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The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization founded 77 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas.



Our Mission:

Texas Recreation and Park Society Advances the quality of life industry through Connections, Advocacy, Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.)



Our Vision:

To be the champion for engaged communities, wellness lifestyles and greenspaces.



The Society serves as a clearinghouse of information and
resources to help with a wide range of challenges facing park, recreation, and leisure service professionals. These include: programming, grant and aid applications, coordinating events, promoting projects, advocacy and legislative awareness, job postings, and professional development and training.  For more information on how to become a member, visit our membership  page.

A state affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), TRAPS also maintains professional affiliate relationships with several state universities, athletic and civic organizations, recreational entities, state agencies, and commercial vendors who provide services or programs related to parks, recreation, and leisure service management. 

Our Ethics:

The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) has adopted a code of ethics to guide its membership, Board of Directors, committee members, and staff in their conduct when acting on behalf of TRAPS. The Code contains broad principles reflecting the types of behavior TRAPS expects towards constituents, employees, peers and the public. The Code is intended to provide a framework for ethical decision-making, as no Code can provide specific guidance for all situations. This policy is not intended as a stand-alone policy. It does not embody the totality of the TRAPS’ ethical standards, nor does it answer every ethical question or issue that might arise. Rather, it is one element of a broader effort to create and maintain a quality organization that gives ethical conduct the highest priority. This Code will be reviewed periodically.

TRAPS Code of Ethics

Practices and Procedures of the Board of Ethics 2016

Code of Ethics Report of Non-Compliance

Texas Recreation and Park Society Advances the quality of life industry through Connections, Advocacy, Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.)


 We believe in I.D.E.A.S. 

  • Integrity

Promoting values, ethics and standards in Texas communities and the profession. 

  • Dedication

Enhancing people, community and the profession via quality training & resources. 

  • Excellence

Raising standards for parks, open spaces and recreation to enhance the quality of life.

  • Advocacy

Advancing decisions, actions and policy to promote the benefits of parks, recreation, conservation, tourism and wellness.  

  • Service 

Focusing on individual development and well-being, facilitating partnerships


State Office

The Society's administrative office is located in Jonestown in a beautiful two-story building.

Contact us:

512-267-5550

512-267-5557 (fax)

P.O. Box 5188

Jonestown, Texas 78645 

 traps@traps.org .



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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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