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.

Executive Director - Starkville Parks & Recreation Department
April 11, 2018

The Executive Director of Parks and Recreation is responsible for providing guidance, direction and coordination of department operations including oversight of the department in its entirety. Responsibilities include community programs, maintenance, supervision of personnel and budget administration. A primary goal of this position is to promote Starkville as a sports tourism destination and increase economic activity for the City and its businesses. Such activities include creating and facilitating large, multi-day, youth sports tournaments, and various entertainment offerings resulting in attracting large numbers of visitors to Starkville.  The City of Starkville Parks and Recreation Department strives to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Starkville by providing professionally designed broad recreation and leisure programs and services.

Upcoming Events
Local Track & Field Compe...


MRPA is adopting the Hershey Track & Field concept and providing a platform for member agencies to host youth ages 6-15 in a Local Meet, from which winners from each local will advance to a District (one of 3) Meet, and then finally a State Meet to be held in late August or early September.
District I Golf Tournamen...
Starkville Country Club Golf Course


The Annual District Golf Tournament will be played at the Starkville Country Club Golf Course. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The registration deadline is April 20. Contact William Pochop at 256-577-0905 or by email at wpochop@starkvilleparks.com.
Summer Day Camp Training
1912 Live Oak, Pascagoula MS


You are invited to attend District III's Summer Day Camp Training Workshop. You'll learn about appropriate discipline, how to protect campers in public places, Do's and Don'ts of summer camp, Disability awareness and what to do when unauthorized people get into the building. There will also be a session on staff development and professionalism. Register today. Professional registration is $20 and student registration is $10. Mail your registration to Antoinette Johnson, 2935 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula, MS 39567. You can call her at 228-938-2356 or email her at ajohnson@cityofpascagoula.com.
MRPA Annual Conference
Oxford, Mississippi


Please make sure you have the dates for our 2018 conference on your calendar. We will meet at the Oxford Conference Center. Our theme this year is - Next Level: People, Purpose, Passion!! The idea is that we want to provide opportunities to take our park and recreation professionals to the next level with educational offerings, our purpose to the next level with how we engage our communities, and our passion to the next level by maintaining the personal connections with our program patrons and networking support systems. Encouraging our members to not get and stay complacent with doing things the way they’ve always done them, and that innovation, although scary at times, is necessary for growth… necessary for the Next Level of parks and recreation.

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.