Shining Bright for 75 Years

The following are some fun reflections from past and present FRPA Members. 


 "What is parks and recreation to me?  A life time career that I would never have traded for anything else."

Walt Rothenbach
FRPA Member since 1962


“Parks and Recreation is FUN and we take our fun very seriously!"

Julia Thompson
FRPA Member since 1979

President_comp.jpg"One of the things I have always enjoyed is the opportunity to see kids participate actively in outdoor sports and therefore participating in character building."

Chester Pruitt
FRPA Member since 1971


Person1.jpg"I love FRPA. For somebody who wants to learn, the best way to learn in terms of problem solving or finding new programs is through your fellow professionals." 

Steve Person
FRPA Member since 1982

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Agencies are invited to participate in a time capsule that will be opened on the 100th Anniversary of FRPA. Items will be collected at the 2017 Annual Conference in August. There are some qualifications to submit an item so please read the form carefully. If you have any questions, give us a call at 850-878-3221.

In 1942...


What Makes You Shine?

Park and Recreation Departments make a difference every day. Every. Day. What does your department do to make a difference? What programs do you offer that help your community in a positive way? What's your star facility? Crown jewel park? We want to list them here. Email a 30-45 word description and picture to to be a featured entry.

Town of Miami Lakes
Open_Hang-_Miami_Lakes.jpgThe Spot at the Miami Lakes Youth Center was designed to allow the youth of the community gather in a social setting where recreational activities such as board games, table tennis, as well as an open study area for homework and club meetings are made available. Follow The Spot on Instagram: @thespot_mlyc.

City of Port Orange
Port_OrangeGet_Fit_jpg.jpgEach spring the City of Port Orange hosts the Get Fit Port Orange Health & Fitness Challenge. 150 participants aim to improve their overall wellness by participating in the 10-week program. Over the past four Challenges, participants have lost a combined 2,722.5 pounds!

City of Oviedo
Oviedo.jpgA gorgeous double rainbow over Oviedo’s beautiful Center Lake Park. Center Lake Park is the crown jewel of the city’s new Oviedo on the Park development area. The new park includes a Cultural Center with a large banquet room, large outdoor Amphitheatre, small outdoor stage, Veterans Tribute, Wet deck, Dog Park, playground, Boat House for paddle boat rentals and a Lakeside Promenade. The Park offers something for everyone. (Photo credit to Simone Amaduzzi.)

City of Ormond Beach
Camp T-Rec is a summer camp for children with special needs. During camp, the children play and learn while having fun together. Water Day is a favorite. They get a therapeutic workout by working different muscles and using social skills as they cool off and relax.  

City of Tamarac
The City of Tamarac hosted the First Annual PAROT Youth Basketball Tournament for participants ages 13-17 on July 15.  The inaugural event drew 40 participants who enjoyed 3 rounds of pool play followed by a single elimination tournament.  The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Tamarac (PAROT) sponsored the event by providing free registration to all participants as well as lunch, a commemorative t-shirt and awards for the 1st and 2nd place finishers.


Click the heading to be taken to the first issue of Recreation News, which is now the FRPA Journal.