The MRPA Conference & Trade Show is the premier education and networking event for Michigan's park and recreation professionals. The event will begin with Pre-Conference Educational Sessions on February 10, 2015 in Lansing. The full Conference will kick off on Wednesday, February 11 with an opening ceremony. Conference events will run through Friday, February 13. The Annual Trade Show will take place February 11-12.

The Conference Homepage will be updated weekly as planning progresses - as the event draws closer we'll have a handy "Conference Updates" section, so you know what's newly added - no hunting around.

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2015 Conference is now open! Be sure to take advantage of early bird rates - prices expire December 20!


NEW! Return on Investment

Once again, MRPA and the 2015 Conference Committee have put together a set of tools to help you figure out the return on your Conference investment. There's a worksheet to calculate expenses, a template for writing a letter to supervisors, a worksheet to plan your Conference experience, and more. As the schedule of events and education sessions are compiled, these resources will be even richer. Access the return on investment tools here!


A block of rooms is reserved at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, steps away from the Lansing Center. Standard rooms are $122 per night + tax. Reservations can be made online, or by calling 800.333.3333. To get the block rate, use promotional code MRPA15.

The Radission Hotel is located at 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing MI  48933.

Featured Speakers

Mitchell J Silver
Commissioner, New York City Parks and Recreation

Commissioner Silver is the immediate past president of the American Planning Association. He is an award-winning planner with almost 30 years of experience, and is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to the contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, placemaking, and implementation strategies. As Parks Commissioner, he oversees management, planning, and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland.

John Baldoni
Chair of Leadership Development, N2growth

John is an internationally recognized leadership educator, executive coach, speaker, and author. John has authored twelve books on leadership, with three of those books, Lead with Purpose (2011), Lead Your Boss (2009), and Lead by Example (2008) being selected as best leadership books in their respective years. Prior to joining N2growth, John was the President of Baldoni Consulting, which he operated for 12 years. Learn more at

Tom O'Rourke
Executive Director, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (PRC)

Tom oversees the 11,000 acre park system. The Charleston County PRC is widely known for its continued expansion without using tax increases to fund growth. Previously, Tom was the Director of the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department in South Carolina, and also established and served as the Manager of Sports and Recreation Division for Seamon Whiteside and Associates, a Landscape Architecture and Engineering Firm.


Pre-Conference Sessions

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course and Exam
The CPSI course is important for school districts, municipalities, playground manufacturers, childcare facilities, insurance companies, and other organizations that are responsible for playgrounds and playground equipment.

View full CPSI details, including registration information and a daily schedule.

Session Proposals

Do you have an idea for an education session? Submit your proposal here!