Alaska Recreation &
Park Association

ARPA's Mission:

  • Providing a forum for interchange of ideas and information among parks, recreation and wildland professionals and supporters;

  • Promoting the personal, environmental, social and economic benefits of parks, recreation and wildlands

  • Coordinating, organizing and promoting quality educational opportunities; AND

  • Preparing and providing educational information relating to parks, recreation and wildlands.

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The community of Valdez will host the ARPA Annual Conference in September 2017. The conference is an opportunity for professionals from across the state to gather and celebrate the diversity of our field.

The focus of the conference is threefold; opportunities for continuing education and the exchange of best practices, the chance to network with other peers and to recognize accomplishments through the ARPA Awards Ceremony.    Read more

Log in to read current and past issues of the ARPA FLASH, participate in Professional and Social Forums, and register for members-only Events. 


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(Awarded in 2016)

Professional Award - D. Tyrell McGirt, Unalaska

New Professional Award - Albert Burnham, Unalaska

Bob Robertson Service Award - Brandon Harker, Challenge Alaska

Lifetime Achievement Award - Shari Adelmann, Seward

Distinguished Service Award - Sally Dwyer, Petersburg

Outstanding Organization Award - Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Facility Excellence Award - Outlook Park, Petersburg

ARPA Outstanding Business Partner Award - SiteLines, Gary Max

See all of past award recipients and how to nominate someone deserving

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