Member News

  • 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.







  • 7 Nov 2023 7:43 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The MRPA election for the Board of Directors and Recreational Sports Commission (RSC) is open. MRPA used the online platform, Election Runner, to ensure the integrity of the election. Election Runner has sent an email titled, Vote in the Election: MRPA Board of Directors.

    Watch your inbox for the online ballot and check your spam folder if you don’t receive this email.  Also, if your system is set-up to send emails to your inbox under “Focused” or “Other,” please check the “Other” folder. 

    All MRPA professional members will be able to vote until Wednesday, November 22 at 5 pm.

    Here are the Board of Directors profiles:

    President-Elect

    Secretary

    East Metro

    West Metro

    Southern Region

    Please contact Michelle Snider with any questions at snider@mnrpa.org. We hope this format offers an accessible way to vote again this year. Thank you.


  • 9 Oct 2023 8:52 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)


    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.



    Race and Equity - October 2023 

    Hosts Bryce and Meredith talk with Radious Guess with the City of St. Louis Park and Annie Olson with Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.







  • 3 Oct 2023 8:41 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Thank you to the delegates, exhibitors, volunteers, and sponsors for attending the 86th MRPA Annual Conference and Exhibit Hall at the Plymouth Community Center.  And a special thanks to the annual conference planning committee for an amazing conference! 

    Thank you to the following 2023 Annual Conference sponsors:

    Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation - Education Partner

    Landscape Structures / Flagship Recreation - Keynote Presentation

    Bolton & Menk - Pre-Conference Institute, Breakfast on Thursday, and Golf Hole

    KOMPAN - Pre-Conference Institute and Breakfast on Wednesday

    St. Croix Recreation - Delegate Gift

    SRF Consulting - Conference App

    H+U Construction - Luncheon on Thursday

    Stantec - Luncheon on Wednesday

    OATI -- Luncheon for Off-Site Institutes and Students

    TKDA - Breakfast on Friday

    Hiway Credit Union - Keynote Presentation

    WSB & Associates - Exhibit Hall

    Musco Sports Lighting - Networking Event

    RJM Construction - Networking Event

    Sourcewell - Education Track

    HKGI -- Directors' Forum

    Confluence -- Session

    Minnesota Wisconsin Playground -- Golf Hole

    Spartan Promotional Group - Name Badges and Banners

    Maintenance Rodeo Sponsors

    MTI Distributing - Equipment and Prizes

    Lano’s -- Equipment

    Minnesota Equipment -- Equipment

    Caribou Coffee -- Coffee

    L&B Catering -- Donuts

    Bituminous Roadways, Inc. Prizes

    Pilot Rock -- Prizes

    Donaldson -- Prizes


  • 3 Oct 2023 7:34 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Did you miss the previous opportunity to order MRPA apparel or looking for MRPA swag?

    The MRPA storefront is once again open until Thursday, October 5 and includes a variety of fun options: https://mrpa2023postconference.itemorder.com/

    Thank you!


  • 21 Sep 2023 7:32 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The 2023 Annual Conference is at capacity for Wednesday and Thursday.  Only Friday remains available.  For further information and registration details, visit https://mnrpa.org/MRPA-Annual-Conference 

  • 28 Aug 2023 10:56 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)
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  • 22 Aug 2023 8:24 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Here is your chance to snag some MRPA merchandise ahead of the 2023 MRPA Annual Conference! The MRPA storefront is open now through Wednesday, August 30th and includes a variety of fun options: 

    https://mrpa2023conference.itemorder.com/

    Order pick-up will take place at the 2023 Annual Conference in Plymouth. Not able to attend the conference this year? That’s okay, there is an option to ship as well.

    Thank you!


  • 17 Aug 2023 9:48 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Only a few premium booth spaces remain.  Register soon!  Looking to sponsor and/or exhibit at the 2023 Annual Conference in Plymouth? View the Sponsor and Exhibitor brochure for more details and registration information.

    Exhibit Hall Registration:
    Click here to pay for an exhibit premium booth online

    Exhibitor Lunch Registration:
    Click here to register for lunch tickets or electrical




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