Customer Service Training

The Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center is hosting a Customer Service Training workshop on Thursday, March 15th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This workshop will be taught by Tim Gore and the Auburn University Campus Recreation Department. Attendees will receive .2 CEUs for attending.

The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Proceeds from this seminar with benefit the ARPA Foundation.

To register please email before Friday, March 9th.

Click here for the event flyer

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners!


Special Event of the Year (15,000 and Below): Winfield Parks and Recreation’s Fall Festival

Community Service Award: Bethany Allana Bryant, Winfield Parks and Recreation

Innovative Program of the Year (15,000 and Below): Jasper Parks and Recreation’s Adult Learn to Swim Program

2017 Agency of the Year: Cullman Parks and Recreation

Community Service Award: Bethany Allana Bryant, Winfield Parks and Recreation
Bethany is pictured with her mother, Gina Bryant of Winfield Parks and Recreation

Merit in Therapeutic Recreation: Andrew Pinkerton, Hoover Parks and Recreation

Special Event of the Year (15,000+): Opelika Parks and Recreation’s Mother and Son Blue Jean Ball

Special Achievement Award: Matthew Hill, Lincoln Parks and Recreation

Merit in Recreation: Wendy Harris, Tuscaloosa PARA

Outstanding New Professional: Nathan Anderson, Cullman Parks and Recreation

Jim Spain Lifetime Achievement Award: Angie Shockley

Jim Spain Lifetime Achievement Award: Angie Shcokley
Angie is pictured with other past Jim Spain award recipients. — with Angie Shockley, Dan Smith, Greg Conkle, Tina Kitchens and Dee Kip Tropeano Nance.

Merit in Parks: Toney Green, Lincoln Parks and Recreation

Merit in Recreation: Wendy Harris, Tuscaloosa PARA

Innovative Program of the Year (15,000+): Anniston PARD’s #CommitToHealth

Natalie Norman appointed as ARPA Executive Director

For Immediate Release

Natalie Norman appointed as ARPA Executive Director

The Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Norman as Executive Director, effective immediately. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Norman will be an excellent steward of ARPA’s mission and vision for the future.

“Natalie’s experience, leadership and devotion to ARPA make her the right person to lead our association,” said Drew Peterson, ARPA President. “We are excited to have her on board.”

Norman has served ARPA in various roles throughout the past thirty years. Norman served the organization as a professional member while working at Montgomery Parks and Recreation. During her tenure at Montgomery she also served in various roles on the ARPA Board of Directors, including President of ARPA. Upon retirement, Norman began serving as an employee at the ARPA State Office, and last year began working for the ARPA Foundation. Norman has been serving as Interim Executive Director since September.

Turf Renovation DEMO

Turf Renovation DEMO
Monday, October 23rd
9:00 a.m.
Boaz SportsPlex
204 Collier St, Boaz, AL 35957


The Boaz Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting a Turf Renovation DEMO by Quality Turf Renovation.

Quality Turf Renovation manufactures a multi-use machine that will do the job of several machines all in one pass. It is tractor PTO powered, 60” wide cut, 3-point hitch that goes behind a category 1 or 2 tractor.

It is an aerator, verti-cutter, de-thatcher, ball field lip removal tool (put away the fire hose and sod cutter!), and works great on undulations, removing dallisgrass, gopher mounds, weeds and more. Fields recover quickly and can even be played on the very same day!  Grass will thrive just a few short weeks after renovation. This is not a fraze mower. It will not remove or damage existing turf.

Clients include cities, school districts, laser leveling companies, golf courses, universities, and the NFL. They love this machine; it has made their facilities look great!  References are available upon request.

Extensive field research has been done in order to create this machine. QTF has been building renovators since 1946! Below is a short video showing the unique capabilities of the machine.

This machine is currently $10,995 delivered. This includes all crating and shipping fees to your location. It comes with everything required to operate it right out of the crate!!

This machine is 100% built in the USA by military veterans who take extreme pride in their work.

Please view our 3 minute YouTube video and prepare to be amazed!
Pictures, details and videos can also be found at

If you are planning on attending please email Sonja Hard at


ARPA changes leadership

The Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is currently undergoing a leadership reorganization under which the Board of Directors has appointed Natalie Norman interim Executive Director, effective immediately.

The Board has tasked ARPA President Drew Peterson with supporting Norman during this transition. At this time, it is asked that all communications be directed to Drew Peterson. You can reach him at (205) 655-9486 or

Creating Revenues in Aquatics Workshop



Creating Revenues in Aquatics Workshop
Friday, November 4, 2016
Tallahassee, FL

The Florida Aquatics Council, Inc. is hosting a FREE one day workshop on Creating Revenues in Aquatics. There are four speakers presenting:  Mark Hatchel (Texas) from Kimley-Horn Associates, Miklos Valdez (Illinois) from Counsilman-Hunsaker, Kevin McCarthy (Washington) from Skwim, and Jeff King (Colorado) from Ballard*King Associates.

This is not limited to aquatics professionals but is designed for them.  CEU’s are not offered but participants will receive all the information required to petition for CEU credit.

There will be a tour of the FSU Marcom Aquatic facility on Saturday for those interested.

Creating Revenues in Aquatics Information Sheet

Registration information:
Registration includes continental breakfast, snacks /drinks throughout the day, lunch, door prizes, vendor tables, networking with colleagues
Click here for the registration form

Seminar host site:
City of Tallahassee Jack McLean Aquatic Center
700 Paul Russell Road
Tallahassee, FL  32301
Contact: Ms. Lori DiGuglielno (850) 891-2502
FSU Morcom Aquatic Center Tour:
2560 Pottsdamer Street
Tallahassee, FL  32310
Contact: Kim Hinckley
Host hotel:
Home2Suites by Hilton Tallahassee
(850) 402-8900
Code is ACT (Aquatic Council Training)
Rate is $119 per night
approx 3 miles from seminar location
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