Awards at Annual Conference

VRPS membership is a requirement in order to submit an application and be considered for 2022 VRPS Awards, to be presented at the 2023 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Annual Conference on Monday, September 11, 2023.

Awards categories include:
  • Fellows Award
  • Outstanding New Professional
  • Distinguished Service
  • Distinguished Volunteer Service
  • Distinguished Private Sector Service
  • Best New Program
  • Best New Special Event
  • Best New Facility (Bricks and Mortar)
  • Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails)
  • Best New Renovation/Addition (Bricks and Mortar)
  • Best New Renovation (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails)
  • Best New Environmental Sustainability
  • Most Innovative Marketing Strategy
  • Most Innovative Marketing Piece
  • Snapshot Moment
  • Best Health and Wellness Initiative
  • Best New DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Initiative

See link below for a complete description of the awards categories and judging criteria.

Eligibility and Submission Criteria
Award Nominations are now closed!
Early Bird Discount Deadline:  4/14/2023

Awards Submission Deadline:  5/12/2023

Leslie Bowery, CPSI, CPRP

Western Service Area

Allen Dunn

Aquatics Resource Group

Nil Patel

Central Service Area

Kevin Williams

Park Operations Resource

June Snead

Senior Resource Group

Julie Frederickson

Health and Wellness Resource Group


Tracy Newsom, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation Resource Group

Julia Duzant-Boyette

Eastern Service Area

Katie MacCammon, CPRP

Northern Service Area

Rebecca Johnson (Marketing)
Megan Heatwole (Special Events)

Special Events and Marketing Resource Group