Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute 


The inaugural Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute PPMA (Park Planning and Maintenance Academy) will take place on August 2-4, 2017 in the Denver Metro Area.

The Park Planning and Maintenance Academy registration is currently at capacity.

If you are interested in being added to the wait list, please contact

Mendy Putman (719) 651-2125 or via email



Just off I-225, this modern hotel is 5 miles from the Aurora History Museum, walking/biking distance to Cherry Creek Reservoir State Park, close to Meadow Hills Golf Course, minutes from downtown Denver and 23 miles from Denver International Airport. 

The airy, informal rooms and suites come with flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and coffeemakers. Suites add microwaves, mini fridges, and separate sitting areas with pull-out sofas. Kids aged 17 and under stay free with a paying adult.  Free perks include parking, airport shuttle, and complimentary full breakfast buffet. There's also a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, a 24-hour exercise room, and a casual lounge bar and restaurant, as well as a business center.  

To Make Your Hotel Reservation, Follow These Steps:

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  • Click search and your special rate will appear!

Radisson Hotel - Denver Southeast , 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora, CO 80014

Reservations Can Also Be Made By Calling Kelly Lanzante, Sales Manager at (303) 306-3367

Be sure to mention you are attending the SWPRTI Park Planning and Maintenance Academy for the special room rate.

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For more information about the Radisson Hotel - Denver Southeast, please visit the Official Radisson Hotel Denver Southwest website.

The Radisson has teamed up with Cherry Creek Reservoir State Park and during the Academy, guests of the Radisson will have access to discounts on water activities and complimentary transportation to and from the Lake House, Marina and The Wharf.

Cherry Creek State Park is a stunningly unique urban park just 5 minutes from the Radisson.  Camping during the Academy is certainly available if reservations are made in time.  Reservations can be made in advance as early as 6 months to the day via -    

The Academy will be working to partner with the staff of the park to present their perspective on unique park maintenance within the urban setting.

Cherry Creek State Park offers the opportunity to explore and enjoy a very natural setting within the city limits.  Available within the park are nature programs and trails, fishing, boating, a swim beach, a model airfield, horseback riding, biking, picnicking and a shooting range along with the large camping area with large cottonwood trees.  For more information or a list of summer activities in 2017, please call the park office at (303) 690-1166.  This park is open year round and is extremely popular.  


Professional Turf Products has been supporting the Sports Fields and Grounds industry in our area of Toro distribution for over 20 years.  With three dedicated SF&G account managers we are committed to excellence in support of our customers.  Our mission is to exceed the needs of our customers with services supporting the sale and distribution of our products.  We understand that service is paramount to the Sports Fields and Grounds industry.  We are excited and honored in being selected as a partner in the new Park Planning and Maintenance Academy.  We realize this cutting edge program will evolve into a fine academy many others will want to develop.  Thank you for reaching out to use as a colleague.

Mike McCur

Vice President - Dealer & Commercial Divisions.

PPMA has various sponsorship levels available, contact Mendy Putman for a sponsorship packet.

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An intensive two-year certification program for professionals engaged in maintenance and planning of parks is under development. Attendees who complete both years will be awarded a certificate. Sessions will be presented by leading professionals in the industry. The curriculum will include topics such as:

Class Topics of PPMA Year 1:

Principles of Maintenance Contracts

Elements of Playground Design & ADA Requirements

Water Resource Management

Understanding GIS Systems

Arboriculture 101

Basic Park Design Principles & Practicum

Athletic Field Maintenance - Best Practices & New Ideas

Community Gardens - Success and Challenges (on site class)

Turf!  Turf!  Turf! - Real and Artificial (on site class)

Incorporating High Adventure into Your Parks (on site class)

2017 PPMA Schedule (PDF)

Proposed Topics of PPMA Year 2: (2018)

Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Master Plans - Why Are They Important?

Federal Rules & Regulations - Know the Laws and Agencies Impacting Maintenance Programs

Irrigation Principals for Water Conservation

Best Practices of Chemical Applications

Developing Building Maintenance Programs

Special Event Support

Customer Service 101

Tree Valuations and Hazard Assessments

Principals of Landscape Design - How to Design a Landscape

Proposed Topics/Ideas for Graduate Year 3: (2019)

Special Event Support

Aquatics Facilities and Special Maintenance

HR Issues and Personnel Management

Developing Building Maintenance Programs

Round Table Discussions on Trends in Parks

          • Drones
          • Solar Gardens
          • Cell Towers
          • Revenue Generating Ideas
          • Dog Parks
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