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About TRAPS

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.

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. Our membership database contains information on the hundreds city and county park and recreation departments around the state, as well as colleges and universities with parks and recreation curricula, state agencies, river authorities, and non-profit and educational entities. 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. In 2013 TRAPS members voted a new governance model and revised prior bylaws.   


Mission:  To provide education, advocacy and resources to all who enhance the quality of life through parks, open spaces and recreation.

Vision:  To set the standard for excellence and innovation in parks, open spaces and recreation.

Core Values: TRAPS believes in I.D.E.A.S. 

  • Integrity

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

  • Dedication

Enhancing the person, community and the profession via quality training and resources. 

  • Excellence

Raising standards for parks, open spaces and recreation so 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 and fostering responsible stewardship.


State Office

The Society's administrative office is located in Jonestown in a beautiful two-story building. You can contact the TRAPS office via telephone at 512-267-5550, via fax at 512-267-5557, mail at P.O. Box 5188, Jonestown, Texas 78645 or e-mail  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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