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Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Planning Update

The SCORP has been under development the past four years and Steve Brunner has served as representative for WPRA throughout the process.Please click the link here to view the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) final version of the 2019-2023 SCORP.


The document provides updated information on outdoor recreation in Wisconsin that will help shape the future opportunities and experiences throughout the state. The SCORP also provides guidance for distributing grant funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and other grant programs administered by the department.

June PR Monthly 2019

Call for Social Media Representative Volunteer Register for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference Now Wisconsin Hotel Room Block for NRPA Conference WPRA Six Flags Great America Week Ticket Program 2019 WPRA Award Nominations WPRA is Seeking Potential Candidates for Leadership Positions in 2020 Winnebago County Parks Receives $30,000 Grant from NRPA & The Walt DisneyCompany WPRA Annual Conference Keynote Speakers WPRA Call For Content Due July 18th WPRA Listerv Save the Dates 2019 NRPA Annual Conference - September 24-26, 2019 2019 Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) - November 4-6, 2019 2019 WPRA Annual Conference - November 5-8, 2019

2019 Spring Office Support Workshop

View PDF of Agenda Wear spring colors - dress casual & wear comfortable shoes – we will be doing some walking! Optional: design/bring a pen with a spring flower attached, or a happy saying, or whatever makes you think of spring and happiness to bring to the meeting for an exchange. Be creative!!New for this workshop!! There will be no up-front cost to register, but we do need a head-count. Please fill out the registration form and send it to WPRA or register on their website. Be sure to check with your supervisor regarding reimbursement for lunch, as it will be ordered from the restaurant where we are meeting. This will be a progressive workshop! We will be walking to a couple of different places. Plan to park at The Keg & Patio (address below). From there, we will walk to Great Harvest Bakery for free samples of fresh bread, but you also have the option to purchase rolls, pastries, etc. Walk back to The Keg & Patio for our meeting. Depending on the weather, we have the option to meet inside or outside on their patio! We will order off the menu at the The Keg & Patio for lunch. We may sit outside if it is nice or inside if it isn’t.
9:30 - 10:00 The Keg & Patio (732 Oak St, WI Dells) - park in their lot & walk to: Great Harvest Bakery (329 Broadway, WI Dells) - free samples of bread & rolls—also items will be available for purchase. Then walk back to the Keg & Patio for meeting. 10:00 - 10:15 Customer Service - Signing up over the phone, late signups, t-shirt orders, etc. 10:15 - 10:30 Seasonal Help - Are you having a hard time finding seasonal help? What do you do to attract new seasonal employees? How are you finding enough lifeguards? Are you hiring 15-year-olds? 10:30 - 10:45 Online Registrations - Has it helped cut down phone calls and walk-ins, what is your percentage for online registrations? 10:45 - 11:15 Recreation Software - Update on which recreation software you are using. What do you like and not like? 11:15 - 11:30 Bring a question for your department to share. 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch - We will split into groups of school district, county, campgrounds, etc. to eat and discuss topics for lunch. Please bring your own question(s) that pertain to your type of department. 12:00- ? Let’s Keep the Fun Going! After the meeting - your choice: Cheesecake Heaven & Baker - 231 Broadway WI Dairyland Fudge - 216 Broadway Escape Room - 325 Broadway Shopping - Downtown or Tanger Outlet Mall

2019 Aquatic Technician Workshops

Register NOW! Brought to you by the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association Aquatic Section, this Workshop is ideal for any aquatic professional who is responsible for the maintenance and/or operations of indoor pools/aquatics facilities. Whether you are a seasoned professional, or new to the technical side of pool operations, you will be sure to gain valuable insight and leave with great information you can apply back at your facility. Need Continuing Education Credit for CPRP or AFO Group A? This is a great opportunity to get .4 CEUs in one day! TWO DATE OPTIONS AVAILABLE. EACH DATE WILL COVER THE SAME INFORMATION.FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2019 - WAUNAKEE VILLAGE CENTERFRIDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2019 - ASHWAUBENON COMMUNITY CENTER
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8:15 am - 8:45 amCheck-in/Morning Refreshments8:45 am - 9:45 amPool Code - What Is Closable Offense?10:00 am - 11:00 amPool Investigations11:15 am - 11:45 amDog Swim Event12:00 pm - 12:45 pmLunch (provided)1:00 pm - 2:30 pmEnergy Savings for the Aquatic Facility2:45 pm - 3:15 pmPreventative Maintenance Schedules

PRMonthly Newsletter

PRMonthly is an electronic newsletter that is e-mailed to all members every third Friday of the month. If you have any information that you would like shared with the members (job change, marriage, baby, new hires, events, etc.) please send to the WPRA Office at wpra@wpraweb.org by the Monday before.

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