Walt Bratton, CPRP is the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Walt has management experience as a parks and recreation administrator working with several municipal parks and recreation agencies in Arizona, Kansas, California, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Washington State University (Pullman, Washington), a Masters Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas).
He is active in the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) as a site visitor and has served as a chair/visitor on 17 site visitation teams since 2000 in support of Agency Accreditation. He serves on the NRPA Program Committee (2008-2011 term appointment) and is a board member on the NRPA Administrators Network (2008-2011 term appointment) and again from 2015-2016.
Walt has also taught parks and recreation curriculum at both the community college and university levels. Walt was awarded the prestigious 2007 Casper Star-Tribune statewide 40 Under Forty Award for the Top Business Professionals in the state of Wyoming under the age of 40 in 2007. He has been a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) since 1993. As the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Green River, Wyoming Department of Parks and Recreation he led this agency to be named a 2010 and 2011 Gold Medal Award “Finalist.” This was the first time in the 49-year history of the National Gold Medal Award program that an agency from Wyoming was named as a Finalist.
Walt has been an active member of numerous parks and recreation professional associations in his career, to include:
- Florida Parks and Recreation Association, FRPA
- California Parks and Recreation Society, CPRS
- Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies, CAPRA
- National Recreation and Park Association, NRPA, professional member for 20 years
- Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, APRA
- Kansas Recreation and Park Association, KRPA
- Wyoming Recreation and Park Association, WRPA
- Oklahoma Recreation and Parks Society, ORPS
- American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, AAPRA
In 2000 he was the recipient of the NRPA – Pacific Southwest Region “Young Professional of the Year Award.” In 2000 he was awarded both the American Park and Recreation Society (APRS) “Young Professional of the Year Award” and the NRPA – “Robert W. Crawford Young Professional Award.”
Walt was a member of the graduating charter class for the 2008-2009 NRPA Director’s School held at the Oglebay Training Institute in Wheeling, West Virginia. In April 2010 he was awarded the NRPA Midwest Region Distinguished Fellow Award (the highest honor given to a parks and recreation professional in the Midwest Region Network). Walt was inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) with the class of 2009. He looks forward to serving and giving back to the profession on Academy initiatives and programs in support of the parks and recreation movement. [current as of November 2014]