MRPA hosts a variety of education opportunities throughout the year. Workshop information will be added to the Upcoming Events post throughout the year.

MRPA Facility Management Academy – New!

 MRPA FMA Logo 2017

MRPA has developed a new Facility Management Academy. The Academy is designed to provide facility managers with best practice methods and skills to develop and manage buildings and special use facilities, including diverse outdoor and indoor areas. The program curriculum challenges facility managers to: (a) develop a business mindset and promote the facility value to the customer; and (b) be innovative in the use of technology, human capital, management practices, and other resources to enhance operational efficiencies.

MRPA appreciates the generous support of our program partners, Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation and RJM Construction.  [read more]

*Facility Management Academy Flyer

* Facility Management Academy Application

 Click here to register online.

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall 2017

The MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall will be held October 10 through 13 at Cragun’s Resort and Conference Center.

Delegate Brochure
Delegate Registration Form

Exhibit Hall Brochure
Sponsorship Package Information

Housing Reservation Form – PDF
Housing Reservation Form – Online

Click here to register online.

Parks and Recreation 2035 Seminar
November 8
More information coming in late summer

Data Relevancy and Innovation Workshop
November 29
More information coming in late summer

MRPA Athletic Management Institute – New!
December 2017

2018 Events

Annual General Meeting and Awards Luncheon
January 2018

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam
March 2018

Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute (ERLI) 2
Six Times throughout September – December 2018

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall
October 2018

MRPA Entertainment Jamboree
November or December 2018



The Did You Know Program is an advocacy and education program developed by Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and owned by Missouri Park and Recreation Association.  The MRPA Board of Directors approved the purchase and management of the program and the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation is the founding partner.

The Did You Know committee has developed a database template that agencies will use to provide their research and statement information to MRPA.  The Association will upload the information to the Missouri site for national use, and also keep the Minnesota data on the MRPA website.

Did You Know – Toolkit

Did You Know – Missouri Toolkit

If you’re interested in purchasing the Did You Know Toolkit, contact Michelle Snider at or 763.571.1305 ext. 100.  Or click here to purchase online.


Past Events

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall 2016

Thank you to all who attended the MRPA Annual Conference at the Eagan Community Center!
Visit the MRPA Facebook page to view photos from the event.


Summer Leadership Workshop
May 21, 2016

Members 2
Developing Risk Management Plans
April 20, 2016

Leadership Summit 2016 - 1
Leading from the Inside Out Summit
April 7, 2016

Technique of an Olmpian
Discover Curling
March 23, 2016

Bridges out of Poverty
November 20, 2015

From Harvest to Dinner Table
November 4, 2015

MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall
October 6 – 9, 2015

Thank you to all who attended the annual conference  at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minnesota.  We were excited to gather recreation professionals together to network, learn, and grow our profession.

MRPA Facility Tour

September 25, 2015

St. Paul Saints CHS Field Tour

June 2, 2015

Summer Leadership
Summer Leadership Workshop

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Chaska, Minnesota

Group Photo
Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute 2 – St. Louis Park City Hall – May 2015

MRPA Group at LSI
Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute 2 – Landscape Structures – April 2015

Thirty-five participants were involved in ERLI 2, that met six times during March – May 2015 at various locations. A few of the topics that have been covered are leadership, communication, staffing and personnel, project management, partnering and contracts, and more.  Thank you to the program sponsors, Landscape Structures Inc. and Flagship Recreation!