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  • 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
    http://www.chiefs.com/ticketfundraiser/

    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.


  • 10 May 2019 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wetlands Waterpark- Great Bend

    Great Bend is only a few hours drive from Wichita and Topeka. It is a hidden gem in Central Kansas and well worth adding it to your summer bucket list, especially if you include a visit to Wetlands Waterpark in your plans. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas card for your visit to Great Bend's awesome aquatic park.


    The Wetlands at Great Bend is located at 2303 Main in Brit Spaugh Park. The water park, owned and operated by the City of Great Bend. The original pool is still in existence, but many other changes have taken place throughout the years. In 2005, the pool underwent a major renovation.  With the addition of a new bathhouse and concession area, a modern water feature that includes a tipping bucket, several slides for visitors of all ages, a spray park, a zero depth splash pool, and numerous colorful shade structures throughout the facility, Wetlands Waterpark has become one of the finest water parks in Central Kansas.


    Plan your visit to Wetlands Waterpark around other events going on in Great Bend. Consider attending the June Jaunt festival which runs May 31st-June 2nd or Party in the Park on August 10th. Visit the Great Bend Zoo. Wouldn't it be fun for the kids to get worn out at the Wetlands Waterpark and then attend an outdoor movie night?  Click here for a complete list of the City of Great Bends’s summer events.

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


  • 07 May 2019 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rock River Rapids- Derby

    As the largest suburb of Wichita, Derby is an easy mini vacation for anyone in Kansas. Derby’s Rock River Rapids is a must for your summer bucket list. Don’t forget to purchase your Splash Across Kansas card for your visit to Derby’s awesome aquatic park.


    Rock River Rapids is a full service aquatic park with concessions, lockers, a bathhouse and gift counter. There are numerous areas at the park liberally equipped with lounge chairs for relaxing. Rock River Rapids has four featured slides to choose from. Take a raft ride with a friend or kick up the excitement with a thrilling drop off the speed slide! The park also has a lap pool, a lazy river and a zero depth pool for the younger visitors.


    Plan your visit to Rock River Rapids around other events going on in Derby. Consider attending the Smoke on the Plains: Derby BBQ and Music Fest which runs June 6-8. After splashing the day away, stay for the 1st ever Family Camp Out at Derby’s newest park or attend Derby’s Theater in the Park at High Park Amphitheater for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Free and open to the public. Click here for a complete list of Derby Recreation Commission’s summer events.

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

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