2013 NRPS Conference Exhibitors, Sponsors and Vendors! Thank you for your support!

 flexGROUND Nevada

SH Architecture

 Public Restroom Company

 Knorr Systems, Inc

 Musco Lighting

Advanced Exercise Equipment

Big T Recreation

NGI Sports/River City Athletics

 Precision Concrete Cutting

 Great Western Park & Play


 Foundation Fitness & Freemotion Fitness                                                                                            

 SportaFence Portable Fencing

 Southeastern Security Consultants, Inc /Operation TLC2

 Innova Champion Discs

Vortex USA

American Ramp Company

 BSN Sports

Outdoor Creations, Inc

 Challenger Sports

  Sol Inc.

 CXT Concrete Buildings

 Lincoln Aquatics 

Resource Concepts, Inc















2012 NRPS Conference was a success!

NRPS wants to thank all the attendees that took the time to celebrate the 2012 NRPS Conference at the Black Mountain Recreation Center. We had a great turn out and can’t wait until 2013.

The new NRPS Executive Board and awards will be posted soon. Stay tuned!


NRPS Magazine

The NRPS magazine is back.  All members should have recivied a copy by mail.  If you need an extra print copy for yourself or to help advocate for the Parks and Recreation profession, please contact us at admin@nrps.org.

Click here to download a copy of the Winter 2012 NRPS magazine.

Check the upcoming sessions that we have planned for the NRPS 2012 conference

Conference Timeline Grid 2012

Click on the link ubove to view.



Weekly Updates 2/3/2012

Good Morning All,
Here are this week’s headlines.  Don’t forget to stop by our new website (www.nrps.org) and check out all the information about the upcoming NRPS conference and CPSI course. 
Nick McLemore

Parks and Recreation Articles
Suspension Training Classes a Hit at Ohio Rec Center
Straps and handles dangle curiously from the ceiling just waiting for a willing participant. The unique exercise equipment gets its fair share of double takes as people walk by …
State Parks Seek Corporate Donors to Stay Open
One of the few remaining commercial-free zones in the country may need corporations to close budget gaps.

Iowa and Nebraska State Parks Struggle With Tight Budgets


Wyoming City Struggling to Prioritize Parks Projects
The city of Cheyenne cannot afford to pay for all of the parks and recreation department’s needs. Therefore, a system to prioritize projects is used. But sometimes …
Suburban Recreation Centers Thriving
In the mid-1990s, the economy was surging, the suburbs were expanding and cities were looking to accommodate their fitness-crazed residents. Today, 10 years after …

South Texas District Suspends Sports to Keep Afloat

Construction to Begin Soon on Rooftop Soccer Field
Construction is to begin this spring on the first development within the county-owned strip of vacant land made available after the Park East Freeway stub was torn down …

Grant Opportunities
Guitar Center Music Foundation for Music Instruction, Deadline: Open.Up to $5K provide music instruction to underserved communities. Info & app: http://www.fendermusicfoundation.org/grants/index.cfm?sec=info
Youth Service America IYoung Change-Makers for Disney Friends for Change Grants, Deadline: Feb 29. $1K for volunteer projects led by children and youth. Info & app: http://www.ysa.org/grants/disney-friends-change-grants
Foundation for Youth Investment to Connect Underserved Youth to Outdoors in Northern & Central California, Deadline: Mar 1. Up to $15K for youth programs. Info & app: http://www.fyifoundation.org/grantmaking/funds/2012-catalyst-fund 
Bikes Belong Coalition for Bicycle Facilities and Advocacy Projects, Deadline: Feb 29.Up to $10K to improve bicycling in the U.S. by building trails and paths or large-scale advocacy programs. Info & app: http://www.bikesbelong.org/grants/
Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants, Deadline: July 2012. Up to $25K public skateparks serving at-risk youth in low-income areas. Info & app: http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/news/2011/12/14/new-grant-guidelines-prompt-better-skateparks/
The Nevada Division of State Parks is seeking grant pre-applications to gauge the demand and ability to allocate funds for the 2012 Recreational Trails Program in Nevada.   Submittal of a pre-application will assist our program but is NOT REQUIRED.  Potential allocation for NV in 2012 is $559,000.  Motorized projects have priority over 40% of this funding, and only 5% can be used for education.
Please visit our website at http://www.parks.nv.gov/trails.htmto ensure you are eligible or call/email Jenny Scanland at 775 684 2787 or jscanland@parks.nv.gov.  Grants may be awarded to counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, private organizations and non-profit organizations for the purpose of providing outdoor recreational trail activities. Because funding through this program is limited, allocation of these funds will be competitively determined by the Ad Hoc Recreation Trails Program Committee. 
Submit one application by email by February 6  tojscanland@parks.nv.govor fax 775 684 2777
Job Openings
Friends of Black Rock Desert (private-non profit organization) is hiring two positions:
Short Job Descriptions:
Executive Director:Desired qualifications and skills: Development Skills. Fundraising & Grant writing experience very desirable. Non-profit experience strongly preferred. Ability to work with Government Agencies and diverse users. Computer skills including web development, desktop publishing, and social media, good writing and speaking ability. Enthusiasm and organization skills. Position may be based in either Gerlach or Reno. Knowledge of Black Rock area a Plus but not required. Please send resume with salary requirements to jobs@blackrockdesert.org.
Communications Director:Part-Time approximately two days a week. Position may be based in either Gerlach or Reno. Desired qualifications and skills: Computer skills including web development and social media, good writing and speaking ability. Some public outreach. Desktop publishing and fundraising/grant writing skills very desirable. Non-profit experience preferred. Please send resume with salary requirements to jobs@blackrockdesert.org.
The complete job descriptions are posted here: Executive Director, Communications Director

POB 224 – 380 Main Street
Gerlach, NV 89412
The Friends of Black Rock High Rock helps manage the resources of the Black Rock Desert region and educates the public to foster stewardship and preserve its unique character.
Locker Room / Shoe Care Attendant
Location: ArrowCreek Country Club
Reno, NV

Salary Range: $10-12/hour plus tips
Status: Non-Exempt
Employment Type: Seasonal – Full Time
Department: Golf

Description: The Locker Room Attendant is responsible for maintaining high standards in all locker room services and operations, and maximizing profitability. Confidentiality and trustworthiness are of the utmost importance as the guests rely on the Locker Room staff to maintain the safety of their personal property. Seek opportunities to create memories by anticipating needs, exceeding expectations, and building relationships.

Duties: Maintain and ensure immaculate locker room facilities for guests – monitor and maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of the locker room/grill facility using a ‘clean as you go’ philosophy – locker/dressing areas picked up, vanity areas wiped down and cleaned after each use, towels stocked and stacked orderly, products straightened after each use, soiled towels and trash removed frequently, showers and toilets clean, dry and free of periodicals/trash, etc.

Provide seamless service picking up and cleaning after each guest’s use of the facilities — ensure safety for guests keeping wet and dry area floors clean and dry — ensure consistent comfortable water and steam room temperatures.

Inform supervisor of all guest/member complaints and suggestions promptly

Maintain and increase locker room revenue

Ensure overall member satisfaction

Perform duties of attendants, shoe services, food server, and bartender in high traffic periods to ensure member/guest satisfaction. Maintain sanitary conditions in all locker room areas in accordance with state and local regulations.

Polish, clean, label, and provide proper care for men’s and ladies’ shoes to give them a ‘restored to new’ appearance. Maintain master locker list, coordinate locker name plate production, manage key box. Recommend orders for equipment and supplies, and maintain inventory control for all locker room areas

Qualifications: Able to work up to or over 40 hours a week during peak times throughout the season.
Ability to work any day of the week, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays
Valid U.S. drivers license
Authorization to work in the United States

At least 1 year previous experience in housekeeping, locker room service, food and beverage, or customer service role in a private club setting.
Basic knowledge of the most of the following: customer service, housekeeping, shoe care, golf operations, food and beverage service, and computers

Weekly Updates 1/25/2012

Good Morning All,


Here are this week’s headlines.  Don’t forget to stop by our new website (www.nrps.org) and check out all the information about the upcoming NRPS conference and CPSI course. 


Nick McLemore

San Francisco Rec Department Pins Hopes on Revenue
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department cranked up the music to start the annual budget dance and, for the most part, it’s sticking to the same routine …

Parks Commission Says No to Ballpark Beer Sales
The Laconia Muskrats play baseball in a picturesque setting, with a farm and silo beyond left-center field and pine trees framing right field. Fans park in a hay field …

County May Take Over Struggling Publicly Funded Whitewater Course
The owner of a publicly funded, world-class whitewater course near Deep Creek Lake said yesterday it has defaulted on loan payments and is considering asking Garrett …

City-Owned Tennis Club Faces Probe; Rec Director Blames Lost Paperwork
The city attorney will investigate a city-owned tennis club after an audit found its managers were operating it as a for-profit business and using city employees to …

Now is the time to support the Recreational Trails Program!

Your support is needed! The Coalition for Recreational Trails believes that now is the time for organizations and individuals to ask their Senators to protect dedicated funding for this absolutely essential program. American Trails, a member of the Coaliltion, is asking everyone to write, email, or call your two Senators and tell them to restore dedicated funding for the RTP before the Federal Transportation bill is considered by the full Senate. Read more and learn how to take action… 


National Trails Awards nomination form is now available! 


Don’t miss this opportunity to nominate an outstanding person, project, or organization that has impacted the world of trails over the last two years. The National Trails Awards are one way American Trails recognizes the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create a national system of trails for all Americans. Winners will be announced at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium (ITS) Awards Banquet in Arizona, April 16, 2013. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 31, 2012. See previous award winners and download the nomination packet now…

Continental Divide Trail Alliance plans to cease operations


Despite the strong level of financial support from so many Continental Divide Trail supporters, overall contributions and other revenues in recent years have significantly declined. These revenues are the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations like the CDTA. Consequently, the CDTA Board of Directors has made the very difficult and painful decision to cease operations of the CDTA. But the Trail is still there, and the CDTA is confident the trail, as an inspiration, will lead people to start a new and stronger organization to continue the work. Read more…

Find courses and workshops that YOU can host in your area


If your agency, community, or organization would like to see about hosting a trails training course locally, the National Trails Training Partnership has resources to help. See the “Featured providers of training and resources” webpage on the NTTP website. Many different kinds of training on a wide variety of trail-related topics, from the general to the specialized, are available. Contact the experts, businesses, or groups who can help you provide the best training to volunteers and staff on your own trail system or park. See all the Featured Training Providers…


Exercise Resolutions Pay Off for Heart Disease Patients

Research from the American College of Sports Medicine finds that being more physically active can help adults suffering from heart disease keep premature death at bay.

For more information, visit http://www.recmanagement.com/rmnews/0106.acsm.heartdisease.pr.pdf.

City Wants to Give Rec Department More Oversight of Sports Leagues
The East Ridge City Council is holding a special called meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of starting a Parks and Recreation Department to hold more direct …

January Newsletter

Check out this months news letter by clicking on the link below.



Weekly NRPS Updates 1/20/2012

Good Morning,

Sorry that you have not received weekly updates for a couple of weeks.  With the transition over to the new website and mail provider we have to hold off until it was complete.  But the great news is that we are up and running!  Please go and check out the new website at www.nrps.org same address new improved look! 

Conferencence Information:
Don’t forget that the Annual State Conference “Raising your Sail” is coming up on April 18th through the 20th and will be held at the Black Mountain Recreation Center in Henderson, NV.  our Please visit the website for more information. 

During the conference will be holding the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course.  There are still spots available.  Don’t miss this opportunity to take this class while it is our own backyard.  You can go to the website or call Felicia Rivera-Baker at 264-4140 for more information

To go along with the conference is also time for the NRPS Program and Park Excellence Awards.  Please email Pandora Bahlam at pandora_bahlam@ivgid.org or visit the website for the applications and information.  We all have great programs out there and we should show it.  Apply today!

Upcoming NRPS Socials:

There will be a NRPS family friendly social happening on February 10th for the Las Vegas Wranglers Hockey Game.  Prices are $12.75 for adults(13 and up), $6.00 for youth(12 and under)  Puck Drops at 7:05pm.  You can also call Nate Jaramillo at 455-0566 or Felicia Rivera-Baker at 264-4140 for ticket and event information.

Grant opportunities:
National Forest Foundation 2012 Matching Awards Program, Deadline: Jan 17. Approx $30K for direct on-the-ground & citizen-based projects for national forests and grasslands. Info & app:http://nationalforests.org/conserve/grantprograms/ontheground/map

Bring Back the Natives Program to Help Aquatic Restoration, Deadline: Jan 20. Matching funds for projects to restore, protect, and enhance native aquatic life. Info & app:http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Charter_Programs_List&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=22167

National Alliance for Accessible Golf for Individuals With Disabilities, Deadline: Rolling. Up to $20K to provide golf programs for individuals with disabilities. Info & app:http://www.accessgolf.org/grants/alliance_grants.cfm

Bikes Belong Coalition for Bicycle Facilities and Advocacy Projects, Deadline: Feb 29. Up to $10K to improve bicycling in the U.S. by building trails and paths or large-scale advocacy programs. Info & app:http://www.bikesbelong.org/grants/


Nevada State Health Division and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Carson City, March 26-27, 2012.  This training is applicable to grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you’ll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. http://grantwritingusa.com/grants-training/grant-writing-workshops/carson-city-nevada-march-2012.html?utm_source=gwusa&utm_medium=email&utm_content=top&utm_campaign=carson-city-nevada-march-2012-1

Weekly Articles from around the nation:
Check out this article about Recreation in Nevada:

City Building Health and Wellness Center for Chattanooga Employees
A $4.1 million health and wellness center for Chattanooga employees should be completed by October, officials said. The facility will include a pharmacy, doctors’ …

Corporate Wellness Programs as Diverse as Companies Offering Them
Surveys say corporate wellness programs seem to be resurfacing as a health trend in 2012, but what exactly do they entail? The initiatives seem to be as diverse as …

Fate of Floating Skateboard Park Remains Adrift
After a four-week journey down the Mississippi River, the Red Bull Mississippi Grind’s floating skateboard park has not quite found the welcome it expected …

Study: Exergaming Offers Extra Health Benefits for Seniors
Gaming rooms may be an increasingly popular exercise alternative for youth, but researchers from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. have found that …


 If there is anything that you would like to see added to the weekly updates please feel free to let em know.
Nick McLemore

New Website

We are pleased to announce that the new website is up as of today.  Please take a look around and let us know what you think.

December Newsletter

The December 2011 newsletter is available by clicking on the magazine cover below.