Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 



  • Monday, December 05, 2016 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2017 Registration

    February 5 - 8

    Full Conference registration includes admission to all educational sessions, keynote speakers, Brag Nights, membership voting privileges, and Institute directory.

    Room and board is not included in the registration fee. Please visit the lodging page for room and board rates and contact information at the Sequoyah Lodge.

    2017 Program At A Glance (PDF)

    Early Registration Ends Friday, January 6.

  • Tuesday, November 08, 2016 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The inaugural Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute PPMA (Park Planning and Maintenance Academy) will take place on August 2-4, 2017 in the Denver Metro Area. 

    Visit the PPMA tab at the top of the home page for additional information such as; hotel information and courses topics.

    If you would like to reserve your spot today by contacting Mendy Putman (719) 651-2125 via email

    Cost for the Academy will be announced soon.

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested or know someone who is interested in attending Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute?  


    The Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute is dedicated to the successful academic pursuits of tomorrow’s leaders. It is our pleasure to open the 2016 SWPRTI Scholarship Award season. This year are offering both undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the fields of Park Administration, Recreation and Park Administration, Landscape Architecture, Recreation with a minor in Park Administration, Horticulture, Natural Resources or other related degree as determined by the Relations and Scholarship Committee.

    This year’s scholarships will include a 1,000.00 academic scholarship, a trip to the 2017 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute and to all educational sessions, and a chance for graduate students to present their work at the conference. 


    The Professional Training Grant allows professionals in the field of Parks and Recreation to attend the Institute by covering the cost of registration, room and board for the entire conference to be held February 5-8, 2017.  

    Applications are posted on our home page.

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute would like to congratulate the City of Allen Parks & Recreation as the winner for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

    We'd also like to congratulate the City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Department as they join the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation in the field of parks and recreation. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded the Department accreditation, after undergoing a rigorous accreditation process.

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested or know someone who is interested in a sponsorship opportunity with Southwest Parks?  Contact Jill Beam at

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join me in congratulating our members who are recent NRPA Award recipients.

    National Distinguished Professional Award

    Carolyn McKnight, Baton Rouge, LA

    Facility or Park Design Award

    Bend Park and Recreation District, OR

    Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Park and Recreation Industry.

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Annual Mid Year Meeting is set for Friday, June at 9 a.m. at Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  The meeting will be held in the Butterfield Room of the Park Lodge.  The Board Meeting is open to everyone.

    For anyone arriving on Thursday, we will be eating at Pete's Place in Krebs.  Pete's is a wonderful Italian restaurant served family style.

    If you are planning to attend Thursday or Friday, please email Sally Rodriguez with your head count.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Thursday, December 03, 2015 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2016 Professional Grant application deadline has been extended to January 1, 2016.  You can find the application under the Institute Program tab at the top.

  • Friday, November 20, 2015 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2016 Program-At-A-Glance is now available.  

    Download it now (PDF)

    We look forward to seeing you in February!

  • Friday, November 13, 2015 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2016 SWPRTI Golf Tournament will be Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Shotgun start will be at 1:00pm). The Tournament format will be a 4 person scramble with registration and lunch beginning at noon. Lunch will be provided by Bakers Restaurant. Registration fee $40/per player.

    For more information contact Ryan Holscher 214.671.0401 or

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