Member News

  • 19 Sep 2022 10:55 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The Emerging Recreation Leaders Institute (ERLI) 2 will meet on five days during the fall of 2022, beginning on Thursday, September 29.  This professional development program is designed to provide a curriculum centered on the five Ps - Personal Leadership, People, Process, Project Management, and Presentation.  There are 1.5 CEUs available for this institute.  Visit the education page for further information.

  • 23 Aug 2022 11:08 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announces 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.  Applicants must be cities with a population of 30,000 or more according to the 2020 Census. The proposed project must serve the specific needs of a community that is severely lacking in walkable, publicly accessible, outdoor recreation ("park deserts"). In addition, the area in which the proposed project is taking place must have a poverty rate of at least 20% or that is at least 10% higher than that of the project city, county, and state rates.

    To be eligible, an applicant must be one of the following:

    1. Cities with a population of at least 30,000 according to the 2020 Census. Eligible cities with population 30,000 or more  PDF.
    2. Counties and special purpose park districts with park projects within or abutting a city with a population of at least 30,000 according to the 2020 Census.
    3. State agencies with park projects within or abutting a city with a population of at least 30,000 according to the 2020 Census.

    Eligible projects include acquisition or development (or a combination) of lands and facilities that will provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public. All projects must meet requirements for perpetual outdoor recreation use.

    The ORLP Program has $192 million available nationwide. The minimum grant is $300,000 and the maximum is $10,000,000. Projects require a minimum of 1:1  match from non-federal sources.

    Additional information and application materials are available on the DNR program webpage, National Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program | Minnesota DNR ( Round 1 applications are due to the DNR by December 20, 2022, Round 2 applications are due to the DNR by April 25, 2023.

    They are in the process of posting a revised application based on additional guidance from the National Park Service. 

    If you have any questions, contact program staff: Audrey at, 651.259.5549 or Mai Neng at, 651.259.5638.

  • 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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