• Training Opportunities

    There are some exciting training opportunities planned for the upcoming NMRPA Annual Conference September 10-12, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM. Both the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Certification Course and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be offered beginning September 9, 2014.
  • 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

    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

Seeking Nominations for Board of Directors

The New Mexico Recreation and Park Association (NMRPA) is requesting nominations from the membership for several Director-at-Large positions on the Board of Directors. Please nominate individuals, or yourself, who you feel will be qualified and willing to serve if elected. Get involved!
Directors-at-Large: Three (3) Open Positions 
  • · Two-year terms
  • · To actively participate in board activities and meetings as a voting member.
  • · To serve on committees, both standing, and ad hoc, at the request of the NMRPA Board and/or President.
  • · To ensure that committees responsible for submits articles to all INROADS issues.
  • · To conduct and complete other duties as recommended and approved by the NMRPA Board of Directors and/or the NMRPA President.
The Board consists of individuals involved in the fields of recreation, parks, and leisure services, from across New Mexico. This board is active in providing educational opportunities to its members and supporting recreation and parks legislation locally and nationally. Go to the link below to download the nomination forms.
All nominations must be received no later than Friday, August 1, 2014 at 5:00pm
Please email your nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , fax to (505) 662-8034,
or mail toNMRPA Board Nominations, C/O Dianne Marquez, 
Los Alamos County Recreation, 2760 Canyon Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
To download the nomination forms click here




Constitution and By-Law Changes Recommended 

The Board of Directors is recommending some changes to the current NMRPA Constitution and By-Laws.  The changes will allow for better communication and networking among the membership and to address some changes made at the national level by NRPA.  For example, the NRPA Board of Directors voted to discontinue the Regional Networks and has directed staff to enhance the opportunities for members to connect and network around key topic areas.  Therefore, the NRPA Southwest Regional Network Representatives are no longer needed and will be removed from the By-Laws.  However, at the same time the NMRPA Board is recommending the addition of a sixth Director at Large and an Educational Representative.  The recommended changes must be approved by two thirds (2/3) majority of the membership quorum.



Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam

In conjunction with the upcoming NMRPA Annual Conference in Las Cruces September 10-12, 2014 the Association and NRPA will host the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course and Exam (CPSI).  The CPSI course will start on September 9th, 2014, the day prior to the Annual Conference at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces.  This is also the host hotel for the conference.  CPSI participants will be offered a special registration rate to attend the Annual Conference.  To view CPSI and conference registration information click here.



Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Training Course

The NMRPA and NRPA will be provided the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Training course on September 9th, 2014 in conjunction with the NMRPA Annual Conference.  The course will be provided by NRPA instructors at the conference host hotel. To register for the course or to view more informatoin about the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Training Course click here.


NMRPA Citizen Representatives 

The NMRPA Board of Directors is currently seeking two (2) Citizen Representatives.  Anyone interested should contact Leslie Mueller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 566-2261.



NMRPA Annual Conference 

The 2014 NMRPA Annual Conference will be held at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico from September 10 - 12, 2014. Award nominations are being accepted through August 8, 2014. To download a nomination packet or to view more information click here. Awards will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 12, 2014. For more information about the NMRPA Annual Conference click here or contact the City of Las Cruces at (575) 541-2550.