Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 



  • Tuesday, November 08, 2016 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The inaugural Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute PPMA (Park Planning and Maintenance Academy) will take place on August 2-4, 2017 in the Denver Metro Area. 

    Visit the PPMA tab at the top of the home page for additional information such as; hotel information and courses topics.

    If you would like to reserve your spot today by contacting Mendy Putman (719) 651-2125 via email

    Cost for the Academy will be announced soon.

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested or know someone who is interested in attending Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute?  


    The Southwest Parks and Recreation Training Institute is dedicated to the successful academic pursuits of tomorrow’s leaders. It is our pleasure to open the 2016 SWPRTI Scholarship Award season. This year are offering both undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the fields of Park Administration, Recreation and Park Administration, Landscape Architecture, Recreation with a minor in Park Administration, Horticulture, Natural Resources or other related degree as determined by the Relations and Scholarship Committee.

    This year’s scholarships will include a 1,000.00 academic scholarship, a trip to the 2017 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute and to all educational sessions, and a chance for graduate students to present their work at the conference. 


    The Professional Training Grant allows professionals in the field of Parks and Recreation to attend the Institute by covering the cost of registration, room and board for the entire conference to be held February 5-8, 2017.  

    Applications are posted on our home page.

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute would like to congratulate the City of Allen Parks & Recreation as the winner for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

    We'd also like to congratulate the City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Department as they join the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation in the field of parks and recreation. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded the Department accreditation, after undergoing a rigorous accreditation process.

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested or know someone who is interested in a sponsorship opportunity with Southwest Parks?  Contact Jill Beam at

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join me in congratulating our members who are recent NRPA Award recipients.

    National Distinguished Professional Award

    Carolyn McKnight, Baton Rouge, LA

    Facility or Park Design Award

    Bend Park and Recreation District, OR

    Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Park and Recreation Industry.

  • Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Annual Mid Year Meeting is set for Friday, June at 9 a.m. at Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  The meeting will be held in the Butterfield Room of the Park Lodge.  The Board Meeting is open to everyone.

    For anyone arriving on Thursday, we will be eating at Pete's Place in Krebs.  Pete's is a wonderful Italian restaurant served family style.

    If you are planning to attend Thursday or Friday, please email Sally Rodriguez with your head count.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Thursday, December 03, 2015 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2016 Professional Grant application deadline has been extended to January 1, 2016.  You can find the application under the Institute Program tab at the top.

  • Friday, November 20, 2015 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2016 Program-At-A-Glance is now available.  

    Download it now (PDF)

    We look forward to seeing you in February!

  • Friday, November 13, 2015 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The 2016 SWPRTI Golf Tournament will be Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Shotgun start will be at 1:00pm). The Tournament format will be a 4 person scramble with registration and lunch beginning at noon. Lunch will be provided by Bakers Restaurant. Registration fee $40/per player.

    For more information contact Ryan Holscher 214.671.0401 or

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce Dr. Chuck Jackson, western humorist, native Oklahoman, and noted educator, as the Keynote and featured speaker for the 2016 Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute.

    Dr. Jackson has devoted his 40 year career to education at all levels of life.  From elementary school to the workplace, he uses his knowledge and skills to entertain, uplift, and most importantly enlighten his audiences.

    Dr. Jackson began his career in 1974 as an inner city teacher with the Tulsa Public Schools.  Chuck’s ability to encourage and motivate young learners brought him early recognition.  In only his second year of teaching, he was invited to address the National Science Teachers Convention.  Soon Chuck’s concern for the emotional well-being of his students motivated him to pursue a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling, which was granted by the University of Tulsa in 1977.  This course of study culminated in serving as a guidance counselor in Tulsa’s magnet school program which led to school administration.  After only a year as an assistant principal, Chuck received an appointment as one of the youngest principals in the history of the Tulsa Public Schools.  During his tenure as a school administrator, Chuck was known as a progressive leader in pioneering programs with his school being recognized as one of the top eight outstanding elementary schools in the state of Oklahoma in 1984.

    While pursuing further graduate studies, Chuck launched his current career by serving as a facilitator/trainer for the Tulsa Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.  Accepting invitations to speak at a variety of forums around the country served as a springboard for the establishment of his own consulting firm, Human Factor Services, through which he offers presentations on motivation, communication, management, and effectiveness.  Dr. Jackson completed his doctoral studies in Counseling and Psychology at the University of Tulsa with a dissertation examining stress related anxiety in gifted adolescents.

    Dr. Jackson’s keynote address, entitled “Are You on Fire or Just Plain Burnt Out?” will examine the stages of professional burnout and present strategies parks and recreation professionals can utilize to prevent it.  In his experience as a public administrator, Chuck noticed that highly competent individuals often have a tendency to expect a great deal of themselves, and they tend to experience great anxiety when they are unable to deliver the level of performance for which they strive.  Over time, these individuals may start to exhibit symptoms of what is commonly referred to as "Burnout".  Even though they must battle the demands of outside factors such as deteriorating work conditions, budget cuts, new regulations, and more rigorous accountability, these individuals do not let their commitment to excellence waiver.  This daily conflict of trying to deliver quality services to the public at a level that is unsustainable may ultimately take its toll on the physical and emotional health of these individuals.

    Dr. Jackson’s second presentation, “I am Their Leader - Which Way Did They Go?” will be discussing the influence of an individual’s family of origin on that person’s leadership behavior.  Chuck will take us on a humorous “walk down memory lane” and reveal the evolution of American leadership.  In his final presentation, “Giving Performance a Goose”, Chuck will scrutinize the collective behavior of Canadian Geese in order to glean insights on how we humans can utilize the geese’s example to enhance our team effectiveness.

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