About Us

The Arizona Parks and Recreation Association was founded in 1950 as a member based professional organization. Our membership is comprised of diverse professionals who work for local municipalities, state and county parks, private recreation agencies, HOA's, golf courses and a variety of businesses who service the industry.

As a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, APRA is not directly affiliated or supported by any city, state or county agency. 

The Mission, Vision and Values of APRA


To connect, educate and inspire all who enhance the quality of life through the profession of parks, recreation and the protection of natural resources.


To operate as a nonprofit organization for the promotion, broadening and improvement of parks and recreation professionals. 


  • Leadership
  • Transparency
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Enjoyment
  • Lifelong learning

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