance to enter - the deadline is November 30, 2021.


    To enter this grant contest, visit our website, fill out the form, and send us an email at with a floor plan and 2-3 photos of your splash pad. Alternatively, you may fill out the PDF version of the application below and email everything to

    Don’t miss your chance to win a grant for your facility!


    Printable Entry Application - Download Here

    2021 Make a SPLASH! Contest Details + Terms and Conditions - Download Here

  • 22 Jul 2021 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    The summer 2021 issue of MRPA's magazine is now online and includes the full 2021Annual Conference Guide.The issue also includes:

    • Tech for Rec - highlighting how agencies use technology for hiring/scheduling part-time and seasonal employees.

    • Golf in Minnesota communities

    A hard copy of the magazine will mail to all members in early August. Click here to read the issue. 

  • 16 Jun 2021 12:10 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)
    Members can now register for events through the new website instead of being redirected to Maxgalaxy. If you'd like to register for the MRPA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall, please go to the education tab:
  • 9 Jun 2021 10:41 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shares a grant opportunity for the National Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program. The ORLP program, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), is a nationally competitive grant program that delivers funding to urban areas — jurisdictions of at least 50,000 people — with priority given to projects located in economically disadvantaged areas and lacking in outdoor recreation opportunities.

    Additional information and application materials are available on the DNR program webpage, National Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program | Minnesota DNR ( Applications are due to the DNR by August 31, 2021.


  • 30 Apr 2021 7:35 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) externship application process is now open. The Young Professional Externship Program enables outstanding young professionals 35 years of age and younger (extended to age 36 in 2021 only) in the parks and recreation field to interact with and learn from members of the AAPRA members, and other individuals who attend the NRPA Conference and its associated meetings.

    Up to four externs are selected each year, of which two are Ernest T. Atwell diversity externships. Click here for more information.

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