Meet Me at the Park play spaces grants now available

For the second year, NRPA and The Walt Disney Co. are coming together to invest in innovative play spaces and promote healthy living with the goal to provide one million kids and families with greater access to play. Park and recreation agencies in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and US territories, are invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families. Agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas will receive $30,000 grants to implement their projects. Applications are due March 1. Read more…

Yankton to host 2018 Midwest Region Parks and Recreation Conference April 23, 24, 25.

The City of Yankton, SD, will host the Midwest Region Parks and Recreation Conference April 23-25, 2018. Parks and Recreation professionals from the six state area (South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota) will attend.

The Conference will be held in the world’s premier indoor archery training and competition facility, Read more…

Funding available for trails

Applications are being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program, which provides partial reimbursement for approved trail projects. Eligible projects include construction of new public trails, rehabilitation of existing public trails, development of trail-related facilities and educational programs that relate to recreational trails. The grants are available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments. Application packets are available online from the Game, Fish and Parks website. The application deadline is Friday, April 27, 2018.

Annual conference dates set

Mark your calendars! We’ll all get to come together in Brookings Oct. 16-18 for the annual SDPRA conference. The planning committee thanks everyone for their input on session topics and will be using them to plan a great conference. We’ll be posting more as information becomes available on lodging, sessions, tours, sponsorship opportunities and more.

Funding available for community walk audits

The South Dakota Department of Health recently announced the availability of funding for community walk audits.  This funding ($3,000 – $5,000) can be used by South Dakota communities to launch healthy community design efforts to improve walkability. By assessing the built environment through walk audits – easy, doable assessments – communities can position themselves for short-term walkability enhancements and future long-term policy work.

Priority selection will be given to small, rural communities or those larger communities who identify a particular neighborhood or sector with greatest need for improvement of walkable areas for those underserved residents. Applications are due Feb. 28 and can be found on under the Physical Activity tab.