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84th Texas Legislature

TRAPS became the official affiliate of Texas Municipal League.


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*Keep Texas Beautiful Conference     June 15-17

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The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization that consists of approximately 2,000 parks and recreation professionals, students and citizen advocates who share a common passion for advocacy, education, networking and offering quality services to their communities. 

What's New:

Walk the Halls in Your District

June 27 to July 5th!

Here are a few reasons why this week is ideal...

4th of July: Many parks and recreation agencies or their cities will already be hosting Fourth of July events.  Congress will be in recess this week, and members will be in their home states and districts to celebrate and attend events.

Park and Recreation Month: This is a great way to kick off Park and Recreation moth. Many parks and recreation agencies will already be hosting Park and Recreation Month events, so you need only invite your member(s) of Congress to the event(s).

Summer Feeding Programs: USDA-sponsored Summer Feeding Programs (CACFP and SFSP) will be in full swing. These programs are great photo opportunities for your elected official.

CPSI Course

October 28-30, 2015 in San Antonio, TX

Print Registration Form HERE or Register Online HERE

TRAPS Partnership Program

TRAPS is excited to announce the official TRAPS Partnership Program that will make your support of TRAPS at both the regional and state level a one-stop experience. Click here for more information!

2016 Institute and Expo - Exhibitor Information

This annual event provides attendees opportunities in educational training, networking and product sampling. The 2016 event will be held in Galveston, TX at the Galveston Convention Center. Mark your calendars now and join us at the beach! 

TRAPS is now accepting Display Space Contracts and Sponsorship Contracts for the 2016 Institute and Expo via email, mail, fax or submit your forms online today!  Display Space Contract  | Sponsor Contract

Nominations for 2015 Elections due by July 1, 2015

A great way to get to know more of your fellow Parks and Recreation professionals, see other parts of the state, work on your own professional advancement and contribute to you profession! President-Elect, Scott Swigert is currently soliciting nominations for officer elections for the following open slots on the 2015 ballot: (assume office 3/2016).

President-Elect - This candidate must have been a member in good standing for at least four years, and have previously served on the TRAPS Board of Directors. This is a three year commitment, to serve in the capacity as President-Elect, President, and then Past-President. Candidates should be prepared for considerable time commitments related to various meetings and for travel requirements. 

Regional Director (Central and West) - These candidates must have been TRAPS members for the past four years, and be willing to represent their region as director. Requirements include the responsibility for coordinating and/or hosting annual training workshops, attending four annual board meetings, and serving on various standing committees. This is a two year term of office. 

At-Large DirectorThis two-year term represents the state as a whole on the Society's Board of Directors. Commitments include serving on various standing committees and attending four board meetings. 

Branches The Leisure and Aging Services, Park Operations and Planning and Therapeutic Recreation branches are seeking nominations for officers. If you are interested in serving as a branch officer, please contact the individual listed below. 

Leisure and Aging Services: Rotha Crump, rotha.crump@farmersbranch.info or Ida Wilson, ida.wilson@farmersbranch.info

Park Operations and Planning: Andy Hesser, ahesser@rockwall.com

Therapeutic Recreation: Allie Thomas, kc37@txstate.edu
All candidates must reside in Texas.

Officer Nomination Form | Branch Nomination Form

If you have any questions please contact Scott Switert, CPRP, Deer Park PARD, email: sswigert@deerparktx.org, phone: (281) 478-2058.

2015 NRPA Annual Conference State Housing Block is Open!

The state housing block will officially open with registration at 12 p.m. ET Friday, May 1. Register and reserve your room so you can join thousands of your colleagues September 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the premier park and recreation event of the year.

Once housing and registration opens, use the following username and password on the Wyndham Jade registration website to reserve rooms in your state block:

  •  Username: NRPA15
  • Password: ARMADILLO

Housing and registration opens for the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference at 12 p.m. ET this Friday, May 1. You will be able to reserve rooms and register here at that time.

Please forward this message to your state association members who would like to be included in the room block.

Room Block Deadline: ALL individual names must be reserved into your block prior to July 15, 2015, EOB. Rooms remaining in your block after July 15, 2015 will be released for general sale.

Please Note: NRPA reserves the right to release hotel reservations of anyone holding a room but not registered for the conference as of August 15, 2015.

Changes, Substitutions, Cancellations: If you or your delegates require any type of modification or cancellation to a reservation you can do so online. Please have your WEB ID accessible (found on your confirmation). It is required to make changes to your record. In addition, modifications and changes can be sent in via email or fax to 972.349.7715.

Any requests for additional rooms will be honored, based upon availability. In order to confirm your current information, you must make all inquiries and changes through Wyndham Jade, not the hotel.

Should you have any questions, please call Wyndham Jade at one of the numbers listed below:

Domestic Toll-Free: 888.385.8041
International: 972.349.5892
Email: nrpa@wyndhamjade.com
Fax: 972.349.7715

Click here to learn more about the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference


2015 TR Summit Flyer and printable registration form

Parks Day at the Capitol

Thank you to everyone who came out to the capitol to show their support! We are off to a great start, but we still have a long way to go. There will be plenty of opportunities throughout the session to assist!

Special Thanks to officials from:

Addison* Allen Angleton
Arlington Austin* Bastrop
Bastrop County Baytown Bedford*
Brownwood Conroe Corpus Christi
Dallas* Deer Park DeSoto
Duncanville Elgin Fort Worth
Galveston Galveston County Garland
Georgetown Grapevine Greater Houston Region Partners
Harker Heights Hurst Hutto
Kingsville City Lake Jackson Lancaster
Laredo* Leander Mansfield
McAllen* Navasota* New Braunfels*
North Richland Hills Odessa* Prosper
Richardson Rockwall* Rowlett
San Angelo San Antonio Smithville
Strawn Sugar Land The Colony
The Colony Comm. Dev. Corp The Woodlands Township Webster
West University Place Wylie *pending

for signing the 84th Session Legislature Resolution.

Who will be next?...It's never too late to pass resolutions... Click here to download the prepared 84th Session Legislature Resolution for your community to support legislation that increases funding for Texas parks and recreation. Upon certification, e-mail your community’s resolution to the TRAPS office.

Texas Recreation & Park Society


Physical Address: 18593 FM 1431, Jonestown, TX 78645 | Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5188, Jonestown, TX 78645

Phone: (512) 267-5550 | Fax: (512) 267-5557 | E-mail:  traps@traps.org 

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