Member News

  • 20 Jan 2022 10:44 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    With COVID-19 cases spiking, as Omicron surges throughout Minnesota, and out of an abundance of caution, the MRPA Board has made the decision to POSTPONE the Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022.  We intend to reschedule this honorable event at a date TBD. Thanks for sharing this information with your softball contacts. MRPA  will be keeping you updated as information is determined.

  • 13 Jan 2022 12:48 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    MN-USSSA Softball Hall of Fame Banquet

    Rescheduled to March 25, 2022.

    Annual Awards Luncheon

    Rescheduled to April 1, 2022.


    MRPA Board of Directors

  • 12 Jan 2022 8:21 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has provided grant funding opportunities for park and trail projects across Minnesota. Applications are now being accepted for the following grant programs: outdoor recreation, natural and scenic area, regional trail, local trail connections and federal recreational trails.

    These grants help local governments throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects ranging from local parks, regional trails to trail connections. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, contact information and other details can be found on the DNR Web site at or on the following program links:

    Outdoor Recreation Grant Program

    Natural and Scenic Area Program

    Federal Recreational Trail Program

    Regional Trail Grant Program

    Local Trail Connections Grant Program

  • 27 Dec 2021 8:57 AM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    MRPA will honor the following outstanding parks and recreation professionals at the MRPA Professional Awards Ceremony in Apple Valley on January 14, 2022:  


    Tom Schmitz, New Ulm


    Alex McKinney, Washington County


    Marcia Larson, Bemidji

    Becky Sola, Shoreview


    Jenna Smith, Bloomington


    Thomas P. Anderson, Corcoran

    Congratulations to the 2021 MRPA Professional Award recipients!

  • 7 Dec 2021 1:29 PM | Bethani Gerhard (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following Board of Directors and Recreational Sports Commission (RSC) members:

    2022 MRPA Board of Directors


    Jerome Krieger, Blaine


    Annie Olson, Minneapolis

    East Metro

    Becky Sola, Shoreview

    Andrew Pimental, Eagan

    West Metro

    Jason T. West, St. Louis Park

    Mike Ramirez, Brooklyn Park


    Joey Schugel, St. Peter


    Courtney John, St. Paul (At-large)

    Chris Morrow, Maple Grove (West Metro)

    Jarod Meyer, Duluth (At-large, Greater MN) 

    The Board of Directors will be sworn in at the Annual General Meeting and Award Luncheon on January 14, 2022 in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

  • 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 | Todd Pernsteiner (Administrator)

    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.

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