August, 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
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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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LWCA Announcement


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced $37.4 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in state grants to establish and renovate parks and open spaces throughout the 50 States, the Territories and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year 2011.

Read the entire press release here

MPRA Dates and Events

Calendar at a glance

April-October, 2011
Bluebird Disc
Golf Tournament

Various Locations, Missouri

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

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

September 23, 2011
Golf "fore" MPRA
Arnold, Missouri

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

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

October 17, 2011
Alternative Fund Development Program Webinar

October 19-20, 2011
Aquatic Facility Operator Course
Fenton, Missouri 

November 1-3, 2011
NRPA Annual Conference and Expo
Atlanta, GA

November 8-10, 2011
Safety Inspector Course

North Kansas City, Missouri

February 28-
March 1, 2012

MPRA Annual Conference and Expo
The Lodge
of Four Seasons, Missouri

Camp Association


The ACA Wants to help prevent bullying at summer programs. Click here to learn more.

Also - for a limited time, the American Camp Association is offering free one-year memberships! Start your membership today!

Platte County Parks is Getting Greener!


With a more natural turf-care approach on playing fields and the dedication of the first Master Gardeners' Community Garden - Platte County is looking much greener!
Click here for more information


Recreation Facility Design  & Management School
Don't miss it!
Kansas City, Missouri
August 7-11, 2011

Register today!!

Attend sessions each day to earn up to .8 CEU's!
AND-discounts for multiple registrations from the same department are available.

Front row, L to R:  Range Reid Johnson, Dawn Fredrickson, Joe Snook, Janet Snook, Jan Neitzert, Susan Trautman, Tom Lovell. Back row, L to R:  Mark McHenry, Bill Bryan, Barbara Tulipane, Bob Johnson, Dan Paige. 
Photo by Phil Hayward (NRPA)

During the week of June 27-30, representatives from NRPA spent several days in Missouri. CEO Barbara Tulipane, magazine Editor Phillip Hayward and Board member Bob Johnson visited the St. Louis area first, including a comprehensive tour of the Great Rivers Greenway system. Over the next two days, they joined in a 35-mile ride on KATY Trail State Park’s bicycle route, along with team members from DNR and the Division of State Parks and MPRA (Tom Lovell, Janet Snook, Mark McHenry, Jan Neitzert, Joe Snook). They also spent a day experiencing the Kansas City area’s resources and visiting with MPRA members there.

On Wednesday, June 29, a reception was held at Riverside Park in Jefferson City.  Governor Jay Nixon attended the reception and greeted the group with comments reflecting his support for all that parks and recreation do for Missourians’ quality of life.  He presented a formal proclamation declaring July “Parks and Recreation Month” in Missouri, and spent considerable time discussion related issues with Ms. Tulipane and professionals in attendance.  Local legislators Jay Barnes and Mike Bernskoetter,  along with a number of MPRA Park Board and Commission members.

Thanks to Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson City Parks and Recreation, DNR/State Parks, Governor Nixon’s office and all MPRA members who took the time to make this visit so beneficial.   


MPRA Room Block for 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition

Registration deadlines are approaching for the 2011 NRPA Congress and Exposition, November 1-3 in Atlanta, Georgia.  
Go to to find the details.
Missouri has established a room block at the Sheraton Atlanta.
The deadline for housing in Missouri's room block is Friday, the 29th!
Don't wait - reserve your room today!  

Click here for details.

MPRA is excited about two Leadership Webinars, planned for September 8 and October 17.
Click here for more information


A Request from Wentzville

Do you have a 50 meter or 25 meter pool with either an air supported structure
or an actual structure enclosing it? If so, could you please provide information on:

Cost of one or the other system?
Heaters for Pool?
Air and Heating units and installation costs?
Annual utility cost?
Revenue versus operations?

 Thank you! Dottie Phillips

Help Plant a Tree in a Missouri State Park and Joplin

You can help plant a tree in a Missouri state park and in the city of Joplin without lifting a shovel. Missouri State Parks is participating again this year in the Odwalla Plant a Tree Program that allows people across the nation to vote where they want trees planted. The number of votes a state receives will determine the number of dollars it earns to purchase and plant trees in state parks.  If you enter the six-character code printed inside the Missouri state park system’s new Welcome Kit, Odwalla will donate an extra dollar per vote. Voting will continue through Aug. 31, 2011.

"This is the second year Missouri State Parks has participated in this program because we know how important trees are to the landscape and the people who enjoy them. This year, we are helping our neighbors in Joplin and will donate as many trees as we can to the city of Joplin and Joplin city parks,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks.

To vote for Missouri state parks and help the city of Joplin, go to and click on the link to vote and receive more information about the Odwalla Plant a Tree program, or go to

Have you made it to a Blue Bird Disc Golf Event Yet?
The Tournament and Courses are Receiving Rave Reviews! GREAT Job to all Involved!
Below are some photos from July 16 at Young Park in Blue Springs


Missouri DNR Conducting Statewide Trail Inventory; Responses Due August 1

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is conducting an inventory of Missouri Trails as part of their Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). They need your help completing a brief survey about Missouri trails. Please complete the survey even if your organization doesn't own or manage trails. Your participation is important and the survey will only take a few minutes of your time. If you own or manage trails, be prepared to enter details - trail name, length, surface type, amenities, allowed activities and the names and GPS coordinates of trailheads.
Click here to access the survey.


Have you seen the August issue
of Missouri Conservationist?

In April, Springfield was recognized as the first community in Missouri to achieve the Governor’s Children in Nature Community award. Congratulations, Springfield! The August issue of the Missouri Conservationist has a nice article about this award and about Springfield-Greene County Parks Director, Jodie Adams.
Read the article here
-photo by MDC photographer David Stonner

Northeast Region Meeting

Region 2: the next region meeting will be in Mexico on August 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.. Come and learn about the Did You Know program and how to facilitate it in your department. The meeting will be take place at the "Old Country Church" facility at Fairgrounds Park. The address is 501 South Muldrow, Mexico MO 65265. For help with directions please contact Chad Shoemaker at or by cell at 573-721-2045. Please RSVP with Region Director Scott Caron at

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