Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association Strategic Plan (2023)


The Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association (RIRPA) is a professional association serving the park and recreation profession within Rhode Island. RIRPA members include directors, superintendents, managers, frontline staff, other professional staff, elected officials, active citizens, and commercial vendors. With no dedicated full-time staff, RIRPA is managed by a Board of Directors, each serving two-year terms. Since working professionals are responsible for RIRPA’s governance, it was extremely important to create a Strategic plan to outline how RIRPA should advance its operations to align more closely with other state associations.


Zec Eight Insights facilitated Board of Director workshops and implemented a membership survey as part of the process. The planning process culminated with a new vision, mission, and guiding values statements.


Designed to be valid from 2023-2027, the final Strategic Plan contains 23 objectives organized into four strategic categories:

  1. Enhance RIRPA Awareness and Brand
  2. Increase Organizational Support and Operations
  3. Formalize Processes and Procedures
  4. Enhance Membership Offerings

Ray DeFalco, Director
Jamestown Parks and Recreation
(401) 423-7266
41 Conanicus Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835