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11/4/2018 » 11/6/2018
2018 ORPA Annual Conference

Special Interest Sections
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Reflecting the diverse nature of the parks and recreation profession, ORPA members organize and network around particular areas of interest and professional focus. We call these groups "sections” of ORPA.


ORPA maintains eight special interest sections for member networking, peer-to-peer collaboration, information-sharing, training and education, and special services relevant to professionals in each section. Our sections are led by volunteers who develop and plan relevant and timely training sessions and informational gatherings related to their section’s area of focus. Some sections also present annual awards to projects and leaders in their interest area, and some also offer educational grants to promote continuing education within the field.

Section meetings are open to ORPA members and invited guests. Section trainings are open to members and nonmembers.


Click to learn more about each special interest section, its activities, and its leadership.


Administration Section

Aquatics Section

Maintenance and Construction Section (MACS)

Natural Resources Section (NRS)

Counties & Outdoor Recreation Section (ORS)

Recreational Sports Section (RSS)

Planning & Design Section (PDS)

Section for Programming Interests & Recreational Sports (SPRINT-RSS)

Section for Older Adult Resources (SOAR)


ORPA professional members may choose to affiliate with up to three Sections as a member benefit. Commercial members may affiliate with one Section. Log in to your member profile to select your affiliate Sections, or contact our office.

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