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  • 29 Jul 2021 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KRPA is thrilled to announce a partnership with Mission Control and to host the first ever Kansas Recreational Esports Championship. This state-wide tournament will be an opportunity for your community to compete against other communities for the chance to be crowned champion.

    We'll host an educational webinar led by Mission Control on August 5th at 2pm. The webinar will address the basics of esports, the esports event and answer your questions regarding it all. Call link information is below. We look forward to seeing your town start esports and compete for the championship!

    Does my agency have to use Mission Control to run our esports qualifiers?

    No, you do not have to use Mission Control to run your qualifiers. There are many ways to run your qualifying tournaments or leagues, and they will be discussed at the webinar.

    How do I stay connected with other communities participating in this new opportunity?

    KRPA has started a discussion thread in the Locker Room. Click here and let us know  if you are coming to one of the webinar to learn more about this first-ever esports state championship.

    Have questions?

    If you have immediate questions, please contact Jamie Reed at jamie@krpa.org. A big thank you to the KRPA Esports Committee for their hard-work on this championship.
    Committee Members: 
    Jimmy Kegin, Eudora Parks and Recreation
    Jeremy Reimer, Lenexa Parks and Recreation
    Jaima Nicholson, Maize Recreation Commission
    Andrea Kelly, Maize Recreation Commission
    Trent Buchman, Blue Valley Recreation Commission

    Topic: Esports Education

    Time: Aug 5, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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  • 29 Jul 2021 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Safe Sitter, Inc. is now offering a special opportunity to KRPA members: become a Safe Sitter® Registered Provider and offer licensed babysitting training courses at a significantly reduced cost.

    For a limited time, KRPA members can apply to become a Safe Sitter® Registered Provider and avoid paying the $699 registration fee. Each member agency approved for the program will pay a discounted registration fee of $399, which includes a Game Pack, Graphics Pack, online Instructor training for one Instructor, marketing resources, and program support. Additional Instructors can be trained for $85 per person.

    Ongoing costs are minimal: every student in a Safe Sitter® class must have a Student Handbook ($18) which includes a Completion Card. Registered Providers order Handbooks from Safe Sitter, Inc. National Headquarters and then set and collect their own fees for their classes.

    Safe Sitter® courses prepare young teens with the life and safety skills they need when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. All courses are Instructor-led and filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students learn:

    · Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.

    · Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.

    · First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.

    · Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

    Safe Sitter, Inc., a nonprofit organization, has over 900 Registered Providers across the country. The program was created by nationally-recognized pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener in 1980 with the goal of partnering with organizations to have their own Instructors trained to teach the program.

    KRPA member agencies interested in applying to be a Safe Sitter® training site should contact Amanda Christian at Safe Sitter, Inc. (317.596.5001 x802 or achristian@safesitter.org). The link to the application is https://safesitterinc-abkbr.formstack.com/forms/new_site_application. Additional information about Safe Sitter® can be found at www.safesitter.org.

  • 15 Jul 2021 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Food, Fellowship, And Friendly Competition

    Are you ready for some friendly competition? Join us for the 2021 KRPA Golf Tournament on August 13th at 9:00am. This will be a fun, 4-person scramble and includes lunch and (2) drink tickets and is hosted by Emporia Recreation Commission. Registration closes on July 30, 2021.

    Click Here for Individual Registration

    Click Here for Team Registration

    August 13th, 9:00am
    Emporia Golf Course
    1133 S Highway 99
    Emporia, KS 66801

    $65 per person

    Not a golfer but want to enjoy the fun? Come join us on the course for a relaxing day in Emporia at the KRPA Cornhole tournament. Tournament starts at 10:30am on August 13th and includes lunch and (2) drink tickets.

    Register Here for Cornhole Tournament

    August 13th, 10:30am
    Emporia Golf Course
    1133 S Highway 99
    Emporia, KS 66801

    $25 per person

  • 01 Jul 2021 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On July 1st, 2021, Governor Kelly signed a proclamation celebrating Parks and Recreation professionals in Kansas. By signing the proclamation, July 16, 2021 is officially “Park and Recreation Professional Day” in Kansas. Park and Recreation Professional Day honors the men and women who work tirelessly throughout the state to provide the parks and recreation programs and facilities that Kansans enjoy every day.

    The services that park and recreation professionals provide are vital for our communities — from protecting open space and natural resources, to providing fitness programs, and, recently, providing essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — Parks and Recreation Professionals Day encourages everyone to reflect on the exponential value park and recreation professionals bring to communities and thank them.

    “We are extremely proud of all parks and recreation professionals in Kansas. During the pandemic, these professionals came together and safely provided services for all of Kansas. They were leaders across the state to provide guidelines on safety and meet the unique needs of their communities that arose the last 18 months. Their hard work, ingenuity, and essential services will continue to enrich Kansas long after this pandemic is over,” said Erika Devore, Executive Director of Kansas Park and Recreation Association. Click here to view the proclamation for Kansas Park and Recreation Professional Day.

    Along with Park and Recreation Professional Day, America celebrates Parks and Recreation Month throughout July. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role of local park and recreation professionals. Local Parks and Recreation agencies are celebrating throughout the state.

  • 21 Jun 2021 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you miss the KRPA News Member Call on June 16th? Don't worry! Grab your lunch or take a quick break and watch this short 30-minute video about all the latest KRPA News. Many KRPA projects were put on hold last year due to the pandemic, but now we are turning the page and moving forward.

  • 17 Jun 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Garden City Parks and Recreation

    Adventures in Garden City await you this summer. Garden City Parks and Recreation is participating in both the Splash Across Kansas and the Par Across Kansas program. Plan your visit around local events, make a splash at Garden Rapids at the Big Pool and play a round of golf at Buffalo Dune golf course. You are sure to enjoy the facilities that Garden City has to offer.

    Garden Rapids at the Big Pool is Garden City's destination water park.. Garden City's Big Pool has been well-know as the largest hand-dug public pool in the world since it was built in 1921. But, it doesn't look like it did in 1921 anymore. After major construction on the facility, it is now known as Garden Rapids. 

    Garden Rapids Fun Facts:
    -The slides at Garden Rapids are called Snake Springs.
    - D
    epending your weight and speed, users are launched about 10 feet in the air after sliding down the Fly High Slides.
    - It is the only municipally owned facility in the U.S. to have the Slip Stream stand up slide.
    - It is the only pool in the region to have Fly High Slides.

    Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas coupon book for your 2 admissions to this amazing, new aquatic park.

    Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City, KS. was ranked as the No. 1 municipally owned golf course in Kansas by Golf Digest magazine, and they were recognized by Golf Magazine and Travel & Leisure Magazine as places to play and best bangs for the buck. Challenging, enjoyable and affordable, Buffalo Dunes will give you a little bit of Scottish feel, as it is nestled among the historic sand hills six miles south of Garden City. Southwest Kansas offers a 4-season climate, and golf can be played throughout the year, weather permitting.

    Beautifully conditioned, the Dunes has bluegrass fairways, well-maintained bentgrass greens and native grasses that challenge the golfer and provide a memorable experience. Purchase your Par Across Kansas coupon book for discounts to Buffalo Dunes and 8 other courses.

    Here is a great resource to help plan your trip is www.visitgck.com. It has a complete list of upcoming events, hotels, and great places to eat for your visit.

    Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas coupon book yet to get your 2 admissions to Garden Rapids + 11 other aquatic parks across Kansas or your Par Across Kansas coupon book? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.

  • 17 Jun 2021 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KRPA has so many projects underway for 2021 and 2022. We held a short  member call on June 16th to update the KRPA Family. If you missed it, click here to watch a recording of the call. It's an easy 30 minute video to watch over your lunch break. If you have any questions about what was discussed, please do not hesitate to reach out to the KRPA office.

  • 16 Jun 2021 9:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cities Connecting Children to Nature, a partnership of the Children & Nature Network and the National League of Cities, invites organizations to participate in a CCCN Regional, State Nature Connection cohort to build capacity for building a network of cities collectively increase equitable access to high quality outdoor experiences and nature-based learning for children.

    This two-year peer learning and technical assistance engagement will build the capacity of participating organizations to support cities in advancing equitable nature connection strategies. Applications are due July 1st.

    Visit the CCCN Regional, State Nature Connection RFA  to learn more. 
    You may also reach out to Monica Lopez Magee, monica@childrenandnature.org with any additional questions.

  • 15 Jun 2021 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interested in helping to prioritize outdoor recreation projects and strategies in Kansas?    ‍♀️  ‍♂️ Simply fill out this short survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TH96Q2S, to give feedback on your use of outdoor recreation in 2019.

    This Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) survey results will influence where federal and state funds for outdoor recreation are distributed.

    OUTDOOR RECREATION refers to any form of outdoor activity pursued during your leisure time that provides personal enjoyment and satisfaction, including activities like camping, hunting, jogging, fishing, hiking, picnicking, playing outdoor sports (e.g., golf, soccer), etc.

    #krpa #scorp #outdoorrecreation

  • 10 Jun 2021 7:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KRPA Golf and Cornhole Tournament

    Join us for the 2021 KRPA Golf Tournament on August 13th at 9:00am. This will be a fun, 4-person scramble and includes lunch and (2) drink tickets and is hosted by Emporia Recreation Commission. Registration closes on July 30, 2021.

    Register Here for Golf Tournament

    August 13th, 9:00am
    Emporia Golf Course
    1133 S Highway 99
    Emporia, KS 66801

    $65 per person

    Not a golfer but want to enjoy the fun? Come join us on the course for a fun day in Emporia at the KRPA Cornhole tournament. Tournament starts at 10:30am on August 13th and includes lunch and (2) drink tickets.

    Register Here for Cornhole Tournament

    August 13th, 10:30am
    Emporia Golf Course
    1133 S Highway 99
    Emporia, KS 66801

    $25 per person

    Thank you, Emporia Rec, for graciously hosting these 2 events!

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