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Happy New Year!

31 Dec 2019 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

New Year Opportunities

This time of year always brings the opportunity to reflect on the successes and growth that came in 2019 and look ahead to what we hope 2020 will hold. Kansas Recreation and Park Association wants to take a minute to thank you, our members and family, for letting us serve you and thank all the professionals who invested their time and resources into the success of our association and the park and recreation profession.

KRPA looks to the future year with great anticipation. We are excited to work with you in 2020 and help improve the health and wellness of Kansans across the state.

Upcoming 2020 Events

Annual KRPA Conference and Trade Show-
February 10-12, 2020 in Topeka, KS

The countdown is on for the start of the 2020 KRPA Conference in Topeka, KS. For over 70 years, parks and recreation professionals in Kansas have gathered together for the Annual KRPA Conference. This outstanding park and recreation conference attracts over 400 professionals and elected officials for three exciting days of quality educational programming, networking and professional development. Featuring over 65 educational sessions and a trade show where more than 90 exhibitors showcase their latest and greatest products and services, the 2020 Conference is sure to be the place to be next February! Click here to learn more about the complete schedulehotel room blockregistration, and more.

Aquatic Facility Operator Certification Course and Exam-
March 11-12, 2020 in Derby and April 15-16, 2020 in Lawrence


The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) program is an advanced, state of-the-art educational training program for those persons managing and operating aquatic facilities. The AFO program is fast becoming the leading training opportunity for pool operators and aquatic facility managers in the United States and to date has certified over 16,000 aquatic facility operators in the 16 years of existence. Click here to learn more.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam-
March 3-5, 2020 in Mission, KS


The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) course promotes children’s right to play and promotes the importance of play in children’s development. CPSI provides the most current comprehensive training program on playground safety including the development and distribution of playground training and safety products. CPSI provides input to help develop responsible public policy for the guaranteed safety of our children while at the same time advocating sound fiscal responsibility to provide resources for the ongoing maintenance and support of the policy. Click here to learn more.

Marketing Workshop-
March 31, 2020 in Emporia, KS

This new workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends and best-practices for marketing, social media and more. Morning and early afternoon sessions will feature a special keynote speaker and then join the Marketing Committee for their 60-in-60 afternoon session. Registration and details will be available soon.

Recreation Commission Summit-
April 8-9, 2020 in Derby, KS

This once a year workshop gives recreation commissions the opportunity to review the budget process, network to discuss what is effecting recreation commissions, educational opportunity for recreation commission board members, and what the future might hold for recreation commissions in Kansas. More information and details will be announced at a later date.

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