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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It’s time to step up, stretch yourself, and gain some awesome experience.  Nominate yourself or your colleagues (with their permissions of course).

Nominations are open for the following positions:

  • President elect – 1 year as president elect, 2 years as president, and 1 year as past president – a great opportunity to learn the ropes, be effective and help the next president; seat not filled. This position is only filled every other year. There is no president-elect during the first year of a president’s term.
  • Vice president – 2 year commitment – fill in if the president is absent; seat currently vacant
  • Treasurer – 2 year commitment - keep track of the associations finances, collect monies owed, and pay our bills; seat currently held by Melanie Hauze
  • Board member at large – 2 year commitment – attend board meetings, assist with committees; seat currently vacant

For information about the commitment of being president elect, contact Wendy Clubb, Mike Bork or others who have served as ARPA president. For information about the other openings, please contact the incumbents.

Send nominations including brief (2 paragraph maximum) statement to Helen Clough, nominations committee.


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

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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

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