Program

Overview

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association is pleased to oversee a variety of recreation and parks programs and initiatives in the province. Click on any of the program and initiative names below for more information.

Communities in Bloom

What is it?
An initiative focusing on enhancing quality of life by fostering environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement.

Who can benefit?
Municipalities

What are the benefits?
Increased civic pride and community involvement, along with many economic and social benefits.

Communities ChooseWell

What is it?
An energizing healthy eating and active living initiative supported by Alberta Health.

Who can benefit?
Municipalities, community leagues, schools, & First Nation Settlements

What are the benefits?
Receive resources and funding for, and education about, promoting healthy eating and active living.

Everybody gets to play™

What is it?
An initiative to make recreation more accessible for low-income children and youth.

Who can benefit?
Recreation facilities, municipalities, & youth-serving organizations. 

What are the benefits?
Resources to ensure that children and youth have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation activities regardless of the barriers that low socioeconomic status families experience.

Excellence Series

What is it?
A program designed to enhance quality delivery of local recreation and parks programs and services.

Who can benefit?
Parks and recreation professionals, municipal councils, communities

What are the benefits?
Current practices are measured against sector competencies to identify value for money. 

HIGH FIVE®

What is it?
HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality standard for children (ages 6-12) sport and recreation programs that provides a range of trainings, assessment tools and resources to ensure that organizations deliver the highest quality programs possible.

Who can benefit?
Leaders, coaches, & instructors

What are the benefits?
Ensures that leaders, coaches and instructors have the skills to nourish a child's mental, physical and emotional development.

ParticipACTION Teen Challenge

What is it?
A program that provides funding to organizations that get youth (ages 13-19) physically active.

Who can benefit?
Not-for-profits, communities, organizations, schools, & recreational facilities.

What are the benefits? 
Since 2011, ARPA has funded over $31, 500 to 50 communities and organizations across Alberta that help teens get active

Yardstick- Parkcheck

What is it? Benchmarking tool to collect parks management and planning information to measure current performance and drive future improvements.

Who can benefit? Parks professionals, municipal councils, & communities.

What are the benefits? The tool provides factual information that drives asset management and sustainable financial planning; helps set, monitor, and manage performance measures.