Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities Open for Annual Conference

Being an exhibitor at the SDPRA conference allows for growing relationships in the industry.  The conference, being held Oct. 12-14, 2021, in Watertown, is expecting 125+ attendees from more than 20 municipalities and 30 locations within the South Dakota State Park system. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business and services to industry clientele. A variety of options for being an exhibitor or sponsor are available. Learn more

Resilient Park Access Grant and Coaching

NRPA announces funding and coaching to advance community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access that improves the resilience and health of communities. Projects should address system-wide park access planning, data collection/analysis, policies and/or capital improvements with a focus on creating climate-ready parks. NRPA will fund 6 to 10 communities at $300,000 to $500,000 each for a total of 2.5 years. Informational webinar will be held March 11; applications are due April 23. Learn more

Active Transportation Assessment Grant Offered

The SD Department of Health is pleased to offer a technical assistance opportunity for South Dakota communities on conducting active transportation assessments that can jump-start improvements to the built environment, enhancing walkability and bikeability. Active transportation integrates physical activity into daily routines such as walking or biking to destinations such as work, grocery stores or parks. Creating activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations is an evidenced-based strategy to increase physical activity in communities. Grant deadline is Feb. 5. Learn more

Recreation Market Webinar

Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) will be presenting “30 Minutes to Get Light Years Ahead”, a short webinar on Thursday, February 4th from 12:00 – 12:30pm CST (1:00 – 1:30pm EST).

This brief webinar will give attendees a chance to learn what is new in the recreation market from industry experts, including innovations from CRS’ exclusive partners, Vortex and Play & Park Structures.  Attendees will gain insight into the latest trends, such as the growing popularity of disc golf, to inspire safe, fun, outdoor recreation that brings smiles to their communities.

Webinar topics:

  • What’s new for CRS?
  • Antimicrobial products for recreation
  • Cutting-edge solutions to differentiate from other cities or specifiers 
  • Plus, many new Splashpad® and playground features

Whether you are looking for a specific solution, new ideas, or industry knowledge, grab your lunch and attend this quick, informational webinar! For more details and to register, go online or by call 877-896-8442.

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.