• Training Opportunities

    Training Opportunities

    There are some exciting training opportunities planned for the upcoming NMRPA Annual Conference September 14 - 16, 2016 in Farmington, NM.
  • Renew Membership

    Renew Membership

    It is now time to renew your memberships. The benefits of keeping your membership current are professional recognition, annual conference discount, networking, awards & citations, and access to workshops & seminars. Join today!
  • Partnership with SGR

    Partnership with SGR

    NMRPA is excited to announce a new partnership with Strategic Government Resources (SGR). SGR will be working with the National Executive Development School (NEDS) Committee and NMRPA to explore opportunities to expand and improve training opportunities to New Mexico recreation and parks professionals.
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Our Mission

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New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association

NMRPA will “Preserve the past, affect the present, and influence the future of Recreation and Parks within New Mexico.”

As a NMRPA member you become a voice in your profession. NMRPA is a dedicated, professional organization affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

NMRPA has a diverse membership with representation from City, County, and Federal Government agencies, as well as retired professionals.


Membership Benefits

  • Annual State Conference
  • Workshops/Seminars
  • Member Directory & Handbook
  • Awards/Citations
  • Certification


NMRPA Board News

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2015 NMRPA Award for Lifetime Achievement

Kim Elliot has been a part of Parks and Recreation for almost 40 years.  His contributions to the industry has been numerous and prestigious.  Recognition for his service will be presented at the 2015 NMRPA annual conference on Friday, November 6, at the awards luncheon.  Read his full biography here.








NMRPA Annual Conference

The 2017-2018 NMRPA annual conference will be held in Santa Fe, NM. More information to come as it develops.  "Like Us" on Facebook. 

Constitution and By-Law Ammendments Approved by Membership 

Thank you to the membership that voted and approved the Constitution and By-Law amendments. The amendments will allow for the Board of Directors to communicate more effectively with the membership and conduct Association business more efficiently. To view the NMRPA Constitution and By-Laws click here.


Ed Chismar, The Passing of a Legend

EdThe man who had a lot to do with parks and recreation in the City of Vision has passed away.

Ed Chismar, architect of the city’s parks and recreation master plan developed in 2003, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

His wife of 32 years, Carol, said it seemed as recently as May that her husband had been winning his battle but, by July, they realized chemotherapy wasn’t working and his days were numbered.

Services will be held at Holy Child Catholic Church in Tijeras, with a rosary Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception; a funeral Mass will be held there at 10 a.m. Friday.

Chismar is also survived by three grown children: sons Eddie and Nathan, and a daughter, Audrey, recently wed to Daniel Lenzi.

Chismar left his position as director of parks and recreation in 2005 and took a similar job with Bernalillo County. Jay Hart took the post in 2009 and Hart said he was more than Chismar’s successor; the two had been friends for about 25 years.

“A lot of people are close to Ed,” Hart said, recalling that he often exchanged ideas with Chismar. Hart had been the parks and recreation director for Albuquerque before becoming P&R director here.

“If we had problems, challenges, Ed was the fellow I would call. I looked at him as one of my mentors and I hope he looked at me the same way.

“In parks and recreation, we get close to each other; that’s our support group,” he said. “Ed would take and give you the shirt off his back.”

Chismar’s passing became “a big topic of the New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association” in Farmington last week, where Hart’s two-year term as president ended.

“Ed was all about parks and recreation – and providing services to children,” Hart said. “Last year, we honored Ed with the highest award, the lifetime achievement award, that we hand out. We had to do it remotely; Ed couldn’t do it.”

“He did an outstanding job in taking our department to the next level, engaging the community, and he had a strong belief in trying new things to help engage our youth, as well as looking at adult programs,” former Mayor Tom Swisstack said.

Added former city manager James Jimenez, “He used parks and recreation programs to really benefit the whole community.”

Deborah Brogdon, director of senior services for the city, said she knew Chismar back when the two were graduate students at the University of New Mexico in the 1970s.

“He had a compassion for people – he cared about people,” she said. “He had a passion for parks and recreation and we’ll miss that.” Brogdon added, “He loved to fish, he loved to referee and he also loved this community.”

Article written by Gary Herron with the Rio Rancho Observer. Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 12:05 am. 


Ed Chismar was loved, and admired by those who were fortunate enough to know him. At the time of his retirement from Bernallio County, Ed shared the following articles with his work family. The articles that Ed wrote reflect the love, and compassion that he had for the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space field: