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  • 03 May 2022 9:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual KRPA Golf Tournament

    Join your fellow KRPA members and friends at the 2022 KRPA Golf Tournament. It will be held Friday, August 19th at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield. This event is a perfect opportunity for socializing, networking and reconnecting with other KRPA members and vendors in a fun and safe setting. For questions regarding this year's golf tournament, please contact Candi Fox at candifox@winfieldrec.com.

    Tournament Details:
    · $60/golfer or $240/team
    · Includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, carts fitted with GPS, two drink tickets, donuts, lunch and mulligans (beverages can be purchased in the clubhouse)
    ·  4 person scramble format
    · Registration and Range opens at 8:00am
    · Shotgun start at 9:00am
    · Lunch will be ready after completion of your round
    · Deadline to register is August 12, 2022.

    Click Here for Registration Form

  • 20 Apr 2022 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As 2022 moves forward so do many projects and events that KRPA has been working on this year. KRPA staff and committee members are excited to share with you a plethora of exciting news from a new Recruitment Toolkit, upcoming KRPA events, and more. Join us on May 3rd at 3pm for a fun KRPA Family meeting. Zoom information below. Click here to add it to your calendar.

    KRPA Member Call Zoom Information

    Topic: Member Informational Call
    Date: Tue 5/3/2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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  • 09 Mar 2022 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you have an idea for a great educational session for conference? Do you have a skill that you could share with your fellow members? Please take a minute to share it with KRPA by turning in your Educational Session Proposal form (pdf). This form must be filled out completely (typed only) for the session to be considered by the branch board. Branch representatives will contact speakers to confirm or decline session proposals. The KRPA Office will finalize all contractual arrangements with selected paid speakers. Session Proposal forms are due by May 2, 2022.

    Click Here for Educational Session Proposal Form

    Commercial companies MUST be a conference exhibitor at the $825 or higher to present a session at the conference. To become a conference exhibitor or corporate partner, please contact Jamie Reed.

  • 28 Feb 2022 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 1981, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration began the Legends of Parks and Recreation Program. The program creates and shares one-on-one video interviews of distinguished administrators, educators, citizen advocates and policymakers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Parks and Recreation. They are seeking nominations to honor individuals for the 2022 Legends Program.

    To nominate an individual, please consider the following criteria:

    1. Experience (professional and/or volunteer related to the field of Parks and Recreation).

    2. Explanation as to why this person is being nominated as a Legend (provide one or more of the following chief accomplishments):

    i.          Major project(s) completed.

    ii.         Instituted concept, idea, or support for same.

    iii.        Made advancements in outdoor recreation in their field.

    iv.        Significant positive changes for the betterment of parks and recreation through their leadership.

    v.         Applied research to the field of parks and recreation.

    vi.        Any other significant contributions.

    Membership in the Academy is not required as a nominator or nominee. Return completed nomination form to Dan West and Leon Younger no later than June 4, 2022.

    Legends Nomination - Nomination Form 2022.pdf

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact Legends Chair, Dan West at danwest@broward.orgor Leon Younger, Legends Vice Chair at leon.younger@prosconsulting.com.

  • 02 Feb 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Share your park and recreation stories with us!
    From 'I can't believe that just happened..." to "Only in park and recreation, would you hear..." we want to hear all your stories.

    At the 2022 KRPA Conference in Manhattan a few weeks ago, we asked attendees to share their "Tall Tales" from parks and recreation. Here are some of our favorites:

    - A gentleman stopped at the office to ask if there was a cabin available, because it was such a nice day and he and his secretary wanted to be at the lake, doing some "paperwork".......TMI!!!!
    - I had a parent ask if we were doing something different with the ballfields because her son was getting way dirtier than he did the precious year. She asked us to clean it up. I simply said maybe he has improved and is playing more. "Hmm... you might be right," she replied.
    - A mom wanted her son to play up a level in Rec basketball. Said he’s great shooter never ever misses jump shots. He was really young and didn’t meet this age requirement but we amused her and allowed him to test in our assessment night. Child did not do well that night. Then mom says “it’s so weird he’s not making these shots. He never misses on the hoops at Dave and busters!” 
    - My first year as Sports Director at Garden City Rec Commission I was at a youth soccer game. I was watching the kid in the goalie box dancing around. When the ball went to the other end, he turned and peed in the goalie box not wanting to leave the game. He was a country kid so no big deal to him. Only a few of us saw it.

    To share your story, click here to fill out a short form. You may stay anonymous if you like. If you share your name with your story, it would be for us to follow-up for more details if needed.

    Below you will find some prompts to get you started:

    • Tell us a story about dealing with/working with a coach - Sports
    • Tell us your story about a Mom that you had to deal with - ALL
    • Tell us the craziest thing that you have found in one of your parks - Parks
    • Tell us about an encounter with a domestic or wild animal – Parks/Park Law
    • Tell us some of the things that you have found in your pond/lake/pool – Aquatics/Rec
    • Tell us some of the best excuses you have heard for not working out - Wellness
    • Tell us about the craziest thing you have someone do in your fitness center - Wellness
    • Tell us about the worst entertainer/entertainment that you had at an event - Rec
    • What is the worst thing a patron has ever said to you/called you - ALL
    • What is the worst thing a resident has ever said to you/called you - ALL
    • Tell us about some of the graffiti you have cleaned/seen in your facility/park - Psark
    • Share your story about your most unusual rental group 
    • Tell us the craziest thing that has happened at a council meeting - Admin
    • Tell us the craziest thing that a resident has asked in a council meeting - Admin
    • Tell us the craziest thing that has ever been stolen from your facility
    • Tell us the craziest, most bizarre reaction from a resident about a proposed project - Admin
    • Tell us your best “PITA” story - ALL
    • Tell us some of your best interview question answers – ALL
    • Tell us the story of a vendor and something that they wanted to sell in your farmer’s market, but obviously is not allowed
    • Tell us some of your senior complaints, we all know you have them
    • Tell us the worst mess that you, or your staff, has had to clean
  • 12 Jan 2022 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Before You Head to Manhattan

    Be prepared.  Make the most of your time and resources at the 2020 KRPA Conference and Trade Show by sitting down and formulating a plan first.

    1)      Download the conference app

    The KRPA conference app contains all of the essential information that you will need while attending conference. It has the schedule, the speakers, the vendors, maps for the conference center, and more. You should have received an email inviting you to the app from Crowd Compass. If you did not, please click here to learn how to access the app. Don’t forget to allow push notifications from this app during your time at conference so you don't miss out on any important updates.

    2) Review the schedule.

    This one’s a no-brainer. Set a goal for what you’d like to learn at the conference, and use the schedule to devise a plan to meet your goal. Log-in and create a customized agenda within the conference app. Make sure to attend conference-wide events such as the keynote speakers. If you prefer a hard-copy, please remember to print the schedule-pdf before you arrive at conference.

    Also, make sure you are registered on the KRPA website for the park tour, the Olympic, and Painting social.

    3) Bring some extra cash

    Silent Auction Purchases. Don’t forget there will be a silent auction at the Trade Show and run via Facebook. Andy from Manhattan Parks and Recreation has done a great job gathering items for this year's silent auction. It will be full of items from vendors, apparel, gift cards, and more. You will find a treasure that you might want to take home, so be prepared.
    "Great Scotch" Spirit Pull. Bring your cash and your luck to the Branch Award Social. The conference planning committee will host the "Great Scotch" spirit pull at the Branch Award social on Wednesday, January 19th. The "Great Scotch" fundraiser is a blind draw where every ticket buyer wins. A variety of spirits are placed in individual bags so the labels can’t be seen. The spirits range from beer, wine, scotch and more. The wrapped bottles are numbered. Each person who buys a $20 Great Scotch ticket then selects a number that corresponds to a bag which could contain anything from a bottle of smooth Glenlivet Scotch or a case of Natty Light.
    Trade Show Raffle. The "Save the Scholarship Fund" fundraiser will be a raffle drawing for great prizes like the Oculus Quest 2, gifts cards, cash and more throughout the Trade Show. Purchase 10 tickets for $20 from a KRPA Board member or at the registration table. Participants then enter the raffle by placing their tickets in prize can of your choice placed through the Trade Show. Is it better to put all your tickets into one drawing, or distribute them over all the drawings? The choice is up to you. The winning ticket for each prize will be drawn at 2:30pm. Winners do not have to present at the time of drawing.

    4) Watch the 80's Classic "Back to the Future"

    Here's a special tip for this year's conference. Grab some popcorn and take a break before next Wednesday to watch "Back to the Future." Whether you grew up dreaming of riding a hoverboard or wonder "What's a DeLorean?", this movie is worth your watch!

    5) Bring the right gear

    ·         Pack enough business cards. Make sure you have some business cards handy to share with new contacts.

    ·         Bring layers of clothes. Conference center rooms notoriously fluctuate in temperatures because of the location or number of session attendees, so dress in layers and you will be prepared for any situation

    When You Arrive

    6) Come to the registration desk

    Don’t get stuck at the registration table and miss your first session. Visit Jamie Reed and her awesome volunteers early to pick up your nametag, your CEU form (if needed) and get any questions answered.

    7) Divide and conquer

    If you’re attending with coworkers, try and see as much as possible. Splitting up for sessions will maximize how much you’re able to learn and ensure that each of you has unique insights to take back to your company.

    On your own?  Discovering how your agency fits into the larger Kansas park and recreation field and how other agencies run, is an invaluable insight. A conference provides a unique opportunity to pick the brains of fellow members and agencies, which leads us to Tip #8.

    8) Connect with fellow KRPA Members

    Networking with other professionals in your field is a highlight of the KRPA conference and our association. Make time to connect with fellow members. Attend the branch social and meet people in your field of expertise. Exchange information--- when you have questions and need help later in the year, you’ll have the new connections to contact for support.

    When you are home and waiting for the 2022 KRPA Conference in Overland Park

    9) Gather your thoughts

    All that information you gathered from sessions and new contacts from the conference and the trade show can quickly be forgotten if not organized right away. Write down your key takeaways. Enter new contacts into your address book. Fill out the KRPA post-conference survey which will be on the app and sent out via email.

    10) Prepare to share your Ideas for future when you arrive home

    Send follow-up notes and LinkedIn requests to your new contacts while the conference is still fresh in your mind. Include a personalized message to accompany your request on LinkedIn. Remember to make yourself memorable by reminding your new contact what you discussed. 

    Schedule a team meeting for the week or two after conference. Share the insights you gained at conference that are likely to be useful to your agency. Or, write an email to document the most valuable information. There’s no better place than a conference to take stock of the state of your agency and your profession. 

  • 08 Nov 2021 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2021 Kansas Esports State Championship Winners Announced

    After two tournament days, we have the winners of the inaugural Kansas Esports State Championship. Competition was held for 4 games: Rocket League, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Fortnite and Super Smash Brothers.

    Participants from 6 agencies across Kansas competed on October 22-23, 2021 virtually to be crowned the winner. Join us in congratulating Logan of Lenexa Parks and Recreation as the Mario Kart champion, Anthony of Lenexa Parks and Recreation as the Super Smash Brother champion, Luke of Maize Recreation Commission as the Fortnite champion, and Anthony & Andrew of Lenexa Parks and Recreation as the Rocket League 2v2 champions.

    Special thanks to all our participants and the KRPA esports committee for bringing this tournament to fruition. KRPA partnered with Mission Control to host this state tournament. We look forward to holding another esports tournament next year. More information to come.

  • 20 Sep 2021 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Won’t be the Off Season We Were Hoping For
    Sponsored Post by Kathy Stanley, Commercial Aquatic Services

    As one of the most challenging pool seasons we’ve experienced comes to an end, our initial reaction was one of relief. And before the sigh could escape, more hits have started coming.

    We received notification from one of the chemical companies that prices will be increasing 15% – 30% in the coming weeks. We’re seeing equipment prices increasing by 10% – 50%. This, after watching the prices climb all year, across every product line.

    These increases are due to escalating costs of raw materials, freight problems, packaging components, labor shortages, increased labor costs, and most recently – Hurricane Ida. All of these factors have created the ‘Perfect Storm’ if you will, with no end in sight. We’re still suffering the devastating effects of the Winter Storm Uri that brought severe destruction to much of the southern states. All available inventory was snatched up for repairs of the facilities, that were not prepared for the freezing temperatures they had to endure for days on end.

    The resin industry initially was struggling from COVID-19, when Winter Storm Uri hit, and the latest hurdle now being Hurricane Ida. These resins are needed for plastic processors across the country. Without the necessary supply, factories are unable to manufacture injection molded parts. The already short supply, coupled with the high demand, has our industry feeling the pain in every nook and cranny.

    The chemical supply chains are suffering as well. This goes beyond the chlorine production plant fire in 2020. We all thought if we could just get through 2021 summer season manufacturing would be able to catch back up again. But these supply problems are so closely intertwined. Without the molded plastics, we don’t have buckets, or jugs, or drums to hold the chemicals. With the rail damage from the hurricane, we don’t have a way to ship product out. If we can’t get the ingredients, we can’t manufacturer the products. The plants had to shut down for the hurricane, if they suffered damage in the storm, the damages have to be repaired – but where will the parts come from? This vicious circle is exhausting.

    This post isn’t to cause panic for our industry, but rather an awareness. And through that awareness, maybe, just maybe, bring more preparedness. Budgets will have to be adjusted, prices will need to increase for everyone, and it’s up to us to communicate this information as early, and as frequently as necessary to make sure that everyone understands what we’re facing.

  • 09 Sep 2021 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 4 Recreational Trends Hitting the Region
    Sponsored Post by: Landworks Studio, 2021 KRPA Women's Leadership Summit Sponsor

    As we’ve created city-wide parks and recreation master plans over the last few years, we’ve noticed a series of recreational trends. No matter the size of the community these items are highly valued by residents in all areas. In fact, over the last year, the cities of Andover, Kansas; Joplin, Missouri; and Smithville, Missouri all shared similar wants and needs when it came to planning for parks and recreation. 

    The four primary trends we identified included:

    • A greater demand for more biking and walking trails. Prior to the pandemic, trails were gaining traction in local communities. However, with more people moving outside, their usage has continued to rise. Trails are important connectors, linking people to destinations, one another, and nature.  
    • The increased popularity of adult fitness and wellness programs. With an active and growing senior population, cities are looking beyond typical playground equipment and adding amenities for all ages, like outdoor stationary bikes and step/climbers, as well as challenge courses.
    • The usage of parks and recreational assets as economic development drivers. Cities in the area are leveraging park assets to attract new businesses and residences. Meadowbrook Park is an excellent case study in how a public and private partnership can benefit the entire area.
    • A shift toward more holistic parks and recreation master plans. Instead of focusing on individual facilities, cities are using a larger scale, strategic approach. This is beneficial, because it considers all aspects of a community and its population in the broadest sense to determine needs and solve problems. The plans provide short-term goals, which can demonstrate immediate commitment to a community, while creating a path forward to reach targets further along the horizon. 

    While these four items were popular in the region, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) identified a few other trends. The first is a focus on health and health equity. Technology is another, as parks and recreation departments determine how to not only make facilities more technologically advanced, but also better utilize the data they collect. Navigating climate change and creating virtual programming are other concerns. 

    One timely trend is the integration of Insta-worthy parks. In an effort to further increase facility usage, NRPA reports that many cities are incorporating photo opportunities. This tactic provides natural, grassroots promotion, as residents and visitors share their experiences online. 

    In addition to these trends, parks and recreation facilities saw a surge in usage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing practices created an increased need for outdoor spaces and recreational activities. In fact, not only did some city parks experience 50 percent¹ more visitors than previous years, but there was also a record-breaking number of bicycle sales in the year 2020. The number of leisure bike sales skyrocketed 121 percent compared to 2019². This increased need for outdoor space and recreational activities influenced trends in Andover, Smithville, and Joplin. After going through the master planning process with all three communities, it was clear the parks and recreation departments were attempting to keep up with the change in demand. They looked to our studio to help them do it. 

    To learn more about our master planning process or how to incorporate these trends, contact our team at www.landworksstudio.com.

    ¹ WHYY, PBS, NPR – Philly Parks Dept: City parks saw 50% more visitors in 2020, December 26, 2020
    ² New York Times- Thinking of Buying a Bike? Get Ready for a Very Long Wait, May 18, 2020

    Meadowbrook Park, Prairie Village, KS - This park was master planned and designed by Landworks Studio, once built, it acted as the catalyst for the adjacent residential and commercial development. (Images by: Landworks Studio)

  • 12 Aug 2021 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado Park & Recreation Association (CPRA) is leading the way for a national recruitment videos for parks and recreation across the nation. You are invited (and KRPA highly encourages you) to participate in this fun and important opportunity. 

    KRPA Recruitment Committee has been working hard to put together a Recruitment Toolkit to roll out in January 2022 to aid KRPA member agencies in recruiting employees and promoting the profession across the state. This national video and possibly a local Kansas video will be available as part of this toolkit.

    CPRA has teamed with Gametime to produce this recruitment video. NRPA has also come along side to support this effort. 

    How can you participate and help? 
    CPRA and KRPA need short video vignettes of P&R professionals from seasonal to full-time and everywhere in between! We want to highlight the reality of the industry from your point of view. We hope to use these testimonials to show job seekers why a career in P&R is a viable and sustainable path with a variety of opportunities available. Tell them why you chose Parks & Rec!

    PR Marketing Video Submission Instructions.pdf

    What could your submissions include?

    - Short video interview under 30 seconds (Ideally close to 10 seconds of solid testimonial)
    - B-Roll: A wide variety of different shots that illustrate the story and interview audio
    - Slow pans with slight movement showing the surroundings of your position
    Ex: The view of the pool from a Lifeguard stand or underwater footage with a GoPro
    - Dynamic action shots with different angles
    Ex: Instructors giving programming classes with unique viewpoints
    - Whatever else you imagine when describing how much you love your job!
    Ex: Staff laughing together; connecting with your community, etc.

    Content Requirements:
    All contributors must choose a Category and a Prompt to work from! (Only 1 each per submission!)
    - Categories:
    Aquatics and Lifeguards
    Customer Service and Facilities
    Trails and Open Space
    Programming (Summer Camps, TR, Youth, Athletics, etc.)
    - Prompts:
    “I love my job because…”-“I choose P&R as a career because…”
    “A career in P&R means…”-“P&R provides me with…”
    “I stay in P&R because…”-“Every day I get to…”
    “Over the past _ years, I’ve gotten to…”

    Formatting Requirements:
    - 16 x 9 horizontal shots
    - 1080p (Standard 1920 x 1080)
    Can find in video settings on most phones or recording devices
    4k is fine, but no smaller than 1080p will be accepted
    - Audio:
    Shoot in a quiet location
    Separate mics are ideal when possible
    The closer to the mic the better!

    Recording Requirements & Tips:
    1/3 Rule: Have subject on 1/3 of the camera view
    Start recording a few seconds before your subject starts speaking
    - This will ensure that you capture the entire story
    Place interviewer off to the opposite side from subject, so subject is looking diagonally across the screen
    -Even if no interviewer is present, pretend there is!

    - Wear agency t-shirt/uniform or other logoed clothing items if possible
    - Start with your name, agency, title, and how many years you’ve been in the field
    - Restate your chosen prompt to begin your story
    Ex: “I love my job because…” then continue with your quick, personal story
    - Do NOT look directly into the camera
    - Speak to an (imaginary or real) interviewer off to the opposite side of the camera
    - Keep the sun to the side (ideal) or in front of you!
    - Keep content quick and to the point, and stay enthusiastic!

    Sending in Submissions:
    - Please submit all content to amanda@krpa.org.
    - All Submissions are due by September 8th, 2021!o

    In your submission be sure to tell us the name of your employer, city, and state!
    • Include name of subject and their agency in file descriptions

    Submit a Release Form with all content
    - A Release Form is required to be signed and submitted by every video subject
    If the subject is under 18, their parent(s)/guardian(s) MUST sign the release!

    Other Details:

    We cannot guarantee that a submission will be used in any of the videos in this campaign, but we truly appreciate your contribution! We hope to create a library of content to be available to YOU and your peers nationally for any further projects or marketing that would benefit from these collected stories. Thank you for your contribution to this resource and for helping us share the good word about the industry we all love!

    - Submissions due by September 8th
    - Campaign rolls out in January 2022!

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