May, 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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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

May 2, 2011
Northwest Region
Golf Tournament

Blue Springs, 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


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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*NEW* Special offer!  CLICK HERE to receive $25 off your registration! Offer expires Friday, May 6, 2011 and is good for online registration only.

MPRA State of the Association


MPRA 2011-2012 Board Retreat

The 2011-12 Board Retreat was Friday, April 29 in Columbia.  Over 30 members were in attendance. Many great discussions that took place, some of which focused on the progress of current targets, reaffirming interest in those targets and selecting action items for 2011-2012. Two new targets were added (professional development program planning and watching the progress of the Trails Initiative group) for the Association. Thank you to all who attended!


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 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 2011 Conference Summary

As the 2010-2011 Fiscal Year comes to a close the financial outlook of the association starts to become clearer. The MPRA Annual Conference and Expo is responsible for nearly a quarter of annual revenues for the association and this year the St. Louis Conference netted revenues just slightly higher than budgeted numbers! Thank you to all who attended or sent staff to this wonderful event. Thank you again to our sponsors. Did you know that sponsorships for this event saved each delegate an average of $70 in registration fees? Be sure to thank your sponsors!!

Results of the session evaluations and overall conference evaluations indicated that this year was a pleasant experience. Lots of good suggestions have been forwarded on to the 2012 Conference Committee for review as they plan for next year’s conference at The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. If you have any suggestions or would like to volunteer to help with next year’s conference please email

Missouri State Parks Update
Spring is always a busy time in Missouri state parks and 2011 is certainly no exception.

April 2
Gov. Nixon officially opened the 11-mile section of Katy Trail State Park from St. Charles to Machens.  

April 8
Officials opened the Pat Jones Pedestrian/Bicycle Lane on the Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City.

April 11
Springfield was recognized as the first city in Missouri to complete the Children in Nature Challenge.

Read more about these three events here

Attendance Continues to Increase at Missouri State Parks
More and more people are discovering the joys of visiting Missouri state parks and historic sites and it shows in the attendance numbers. In 2010, more than 16.3 million people visited Missouri's 85 state parks and historic sites, and this reflects an almost 10 percent increase in attendance in the last two years.
See the rest of the news release here

Bike to Work Week
May 16-20, 2011
Springfield, MO

By registering your commitment to participate in the "Bike to Work Week Challenge", you show your support for making Springfield a more bicycle-friendly community. Whether it's by bike, bus, walking, telecommuting, carpooling or any combination, everyone who participates at least one day that week will get a free Panera breakfast (bagel and coffee). And the city bus is free to ride all week for those traveling with a bike. For more information, click here.

Changes at MPRA



If you call MPRA, you might hear a new voice on the line! We are happy to welcome Monica Smith.
Monica is the new office assistant, and is doing a great job! She is taking the place of Rose Kaiser. Rose has been a tremendous asset to MPRA and we hate to see her go. She has decided to retire and spend more time with her grandson, Clayton. When she's not spoiling him, you will probably find her on a golf course somewhere working on her game. Rose's last day will be Thursday, May 12.
Thank you for everything, Rose! You will be missed.
And welcome, Monica! You have already fit right in here at MPRA, and we are glad you're here!

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Phone: 573.636.3828