Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 


2019 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 

February 3 - 6, 2019

Institute News

Registration for the 2018 Park Planning and Maintenance Academy is Open.
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A Word from Our President

Greetings Park and Recreation Professionals, Students

Our 63rd Institute in February was another prideful accomplishment attained through engaging guest speakers, thought provoking educational sessions, gratifying evening entertainment, and the fulfillment of peer camaraderie.  While the time together went swiftly, the reflections on the principles and value of the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute remain steadfast.  We were able to publicly honor a member for 50 years of attendance and dedicated volunteer service, acknowledge another member for exemplary leadership through service with our highest recognition the “James W. Kitchen Award”, mentor and provide fellowship to 15 students whose career goal is to join us in our profession, and last but not least welcome over 30 new members to the Institute.

The mission of Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute is to present and promote educational opportunities to students, professionals, and lay supporters of the broad field of Parks and Recreation.  The strength of the Institute is in its quest to be dynamic; by reaching out to new members both practiced and inexperienced, by providing innovative and fresh programming, and by being relevant in today’s ever changing landscape. The Institutes’ presence is not detraction but a complement to other organizations and training such as NRPA and state P&R associations that support our profession and prepares its colleagues to best serve the public at hand.  Our worth is the difference each of you contributes every day in improving the quality of life.  We are here to help!

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the Institute and its programs. Do not hesitate to reach out to myself, board members, or other members at large if you have any queries.

Thank you.

Greg Snider, President

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"Thank you for all your work. Once again the Institute was a highlight! "

Lowell Caneday, Ph.D.

"What an honor to be selected as a speaker for the 63rd Annual Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute.  This great group of professionals came together from all agency levels and divisions across the country for continuing education.  The institute offers a unique opportunity for Parks and Recreation Professionals to gain national insight from real-time projects and programs."

– Kevin Eatherly, 2018 Speaker

“Again, thank you for not only the blessing of tuition assistance, networking, and insightful professional development learning, but also for the warm reception and welcome that I enjoyed from all your friendly and hospitable members and speakers. If I am in Africa this time next year, I will surely be missing and wishing for the opportunity to be with y'all again.” 

- Karl Noren, 2018 Scholarship Recipient

"All of my staff that attended said it was a great experience so you and the Board are to be congratulated. We plan to try and have more at the 64th and I think OKC will be sending at least one person to your new Maintenance school over in Colorado."

- Douglas Kupper, OKC


The Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute accepts donations to help support a variety of programs and activities for the Annual Institute. All donations are tax deductible as the Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute is a non-profit 501-C3 organization. Donate Today!

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SWPRTI Manual of Procedures 

Park Planning and Maintenance Academy (PDF)

2019 Session Proposal Form (PDF)

2018 Program At A Glance (PDF)

Contact Us

Sally Rodriguez, Executive Director
9660 Audelia Road, Ste. 123-74
Dallas, TX  75238
Phone: 214-538-3344

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