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  • Home | MPRA

    Home Education Join MPRA Legislative Action MPRA EVENTS MPRA CAREER CENTER MPRA MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION & EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS: ​ February 14-17, 2023 | Lake Ozark, MO 2023 MPRA Conference & Expo ​ March 21-22, 2023 | Virtual Aquatic Facility Operator Course & Exam ​ March 24, 2023 | Sedalia , MO MPRA Board Retreat ​ March 28-30, 2023 | St. Charles, MO Certified Park Safety Inspector Course & Exam ​ CONFERENCE CPSI AFO LDI EF CPRP CPRE Education Join MPRA MPRA MEMBERSHIP JOIN NOW Agency Membership Any public agency on the municipal, county, or state level providing parks and recreation services. Individual Membership Any full-time employee holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and/or a professional certification. Associate Membership Individuals employed part-time, retired from the field, or not principally employed in the field who are interested in the advancement of parks and recreation. VIEW BENEFITS Corporate Membership Corporations, partnerships, and firms that support and encourage the purposes of the Association. Organizational Membership Academic institutions, military installations, hospitals, nonprofit agencies, and other organizations providing parks, recreation, and leisure services. Student Membership Individuals pursuing a degree in parks and recreation or a related field. 2224 Practitioners 113 Parks & Rec Agencies 36​ Partners 21 Students Legislative Action LEGISLATIVE ACTION Important Dates: 12/02/21 MPRA Legislative Workshop 1/5/22 Session Begins 1/17/22 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 1/25/22 Legislative Action Day 3/10 - 3/20 Spring Break 04/18/22 Easter Break 5/13/22 Session Ends Contacting your Legislators: List of Missouri Senators List of Missouri Representatives Sample Letter to Your Legislator Useful Links: 2022 MPRA Legislative Platform MPRA Legislative Brochure MO House of Representatives MO Senate US House of Representatives US Senate NRPA Advocacy Insider List of Communities with Parks & Storm Water Sales Tax ​ Leave behind Legislative Action Day Brochure

  • Career Center | MPRA

    Featured Job Listings Featured Listings CAREER CENTER POST A JOB Jobs Greenway Operations Manager Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis MO Posted: 1/3/23 Expires: 2/3/23 View More Superintendent of Facilities Maryland Heights, MO Posted: 1/9/23 Expires: 2/9 /23 View More Digital Marketing n& Sponsorship Coord. Wentzville, MO Posted: 1/13/23 Expires: 2/13 /23 View More Fitness Coordinator Excelsior Springs, MO Posted: 1/23/23 Expires: 2/23 /23 View More Assistant Aquatics Supervisor Gladstone, MO Posted: 11/30/22 Expires: 2/28/23 View More Community Recreation Coordinator Springfield, MO Posted: 2/3/23 Expires: 3/3/ 23 View More Conservation Coordinator Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis MO Posted: 1/3/23 Expires: 2/3/23 View More Sports & League Manager The Sports Academy, IL Posted: 1/10/23 Expires: 2/10 /23 View More Recreation Coordinator Mission, KS Posted: 1/16/23 Expires: 2/16 /23 View More Recreation Supervisor Ferguson, MO Posted: 1/13/23 Expires: 2/24 /23 View More Recreation Specialist Overland, MO Posted: 2/1/23 Expires: 3/1/2 3 View More Aquatics Supervisor Lee's Summit, MO Posted: 1/9/23 Expires: 3/9/23 View More Program Coordinator I Spring Hill Recreation Commission, KS Posted: 1/13/23 Expires: 2/3/23 View More Recreation Therapist Jackson County, MO Posted: 1/10/23 Expires: 2/10 /23 View More Executive Director Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, IL Posted: 1/11/23 Expires: 2/17 /23 View More Recreation Specialist Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO Posted: 1/25/23 Expires: 2/24 /23 View More Recreation Superintendent O'Fallon, MO Posted: 1/27/22 Expires: 3/2/23 View More Recreation Supervisor - Athletics & Facilities Brentwood, MO Posted: 1/19/23 Expires: 3/19/ 23 View More League & Fitness Supervisor Perryville, MO Posted: 1/19/23 Expires: 2/4/23 View More Director of Parks & Recreation Manhattan, KS Posted: 1/11/23 Expires: 2/12 /23 View More Golf Operations Assistant St. Peters, MO Posted: 1/20/23 Expires: 2/19 /23 View More Athletic Coordinator Raymore, MO Posted: 1/26/23 Expires: 2/26 /23 View More Recreation Supervisor - Aquatics St. Peters, MO Posted: 2/2/23 Expires: 3/2/23 View More Seasonal Pool General Manager Brentwood (MO) Swim Club Posted: 1/23/23 Expires: 3/23 / 23 View More Facility & Aquatics Supervisor Branson, MO Posted: 1/5/23 Expires: 2/5 /23 View More Aquatics Specialist Sedalia, MO Posted: 1/13/23 Expires: 2/13 /23 View More Aquatics Manager Excelsior Springs, MO Posted: 1/23/23 Expires: 2/ 23 /23 View More Program Supervisor Shrewsbury, MO Posted: 1/27/23 Expires: 2/27 /23 View More Recreation Specialist Crestwood, MO Posted: 2/2/23 Expires: 3/2/ 23 View More POST AN INTERNSHIP INTERNSHIPS Recreation Intern Chesterfield, MO Posted: 01/27/23 Expires: 03/27/23 View More Share Internships

  • MRP Hall of Fame | MPRA

    Missouri Recreation & Parks Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Guidelines Hall of Fame Application Lyle B. Beaver - 2009 (2009) Jim Ewing - 2009 Liz Lucas Gilbert - 2009 Robert J Hall - 2009 Darwin Hindman - 2009 Ford Hughes - 2009 Joseph Jaeger - 2009 Wayne Kennedy - 2009 William J. Landahl - 2009 Rep. Jerry McBride - 2009 Gloria H. Rogers - 2009 Ed Stegner - 2009 Frank Vaydik - 2009 Norbert F Wapelhorst - 2009 Richard Ash - 2010 Jerry Calvin - 2010 David Curtis - 2010 Dr. Glen A. Gillespie - 2010 Richard Green - 2010 Dan Kinney - 2010 Randy Vessell - 2010 Ted & Pat Jones - 2011 Doug Eiken - 2012 Peter Sortino - 2013 Abe Phillips - 2014 Anita B. Gorman - 2015 Keith B. Roys, Sr. PhD. - 2015 Leo Drey - 2017 Roscoe Righter - 2018 John Karel - 2019 2019 Ron Coleman - 2020 William M. "Bill" Lockwood - 2020 Jerry Hitzhusen - 2021 Dave Ostlund - 2021 Jodie Adams - 2022

  • 2021 Annual Conference & Expo | MPRA

    Registration Closed - No On-Site Registration Allowed APRIL 13-16, 2021 HOLIDAY INN EXECUTIVE CENTER - COLUMBIA, MO ​ SPONSORS DELEGATES EXHIBITORS STUDENTS HOTEL INFORMATION AWARDS AND CITATIONS NEW: WEBINAR SERIES COVID-19 INFORMATION The MPRA Conference & Expo brings together park and recreation professionals from around the state to connect and network with their peers during three exciting days of quality education, professional development, and fun events . Education sessions allow attendees to learn from top inspirational speakers within the profession on a wide range of topics. The expo hall features nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing their many products and services. ​ MPRA formally invites you to join us in April 2021 at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia, MO! The 2021 MPRA Conference will offer many great sponsorship opportunities to any business and group who would like to contribute. Many benefits will come with a sponsorship as well as allowing your business to be seen by hundreds of parks and recreation professionals! ​ DELEGATES BECOME A SPONSOR We thank you for your support! 1/1 Sponsors Delegates If you are part of the parks and recreation industry we want to invite you to join us for a week packed with educational sessions, networking, and fun! Our four-day event includes various educational tracks and an exciting vendor expo. Also, join us for numerous networking opportunities and awards presentations throughout the week. ​ Online Registration is closed. Please email your registration form to the MPRA Office at info@mopark.org or call (573)636-3828 to register over the phone. **No registrations will be accepted after Friday, April 2, 2021.** DELEGATES REGISTRATION FORM ONLINE REGISTRATION CONFERENCE PROGRAM CONFERENCE SESSIONS SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE CITY BASKET CHALLENGE HOTEL INFORMATION REGISTRATION CLOSED - NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION ALLOWED Exhibitor This is your chance to showcase your business to parks and recreation professionals including representatives of nearly every municipal and county parks and recreation department in the state. Additionally, administrative personnel from all levels of public, therapeutic, and commercial recreation will be present. Reserving your booth early will give you an advantage in choosing just the right space to maximize your exposure to delegates. ​ ​ REGISTRATION FORM EXPO HALL LAYOUT SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE HOTEL INFORMATION SILENT AUCTION OPPORTUNITY CONFERENCE PROGRAM 2021 EXPO POLICIES REGISTRATION CLOSED - NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION ALLOWED Students The MPRA Annual Conference & Expo is a great place for students to practice public speaking, meet future employers, and network with other students from around the state. ​ Check back soon for more information on how to participate! ​ Important Dates: ​November 16, 2020 Student Registration Opens March 22, 2021 Student Registration Deadline BECOME A ROOM HOST Check out the video below to learn more about how you can participate in the MPRA Annual Conference at little to no cost to you! STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE SESSIONS REGISTRATION CLOSED - NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION ALLOWED Hotel Info Holiday Inn Expo Center 2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 445-8531 If making reservations by phone, please ask for the front desk at the hotel, not reservations. ​ The group code is Park & Rec. ​ Rate: $110++ Room block closes March 13, 2021. DIRECTIONS BOOK A ROOM Awards Important Dates: ​September 1 , 2020 Award Nominations Open ​ January 8, 2021 Award Nomination Deadline MPRA Awards Codes MPRA Awards Code Aquatic Section Awards Code Parks & Natural Resource Section Awards Code Sports Section Awards Code Regional Governance Awards Code ​ Nomination Forms Aquatics Section Awards Sports Section Awards Park Resource Section Awards Region Governance Awards Citations Musco Giveback Public Official Support Staff Retirement Fellow Associate Fellow ​ Missouri Recreation & Parks Hall of Fame MRP Hall of Fame Guidelines MRP Hall of Fame Application PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS MPRA is offering an opportunity to virtually attend live educational sessions presented at the annual conference as a webinar series beginning May 6, 2021 through September 9, 2021. ​ All who atteneded the MPRA conference as a Full Delegate will automatically have access to the webinar series at no additional cost. REGISTRATION FORM ONLINE REGISTRATION WEBINAR SESSIONS Thank you to our sponsors! Webinar COVID-19 The safety and health of our guests is our top priority. MPRA is committed to following protocols including sanitation, mask-wearing, and other safety measures to offer an environment that encourages safety for your conference experience. MPRA will follow all current guidelines put in place by the City of Columbia, Boone County, the State of Missouri, and the CDC. ​ Bylaws HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN COVID PROTOCOLS COVID WAIVER COVID QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Aquatic Facility Operator Course | MPRA

    PROGRAM DETAILS REGISTRATION SCHEDULE MARCH 21-22, 2023 >> Virtual << The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is a state-of-the-art five-year certification for professionals managing and operating aquatic facilities. Individuals who obtain the AFO credential are knowledgeable in the systematic approach to pool operations including pool chemistry, management, pool safety, and risk reduction. Program Details To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. PROGRAM DETAILS PREPARATION You will receive your course materials approximately three weeks prior to the first day of the course. It is extremely important that you read the course materials prior to attending the class. Failure to study the materials before the course commonly leads to failure of the exam. CEU’s Earn 1.5 CEU’s while participating in this seminar. NRPA will forward you a transcript of your attendance 6-8 weeks after the course is finished. ​ COURSE & EXAM This course will take place virtually, over Zoom, with a live AFO instructor. At the end of the course, you will take the open-book exam from your computer. ​ CERTIFICATION You will receive a notification with your exam results at the completion of the exam directly from the instructor. If you pass the exam you will be certified as an AFO for a period of five years. At the end of your certification cycle, you can elect to attend the course again (recommended) or elect to take the exam only. Due to changes in regulations and content, it is highly recommended your repeat the coursework prior to renewing your certification. ​ QUESTIONS? Contact Sarah Veile at the Missouri Park & Recreation Association at sarah@mopark.org or by calling 573-636-3828. Registration REGISTRATION WHY SHOULD I ATTEND NRPA’s AFO program is a state-of-the-art educational training program for pool operations and management staff. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public, and municipal pools or waterparks, and to provide training and information for both supervisory and operations staff. The AFO instructor team is comprised of top aquatic professionals who have diverse backgrounds in aquatic facility operations and management. The instructors are consistently rated as excellent speakers and trainers by the AFO students. The AFO program creates better aquatic operators, who in turn make safer and increasingly efficient programs for aquatic venues. ​ ​ Early Registration Deadline: 2/23/23 Late Fee: $50.00 after the deadline MPRA Members are eligible for certification reimbursement. MORE DETAILS ​ MPRA Member Full Course $300 Non-Member Full Course $350 Exam Only MPRA Member $130 Exam Only Non-Member $155 ​ ​ ONLINE REGISTRATION PAPER REG FORM PROGRAM DETAILS SCHEDULE Schedule Day 1: 8:00 am - Noon Welcome & Introduction, Foundation & Health Concerns, Circulation, Filters & Chemistry Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 - 5:00 pm Breakpoint Chlorination, Stabilization & Balance, Dosages & Testing, Automation & Controls, Deck Equipment Day 2: 8:00 am - Noon Heaters & Heating, Disinfection, Spas & Special Pools, Design & Maintenance Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 - 2:30 pm Human Resource Management, Programming, Fiscal Management 2:30 - 3:00 pm Exam Review Top of Page Program Details Registration Schedule

  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector | MPRA

    PROGRAM DETAILS HEALTH & SAFETY REGISTRATION SPONSORS LODGING March 28-30, 2023 >> St. Charles, MO << The Missouri Park & Recreation Association, in conjunction with the National Recreation and Park Association, offers the industry-leading certification program in playground safety, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program. The CPSI certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements, and risk management methods. Program Details PROGRAM DETAILS PREPARATION You will receive your course materials approximately three weeks prior to the first day of the course. It is extremely important that you read the course materials prior to attending the class. Failure to study the materials before the course commonly leads to failure of the exam. ​ CERTIFICATION You will receive a notification with your exam results 6-8 weeks after the exam directly from NRPA. If you pass the exam you will be certified as a CPSI Inspector for a period of three years. At the end of your certification cycle, you can elect to attend the course again (recommended) or elect to take the exam only. Due to changes in regulations and content, it is highly recommended your repeat the course work prior to renewing your certification. CEUs Earn 1.5 CEUs while participating in this seminar. Please be sure to sign the attendance roster for NRPA’s records before you leave the seminar. NRPA will forward you a transcript of your attendance 6-8 weeks after the course is finished. QUESTIONS? Contact Sarah Veile at the Missouri Park & Recreation Association at sarah@mopark.org or by calling 573-636-3828. Health & Safety HEALTH & SAFETY Participants of this course must: 1. Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms. 2. Masks will only be required if the hosting county has more than 100 new cases per 100,000 persons within the seven days leading up to the course or exceeds the CDC’s High Transmission Risk rate. Registration REGISTRATION WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Administrators * Supervisory Personnel * Public Works Department * Planning Department * Grounds Maintenance Staff * Engineers & Architects * Playground Equipment Sales Reps * Operators of Playgrounds in: Parks, Schools, Summer Camps, Day Camps, Day Care Centers, Etc. Agencies such as: YMCA, YWCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, Park & Recreation Departments, Etc. ​ Early Registration Deadline: Late Fee: $50.00 after 2/23/23 ​ MPRA Member Full Course $570 Non-Member Full Course $620 Exam Only MPRA Member $120 Exam Only Non-Member $145 MPRA Members are eligible for certification reimbursement. MORE DETAILS PROGRAM DETAILS PAPER REG FORM ONLINE REGISTRATION CPSI HANDBOOK Lodging LODGING Recommended Hotel: Country Inn and Suites 1190 S Main St, St Charles, MO 63301 tel:+1 (636) 206-3460 Link: http://bit.ly/3ZxJryi Other hotels: http://bit.ly/3GAGc0B Sponsors THANK YOU, SPONSORS! Top of Page Program Details Health & Safety Registration Lodging Sponsors

  • Maintenance Rodeo | MPRA

    January 11, 2023 St. Charles, MO Register for Region 4 Rodeo Register for Region 1 Rodeo January 18, 2023 Sedalia, MO Registration includes lunch and a t-shirt! Registration must be submitted by Friday, December 23, 2022! Rodeo Rules

  • Region 4 Conference | MPRA

    MPRA Region 4 Conference 2022 Thursday, November 17, 2022 Registration Schedule Event Location Lodging Sponsored by: Register REGISTRATION Fill out the registration form at the link below and return it to MPRA or if you know your login information, register online at the link below.. ​ Early Registration ends Friday, November 4. ​ Printable Registration Form Online Registration SOLD OUT! Mail to: Missouri Park and Recreation Association The Musco Lighting Building 2018 William Street Jefferson City, MO 65109-1186 To Pay With Credit Card: Call (573) 636-3828 ​ E-Mail to: info@mopark.org SCHEDULE Schedule LOCATION Lodging Wentzville Rec Center 500 Great Oaks Blvd Wentzville, MO 63385 Location LODGING Fairfield by Marriott 130 Crossroads South Drive Wentzville, MO 63385 636-332-5000 ​ Rate $115++ Ask for MPRA Region 4 Conference Rate Deadline: 10/28/22 Top of Page Register Schedule Lodging Location

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  • Forum | MPRA

    ESPECIALLY FOR MEMBERS Back to Home To see this working, head to your live site. Categories All Posts My Posts Login / Sign up MO Park & Rec Forums We invite you to explore the forums below. We hope you will find others with similar interests and advice to assist you! Create New Post Sports Forum Follow Views Posts 6 A place where sports professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and interact with others in the industry. Health & Wellness Forum Follow Views Posts 3 A place where health & wellness professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and interact with others in the industry. Day Camps Follow Views Posts 2 A place to share your ideas and ask questions of MPRA members for your Day Camps! New Professionals Forum Follow Views Posts 2 A place where new professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and interact with others in the industry. Aquatics Forum Follow Views Posts 1 A place where aquatics professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and interact with others in the industry. Park Resources Forum Follow Views Posts 5 A place where parks professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and interact with others in the industry. Programming & Marketing Follow Views Posts 8 A place where programming and marketing professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and interact. Forum - Frameless

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  • Special Programs | MPRA

    MPRA SPECIAL PROGRAMS Scholarships Certification Reimbursements Ticket Consignment Splash Pass Missouri Trails Project Helpful Links and Resources NRPA Equity in Practice Resources Scholarships ​ Eligible applicants or the annual conference scholarship must be a full-time employee or board/commission member of an MPRA agency member or an individual professional member of MPRA. For 2023, MPRA will be awarding a full conference scholarship to four (4) MPRA members, including a full delegate pass to the MPRA Conference and Expo; 3 room nights; and a $100 food and gas stipend. ​ ​ Application Due: December 1, 2022 ​ ​ Certification Reimbursements ​ MPRA may annually disburse the previous year's gains/contributions on the MPRA Education Fund, not to exceed $5,000. These funds will reimburse a full-time employee or board/commission member of an MPRA agency member, an individual professional member, organizational member, or student member of MPRA who successfully obtained or renewed a certification listed below (with priority going to new candidates). ​ ​ Application Due: December 1, 2022 Application Due: January 1, 2023 ​ Ticket Consignment ​ Discount amusement park tickets can be purchased at MPRA member parks and recreation departments across the state. The 2022 Ticket Consignment program is now underway. For more information on participating in this program, please contact the MPRA Office. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Splash Pass ​ The St. Louis area 2022 Splash Pass is a card that can be purchased for $50. ​A limited number of passes are available for purchase. Each Splash Pass card has two visit punches to each participating pool. The punches may be used by two different people. You can purchase Splash Passes from the pools listed on the links below, but be sure to call the pool first to check availability! ​ The Kansas City area will not be offering Splash Passes for 2022. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Missouri Trails Project ​ With the recognition from American Trails as the Best Trails State in 2013 and 2014, we have set out on a mission to gather all of Missouri's trail data by working with trail managers and partners statewide to provide a comprehensive resource for Missourians and visitors to the Show-Me State. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Helpful Links and Resources ​ Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program - Deadline to Apply - November 16, 2022 and February 8, 2023 ​ Supporting Healthy Aging Through Parks and Recreation (SHAPR) ​ Grant and Fundraising Resources from NRPA ​ ​ Equity in Practice Resource Library ​ This library includes various types of resources such as recommended articles, books, technical resources, podcasts, videos, open-access webinars, and activities that support individual learning of equity concepts across park and recreation functions. SOLD OUT FOR 2022 Conference Scholarship SPRING CPSI 2022 Ticket Sellers 2022 Ticket Forms Learn More SPRING AFO Visit Resource Library

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