May 2006

2006 APRA Conference on Open Space

"Get It, Use It, Keep It"

Monday, May 22, 2006

(Phoenix, Arizona - May 12, 2006) - On May 22, the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA), with the generous support of Arizona State Parks, will present the sixth annual Conference on Open Space at Arizona State University (ASU) with a focus on the theme: "Get It, Use It, Keep It."

Building on the successes of previous events, and with renewed purpose and direction, this year's conference promises to be the most comprehensive,
well attended, and valuable meeting on practical, hands-on open space issues.

Open space continues to be an important economic, social, and
environmental issue for citizens of the Southwest. Explore what can be done to protect and manage what exists and see how you can be part of future

Confirmed speakers include luncheon keynote Shauna Kerr, State Director for Arizona and Utah from The Trust for Public Land. Other speakers will
discuss such diverse topics as Hyper Growth Development, Natural Spaces and Sustainability, Land Asset Management, Trail Development of the Arizona and Maricopa Trails, and Development Management for Open Space.

This is a critical training and networking event for all parks and recreation professionals as well as land foundation staff, city managers,
environmental groups, planners, developers and conservation enthusiasts.

It is also important for professionals seeking support for preserving natural
areas and acquiring and managing the state's open spaces.

Because of the generous sponsorship by Arizona State Parks for the second year, registration fees will remain at a discounted $65 per person. This
includes continental breakfast, all conference proceedings, lunch, and the resource guide. Group discounts and student rates are also available. You
may register by calling (800) 335-PARK or visiting

For information about Arizona State Parks call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703) or visit the website