The North Region of the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) geographically includes North Texas from the Dallas/Fort Worth area all the way east to Texarkana. The TRAPS North Region hosts a variety of workshops, conferences, and special events for parks and recreation professionals. This includes our annual North Region Conference, Parks Rodeo, and Golf Tournament.
Our parent organization, the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), is a nonprofit educational and professional organization founded over 75 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.
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.
To provide education, advocacy and resources to all who enhance the quality of life through parks, open spaces and recreation.
To set the standard for excellence and innovation in parks, open spaces and recreation.
TRAPS believes in I.D.E.A.S.
Promoting high values, ethics and standards in Texas communities and the profession.
Enhancing the person, community and the profession via quality training and resources.
Raising standards for parks, open spaces and recreation so to enhance the quality of life.
Advancing decisions, actions and policy to promote the benefits of parks, recreation, conservation, tourism and wellness.
Focusing on individual development and well-being, facilitating partnerships and fostering responsible stewardship.