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  • 02 Nov 2017 3:06 PM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, KAN -- Terry Bertel retires from Shawnee County Parks + Recreation after a 33-year career.  Having announced his retirement, Bertels will work his final day with SCP+R on November 9.

    In contributing to the parks and recreation profession, Bertels has hosted Kansas Recreation and Park Association conferences and assisted in the planning of a number more. He has furthered the Senior Olympics and the Sunflower State Games in Kansas. He is also appreciated for having mentored a number of co-workers who have advanced in the parks and recreation profession.

    “Terry Bertels is not an attention seeker, but his integrity and his quiet, calm, competent leadership style have earned him the respect of all who deal with him,” said John Knight, director, SCP+R. “He has a commitment to his profession and an unwavering desire to serve his peers, co-workers and the patrons of Shawnee County Parks + Recreation.”  Click here to view complete press release on Bertels' retirement.

    Shawnee County will host a reception for Bertels on November 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds Lodge, Lake Shawnee. Click here to view invitation to retirement reception.


  • 30 Oct 2017 11:27 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    Kansas Appleseed is partnering with the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Health Foundation to host five regional Summer Food Service Program Summits across Kansas in November.

    Many Parks and Recreation Commissions throughout the state are highly involved in serving summer meals or providing a summer meals location in their communities, and Kansas Appleseed would love for anyone interested in either learning more about the Kansas Kids Table program or learning new innovative tactics to increase participation and overcome obstacles to join!

    Here's a fact sheet about the program. 

    Agendas and RSVP info can also be found here: http://www.kansaskidstable.org/2017-agenda.html

    The dates and locations are as follows: 
    - Dodge City, November 7
    - Oakley, November 8
    - Iola, November 13
    - Salina, November 14
    - Bonner Springs, November 16

  • 24 Oct 2017 12:43 PM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    KRPA is on the road for our Annual President't Tour. This year, Kelby Hellwig (KRPA President) along with some KRPA staff are touring some southeast Kansas agencies. They started their tour yesterday (October 23, 2017) and will conclude today. Remember to read the winter editions of the KRPA Today magazine to be published in January to hear all about Kelby's experience and what he learned on his President's Tour. #LoveKSParkRec

  • 23 Oct 2017 11:37 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

     Honor Someone From Your Agency or Your Community for Their Efforts to Support Parks and Recreation in Kansas

    Are you aware of someone or program that stands out in their Park and Recreations field?  Please take this opportunity to pay tribute and honor individuals who are important in our communities by nominating them to be honored at the annual KRPA Conference and Trade Show.

    Nomination forms available here. Nomination deadline is November 17, 2017. Contact the KRPA Office
     with questions.


  • 19 Oct 2017 9:40 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    Health and Wellness is a growing area in the park and recreation profession. As the Recreation and Park profession changes, our association needs to stay relevant to the needs of our members.  Therefore, the KRPA board has voted to change the TR/Aging branch to the Wellness branch.

    Our branches contribute to the educational sessions at the KRPA conference, host workshops and provide networking opportunities for our members to meet others in similar areas of the profession. We will continue to provide educational sessions geared toward TR and aging but will broaden the education to include more health and wellness opportunities.

    We encourage all members who have an interest or job responsibilities related to wellness to consider running for the branch board. We hope to make this branch a huge success.

    Thank you,

    Erika Devore, MS, RD
    Executive Director


  • 17 Oct 2017 1:58 PM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    KRPA is excited to release a new Kansas Park and Recreation Promotional video. With the help from our friends at Feature Group, we have put together a video to showcase what Parks and Recreation bring to Kansas communities. We, at KRPA, desire to a vibrant Parks and Recreation program in very Kansas community. To access the toolkit, click here.

  • 17 Oct 2017 11:26 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    The 2018 KRPA Conference and Trade Show registration is now open. The Conference will be on January 23-25, 2018 in Wichita, KS. This is the 70th year for the KRPA Conference. We will be "Riding the Wings of Change." Click here to register.

    The 2018 CPSI Course and Exam registration is also open. The course will be March 6 & 7, 2018 in Shawnee, KS, and the exam will follow on March 8th. Click here to register.

  • 10 Oct 2017 8:53 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    We knew we had the best Park and Rec professionals in the country but the strongest too?!? #KansasProud #LoveKSParkRec


  • 28 Sep 2017 8:59 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    KRPA has undergone lots of changes in the last few months. Our office has been renovated (stop by sometime to see the changes), and we have added another new staff member.

    Meet Kelli Maydew, KRPA's new Program Manager. Kelli joined the KRPA staff on September 18, 2017. Kelli will handle all memberships, program registrations, workshop development and any new program and services coming from KRPA.

    Most recently, Kelli was a member of the lobbying team at Devine, Donley & Murray Governmental Affairs. Kelli was responsible for covering pertinent committees during the Legislative Session, as well as client communications. She also did the firm's event planning and served as the office manager.

    Kelli also worked at the Kansas Livestock Association for over four years as part of the Government Affairs staff. While at KLA, Kelli gained experience in legal research, policy implementation, legislative lobbying, and membership communications.

    Kelli resides in Topeka with her husband, Eric, and son, Easton.  

  • 18 Sep 2017 9:43 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    KState sports properties, Stormont Vail and the Kansas Health Foundation have teamed up to create the Powercat Health Partnership. The Partnership was formed to raise money for an organization to impact health and wellness statewide. KRPA was chosen as the recipient of the money raised!

    You will hear several ads on the radio and TV promoting the partnership during the games. Stormont Vail and KHF will donate money for each field goal (football) and 3 point basket (basketball) made by the KSU football and basketball team. This should draw a lot of attention as Coach Bill Snyder is the spokesperson.

    Here is a link to the press release.

    They have also created a social media contest, powercat health. Click here for more information.

    We are grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of these funds. This is directly attributed to the hard work and dedication of our members in creating an environment for all Kansans to be healthy. 


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