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.  Facilities and programs are owned and operated by local towns and cities.  For Links to individual communities please CLICK HERE.

We want you!

 The Nomination Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015/2016 executive board. If you have been looking for a way to get more involved this is your chance!  We would love to see some new faces!

We are accepting nominations for:

Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Legislative Branch, Therapeutic Rep, Legislative Rep

Educational Rep, Commercial Rep, Professional Rep, Sponsorship Rep, Aquatic Rep

If you are interested in any of the positions above please complete a nomination sheet (Click Here) and email it to Cheryl Marshall, Past-President at marshallc@manchester.ma.us.


Fall 2015 MRPA Salary Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. The survey results collected will be shared with members in the coming weeks and be kept on our web page. The data helps you and our membership build budgets, supports succession planning and justifies our growth. Thank you for taking time to include your community information.  Click Here
Results as of 11/13/2015
The results are below – they have been broken them down into two categories –Full Time Positions and Part Time Positions – you will note that when you open the documents you will find that at the bottom of the spreadsheet there are tabs – there is an index listing what is on each tab – in spreadsheet format one can sort the results by any of the columns listed –as an example if you want to find Assistant Directors with populations under 25,000 – you can sort the sheet by population


Do you want to relive the great speakers, surprise performances, moving videos and more from the NRPA Annual Conference Opening Session? How about getting those handouts from your favorite session? We’ve got all the resources you need available now and will be adding even more — such as a photo gallery — in the days ahead.        

  Click here to access the resources from the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference


 NRPA Conference Report from the President of MRPA

Hello MRPA!

Thank you! Each year, MRPA provides the current President of the Association the opportunity to attend the National Conference. This opportunity includes the cost of registration, airfare and accommodations. And this year- I was able to take advantage of this fantastic benefit that MRPA supports annually. What a special year to be able to represent MA at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of NRPA in Las Vegas.  Read More ….


31st  State Conference and Trade Show

Mark your calendars!

2016 Conference Dates

Ocean Edge Resort
March 21, 22 and 23, 2016

 ocean edge



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…..


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.

Please see  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/environmental-health/comm-sanitation/christians-law.html

Then follow the link to Interim Guidance April 2015.

As always consult with your local board of health for additional information.

Angela Snell
Legislative Chair

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

 Click here for Details









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Programs in Local
Communities Click here.

Programs and Locations of
Department of Conservation
and Recreation State Parks
Click here.

MRPA Affiliates


USTA is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and developing the growth of tennis and increasing participation in the sport in New England by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities.

MRPA is a state affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association

For links to other associations click here.