Welcome to the MRPA Website
Thank you for visiting the MRPA Website. The Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and improvement of all recreation and park services within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We provide resources and training to local Recreation and Park Departments but have on direct control over any facilities or programs. You can find links to individual communities by CLICKING HERE.
31st State Conference and Trade Show
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2016 Conference Dates
CURRENT NEWS UPDATES
MRPA seeks Changes in Revolving Fund Accounting
The Massachusetts Recreation & Parks Association has had some great conversations recently about the challenges that are facing our departments regarding municipal finance. We are trying to find ways to make the various funds work, but are presented with a number of obstacles. Read More ….
US Department of Justice shares Maryland Camp Agreement.
The settlement resolves allegations that Camp Bravo violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a child admission to the camp because she has epilepsy and requires administration of the emergency medication Diastat if she were to have a prolonged or acute repetitive seizure. Read More…..
New England Room Block
Are you planning to attend the NRPA Congress in Las Vegas in September? If you are, the New England Room Block is now available. This year you have two places to choose from: Mandalay Bay ($139 single/double plus $18/night resort fee) or the Excalibur Hotel ($49 single/double plus $12.50/night resort fee), both with higher prices for triples and quads. If you are booking with roommates, please be sure to include all the names on your reservation. Click here to book a room in the New England state block. Enter the state block username and password: Username: NRPA15 and Password: BLOOMS. These rooms will be available until July 15, 2015. After this date you will have to make your reservation from the NRPA Congress webpage. If you require any type of modification or cancellation to a reservation you can do so online. Your WEB ID (found on your confirmation) will be required to make changes to your record. Note: If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel other than one in our room block, there are several options on the NRPA website.
Christian’s Law Update
To the MRPA Membership
I have heard from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that the state is in a “regulatory pause” under the new Baker Administration.
Therefore the regulations for Christian’s Law remain under review and will not be finalized in time for this summer.
The Massachusetts DPH is advising the guidance documents from last year including the fit test video remain in effect for summer 2015.
Then follow the link to Interim Guidance April 2015.
As always consult with your local board of health for additional information.
Municipal Financing Workshop
May 20, 2015
Mark, President of the Abrahams Group, is a Certified Public Accountant who has been writing, teaching and consulting on governmental finance for thirty years. He is currently re-writing the Uniform Massachusetts Accounting System (UMAS) for the Department of Revenue. He has taught several municipal finance classes on UMAS, municipal law, enterprise funds, financial reporting, budgeting, and more. He previously taught Governmental Fund Accounting at Bentley College. He is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accounts Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee and serves on several Governmental Accounting Standards Board committees.
Recreation Accounting options under Mass General Laws
- Review types of revolving funds
- Understand pros and cons of operating recreation programs under each fund type
- Information provided on the Enterprise Fund statute
Click Here for the Power Point Presentation that Mr. Abrahams presented
Sudbury Park and Recreation Department
Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation
Mark of distinction recognizes commitment to highest level of service to the community