Alaska Recreation &Park Association

The following is a history of the Alaska Recreation & Park Association. This history is evolving and we invite those who participated in the creation, development and growth of the Association to contribute content. You can submit information via email or log in to the Member Content area and participate in the Professional Forum discussion about the history of the Association.

1974

Discussions begin to take place between forward thinking people who want to create a statewide association to unify those who advocate for, work within and wish to develop the field of Parks and Recreation in Alaska.

1975

1993

The Alaska Recreation and Park Association is officially formed and receives its first members. A board of directors is elected and a Mission is identified.

ARPA receives 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.

2000

2003

ARPA celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

A significant portion of the membership is dedicated to private and public trails; the development, management, and policies governing them. After much discussion, it is agreed that ARPA will support the formation of a separate non-profit organization that will focus specifically on this area of the Parks & Recreation field.

Alaska TRAILS is founded with the support of ARPA and its membership.

2005

ARPA celebrates its 30th Anniversary at the Annual Conference hosted by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation.


2010

ARPA celebrates its 35th Anniversary at the Annual Conference hosted by the City of Seward Parks & Recreation.

2015

ARPA celebrates is 40th Anniversary at the Annual Conference hosted by the City of Homer.

2016

The Anchorage Assembly votes to rename the Anchorage Football Stadium the Robert O. Robertson Stadium, in honor of Bob Robertson, the "Father of ARPA." The dedication ceremony is attended by members of the Anchorage Assembly and by many of Bob's former colleagues who are evidence of his legacy that continues to live on.
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