April, 2011


Our Mission
To advocate the quality of life through effective use of parks and recreation opportunities, education and resources.

This is a monthly eNews publication of Missouri Park & Recreation Association. We rely on our members to provide articles and information for eNews. Submissions are due to amanda@mopark.org
by the 3rd Monday of each month.
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MPRA Career Center

The MPRA Career Center is a great place to start your job search! Facilities from throughout Missouri and the surrounding states are posting new jobs almost daily. Click here to search job opportunities or to post openings.

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MPRA Trial Memberships

Available for a limited time - FREE MPRA Trial Memberships!
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for details.

Facility Design and Management School

That's right-
Facility Design  & Management School is back!

Don't miss it!
August 7-11, 2011

Keep watching www.mopark.org,
as new information will be added frequently.

Recreation Facility Design and Management School is on facebook!
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MPRA Dates and Events

Calendar at a glance

April 17-19, 2011
Recreation and Parks Midwest Conference
Overland Park, KS

August 7-11, 2011
Recreation Facility Design and Management School
Kansas City, Missouri

September 21-23, 2011
Leadership Development Institute
St. Louis, Missouri

October 2-3, 2011
Student Section Workshop
Lake Ozark, Missouri

October 6-7, 2011
Missouri Trail Summit
St. Louis, Missouri

November 8-10, 2011
National Playground Safety Institute
North Kansas City, Missouri





MPRA By-Laws

On Tuesday, March 8, after proper notice was given to all voting members of MPRA, a meeting of the membership was held at the Hilton at the Ballpark, St. Louis, Missouri.  Upon establishment of a quorum, the proposed amendments to the MPRA By-Laws were approved by a written ballot vote, 141-2.  A summary of the changes was posted to the website 30 days prior to the vote, and was otherwise available during that time.  

The amended By-Laws are available here



MPRA 2011-2012 Board Retreat

Last year, the Board of Directors and associated volunteers met to re-visit the Strategic Plan of 2006, and to verify and/or re-set the directional signals for MPRA going forward.  The group found this to be a very useful exercise that has provided increased accountability for the Board and for staff during 2010-2011.  The establishment of goals and objectives will help in budget development, the establishment of new education and legislative priorities, and set the tone for the next year – and beyond. 

The 2011-12 Board Retreat has been set for Friday, April 29 in Columbia.  All Board members, Committee leaders and Liaisons will be encouraged to attend.  If any member of MPRA would like to participate in this exercise, please just let the office know and you will also be welcome!


MPRA Room Block for 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition

Although it seems very far away, plans are well underway for the 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition, November 1-3 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Go to www.nrpa.org to find the details so far. Missouri has established a room block at the Sheraton Atlanta, and between now and July 29, 2011, reservations are being taken.  After that date, rooms will be released to the general public.  Click here for details.

Eat Wings. Raise Funds.
The MPRA Aquatics Section has organized an "Eat Wings. Raise Funds." event at select Buffalo Wild Wings locations on April 27th. Make plans to eat some wings that night! Please click here to view and print a flyer. Bring this flyer with you to the participating locations and show it to your waiter or waitress. Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of your ticket to MPRA. If the group generates more than $1000, BWW will up its donation to 15%! Eat Wings. Raise Funds! 


Conference Re-Cap

Brian Schaffer,
Conference Chair

By now, we have returned to our communities, back into the daily routine of our jobs and rejuvenated by attending the annual MPRA conference. This year’s conference was a success on many levels thanks in part to you - the conference delegates, the planning of the conference committee and the generosity of our sponsors.  Conference would not be possible without our GREAT sponsors! Please thank them and consider them for your facility’s needs.

To everyone THANK YOU for attending and participating!

Conference attendees were given the opportunity to socialize with over 30 exhibitors at Busch Stadium for our first ever Tuesday night mini expo and fireworks display and over 90 exhibitors displayed their wares at the Wednesday Expo Hall. 60+ educational sessions addressed relevant topics that we deal with on a regular basis.  The social and silent auction was a great success. How about those taters?  

Several organizations and individuals were honored for their tireless efforts and support given to the parks and recreation field. We congratulate the newest members of the Hall of Fame, Fellow Award recipient Teresa Proebsting, Associate Fellow Award recipient Nikki Thole Buechler, and all award recipients. These individuals are true inspirations for all and continue to be leaders and mentors in the parks and recreation field.

The conference committee worked hard to bring you the best conference experience imaginable. We hope we exceeded your expectations. Again, we thank you for attending the conference and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Osage Beach, MO; February 28-March 2, 2012.

Congratulations, City of Branson!
The 2011 Auction Committee challenged each MPRA Public Agency to bring in a great basket for the Silent Auction. The Agency whose basket received the highest bid was the City of Branson. We are happy to announce that they will receive a VISA gift card for their winning basket (which received a bid of $280).


Drum-roll please.....
We are proud to announce that with all the wonderful donations received for this year's auction, we raised almost $8,000 that will contribute to the mission of MPRA.
Thank you all SO MUCH for your auction items!
And thank you, auction committee, for a job well-done!!


Last But Not Least

click here for STUDENT SURVEY

click here for EMPLOYEE SURVEY

Please help Tim Peitzmeier, graduate student at Northwest Missouri State University, with his thesis research

Tim is researching the generational perceptions of competencies of park and recreation professionals. The survey should take no more than 3-5 minutes of your time. The deadline is April 12. Please take the survey as soon as possible to help with this research study. THANK YOU!

Tennis in the Parks Registration

Register as a Tennis in the Parks agency and receive FREE resources and support for growing and improving tennis in your local community!

Congratulations to Ozark Greenways on 20 Years!
Ozark Greenways celebrates 20 years as an organization this year. A variety of activities are planned to celebrate and to draw attention to the importance of Springfield's greenway trail system.
Click here for more information.

New Section of Katy Trail Now Open
April 2 marked an important milestone for Katy Trail State Park -- the opening of the trail from St. Charles to Machens. Gov. Jay Nixon and other dignitaries cut the ribbon to open the trail on Saturday, April 2 in St. Charles. Please take the opportunity to walk or bicycle on this new section of trail and enjoy spring in Missouri.

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