2019 SDPRA Annual Conference


Beyond 2020 Vision
October 1-3, 2019
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
Rapid City, SD

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Conference Schedule

The City of Rapid City and the Parks and Recreation Department is proud to host the 2019 SDPRA Annual Conference. The conference provides a diverse educational opportunity for parks and recreation professionals across the state, including recreation, aquatics, ice, parks, administration and everything in between.


A standout in the Auburn swim program from 1997-2002, David Denniston set his sights on qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team following college. However, in the midst of this promising swimming career, he was injured in a sledding accident. But his love for the sport continued and Denniston went on to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic games and serve as coach of the U.S. Paralympic team in 2012. He was awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration award in 2009 and James R. Flowers Coach of the Year award in 2012. Denniston’s experience encouraged him to start a motivational speaking company called Mind Over Body to help people reach their goals despite barriers in life. He is currently the head coach of the University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving program.

Awards Banquet

Join us on Wednesday, October 2 for a tailgate party honoring our award winning professionals. Wear your favorite sports team apparel and enjoy an evening of food, friends and fans of SDPRA.


A number of social activities will allow you to connect with fellow professionals on a personal level. Arrive early to enjoy activities including golfing, hiking, biking, downtown walking tours and ice skating. Tuesday night will offer networking at socials with in-house activities and downtown. Following the banquet, catch the shuttle to Deadwood or take part in the downtown scavenger hunt/pub crawl for a chance to win prizes.


Get you message in front of parks and recreation professional from across South Dakota! The conference’s schedule provide ample contact time with our members, including two half-hour breaks, breakfast, business meeting and lunch in the exhibitor room. Please contact Scott Anderson, Park Division Manager at 605.394.5225 or email him to reserve your exhibitor space. 

Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza
505 N. Fifth Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605.399.7037

Book your rooms under the SDPRA hotel room block online using the group booking code SD9 or call the toll free reservation like at 1.844.516.6415. Reservations must be made no later than Sept. 16 to receive the discounted rate. 

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