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  • 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.

  • 21 Nov 2019 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Changing Point with Ian Hill is offering a FREE webinar on December 6th from 12pm - 1pm about Maximizing the Use of Your Time.

    In today's hectic world there just doesn't seem to be enough time to get done all that is expected of us.  From responsibilities at work, obligations at home and our own self care...there just doesn't seem to be enough time!

    In December's Lunch and Learn Ian Hill will share with us a proven system to not just manage our time but to maximize it!

    He will show us how to align our daily activities with our long term goals, identify and utilize our high impact activities, and avoid our time stealers as well provide actionable tools that you can use right away.

    Join us December 6th and prepare to make 2020 the best year so far, by maximizing the use of your time at www.thechangingpointedu.com!

  • 05 Nov 2019 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KRPA is happy to announce that the KRPA Today Fall magazine is now available for KRPA members. This edition features:

    -KRPA Conference schedule

    -Article: Leadership: Values vs. Boundaries

    -Article: Filling the Empty Seats

    Read complete publication here.

  • 31 Oct 2019 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA), PlayCore, GameTime, and Cunningham Recreation are aligning resources and partnering for the second year to promote best practices in parks and recreation, provide quality education, and arm communities with evidence-based resources.

    Parks are essential to creating healthier, happier communities across generations. Complimentary professional development events will be hosted in April 2020 across the state of Kansas. These interactive education symposiums will help participants effectively fuel their community’s passion for play and recreation and empower stakeholders to become champions for high quality outdoor play and recreation environments that meet the diverse needs of children, families, and communities. 

    Attendees will be inspired by unique design and program innovations, leadership case examples, and strategies to creatively consider the needs and goals of community stakeholders. The content and hands-on learning activities will equip participants in developing strong advocacy messages of how investing in parks and recreation has a positive impact on building viable communities through physical activity, inclusive play, engagement with nature, and play value in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in communities across Kansas.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Develop advocacy messages describing why play and recreation is essential to a healthier and happier society.
    • Apply research-based design best practices to create high-quality outdoor play and recreation destinations.
    • Discuss model projects, positive community outcomes, and the benefits of inclusion, physical activity, and nature engagement.

    PlayCore's Center for Outreach, Research & Education is providing the statewide professional development services and GameTime will provide up to $1M in matching funds to assist agencies across Kansas create play and recreation destinations that have been thoroughly reviewed to align with research-based best practices. These projects will serve as National Demonstration Sites (NDS) and serve as national models for promoting physical activity, fitness, nature engagement, and inclusion.

    The sessions will offer Continuing Education Units for professionals and promise to be lively, informative, and educational. Lunch and educational resources will be provided by GameTime and Cunningham Recreation.

    To learn more about this partnership and ways to attend the events, please visit: www.gametime.com/krpa.

  • 25 Aug 2019 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Purchase Kansas City Chiefs Tickets and Support Kansas Parks and Recreation Professionals

    KRPA is participating in the Chiefs Ticket Fundraiser again this year to provide you with a chance to attend Kansas City Chiefs' home games and support the KRPA Scholarship Fund at the same time.

    Tickets are available to purchase for Chiefs home games in 2019, Tickets vary in price but $10 goes directly to KRPA. Here's a great opportunity to see the Chiefs play and also support park and recreation professionals across Kansas.

    Be sure to use the link below and the promo code: KRPA

    Current ticket options are for:
    Chiefs vs Ravens (Regular Season Game)- September 22
    Chiefs vs Colts (Regular Season Game)- October 6th
    Chiefs vs Texans (Regular Season Game)- October 13th
    Chiefs vs Packers (Regular Season Game)- October 27th
    Chiefs vs Vikings (Regular Season Game)- November 3rd
    Chiefs vs Raiders (Regular Season Game)- December 1st
    Chiefs vs Broncos (Regular Season Game)- December 15th
    Chiefs vs Chargers (Regular Season Game)- December 29th

    Tickets will be purchased and delivered directly from the KC Chiefs. Tickets are first come, first serve.

  • 20 Aug 2019 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's time to highlight your agency or share a job change with the KRPA family. This is a request for articles for the "Around KANSAS" and "Members on the Move" section of the KRPA Today magazine. Please send a 125 word or less article and photos of events, news, and KRPA members on the move that you would like published in that section of the magazine. The magazine will be published this fall. Article and photos are due by September 20, 2019 to amanda@krpa.org.

  • 10 Aug 2019 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Effective Motivation- Moving Others into Action

    When: 9/6/2019 from 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm
    Live broadcast at www.thechangingpoint.life/broadcast.

    Description: Motivation is the most over discussed and misunderstood aspect of leadership!  Pep talks and rah-rah speeches won’t move others into action today, there needs to be more! In this 45 minute live broadcast, Master Motivator Ian Hill will provide proven approaches to move others into sustained action and higher productivity. Participants will learn a system of motivation that will help others move to the ultimate motivation, self-motivation!

    Ian Hill facilitates the KRPA Leadership Intensive program. Registration is now open for the second round of Leadership Intensive that starts on October 10th. Click here to learn more about the program and hear from current Leadership Intensive participants. 

    Leadership Intensive is an individualized, competency based leadership development program that meets participants where they are at. It utilizes an innovative behavioral change model and a blended learning approach. The program has been designed specifically for the park and recreation sector and to accelerate demonstrated knowledge acquisition of director-level leadership competencies.

  • 01 Aug 2019 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hall of Fame Nominations

    Are you aware of a professional who committed a lengthy time of service to the field of parks and recreation in Kansas?  Please take this opportunity to pay tribute and honor this person by nominating them for the KRPA Hall of Fame. This year's Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame Luncheon and KRPA Conference Opening Session on February 10, 2020 in Topeka, Kansas. 

    Hall of Fame nominees must be retired from the profession for at least two (2) years and be a past member of KRPA. Professional nominees are preferred to have had professional certification but not required. Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the KRPA Board of Directors.

    The deadline to submit nominations for the KRPA Hall of Fame is September 13, 2019.  Please send nomination form or questions to Erika Devore (KRPA Executive Director) at erika@krpa.org.

  • 16 Jul 2019 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual KRPA Golf Tournament

    The 2019 KRPA golf tournament will be held Friday, August 23 at the City of Cheney’s Cherry Oaks Golf Course.  Registration will be open at 7:45 am and tee off will be at 8:30 am.  Team fee is $160 or $40 per participant.

    Register Here

    New this year, the KRPA board has decided to make a change with the event.  Instead of having the tournament serve as a fundraiser for KRPA, the goal of the event has shifted focus more to being a great opportunity for socializing and networking with other KRPA members and vendors.  We hope the tournament will serve as a way members can bring fellow area members, their staffs and board members for a great time playing and meeting with other parks and recreation professionals in a fun setting at a great course. For questions regarding this year's golf tournament, please contact Brent Peintner at brent@cheneyrecreation.com.

    Cherry Oaks is an 18-hole public/municipal course located in Cheney just 20 minutes west of Wichita off of highway 54. The course has hosted numerous KSHSAA regional and state golf tournaments over the years.  It continues to improve yearly with concrete cart paths, new trees, an outdoor pavilion and more.  Visit www.cherryoaksgc.com for additional information on the course.

  • 14 May 2019 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hays Aquatic Park

    Sitting right off of I-70, Hays is a great day trip or excursion stop on your vacation drive. Hays Aquatic Park is a great place to adventure and let off some energy. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas card for your visit to Hay’s fun aquatic park.

    Hays Aquatic Park is complete with two very challenging slides and a lazy river. It also contains leisure and competition pools with diving boards, concessions, shaded lounging stations and a splash pool for young swimmers.

    Plan your visit to Hays Aquatic Park around other events going on in Hays. Consider visiting the Megalodon: The Largest Shark that Ever Lived exhibit at the Sternberg Museum which runs through the summer. Visit Hays has a complete list of upcoming events and great places to eat for your trip to Hays.

    Haven't purchased your Splash Across Kansas card yet to get your 2 admissions to Hays Aquatic Center + 16 other aquatic parks across Kansas? Don't miss out! Purchase your card here.

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