FOCUS is the official magazine of NDRPA. It is distributed quarterly via mail and email to more than 900 park and recreation professionals and posted on the NDRPA website. FOCUS is dedicated to informing NDRPA members about trends in the park and recreation industry, training opportunities, association news and updates on people and projects around the state.

NDRPA members are encouraged to submit articles and photographs that showcase parks and recreation facilities, programs, projects and staff as well as story ideas and other relevant materials for park and recreation professionals. Email articles for potential publication to NDRPA. The 2024 deadlines for submitting articles for FOCUS are as follows:

Issue Submission Deadline Estimated Distribution Date
Winter Jan. 15 Feb. 15
Spring April 15 May 15
Summer July 15 Aug. 15
Fall Oct. 15 Nov. 15

Interested in promoting your company’s products and services to park and recreation decision makers throughout the state of North Dakota?  Contact NDRPA or call 701-355-4458. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to advertise in 2023 FOCUS.

2024 Advertising Rates

Ad Size* One Issue Two or Three Issues Four Issues
Full Page $230 $215 each $760 total ($190 each)
Half Page $180 $165 each $560 total ($140 each)
Quarter Page $155 $140 each $460 total ($115 each)
Insert supplied by advertiser $365    

Ad Mechanics*

Size Dimension
Full Page 8” wide x 10” tall
Half Page Horizontal 8” wide x 5” tall
Half Page Vertical 4” wide x 10” tall
Quarter Page 4” wide x 5” tall
Insert Must be provided to printer specifications –
contact NDRPA for details

*All inside ads are black and white. Ads should be submitted electronically at 300 dpi resolution in .jpg, .tiff, .eps or .pdf format by the issue deadline specified above.

Professional Directory

NDRPA publishes a professional directory every two years. It is a helpful desk reference that includes contact information for agencies and organizations involved in parks and recreation in North Dakota. It is distributed exclusively to NDRPA members. Members can contact NDRPA for a copy of the 2022-2023 Professional Directory or the opportunity to advertise in the 2024-2025 Professional Directory.


Ad Size Ad Dimensions Ad Rates
Full Page 4.75” wide x 7.5” tall $390
Half Page 4.75” wide x 3.75” tall $240


NDRPA eUpdate is distributed the 15th of each month – the deadline for submissions is the 10th. Submissions will be accepted via email from NDRPA agency, professional, allied and education members. NDRPA eUpdate will include short blurbs on timely events and news that would be of interest to a majority of NDRPA members.

Park Board Manual (current edition)

The 2022 North Dakota Park Board Manual is now available as a free downloadable PDF to NDRPA members.

The Park Board Manual equips both new and experienced park board commissioners and staff with information necessary to effectively carry out their authorities, roles and responsibilities. The manual also includes sample documents such as a joint use agreement and board member job description. It is periodically updated in accordance with the ND Century Code.

Contact the NDRPA office or call 701-355-4458 for access to the PDF.



NDRPA also has a ND Park Board Commissioner Training Webinar available, which is an introduction to the topics and material provided in the manual. The training is a great resource for park board members and staff.

Access the Webinar.