Park and Recreation Month 2023: Where Community Grows

This year's theme — “Where Community Grows”  celebrates the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services and fostering the growth of our communities.


The new MRPA website is now live!

Hello MRPA Members!


We are thrilled to share with you our new website!  You can now use your membership with us to network, view member only events, share your contact information with other members for networking, access vital resources, use our site to advertise news, events, deals and recruit new employees!


Create your login here (your username is your email.  Please use the same email address used for your old account.  If you did not have an online mrpa account, you will need to "create one")


Login here and make sure your contact profile is complete and update-to-date so others can successfully connect with you. Explore the site and have fun taking advantage of special members only access.

  • Search the directory listing: your contact information and our other members are available in the "members only" hub.
  • Personalized member listing page: included in the directory is your own information page on the website which can include a description area, location, logo, photos and contact details based on your membership level.
  • Resources: being part of our association includes access to key sites, documents and other information to help you thrive in our community. Check out the resource area to learn more.
  • Events: advertise your upcoming agency events to other members and/or on our public site, on our “Community Connections” page. Login to post your event for us to review/approval. Also, check out and register for upcoming events on our calendar.
  • Career Center: create a posting for any job openings you have available - gain visibility and help recruit new employees.
  • Hot Deals: add an online coupon to share on our site and attract users to your business. Take advantage of deals offered by other members too!
  • MRPA Community Connections Page: Share exciting and important information with our community. Enter your news item to be added to our site. Also, advertise your upcoming agency/business events to other members and/or on our public site. Login to post your event for us to review/approval.
  • Continuing Education: View and track your CEU’s
  • MemberPlus App: 


Content is always changing; please help us ensure that your information is always updated so that we and others in the community can reach you.


Please note:  We have a new domain ( The new website is up and running but not complete.  You may see blank pages, outdated pages, or buttons with no links attached to it. We believe that our new website and management software will revolutionize the way we work together and contribute to the success of our organization. We look forward to your active participation and feedback as we continue to refine and improve the platform.



MRPA Office


Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa And Marina

Cambridge, MD

April 9-11, 2024


Please help us spread the word about this event!  Share the flyer and eventbrite link with your family and friends!  Some of the prizes and baskets includes:

$500 Giant gift card

Amusement Park Tickets

Private wine class from Total Wine

Skatezone Family Fun Pack

Vacation package

Tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium

Go-Cart Tickets

Over 30 Themed Gift Baskets

And Much More!


The Conference Committee has started planning for the 2024 MRPA Annual Conference but we need your help. We need a logo to match this year's theme "Refresh. Refocus. Renew.


Email submissions to by July 31st.


We are looking forward to getting together with thousands of fellow park and recreation professionals at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas on October 10-12.

If you act soon, you can take advantage of the early bird discount. Register on the NRPA site:

For more than 50 years, the NRPA Annual Conference has been the premier meeting of the park and recreation community. During the Annual Conference, you will:

  • Learn from people who get it while earning CEUs. You will hear from people who experience the same challenges you do – and learn actionable solutions you can take back to your own community. NRPA offers hundreds of CEU sessions. From entry-level courses to advanced learning opportunities, you will find exactly what you need to grow.
  • Meet and enjoy networking together. NRPA is scheduling many opportunities to connect and help grow community with other professionals.
  • Find products and services to help you solve everyday challenges. From full playgrounds to live software demonstrations, more than 400 partners and vendors will set up booths and interactive exhibits at the Exhibit Hall.

By coming together to network with, learn from and celebrate each other, we can truly build places Where Community Grows.

The early bird discount ends on August 25, 2023. Please register here to join us in Dallas:



Serving as a one of NRPA’s Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) visitors is a great way to professionally develop within parks and recreation. CAPRA volunteers have the opportunity to visit agencies and solidify personal recognition of the defined standards of excellence that accredited park and recreation agencies are held accountable to. CAPRA volunteers also become a part of a broader network of professionals that understand the benefits of accreditation for park and recreation agencies and are trained to bring back these standards to their own agencies.

NRPA Open Space Radio Episode:  CAPRA Volunteers: Together We Grow Parks and Recreation


NRPA Parks and Recreation Magazine Article:  CAPRA Volunteering: Preparing the Next Generation of Accreditation Leaders


MRPA Forums

Participate in these open forums by asking each other questions, exchanging information and ideas, sharing resources, and more!


You can now submit a job posting directly from your Member Info Hub!  Please be sure to login into your account first to submit your posting.  Most approvals are done the same day, but please allow up to 48 hours to approve.  Click here for instructions to help you create your job post.  For additional assistance, please email Lauren Davis with MRPA (



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