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The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) is a nonprofit educational and professional organization founded 76 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas.

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

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.

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. 

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 at512-267-5557, mail at P.O. Box 5188, Jonestown, Texas 78645 or e-mail traps@traps.org .


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

Core Values


The Texas Recreation and Park Society is a non-profit (501c3) professional and educational organization founded 75 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas. TRAPS has an IDEA; we value and are about:

  • I = Integrity - promoting high values, ethics and standards in Texas communities and the profession
  • D = Development - enhancing the person, community and the profession via quality training and resources
  • E = Excellence - raising the standard for parks, open spaces and recreation so as to enhance the quality of life
  • A = Advocacy - advancing decisions, actions and policy that promote the benefits of parks, recreation, conservation, tourism and wellness
  • S = Service - focusing on individual development & well-being, facilitating partnerships and fostering responsible stewardship...keys for community building

2011- 2015 Strategic Plan


The TRAPS Board of Directors voted on a new Governance Model and Bylaw revisions in 2012. TRAPS Members voted to pass the Bylaw revisions at the 2013 Institute & EXPO General Session March 6, 2013. 

Region Realignment for 2013
Updated Bylaws
Regions by counties

The Society is governed by a 11-member Board of Directors.

An Executive Committee comprised of the President, Past-President, President-Elect, and the Executive Director help to manage the administrative functions of the Society. In addition, many dedicated members chair or serve on committees that provide important services to accomplish the Society’s mission.

The Board of Directors is comprised of the officers listed above, and each of the five Society regions elects a director to represent them on the Board. In addition, three at-large directors are voting Board members elected by members. The TRAPS Board seeks input and feedback from its:

  • Branches
  • Affiliate Partners (Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF), Texas Municipal Parks, Recreation & Tourism Association (TMPRTA), Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW), and the Southwest Region Network (NRPA)
  • Academic Advisory Council (to be formed)

The Board meets quarterly at pre-determined locations around the state, and meetings are open to any member interested in attending. One Board meeting is held in conjunction with our Annual Leadership Institute and Trade Show each spring. 

TRAPS Affiliates


Currently, there are approximately 2,000 state and national members of the Texas Recreation and Park Society. Members primarily consist of park and recreation department professionals from across the state but also include professionals and citizen advocates in therapeutic recreation, church, camps, conservation, military, private enterprise and school districts. To become a member, please print out and complete the  Membership Form.

Type or print legibly, and send the form, with payment, to the Texas Recreation and Park Society, PO Box 5188, Jonestown, TX 78645. Payment must be received in order to process. No PO's will be accepted. We gladly accept Visa and MasterCard. Sorry, we do not take American Express or Discover.

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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