Why We Exist
We believe recreation and parks include everything from play, to sport, to arts, to culture and outdoor pursuits. All are essential for creating beautiful and thriving communities that foster healthy and happy citizens.
In 1961, recreation and parks professionals from across Alberta collaborated to create ARPA, hoping to foster better communication and connection in the local sector. Almost sixty years later, ARPA is a not-for-profit organization working tirelessly alongside our members to ensure all Albertans have access to recreation and parks. Through professional development, community health initiatives, and other programs and services, we strive to help all Albertans experience the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles.
We believe recreation and parks includes everything from play, to sports, to arts, to culture and outdoor pursuits. All are essential for creating beautiful and thriving communities that foster healthy and happy citizens.
We work alongside our municipal, academic, corporate, and political membership to build an Alberta that embraces and proactively uses recreation and parks as essential means for enhancing the wellbeing of the province.