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For a list of resources for park and recreation professionals and openings around the state, click here. To check on FRPA events affected by the coronavirus, click here.

2020 FACILITY SHOWCASE

Has your agency built a new park, space, or facility in the last year? Redesigned or updated an existing feature? Show it off in the 2020 Public Spaces and Facilities Showcase in the Winter edition of The FRPA Journal. Each year, The Journal features newly designed or renovated park or recreation facility spaces that serve the community. This feature is not only a chance to show a glimpse of the hard work that went into the project, it also serves as a sort of yearbook of the achievements made throughout the state. The submission period for the 2020 Public Spaces and Facilities is now open.

Download the 2020 Application here.

Applications are due by August 7, 2020.

JULY IS PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH


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July is Park and Recreation Month! This year, NRPA's theme is We Are Parks and Recreation. Click on the image to be taken to the NRPA Park and Rec Month toolkit.

2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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We know your world is crazy and things seem out of sorts. We also know things will return to normal, and together we support each other and share stories, resources and lessons learned. There is no better place to recover from the stress of today than the FRPA Annual Conference. Gather with your network and your FRPA friends and family, where you can refresh, re-energize, and return to your agency with the tools you need to serve your community. The 2020 Annual FRPA Conference will take place August 31st - September 3, 2020 in Orlando, FL. FRPA is working closely with the host hotel to ensure safety standards are met or exceeded for the 2020 Conference.
 
 

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

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Thursday, July 9 @ 6PM
Chat with a Director
Using Zoom meetings, we will connect with eachother and hear from some directors in the field. This time is a relaxed opportunity to talk with directors without the hustle of an event going on around you. 
REGISTER

Thursday, July 23 @ 9AM
Chat with a Director
Using Zoom meetings, we will connect with eachother and hear from some directors in the field. This time is a relaxed opportunity to talk with directors without the hustle of an event going on around you. 
REGISTER

FRPA TEAMS UP WITH NCSI

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Connect with our preferred background screening provider

National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is FRPA's preferred background screening provider. NCSI is a youth safety advocacy group and leading background screening provider. Their comprehensive background screenings uncover pivotal information other screening services may miss. NCSI will serve as the official partner of background checks for the Florida Recreation and Park Association. NCSI conducts background checks that go beyond a basic local or national database search to help organizations discover records that might have been missed on other searches. FRPA encourages members to take advantage of NCSI’s experience and knowledge by considering NCSI for background screening solutions.
For more information, please contact:
NCSI - Director of Recreation & Parks Services
Chris Goodman at ChrisG@NCSIsafe.com | 866-996-7412
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SUMMER MEALS

Your site can become a Summer Breakspot Lunch provider. Read more here

TAMPA BAY RAYS DAYS WITH FRPA

The 2020 Rays Days games will not take place this year due to delay in MLB schedule and anticipation of a reduced capacity if games were to happen. If you have already purchased tickets to any of the games that were scheduled, please let us know and we will get you connected with the Rays representative. Keep a lookout for the 2021 dates to be announced though!

DEAR FRPA

I HEART MY PARK

heart my park logo with pink heartThe Community Building pillar work group has postponed its focus of encouraging the building of relationships surrounding physical parks, for obvious reasons. Instead, they launched a survey in June to gather some love for local parks. There was no research or data affiliated with this survey and no personal information was collected. See the collection of results graphics here and feel free to save and share with your community!

EMAILS FROM FRPA

If you have not been receiving emails from FRPA, please let us know. Our IP Address is changing and our email client will be doing this in phases. To make sure you never miss an email from FRPA, add our IP Addresses below to your whitelist (or just send them to your IT Department and make sure they add them).
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MESSAGE ABOUT PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS THROUGH NRPA

Please find the certification extensions that have been approved below.

Message to Certified Park and Recreation Executives expiring on 9/1/2020:
        Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2020, to 3/1/2021. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Certification Manager Molly Sullivan at msullivan@nrpa.org.

Message to Certified Park and Recreation Professionals expiring on 9/1/2020:
        Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 9/1/2020, to 3/1/2021. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in March. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Certification Manager Molly Sullivan at msullivan@nrpa.org.

Message to Aquatic Facility Operators expiring on 6/30/2020:
         Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board will extend your Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification expiration date by six months upon request, from 6/30/2020, to 12/31/2020. Certified professionals who request an extension will maintain a new certification cycle beginning and ending in December. If you would like to extend your expiration date, please contact NRPA Aquatics Program Manager Elizabeth Gonzales at egonzales@nrpa.org.

Message to Certified Playground Safety Inspectors expiring between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020:
        Due to the current challenging circumstances, NRPA and the National Certification Board is extending all Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification expiration dates between 4/1/2020 and 7/1/2020 by 90 days.

Extensions to individuals who have registered for the Computer-based examinations:
CPRP - Anyone who has an expiration date of 5/29/2020 or earlier will be provided a 90 day extension.
CPSI - Anyone that had a current exam period as of 3/23/2020 has been provided a 90 day extension.
Anyone purchasing the CPSI Computer-based examination through 5/29/2020 will have 180 days to complete the examination.


FRPA/NAYLOR READERSHIP SURVEY

Thank you to all who participated in the readership survey that was sent out in January from our publications partner, Naylor. We are able to use this information to reach new companies that help support FRPA through advertisements. Here is an infographic outlining the main results.

FRPA IMPACT CALCULATOR

green, blue with writingIntroducing the FRPA Impact Calculator! A tool exclusively for FRPA members to help identify the value they bring to their communities. READ MORE
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