Northern Service Area

General Information

Mission
To provide networking, resources and professional development to Northern Service Area members while supporting the overall objectives of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

 BYLAWS.pdf

Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors

Chair: Kaveh Tajalli, CPRP 

City of Fairfax

Facilities Coordinator

kaveh.tajalli@fairfaxva.gov

703-293-7119

  

Chair Elect: Julie Miles, CPRP

Recreation Manager

City of Alexandria, Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

julie.miles@alexandriava.gov

703-746-5570

 

Treasurer: Amy Youngs  

Deputy Director

City of Falls Church, Recreation and Parks

amaltese@fallschurchva.gov

703-248-5137

 

Recorder: Dana Wedeles, AICP

Principal Planner

City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

dana.wedeles@alexandriava.gov

703-746-5491

 

Communications: Emilie Shumate, CPRP

Business Office Manager

Fairfax County Park Authority

emilie.shumate@fairfaxcounty.gov

703-324-8635

 

VRPS Liason to NSA: Kat Fish, CPRP

Aquatics Specialist II

Prince William County Park Authority

kfish@pwcgov.org



2020 Board of Directors 

Chair: Julie Miles, CPRP

Recreation Manager

City of Alexandria, Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

julie.miles@alexandriava.gov

703-746-5570


Chair-Elect: Amy Youngs  

Deputy Director

City of Falls Church, Recreation and Parks

amaltese@fallschurchva.gov

703-248-5137


Communications: Emilie Shumate, CPRP

Business Office Manager

Fairfax County Park Authority

emilie.shumate@fairfaxcounty.gov

703-324-8569


Treasurer: Dana Wedeles, AICP

Principal Planner

City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

dana.wedeles@alexandriava.gov

703-746-5491


Recorder: Roberta Korzen

Golf Marketing Specialist

Fairfax County Park Authority

roberta.korzen@fairfaxcounty.gov

703-324-8782



VRPS Liason to NSA: Kat Fish, CPRP

Aquatics Specialist II

Prince William County Park Authority

kfish@pwcgov.org




Service Area Workplan

Please read over our Northern Service Area workplan and always let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions!

VRPS NSA Yearly Workplan

Last Updated: 10/25/19

Meeting and Events Schedule

All VRPS Members are welcome! 

November 14, 2019 - Business Meeting and Fall Workshop

10am - 3pm

Patrick Henry Recreation Center, Alexandria

12:15-1:30pm

Park RX: Park Prescriptions to Improve Health and Well-Being

Overview

This workshop will be led by the Executive Director of Park RX, John Henderson and Dr. Stacey Stryer. The speakers will discuss Park RX’s mission to work with healthcare providers to encourage patients/clients to spend time in nature with the goal of improving their health and well-being. This will provide planners with evidence on the nexus between the environment, access to nature and the outdoors and health outcomes. Planners with an interest in GIS will understand how local governments can help doctors by providing maps that show nearby access to nature.

 Learning objectives include:

  1. Learn the importance of nature in improving health outcomes
  2. Demonstrate how local government can partner with the medical profession in providing park, program, and mapping resources
  3. How to promote and advocate for open space as a community health benefit.

1:45-3pm

PKMove and the Benefits of a “Gym Without Walls”

Overview

Dr. Alexi Wong of Marymount University will present recent groundbreaking studies on the benefits of parkour programs geared towards seniors. The session will also highlight how park furniture and urban amenities can be used as a “gym without walls” to practice fall prevention and balance, as demonstrated by Nancy Lorentz, founder of PKMove.

This workshop will be particularly interesting to Planners and designers who are involved with shaping the urban realm and how it can be designed to facilitate healthy exercise, particularly for senior populations. The session will also highlight the partnership that Alexandria has with PKMove in providing senior programs.

Session Objectives include:

Understand how Parkour can be safely adapted for seniors to prevent falls and the health data to support the need for these programs in communities with aging populations

  1. How urban design can support recreational program
  2. How local governments can partner on funding and other resources to provide senior health programs.





January 10, 2020 - Winter Social

The Lake House - Reston, VA

The Land and Water Conservation Fund

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