Delta Hotels - Edmonton South
4404 Gateway Boulevard NW 
Edmonton AB

Rooms start at $159/night.

Book using our group rate.

The Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will prepare and educate Alberta-based facility managers and municipal staff on new technologies and innovation, share best practices, link programs that modify occupant behavior with infrastructure improvements, and address funding options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their facilities and/or outdoor spaces.

Check out the Conference Teaser to see sessions, presenters and exhibitors! Keep your eye out for a full conference brochure coming soon.

Registration is only $99 (10% discount available for ARPA members).

Register by Monday, October 16 to be entered to win either a pair of Mini Pack Tickets to the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton (November 8-10) or the Professional Bull Riding event (November 8-10).

Book your room at the Delta South Edmonton using our booking link and receive an additional entry for the ticket draw.

Register Now

Collaboration for Change

March 14-17, 2018
Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre
Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Inspired by the incredible diversity of parks, landscapes and open spaces in this country, ARPA created the Parks Forum to gather key partners, educators, students, thinkers, and decision makers to develop ideas and forge connections.  

The theme for the 2018 Parks Forum is “Collaboration for Change.” Success within parks will be achieved in large part through our ability to collaborate with a range of existing and new partners in areas of shared objectives and alignment. The Parks Forum offers a significant opportunity for collaboration across diverse sectors and cultures. The Forum is also an opportunity to reflect on and evaluate existing initiatives, while also generating new ideas and approaches to parks planning, management, and use.

Call for Presentations

The 2018 Parks Forum Advisory Committee is currently inviting submissions from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the Forum.

The Parks Forum series was inspired by the incredible diversity of parks, landscapes and open spaces in this country. As a result, the Forum has been attended by a broad cross section of participants from Alberta’s three major levels of government in park provision (municipal, provincial and national) as well as a variety of key partners, educators and students. 

If you have a compelling story, experience, idea or research to present, please submit a proposal by filling in this online form.

The deadline for Session Presentation submissions is 12:00 PM MST on Friday, November 3rd.

We are proud to present the Greener Facilities Conference & Expo with the following partners:

   

                                             

           Education & Outreach Partner                            Funding Partner

             

      Green Power Sponsor                         Networking Event Sponsor

                          

                                                           

Who should exhibit?

Businesses that focus on green infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing efficiencies in buildings, and/or provide new technologies, products and services to create more environmentally friendly indoor and outdoor spaces and places.

Register Now

Check out our Exhibitor Prospectus.

Join us in Edmonton this November for the first-ever Greener Facilities Conference & Expo! This event serves to better understand and address climate change and the associated cost-savings. The two-day conference & expo, held Nov 9 to 10, 2017, will feature:

  • Education from speakers addressing specific opportunities and challenges associated with energy efficiency and a reduced ecological footprint.
  • Innovative new technology products and services demonstrated by companies and consultants at the tradeshow expo, helping facilities deliver on their environmental and efficiency goals.
  • Best practices sharing through sessions and networking with other like-minded sector practitioners
  • Real-life solutions from municipalities and organizations who have already moved to energy efficient methods
  • Information on grants, funding and cost-saving

We invite anyone involved in the planning, upkeep, financing or management of community facilities or outdoor spaces, including recreation facilities, schools, sports fields, municipal buildings, etc.

Keep your eye out for further information in the coming weeks - including a program of speakers and exhibitors!

Questions? Contact Kate Wright at kwright@arpaonline.ca or 780-643-1774.

This event is made possible through generous funding from the Community Environment Action Grant.

 

The Challenge

The June Play List is 30 hand-picked activities from the ParticipACTION 150 Play List to celebrate four Canada 150 themes! In week one we’ll try diverse and inclusive activities, in week two we’ll celebrate Indigenous games, in week three we’ll try activities that inspire youth and then finally spend time in nature! Check out "Background" below to read more about the themes.

We’ve developed a calendar to help you try one, two or all 30 of our daily challenges!

Take a photo of you trying one of the activities and post it on Twitter or Facebook with #JRPM150 to be entered to win one of four $100 Sport Chek gift cards. Make sure to tag our Facebook and Twitter accounts!

You can also create an account with ParticipACTION to track your activities and be entered to win more prizes!

Resources

June Play List Poster (11"x17")
June Play List Printable Calendar (8.5"x11")
June Play List Daily Social Media Images

Make sure to visit ParticipACTION's website and search the daily challenge to learn more about the activity and the equipment you may need!

Background

Across the nation, Canada 150 is celebrating our country’s birthday through four key themes:

Diversity & Inclusion
We believe recreation and parks should be inclusive and accessible for all! This includes sports like sitting volleyball for those with limited accessibility, or tai chi and other activities originating outside of Canada. It’s important that all Canadians participate in recreation in a way that works for them.

Reconciliation
Reconciliation between our Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples requires sustained public education, dialogue, and taking action! ARPA sees JRPM as one opportunity to foster this reconciliation by collectively engaging in traditional games and activities.

Engaging & Inspiring Youth
Young people are essential to creating an active Canada for the future! Let’s try a few sports and activities alongside our youth, instilling the love of recreation in the next generation.

Connecting with Nature
We want Albertans to experience and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, gaining a greater appreciation for the protection of our natural resources and environment.

Download the ARPA Event App to build your itinerary, connect with other delegates, access venue maps, and receive real-time conference updates and announcements!

The ARPA Event App syncs across all your mobile devices, creating a seamless event experience.

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Registration

Registration for the 2017 Canadian Parks Conference is now open!

Register for the Conference

View the Conference Brochure

Conference Fees 

Please note that prices include all education sessions, socials, and scheduled meals. Pre-Conference sessions are not included in these fees. 

Rates* Delegate Student
Early Bird Rate (*extended* until Feb 12) $650 $300
Regular Rate (Feb 13-Feb 28) $750 $350
On-Site Rate (March 1-March 8) $850 $400

*Rates do not include GST

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

Prices vary dependent on workshop or tour. Please see details in the conference brochure.

Travel

Air Canada

Air Canada is the official airline of the 2017 Canadian Parks Conference! Please use the promotion code of VMHAQM31 to receive your flight discount of 10%. To book a flight with your promotion code, visit aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Banff Airporter

Canadian Parks Conference delegates receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter for shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Banff. Visit www.banffairporter.com/book. Proceed through the reservation and type - parks - in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. Or call (888) 449-2901 and mention the parks promotional code.

Accommodations

The Banff Centre

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5

Superior bedrooms:
$145.00 per night based on single or double occupancy

Standard bedrooms:
$125.00 per night based on single or double occupancy.

Other room options are also available.

Call 403.762.6100 to make reservations OR

Book Online Now.

Accommodation will include use of Sally Borden Recreation Centre and Aquatics, wireless internet access; Walter Philips Gallery access; complimentary access to select arts and culture events; housekeeping service fee; all North American phone calls; parking and library access with borrowing privileges.

Additional Accommodations:

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa or Inns of Banff

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa:
Standard Room $150.00, Superior Room $165.00

Inns of Banff:
Superior Limited View $125.00, Superior Mountain View $140.00

To make a reservation, please follow steps below:

1. Visit the website www.bestofbanff.com
2. Under Reservations click BOOK NOW
3. Pick the Destination of your Choice or keep All Properties selected
4. Select your reservation details (Dates, # Rooms / # People)
5. Additional Search - Ensure Room Rates is chosen
6. Enter the Promo/Corp Code: ARPA2017
7. Search Now

A shuttle will be available to and from the Banff Centre to Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa as well as Inns of Banff.

Registration

Registration for the first-ever Alberta Aquatics Forum is now open!

Register for the Forum!

View the Forum brochure

Conference Fees 

Registration Period Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Rate (July 1 - Sept. 30) $299 $3459 $149
Regular Rate (Oct. 1 - Oct. 14) $349 $399 $149
Late/On-Site Rate (Oct. 15 - Oct. 20) $399 $449 $149
HIGH FIVE® SCMH Pre-Forum
Workshop
$199 $229 $199
HIGH FIVE® Affiliate Trainer

$275

$275 $275

Alberta Aquatics Forum 2016

Wednesday, October 19 - Thursday, October 20
Jasper, Alberta

Thank you to all of our delegates who made the first Alberta Aquatics Forum a success!

Forum presentations are being compiled, and will be posted to the Leisure Information Network in the coming weeks.

Recreation for Life Foundation YDRS Registration Bursary

There are five $200 awards available as part of the YDRS Symposium Registration Bursary. Please note that these awards are reserved for post-secondary students or new professionals.

Apply Now

Deadline for application is January 30, 2018.

new professional is an ARPA member* who has either:
     A)  started a career in the sector in the past five years OR
     B) graduated from a degree or diploma in a related program in the past five years

student is an ARPA member* who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field.

*If you work for a municipality in Alberta, please check with your supervisor to verify that you are an ARPA member. If you are unsure whether or not you are an ARPA member, contact our office at 780-415-1745 to confirm.

If you have questions about this application please contact Pamela Jones.

City of Calgary Recreation Student Bursary

Are you a student looking to attend conference? Join us at beautiful Chateau Lake Louise and learn from sector professionals while connecting with your peers across the province!

Need help getting there? The City of Calgary Recreation generously offers a limited number of $200 bursaries to students.

Fill out the online application and return it to reclearning@calgary.ca

If you have any questions, please contact Karina Damgaard at 403-268-5602. 

Please note, deadline has been extended to October 18, 2017.

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Recreation for Life Foundation Connecting through Research Travel Bursaries

There are three $300 awards available as part of the Connecting through Research Travel Bursaries.

Apply Now

Deadline for application is October 6, 2017.

Please note that these awards are reserved for post-secondary students or new professionals who are accepted for an oral or poster presentation as part of the CTR stream at the ARPA conference.

new professional is an ARPA member* who has either:
     A)  started a career in the sector in the past five years OR
     B) graduated from a degree or diploma in a related program in the past five years

student is an ARPA member* who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field.

*If you work for a municipality in Alberta, please check with your supervisor to verify that you are an ARPA member. If you are unsure whether or not you are an ARPA member, contact our office at 780-415-1745 to confirm.

If you have any questions about this application please contact Craig Cameron.

Recreation for Life Foundation Registration Bursary for Graduate Students

There are five $200 bursaries available to assist graduate students in attending the ARPA Annual Conference and Energize Workshop.

Apply Now

Deadline for application is October 6, 2017.

Please note that these awards are reserved for individuals that meet the following definition: You are an ARPA member who is currently enrolled in a graduate degree in a related field.

If you have questions about this application please contact Craig Cameron.

Active Office Challenge

Let’s face it, most of us we spend a lot of time at our desk from Monday to Friday, and it’s not always easy to find the time or energy to fit activity into our schedules.

But building basic daily, weekly and monthly habits into your work life can help decrease health risks and increase your energy and productivity!

Download and print the checklist and challenge your co-workers to keep up with the tasks for all of June!

Active Office Printable Checklist
Active Office Poster

JRPM Hunt

JRPM Hunt is an online scavenger hunt! Follow ARPA on Twitter and Facebook to take part!

Every Tuesday and Thursday in June we will post a question or challenge. You must complete the challenge by posting your response on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #JRPMhunt by each Friday at noon.

If you respond to the challenge you'll be entered to win a weekly prize - a $50 MEC gift card! Weekly winners will be announced every Friday in June.

Use the promo PDF or PNG image file to share the social media challenge with your community.

JRPM Hunt Promo
JRPM Hunt Promo (PNG file)
 

Creative Recreation Challenge

We all get stuck thinking inside the box – when someone says recreation we picture sports or a nature walk – you know, the usual. What if we said recreation was going to a local improv show or having a water fight? How about bird-watching or learning to knit?

We think recreation is so much more than physical activity! Recreation has a wide definition, and all parts are essential to creating thriving communities with healthy and happy citizens.

We’ve developed a calendar to help you try Creative Recreation. Try one, two or all 30 of our daily challenges!

Take a photo of you trying one of the activities and post them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the #JRPM2016 hashtag to be entered to win a 2016 National Parks Family Pass. Make sure to tag @arpaonline on Twitter and Instagram, or tag us on Facebook! The more photos of the different activities you send, the more times you’ll be entered!

Download the Creative Recreation Printable Calendar
Download the Creative Recreation Poster

Download the Creative Recreation Social Media Images

Call for Presenters

The YDRS Symposium is a forum for advancing knowledge about the contributions of recreation programs and services to the overall goal of meeting the needs of children and youth in our communities. The YDRS Symposium aims to provide information about children and youth development, promoting the delivery and expansion of positive development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion. 

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), along with the 2018 YDRS planning committee, is now accepting applications for presentations at the 2018 YDRS Symposium. This annual event attracts delegates from municipal recreation and community services departments, not-for-profit groups, community sport groups, the public health sector, educational institutions and social service organizations. 

The theme for the 2018 YDRS Symposium is “Healthy Child and Youth Development.”

The committee is looking for a variety of engaging presentations and whether you have a lecture, interactive session or physical activity we want to hear from you. We hope you submit a presentation to share your knowledge and passion with our audience!

Submit a Presentation Proposal

Deadline for Submissions is Dec 1, 2017.

Presenters will be contacted within four to six weeks of the submission deadline regarding the status of the proposed presentation. Thank you in advance for your contributions to the 2018 YDRS Symposium. 

2017 Canadian Parks Conference:
Parks, Protected Areas, Open Spaces and Public Places

March 8-11, 2017
The Banff Centre

Banff, Alberta

Thank you to all presenters, delegates and dignitaries from Canada's parks community for joining us in beautiful Banff! Read a summary of the conference and view photos by clicking here.

You may view conference presentations on the Leisure Information Network by clicking here.

 

 

2016 Canadian Parks Summit

More information available on the offical Canadian Parks Summit website hosted by the Leisure Information Network.

April 11-14, 2016
Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre


This first event of its kind, The 2016 Canadian Parks Summit will bring together representatives of Canada’s three levels of government responsible for national, provincial/ territorial and municipal/regional parks, and relevant national, provincial, and territorial associations, as well as other invited stakeholders collectively representing broad interests across the nature continuum.

Its purpose is to:
1) Examine and discuss challenges and opportunities facing public parks and protected areas
2) Enhance the impact of parks services at the national, provincial, territorial, and municipal levels, and connect more Canadians to nature.
3) Help set the park management agenda in Canada for the next generation.
4) Launch an ongoing dialogue and collaboration
5) Identify priority actions and define a charter document to guide park managers far into the future.

The Summit is an initiative of the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA), as well as other stakeholders. The event is being organized by a Secretariat made up of representatives from the Canadian Parks Council, CPRA, Alberta Parks, the University of Alberta and the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), with input from a National Advisory Committee, which is meant to be multi-sectoral, intergenerational and regionally representative.

The Summit Participation will be by invitation only with a total of approximately 158 representatives from the following communities: 

• Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments
• National, provincial and territorial associations
• Academic institutions
• Corporate and private sector businesses
• Related voluntary sector associations
• Allied sector government departments and organizations (e.g. health, education, municipal affairs)
• Aligned agencies (e.g. Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
• Experts, emerging leaders and students

Student Bursaries

Are you a student looking to attend conference? Join us at beautiful Chateau Lake Louise and learn from sector professionals while connecting with your peers across the province!

Need help getting there? The City of Calgary Recreation generously offers a limited number of $200 bursaries to students.

Fill out the online application and return it to reclearning@calgary.ca

If you have any questions, please contact Karina Damgaard at 403-268-5602.

2014 SYMPOSIUM - PLAY...NATURALLY

The 2014 Youth Development Through Recreation Symposium took place March 23-25 at The Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, Alberta. Below are some of the presentations shared at the symposium, available for download in PDF format.

Using Nature as a Community Building Tool - Tracey Bink, Jessica Monk & Sherry Wallace
Special Olympics Alberta - Kaley McLaren
Play Ambassadors - Graham Thomson & Matt Leung
Physical Literacy for People Experiencing Disability - Amanda Ebert
Grade 5's Get Active & Activ8's - Janette Messer
Using Mobile Technology to Connect Children & Youth with Science, Nature and Active Outdoor Play - Kym McCulley & Mary Krupa-Clark
Nature Play Workshop - Intro & Risk in Play - Mary Ann Rintoul
Play Leadership in Nature - Russell Krasnuik
Five Minute Field Trips (Resources) - Christina Pickles
Water Smart Program - Kelly Carter
Two Wheel View - Sarah Kinnie & Colin Rioux
Play Day: The Ulitmate Neighbourhood Block Party! - Katie Mahon
         - How to Host a Play Day (resource)
Move & Play Through Traditional Games - Megan McKinlay
Engaging Children and Youth in the Urban Forest - Jane Erdmann

2010 SYMPOSIUM

The 2010 Youth Development Through Recreation Symposium took place March 15-17, 2010 at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. Below are some of the presentations and resources shared at the symposium, available for download in PDF format.

Toast 'n Jam - Aaron Taylor and John Marriam
Youth Friendly Communities - Marion Price
Youth Friendly Staff - Marion Price
Children and Nature, Alberta - Cliff Lacey
Footprints: Engaging Youth to be Physically Active in Nature through Photovoice - Janine Drummond
Youth Indicator Species - Don Carruthers Den Hoed
Sogo Calgary - Heather Wickstead and Augusto Romero
Engaging Youth in Nature, Charlottetown - Beth Hoar
We All Can Play - EISA and EFCL
ARPA Programs and Services
Connecting to Urban Youth: Play, Physical Activity and Schools - Nick Holt

We are excited to announce that the 2018 YDRS Symposium will be held from March 7-8 at the Radisson Hotel in Red Deer. This year's conference theme is "Healthy Child and Youth Development."

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About YDRS

The Youth Development Through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium is a bi-annual forum for advancing the knowledge about the contributions of recreation programs and services. It aims to provide information about children and youth development by promoting the delivery and expansion of positive development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion.

The YDRS Symposium attracts delegates from municipal recreation, community service departments, not for profit groups, community sports groups, public health, educational institutions and social service organizations. Presenters range from front line staff to youth policy makers.

The educational opportunity is designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to:

  • Learn first hand about child and youth development and its application in recreation
  • Hear from colleagues and peers through focused and themed presentations
  • Enjoy networking opportunities and return home with practical and applicable resources

Who Attends

  • Front-line Youth Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Recreation Facility Staff
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Recreation Coordinators & Managers
  • Teachers

Mandate

"Providing an educational forum to advance knowledge of youth development through recreation."

History

The Symposium is based on the National Youth Development Symposium that was launched in Calgary in the spring of 2003.

Promote your June events for free! 

For more information, please contact Anna Holtby, Communications Coordinator, at aholtby@arpaonline.ca, or 780-644-6976. 
 

2017 JRPM Ambassadors

JRPM helps Albertans celebrate our beautiful outdoors by getting active with their families, friends and communities! Does this sound like something you could get behind?  We encourage municipalities, organizations, businesses and schools (aka YOU!) to support this campaign by becoming ambassadors and promoting JRPM!

Sign Up!

As an ambassador you receive:

  • Access to JRPM logos, printable resources, etc.
  • Information & resources to promote our special JRPM Canada 150 challenge in your community
  • The opportunity to share your local events in our newsletters & on our website
  • Connection with other JRPM Ambassadors across the province.

You can promote this program through already-established events and programs in your community, and use our resources and challenges to support your ideas!

Participating Ambassador Communities

  • Alberta Health Services - Brooks
  • Alberta  Health Services - Calgary
  • Alberta Health Services Wellness Network - Rockyview General Hospital
  • Badlands Community Facility - Town of Drumheller
  • City of Edmonton
  • City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • City of Leduc
  • City of Red Deer
  • City of Spruce Grove
  • County of Grande Prairie
  • Lac La Biche County
  • Town of Blackfalds
  • Town of Drayton Valley
  • Town of Edson
  • Town of Hanna
  • Town of Innisfail
  • Town of Killam
  • Town of Morinville
  • Town of Rocky Mountain House
  • Town of Slave Lake
  • Town of Strathmore
  • Town of Taber
  • Town of Vauxhall
  • Vivo for Healthier Generations

What's it all about?

June is Recreation and Parks Month (JRPM) is our opportunity to celebrate beautiful Alberta and all the activities we love to do with our families, friends and neighbours! 

We ask JRPM ambassadors from across the province to help plan local events, programs and activities to get more Albertans engaged in recreation and parks. In 2017, we are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday by challenging Albertans to try one of the activities off the ParticipACTION 150 Play List each day of June! Visit the "Play List Challenge" tab for details!

How can I participate?

If you represent your municipality, workplace or community group, sign up as an ambassador and promote JRPM to your community! Just want to join in on the fun? Follow along with our JRPM 150 Play List challenge.

Events

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association organizes various annual and bi-annual recreation and parks events for its members and the sector as a whole.

Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

ARPA’s Annual Conference and Energize Workshop attracts a wide range of recreation and parks professionals, volunteers, post-secondary students, academics, businesses, and elected officials, offering workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, tradeshow, awards banquet, ARPA’s annual general meeting, and whole lot of fun!

June is Recreation and Parks Month

JRPM is an opportunity to celebrate recreation and parks and their contributions to the quality of life of Albertans.

2017 International Play Association Conference

IPA Canada, the City of Calgary, ARPA, and other partner organizations look forward to hosting the 2017 International Play Association Conference! The conference will bring together members from nearly 50 countries to exchange ideas and inspire action about play.

Youth Development through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium

The Youth Development through Recreation Services (YDRS) Symposium is a bi-annual forum advancing the knowledge of children and youth development through sport, recreation, physical activity, education and general health promotion.

Past Events

2017 Pan-Canadian Parks Conference

The Pan-Canadian Parks Conference built off of the momentum and outcomes of the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit, and included speakers and topics of interest on themes, opportunities and issues discussed at the Summit.

2016 Canadian Parks Summit

This first event of its kind, The 2016 Canadian Parks Summit brought together representatives from Canada’s three levels of government responsible for national, provincial/territorial and municipal/regional parks, and relevant national, provincial, and territorial associations, as well as other invited stakeholders collectively representing broad interests across the nature continuum.

5min Walk Challenge

Get up from your desk and take a 5 minute walk break! Do a lap around the office/classroom or climb the stairs to see the view from the top floor. Take six walk breaks a day and before you know it, you’re moving the recommended daily amount* for a healthy lifestyle!

Need some help keeping track? Download the walk break tracking chart.

*WHO recommends min. of 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

Download the 5min Walk Challenge Poster

Rediscover Parks Challenge

Do you know how many parks there are in your community? Why not find out! Rediscover each and every one. Sit on the grass, look at the trees, walk the trails, roll down the hills, aren’t parks great?

Your Chance to Win!

Send us a photo of you having fun in your favourite park to @arpaonline on Twitter or /arpaonline on Facebook with the hashtag #RediscoverParks for a chance to win an Annual Family Pass to Canada’s National Parks.

Download the Rediscover Parks Poster

Try Recreation Challenge

Want to get outside and have fun but don’t know what to do? Try one, three, or all thirty of these great recreational activities! It’s never too late or early to have fun learning something new!

Download the Try Recreation Calendar
Download the Try Recreation Poster

Dowload the Try Recreation Social Media Images Package

Connecting Through Research 

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, in partnership with University of Alberta and Mount Royal University, are pleased to announce the third annual Connecting through Research stream as part of the ARPA annual conference.  This unique conference setting brings together academic, graduate, undergraduate and practitioner- based researchers to share peer reviewed work.  It is an opportunity to exchange knowledge, advance practices, policies and thinking in the field of recreation and parks, and broaden our professional networks.
 
Format

Proposals can include completed research projects, studies in progress, or conceptual ideas on a variety of topics within the recreation and parks field.  Successful proposals will be delivered as engaging panels, interesting oral presentations (include time to engage in a short discussion with audience members), or interactive posters.  Proposals that identify the applied or connective nature of research will be more successful. Call for Submission is open until June 5th, 2017.  
 
Click here to submit an abstract 
 
Submission Response: Updated by July 14th, 2017.
 
The submission should include:

  • Title
  • Key Words: 3-5
  • Author(s)
  • Presenter(s) if different from above
  • Abstract -Max 350 words

A key aspect of the proposal included purpose, results, application or connection (for example: what are the implications of this study, how can the information presented be utilized by practitioners, what other research is needed, collaboration opportunities for researchers and practitioners) and methods.
Please avoid any self-identifying references in the abstract.

Ensure your file is:

  • Formatted for printing on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
  • Double-spaced; 12-point font (preferably Arial)
  • Follows the Chicago or American Psychological Association or American Sociological Association formatting style.
  • Saved as PDF or Word for Windows

Paper and poster presentations are open to any discipline or topic of interest with a connection to recreation and parks, such as:

- Community Development - Conservation
- Youth Development - Inclusive Practices
- Canadian Sport for Life - Facility Development/Management
- Volunteers - Non-profit and Municipal Management
- Leisure Theory - Technology
-Parks and Open Space - Physical Activity
- Public Health - Professional Development/Adult Education
- Public Policy - Outdoor Rec. Management & Planning

Student Support

ARPA is committed to supporting student involvement.  Student rates, bursaries and room sharing options are available.  Please contact Craig Cameron.

Contact

Craig Cameron, PhD
Research Stream Chair
Senior Recreation Liaison
University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
craig.cameron@ualberta.ca

ARPA Conference Research Stream Partners
 

                 

Non-Profit/Government Organization & Student Showcase

Friday, March 13, 3:00 – 5:30 PM

Join us for this social gathering to visit with fellow park practitioners, connect with some Non-profit and government organizations and meet the next generation of park employees and researchers. NGO’s and governments have been invited to display their organizations, programs and innovations with Forum delegates.

Back by popular demand - Students from Alberta colleges and universities have been invited to prepare posters that document innovations and trends in their fields of study. The Student Poster Session at the 2015 Parks Forum is intended to encourage stronger connections between practitioners and future employees, and to facilitate practitioners’ understanding of and connection to existing parks-related education programs within the province. Students will be keen to meet you and exchange ideas about park innovations and future career opportunities.

Download the Non-Profit/Government Organization Showcase Prospectus

Thank You to our Parks Forum Sponsors & Partners!

For the first time ever, the Parks Forum will feature a Trade Show! Places are available for Bronze level sponsors and higher. The event will take place Thursday, March 12, 2015.

If you're interested in Sponsorship opportunities click here. 

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Accomodations

There is a block of rooms at the Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre set aside for Parks Forum participants. You can book your room online or by phone 1 (800) 716-6199 and remember to quote the group code CCM-GFC553 or Alberta Recreation & Parks Association.

Registration is Open!

Check out the 2015 Parks Forum Brochure and use the link or QR code below to register today!

Early Bird Registration Fees (until February 28, 2015)
ARPA Member, Provincial Parks, Parks Canada $450 (+GST)
Non-Member $550 (+GST)
Student $230 (+GST)
Pre-Forum Workshop (Wednesday, March 11, 10 AM - 4 PM) $99 (+GST)
Registration Fees (March 1, 2015 - March 12, 2015)
ARPA Member, Provincial Parks, Parks Canada $550 (+GST)
Non-Member $650 (+GST)
Student $330 (+GST)
Pre-Forum Workshop (Wednesday, March 11, 10 AM - 4 PM) $99 (+GST)

Register for the 2015 ARPA Parks Forum

Tradeshow

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 pm. 

Tradeshow is now SOLD OUT. Contact Kate Wright at kwright@arpaonline.ca or 780-643-1774 to be placed on the wait list.

Sponsorship

2017 Sponsorship & Tradeshow Prospectus

Some sponsorship opportunities still available. Silver level and higher sponsors include a tradeshow booth in a premium sponsors area.

Register as a Sponsor

If you would like additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kate Wright.

International Play Association Conference

IPA Canada, the City of Calgary, ARPA, and other partner organizations look forward to hosting the 2017 International Play Association Conference! 

Register for the Conference

View the official 2017 IPA Conference website

IPA is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 and provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors.

IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”

Learn more about the International Play Association at www.ipaworld.org and about the IPA Canada chapter at www.ipacanada.org

YDRS Award Recipients

HIGH FIVE Recreation Services Award
2014: Cardel Place 
2012: Collicut Centre

HIGH FIVE Outstanding Achievement Award
2014: WinSport
2012: City of Calgary

HIGH FIVE Trainer Award
2014: Leah Wirun
2012: Nici Carmicle

HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development Award
2012: Jennifer Gristwood

Purple Badge Award
2012: Heather Cowie

Kids at Hope No Exceptions! Award
2014: Hanna Learning Centre
2012: City of Edmonton

Kids at Hope Community Services Award
2014: Devon McMan
2012: Grande Prairie

Kids at Hope Outstanding Achievement Award
2012: Doray Veno

Kids at Hope Trainer Award
2012: Leanna Moon

YDRS Community Connection Award
2014: Sturgeon County Youth Council

YDRS Learnership Award
2014: Flagstaff County

Everybody gets to play Community Innovation Award
2012: Strathcona County

Registration

Registration for the 2017 ARPA Conference is now open! Join your recreation and parks peers from across the province in Lake Louise this fall.

Keynote speakers include Jon Montgomery, the host of Amazing Race Canada, Corey Johnson, a researcher and professor, and Doug Griffiths, author of 13 Ways to Kill your Community. This year’s exciting line-up of social events includes a Round Dance with Treaty 7, the Recreation for Life Scavenger Hunt, an O’Canada themed Tradeshow and improv by Rapid Fire Theatre!

Get ready to learn, connect and recreate in a beautiful setting!

Register for the Conference

View the Conference brochure

Conference Fees 

Delegate Fees* Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Rate (before Sep. 29) $645 $795 $350
Regular Rate (Sep. 30 - Oct. 18) $745 $895 $350
On-Site Rate (Oct. 19 - Oct. 28) $845 $995 $350
Friday Only** $360 $460 $175
Saturday Only**

$360

$460 $175

*Fees do not include GST
**Includes education sessions and lunch on registered day only

Pre-Conference Workshop Fees

Delegate Fees Member Non-Member Student
Half Day Workshops (lunch not included) $99 $129 $39
Full Day Workshops (lunch included) $199 $229 $59

2017 Conference Sponsors

PLATINUM

Apple

GOLD
 

ATB       
 

SILVER

ISL          Stantec

 Manshield     GEC Architecture

                  S2 Architecture                      Global Sport Resources

DB Perks Group of Companies       RC

Playground Pro            Startec

BRONZE

Playground Pro            

SOCIAL

Centaur         WSP

INDIGENOUS STREAM SPONSORS

Calgary Foundation         Alberta Government

STUDENT BURSARY

YYCRecreation

CONNECTING THROUGH RESEARCH PARTNERS

UofA          MRU       

Venue & Accomodations

More rooms at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise have become available. There may be additional rooms opening up as we approach a cancellation deadline date of September 10th. We do also have a block of rooms secured at the Lake Louise Inn (see Secondary Accommodations below).

Book a room.

Booking information:

Room type Cost*
Fairmont Room $180
Fairmont Lakeview $230
Deluxe Mountain View $230
Deluxe Lakeviwe $280
Junior Suite $330

*Prices do not include taxes and fees

Cancellation Policy - 45 day cancellation with a full non-refundable deposit taken at 45 days.

Secondary Accommodations - Lake Louise Inn

The base room rate at the Lake Louise Inn is $132/ night for single or double occupancy. To access these rooms, please call toll free at 1-800-661-9237 (or direct at 1-403-522- 3791) Be sure to indicate that you are affiliated with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Conference when booking your reservation to receive a discounted room rate.

2017 ARPA Conference & Energize Workshop

Join us this fall from October 26-28 at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Registration for the 2017 ARPA Conference is now open!

View the conference brochure & register.

Registration Open

Delegates Fees Member Non-Member Student/Presenter
Early Bird (before Feb 2) $285 $310 $120
Regular $330 $355 $120
One-day rate $185 $185 $120

Register Now!

Keep your eye out in the coming months for our program.

The YDRS Symposium will be held at:

Radisson Hotel Red Deer
6500-67 St
Red Deer, AB, T4P 1A2
1-403-342-6567

Room Cost

Standard, 2 Queen - $109 + GST 
Please call the Radisson and mention YDRS for a reservation at the group rate