The organization was originally founded as the Baltimore Recreation Society in 1945. Hope Godwin, employed by the Baltimore City Bureau of Recreation, was the first president. In 1950, the society expanded to include recreation professionals throughout the state of Maryland and changed its name to the Maryland Recreation Society. In 1960, the society once again changed its name to better reflect its membership. The new name was the Maryland Recreation and Parks Society. The current name, The Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Inc. was formally adopted in 1973.
The purpose of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Inc. is to unite recreation and park professionals and citizen advocates to advance park, recreation and environmental conservation efforts through networking, development and training, and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Marylanders.
Goals and Objectives
Development and Training
- Goal #1: Educate recreation and park professionals, lay persons and volunteers regarding future trends and current issues reflective of the recreation and park movement to enable them to provide the best service to the user and the best management of the resource.
- Goal #2: Provide a high quality level of instruction to recreation and park professionals, lay persons and volunteers at locations easily and strategically accessible to the members of the profession throughout the state.
- Goal #3: Promote programs that insure new professionals coming into the profession are trained and prepared to meet the needs of the different agencies.
- Goal #1: Provide opportunities for park professionals, lay persons and volunteers to share common interests, concerns and ideas through organized activities.
- Goal #2: Create effective multiple communications lines whereby all individuals, organizations and groups involved in the business of recreation and parks have opportunities to share common interests, concerns and ideas.
- Goal #1: Promote to the general public and the elected representatives the multiple benefits and quality of life that recreation and parks provides within the state of Maryland.
- Goal #2: Actively lobby federal, state and elected officials for the recreation and parks movement and it's resulting multiple benefits.
- Goal #3: Develop partnerships with organizations that support in whole or in part the mission of the association.
- Goal #1: Provide an efficient, trained, courteous, and responsive staff to meet the member's needs.
- Goal #2: Promote sponsorship and alternative funding means to reduce costs to members to attend and participate in Association activities.
- Goal #3: Promote and increase a membership that is reflective of the users and providers of the programs, properties and facilities provided by and managed by the recreation and parks profession.