ARPA Mission Statement
To advance the profession through leadership, education, advocacy, promotion and service.
For members of the
Alabama Recreation & Parks Association
Adopted by the ARPA Board of Directors
September 14, 2006
As a member of the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association, I not only represent myself, but my colleagues and profession as a whole.
As a member of the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association, I agree to hold myself to the highest professional standards by:
- Acting with honesty, integrity and accountability
- Advocating Parks and Recreation in my city, surrounding area, state and nation
- Respecting my colleagues
- Supporting the principle that professional practice requires professional education
- Improving personal and professional qualities
- Recognizing individual obligation of personal involvement to enhance the profession.
A member of the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association should be recognized as an honest, responsible, professional individual who acts in the best interest of their community, profession and society at large.
The Alabama Recreation and Parks Association is a not-for-profit professional membership association serving the needs of public park and recreation agencies and practitioners statewide.
Established in 1943 as the Alabama Recreation Society, the organization provides a variety of services for members and non-members alike. Currently serving over 700 members representing a variety park and recreation disciplines, ARPA's core function is professional development. This is accomplished through networking, one-day training seminars and our annual educational conference.
Additionally the Association provides several programs benefiting the non-member general public. These programs include our statewide Recreation Sports program that provides tournament opportunities in the sports of Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Swimming & Diving and Tennis. The Association also provides an active program of events for the Senior Adult population as well as a Therapeutic Recreation program that provides several events for individuals with physical or mental disabilities.
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association is divided geographically into seven districts, with each district and its membership encouraged and supported to promote and provide the highest quality professional Park and Recreation services at the community level.
ARPA maintains a centralized State Office in Montgomery. Contact information for the State Office is:
P.O. Box 230579
Montgomery, AL 36123-0579
Ph: (334) 279-9160
Fax: (334) 279-9161