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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. 

 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:


512-267-5557 (fax)

P.O. Box 5188

Jonestown, Texas 78645 .


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: 

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