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.

  Alaska Recreation and Parks Association is proud to announce the 2019 CPSI Course and Exam on May1st-3rd, 2019. Click here for more details and registration: CPSI Course and Exam or 2019 CPSI Registration Packet-FINAL.pdf

The ARPA Board of directors has recommended changes to the membership structure and the cost of becoming / remaining an ARPA member. The membership is invited to log in by clicking on the link below and providing comments between during the month of November. The period for member comments will close December 1.

Click here to view proposed changes to the Membership Structure

ARPA Member Submitted Photos


Mark your calendars - the community of Fairbanks will host the ARPA Annual Conference in the Fall of 2019. 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.   

Check back as more information will be released as it becomes available. 

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


A link to our member directory.
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(Awarded in 2018)

Professional Award - Donnie Hayes, Fairbanks

New Professional Award - Brandon Harker, Anchorage

Bob Robertson Service Award - Mike Bork, Fairbanks

Lifetime Achievement Award - Helen Clough, Juneau

Distinguished Service Award - Gold Rush Days Inc., Valdez

Outstanding Organization Award - Friends of Tanana Valley Railroad, Fairbanks

Facility Excellence Award - Pioneer Park, Fairbanks

ARPA Outstanding Business Partner Award - Playcraft Systems, Margaret Miller

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

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