• 2020 WRPA Annual Conference Update

    June 15, 2020

    Dear WRPA General Membership,

    The WRPA Board, with reluctance, has voted to cancel this year’s annual WRPA Conference, which was scheduled to be held in Lander, September 21-23, 2020.  This decision was based on a variety of factors, including current pandemic conditions and unknown future conditions including vendor support, delegate attendance, and agency budgets.

    We would still like to hold the Annual Business Meeting in September, via Zoom.  The time and date are to be determined.  By this meeting, the Board will have determined the location of the 2021 Annual Conference.  Also, at this meeting, the President-Elect will transition to the office of President, and the current President will transition to Past President.

    In conjunction with canceling this year’s conference, the board also voted to not present Recognition Awards and Scholarships this year, and to not hold election of officers and board members.  Those officers and board members whose terms expire in 2020 will have their terms extended by one year, except the President, as noted above.

    We recognize that this decision affects those who need CEU’s to maintain their professional certification.  We will make members aware of opportunities to earn CEU’s throughout the year, and encourage you to review the CEU courses on the NRPA website, at

    We know the next year will be challenging for all of our agencies.  Even though we will not be meeting in person this year, we hope to continue to support all of our members in the field of Parks and Recreation.



    Brad Hatch, WRPA President

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  • Green River Parks & Recreation Announced as Finalist for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation

    Green River, WY, May 28, 2020 – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (APRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce Green River Parks & Recreation as a finalist for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Musco Lighting, LLC is proud to continue sponsoring the Gold Medal Awards program as it has for more than 20 years.

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  • Sara Felix Retirement Party

    Friends, family and co-workers of Sara Felix have planned a celebration to honor Sara and her 40 years of dedicated service and retirement from the Lander Parks and Recreation Department.  This celebration will be held on Saturday, September 19 in Lander at the City Park Lions Shelter starting at 3:00 pm.  We are pleased to extend this invitation to all past and present WRPA members, many who have known and worked with Sara throughout her career in Parks and Recreation.
    This will be a casual event with food and drinks and friendship; think WRPA social event!  Come anytime, and stay until Sara decides to end the evening.  Bring your own beverage of choice and a lawn chair and your willingness to share stories and memories of our years with Sara.
    If you have any questions or need more information about this party or Lander locations, please contact
    Don Reynolds at 307-330-7482 or email
    Lori Eckhardt at 307-332-4647 or email
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  • WRPA Incentive Program

    WRPA Incentive Plan Program

    The Mission of the WRPA Incentive Program (WIP) is to increase membership participation in all aspects of the WRPA by providing an incentive plan that will reward members for their professional efforts and recognize members for years of service, involvement and contributions to the WRPA.  The plan will encourage current WRPA members to continue their individual career growth and dedication to the field of Recreation and Parks.

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