About Us

The Mission of the Florida Recreation and Park Association is to establish parks and recreation as a cornerstone of health, economic development, environmental sustainability, and community throughout the State of Florida.

Our Vision is an empowered and engaged network of members, advocates, and partners equipped to advance parks and recreation.

Our Values include
Competence
Leadership
Innovation
Performance Excellence
Stewardship


The Florida Recreation and Park Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and advocacy of the Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services profession. Originally organized in 1942 and incorporated in 1983, the Association is directed by a volunteer
Board of Directors, and an Executive Office  based in Tallahassee. A complete history of the Association demonstrates the long term progression and sustainability of the Association.

Members are professionals working for federal, state and local parks, recreation and leisure service agencies; local recreation and park advisory board members serving in local communities; faculty and students at colleges and universities; therapeutic recreation specialists and activity coordinators working in recreation settings; and suppliers of recreation and park products and services.

By providing education, professional certification, networking, legislative representation, and leadership opportunities to Parks and Recreation professionals, FRPA has become a leading association recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as a Top-Ranked Association.

The Executive Office is located in Tallahassee, Florida
411 Office Plaza Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301-2756

Office Hours 8:15 am - 5:15 pm Monday - Friday
Phone: 850-878-3221
Fax: 850-942-0712



 BOARD OF DIRECTORS



Chester Pruitt,
CPRP
President
 
Joan Byrne, CPRP
President Elect

 
Jack Kardys
Past President

 
 Mathew Eberius, CPRP
Vice President
 
Andy Palmer, CPRP
Vice President
 
   Shorty Robbins, CPRP
Vice President
 
Michele Zimmer, CPRP
Vice President

 


 EXECUTIVE OFFICE STAFF


 

Eleanor Warmack, CPRP, CAE
Executive Director

Eleanor has served as FRPA Executive Director since 1990. During her term of service, she has seen tremendous growth in membership, a greater commitment to certification, the creation and implementation of the first ever marketing plan for the association, a reorganization of the Association's Board and infrastructure, successfully pursued aggressive legislation, and has been recognized among her association executive peers as a leader in her field. She is the 1999 recipient of the Executive of the Year Award, presented to her in October, 1999 by the Tallahassee Society of Association Executives. She was awarded the Association Executive of the Year in 2010 by the Florida Society of Association Executives.  She also chaired the Board of Regents for the US Chamber of Commerce's Institutes for Organization Management in 2000-2001. She was named to the Tallahassee Community College's Alumni Hall of Fame. She served as Chair of the National Recreation and Park Association's National Certification Board. She also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Association Executives. 



Amber Bulloch
Director of Membership, Education and Corporate Partnerships

Amber received her Bachelors Degree in Recreation and Leisure Services from Florida State University. Amber is responsible for directing the Association's membership renewal and recruitment program, coordinates the registration program and exhibit hall for the Annual Conference, coordinates volunteers for conference, directs the implementation of the Association's educational agenda,implements the National Playground Safety Inspectors (NPSI) Course, develops and directors the Association's corporate partnership and sponsorship programs, and assists the Executive Director with the day to day operations of the Association.  Amber joined the FRPA Executive Staff in September 2006.


Charla Lucas, CPRP     
Director of Marketing, Communications and Strategic Vision

Charla has worked with the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs and the City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Departments.  She is responsible for directing the Association's marketing programs, and strategic plan and visioning implementation.  Charla will direct FRPA efforts to brand the parks and recreation industry and messaging of the value of parks and recreation.  She also directs the Association's communications including FRPA Eclips, Elerts, and P&Resource. Charla joined the FRPA Executive Staff in November 2015.

 ARTICLES AND BYLAWS



The Association is governed by Articles of Incorporation and ByLaws which are filed and maintained with the appropriate state and federal agencies.


 990 TAX FILINGS


The Association annually files 990 tax forms as required.