P.O. Box 16451, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-6451 or 629 North Main Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401

MRPA members provide avenues to build healthier communities and reduce crime. If your agency is having a success, please share the information. Send your articles and photos to info@aboutmrpa.org.

May President's Message
May 23, 2017

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, many of our departments are hosting events, tournaments or getting ready for a very busy summer. Your hard work and dedication to your communities does not go unnoticed. At MRPA, we are also getting ready for a spectacular conference this fall.  Did you know that MRPA is celebrating 50 years as an association? That could not have happened without the hard work of professionals, students, retirees and citizens that have a love for recreation in our state.  The association is more financially sound than it has ever been and we are providing great opportunities for training, education, fellowship and relationship building for our profession.  I urge you to stay connected and attend this year’s conference in Tupelo, MS. 
Although, it is one of the busiest times of the year for all of us it is also the time of year to start thinking about submitting for the 2017 Musco awards of excellence.  You have worked diligently to bring people to your community and provide for your community’s needs…take some time to reflect on your hard work and decide which of your many programs or facility upgrades you are going to submit an award application for. 
Also, as we approach Memorial Day weekend, I hope will take the opportunity to reflect on the freedom’s that were bought with the ultimate price made by our military members who died.  Your board of directors will meet again in the coming months so please let your district rep’s know if you have a need that we can provide.  Get out, enjoy your summer and I hope to see each of you this fall. 
Darcie Crew, President 2016-2017

Upcoming Events
Award Nominations
Tupelo, Mississippi


It is time once again for our profession to honor those in our state who have shown professionalism, creativity and gone above the call of duty. If you know someone or an agency within our state who has exemplified the "best of the best" this year, please nominate them so we can recognize and thank them.
New Orleans, LA


NRPA conference attendees have an awesome number of Off-Site Institutes (OSI) to choose from this year. “Rolling Down the River to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park”, “A Taste of New Orleans”, and the “New Orleans City Park Katrina Recovery” are just a few of the OSI planned for you.
MRPA Annual Conference
Tupelo, Mississippi


This is our 50th anniversary celebration. Please come share this milestone with us.  Register to Attend the Conference
Our Mission
The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association provides avenues to build communities, reduce crime, and improve the health of Mississippians. We work closely with state and local recreation professionals to publicize and support statewide and local parks and recreational activities.

We engage students, faculty and elected officials across the state with open communications and improved educational and training opportunities.

MRPA supports our members through leadership development, advocacy and improved training opportunities.

Our members share their knowledge and promote the value of parks and recreation and we embrace networking and social opportunities.