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July, 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.
Thank you!

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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 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

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 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

Joplin stuff?


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

Time is running out to take advantage of early registration rates for the 2011 MPRA Recreation Facility Design and Management School!

Register by July 1 to receive the early registration discount!

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

Keep watching the Facility Design and Management School page,
as new information will be added frequently.

Recreation Facility Design and Management School is on facebook!
 "Like" FDMS on facebook today!

NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane and Phillip Hayward, Editor of Parks and Recreation Magazine, are scheduled to visit Missouri June 28-29. Joining them will be two representatives of the NRPA Board of Directors: Vice-Chair Bob Johnson and Kansas City's own John Fierro. The MPRA Reception will be June 29 and all MPRA members are invited. RSVP's are required by June 27 to be sure we have adequate food and beverage. Please join this esteemed group on their first extended visit to Missouri!
Click here for the Invitation and more information.

Quick News from MPRA
Congratulations to Susan Trautman with the Great Rivers Greenway for being named one of this year's Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Buisness Journal! A special section of the Buisness Journal highlighting the award winners will be published August 12.

2: The Board met on June 17, 2011. (Need Board mtg. info/stats here)


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.

MPRA is excited about two Leadership Webinars, planned for September 8 and October 17.
Click here for more information
Click here to register (Gary- are you doing an event module for this? The flyer has registration deadlines, but no info about how to register - so I'm assuming it's up to each state to do their own registrations? Not sure how that's working)

Enter the "Together We Play" Essay Contest!
One grand prize will be awarded. The Grand Prize winner will receive: $100,000 in inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures Inc. and $50,000 vaule in inclusive playground design, project development and comprehensive educational program services from Shane's Insipration.
Five runner up winners will each receive: $10,000 in inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures Inc. and $50,000 vaule in inclusive playground design, project development and comprehensive educational program services from Shane's Insipration.
Click here for information
Entries must be received by August 1, 2011

Past Missouri Park and Recreation Publications Online
Did you know that past issues of the MPR Magazine are available online?
You can find every issue back through Spring of 2008 here.

Prior eNews issues can be found here.July is Park and Recreation Month! NRPA has a great section for July on their site. There are five weekends in July - make each and every one of them count!
NRPA also has a "Rock Your Park" Flash Mob Contest! There will be one park and recreation agency and one citizen group chosen as winners. Entries are due on or before August 1, 2011.
Click here for rules and entry form.

eNews submissions for August are due to amanda@mopark.org by July 18- Thank you!

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Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Phone: 573.636.3828