Recreation Trails Program Applications Open

Applications are now being accepted for grants from the Recreation Trails Program (RTP). The grants will be available for trail projects sponsored by municipalities, counties, state parks, federal land management agencies or tribal governments. The program 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 application deadline is April 9.

AmeriCorps Information Session

Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC, a federally funded national service program that partners with nonprofits, such as government entities, to meet community needs through service. Teams assist with facilities maintenance and property repairs, building renovations, trail maintenance, grounds improvement, youth facilitation, and other related needs.

AmeriCorps NCCC Webinar | Jan. 22, 10 a.m. CST

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.