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  • 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. 

  • 31 Aug 2017 11:28 AM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    Please welcome Amanda Sterling to the KRPA staff as the new Communication Coordinator. Amanda may look familiar. You may have seen her running around the conference in past years or corresponded with her about magazine articles. She has been involved with KRPA for almost 11 years doing contract work as our bookkeeper, photographer and communication work. Amanda officially joined our staff last week. She will be taking care of the KRPA Today magazine, the KRPA website and all news for members. If you need to reach her, she will be in the office most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays or email her at amanda@krpa.org.

  • 13 Aug 2017 8:54 PM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    The Missouri Park and Recreation Association and Kansas Recreation and Park Association have joined forces to present the sixth annual MPRA-KRPA Parks and Recreation Executive Forum on October 25-26, 2017. This dynamic leadership conference targets upper-level management professionals in key decision making positions within public agencies in Missouri and Kansas providing parks, recreation and similar community services. We invite you to take advantage of this unique opportunity! 

    For more information click http://www.mopark.org/executiveforum.html.

    EF Registration Form 2017 (1).pdf

  • 20 Mar 2017 4:15 PM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    The schedule for the Midwest Regional Conference is released and posted to the website. Click here to view.

  • 19 Mar 2017 9:24 PM | Amanda Sterling (Administrator)

    KRPA members, 
    We have been working for the last few years to encourage our members to engage in the association’s advocacy efforts. In the next week, we have two opportunities for you to do so. We will be opposing HB 2390 and would like our members to send in written testimony opposing this bill. Please email it to Erika Devore, erika@krpa.org, by 12:00 pm on Monday. 

    A second way to get involved is to come to Topeka for the hearing scheduled for March 21st. If you are coming please let Erika know in advance. It would be nice to show the members of the committee we are strongly against this bill by having a good group of members.

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