Hall of Fame

28th Hall of Fame inductee, Karen Assel.

28th Hall of Fame inductee, Karen Assel.

Induction into the NDRPA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on its members. Twenty-seven individuals have been inducted since 1994.

Qualifications for Hall of Fame

NDRPA shall recognize outstanding parks and recreation professionals in its Hall of Fame who are eligible if they meet at least two of the following three criteria:
1. 50 years old
2. 20 years of parks and recreation service in North Dakota
3. Retirement

The candidate’s nomination shall be judged on the following criteria:

  • A successful record of accomplishment in the parks and recreation field in North Dakota.
  • Active participation in the NDRPA shall be a high consideration.


The 2023 induction ceremony was held Sept. 13 at the NDRPA State Conference in Grand Forks. Nominations for 2024 will open in the spring.


NDRPA Hall of Fame Members

Short biographies and photos of all members are provided below. In addition, all members are recognized with plaques at the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in the Jamestown Civic Center.