June, 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 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

  The tornado damage in Joplin is difficult to imagine. Joplin's department has always been an MPRA supporter - Jerry Calvin retired as the Director there and is an MRP Hall of Fame inductee. He and his wife, Sandy, are both fine, although their home was in a heavily damaged area. The current Director, Chris Cotten, and his staff have many challenges ahead of them. The support from agencies around their area has been very strong. There are many ways you can help, too. Please visit the Red Cross page for ideas and suggestions.
We will continue to keep our membership updated as we receive any additional news. Thanks to all who have contacted MPRA about how to help - what a tremendous testimony to the support system among parks and recreation professionals!



Congratulations to Kansas City Parks and Recreation
and Missouri Divison of State Parks!
Kansas City Parks and Recreation and Missouri State Parks are both finalists for the National Gold Medal Award! This year's finalists will compete for Grand Plaque Award honors this summer, and the six Grand Plaque recipients will be announced live during NRPA's Annual Congress & Exposition in Atlanta, GA in November. 
Additional information

Jog for Joplin 5K
Warrensburg Parks and Recreation is having a Jog for Joplin 5K on June 9 at 6:30pm. All proceeds will go to the Joplin MO Parks and Recreation Department. Warrensburg would like to encourage other departments to hold their own "Jog for Joplin" event to raise funds for Joplin. Contact Heather Birchard for additional information. Heather.birchard@Warrensburg-mo.com 

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.

MPRA State of the Association


Quick News from MPRA
Congratulations to Assistant Executive Director, Gary Gates, who is one of the graduating class of
2011 for Leadership Jefferson City!

2: The Board meeting on June 17, 2011 will include the Board's consideration of the proposed 2011-2012 budget. Once approved, the materials will be available on the MPRA website. Also, watch for the inaugural issue of the MPRA Annual Report - a quick summary of the accomplishments for the year, which is a testimony to the terrific efforts of our volunteer leaders, members and staff.

3: NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane is scheduled to visit Missouri at the end of June - touring in St. Louis and even spending some time biking on the KATY. She will also be in Jefferson City for a locally-hosted reception along with MPRA.


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.

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

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!
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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.

Synopsis of NRPA 2010 Research Papers Now Available
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) understands that research is a vital part of moving the field into the future.  We also understand with time being limited you may not get to explore all the research we have available.  As a result we have compiled a comprehensive synopsis of all five cutting-edge research papers that were released in late 2010. 

Reading the Synopsis will provide you with a quick overview of each research paper, allowing you to determine which papers are of most value to you.  The Synopsis highlights the latest research on the endless benefits that parks provide to physical health, mental health, social functioning, youth development, environment, and the economy.  In addition, learn why one-third of the public believes too little is spent on parks and recreation.  

Take advantage of this simplified research summary, the “Synopsis of 2010 NRPA Research Papers,” and find out how the research papers will provide you with insight to the future.

Download Your Copy Today!

Mizzou's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Had a Busy Spring!

Third Annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Mizzou's Parks, Recreation and Tourism department in cooperation with Columbia Parks and Recreation hosted the Egg Hunt on April 15. The event was a great success and provided students in the PRT3215 class an opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate an event. Children ages 3 to 10 searched for 1,500 eggs.


 Annual Spring Picnic
On May 5, students of Parks, Recreation and Tourism enjoyed their annual spring picnic. BBQ, raffles and lots of fun were enjoyed by all. The event was a great success due to student support and all the prizes donated by local businesses. Almost everyone won something. Special thanks to Columbia Parks and Recreation for their support and giant BBQ grill that was needed to cook for over 125 students that were in attendance.


Rho Phi Lamda Honor Fraternity
The national Rho Phi Lambda Honorary Fraternity inducted six new Parks, Recreation and Tourism members in May. The newest members included Chase Whisenhunt, Leslee Moon, David Meeker, Laura Thal, Steven Eanet and Adam Hancox. Mizzou is one of the founding members of this long standing fraternity and they are very proud of the newest inductees.

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