Win $10,000 for your community with Wellmark’s Set the Pace Challenge

Through the Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® Set the Pace Challenge at the 2021 virtual Grand Blue Mile, you could help your community win $10,000 to use on a project that promotes safe, inclusive and accessible places in which to be active, such as a park, playground, or trail. 

All you have to do is rally your community to register for the Grand Blue Mile presented by Wellmark, scheduled for April 17-25. Additional information and resources, including past project videos and a digital toolkit for communities are available online. Learn more at Set the Pace Challenge.

SD Game, Fish and Parks Recognized for Education Efforts During COVID-19

The South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association recently named the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks as the recipient of the association’s Organization Citation Award. The award recognized the efforts of the department to promote and support recreation in local communities by providing alternative programming and events during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

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