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State Park Impact Study


Parks Can Increase Your Bottom Line and Quality of Life

84th Texas Legislature

TRAPS became the official affiliate of Texas Municipal League.


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TRAPS State Institute & Expo Feb. 29 - March 4

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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:

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!

2016 Institute:


Check out this year's Schedule at a Glance *As of 12.3.15*

Download Registration form HERE

Institute Program

Educational Sessions- Descriptions and Outcomes

-Statewide Maintenance Rodeo Wednesday, March 2nd | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: Discount Playground Supply

The rodeo will feature participants from all 5 regional districts in Texas and will be held in the parking lot behind the San Luis Hotel. Events will include: Truck/Trailer, Irrigation Assembly, Backpack Blower, Nail Driving, Plant Identification, Backhoe and Mower Obstacle Course. The team with the most points will be "crowned" state champions! 

Online Rodeo Registration HERE | Download Rodeo Registration form HERE

-CAPRA Accreditation Training Friday, March 4th | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Spinnaker

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) accredits departments and agencies that provide park and recreation programs and services. Agency accreditation is available to all entities administering park and recreation systems, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and regional authorities, councils of government, schools, and military installations.

The CAPRA Training Program is designed for agencies considering accreditation and prospective CAPRA visitors, is CEU eligible, and includes the following:

  • Review of all accreditation standards
  • Discussion of how best to prepare for accreditation review
  • Overview of costs and timeline
  • Opportunity for question and answers

CLICK HERE to download the registration form

Jack O Ashworth Jr. & Sr. Endowed Scholarship

The winner of the $1,000 Jack O. Ashworth Jr. and Sr. Scholarship will be awarded at the
Texas Recreation and Park Society Annual Institute and Expo in Galveston, TX February
29-March 4, 2016

Deadline for Submission of Application – February 12, 2016

Application Information



The TEX-ternship Program enables outstanding young professionals 30 years of age and younger in the park and recreation field to interact with and learn from the leadership of the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS). TEX-terns are paired with TRAPS leadership who serve as mentors during the TRAPS Institute. TEX-terns may attend selected TRAPS meetings, socials, and educational sessions with their mentors or on their own. Mentors help introduce TEX-terns to their contacts and widen the young professionals’ networks within the state and the Southwest.

Information and Application

CPSI Course- at Institute 

February 29 - March 2, 2016 in Galveston, TX
CPSI Course and Exam is now full


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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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