Alternate Plans Announced for Several Conferences

The SDPRA Maintenance School traditionally held in the summer has been postponed. The chair is exploring options and the feasibility of holding a session later this fall. 

The 2020 NRPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, will be held via virtual conference on Oct. 27-29 to provide education sessions, product spotlights and networking opportunities, making the conference as inclusive as possible. Learn more

The 2020 Midwest Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, has been canceled. Refunds are being issued to all registrants. Organizers remind registrants to cancel any hotel or travel plans they have made. The 2021 conference will be held in Kearney, Nebraska. Learn more

Annual Conference Canceled

After much consideration, and motivated by concerns over safety and attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Board voted to cancel the SDPRA Annual Conference for 2020. Several functions of the association will be handled electronically, including elections and awards. The next conference will continue with the approved rotation and will be held in Watertown in Fall 2021.

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Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

The National Park Service is still accepting applications for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP), a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The ORLP offers grants specifically to help create and improve state and local parks and other outdoor recreation areas, particularly in underinvested communities. A total of $40 million of funding is available. Applications are due by July 10. Apply now.

Outdoor Recreation Grants Available

Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Public outdoor recreation projects sponsored by city, county, township and tribal governments are eligible to receive the grant money. The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides up to 50 percent reimbursement for approved outdoor recreation projects. Grants will be awarded for development or renovation of public outdoor recreation facilities or the acquisition of park land. The grants will be awarded to projects seeking at least $10,000. The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2020. LWCF funds are federal dollars that are apportioned to states by Congress to fund public outdoor recreation projects. Application packets are available on the Game, Fish and Parks website.

Activities Branch hosts weekly COVID-19 meetings

The SDPRA Activities Branch will host weekly online meetings on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Central / 9 a.m. Mountain Time through at least July 2. The meetings will allow members to compare policies and provide updates of how each community is responding to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Current SDPRA members will receive an email early the week of the meeting with the login information. Update: the June 25 meeting has been cancelled.