Awards at Annual Conference

VRPS membership is a requirement in order to submit an application and be considered for 2023 VRPS Awards, to be presented at the 2024 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Annual Conference on Monday, September 16, 2024.

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 - READ BEFORE SUBMITTING A NOmination 
Award Nominations are now OPEN!
Early Bird Discount Deadline:  4/12/2024

Awards Submission Deadline:  5/6/2024

Leslie Bowery, CPSI, CPRP

Western Service Area

Allen (AJ) Dunn

Aquatics Resource Group

Nil Patel

Central Service Area


Park Operations Resource

June Snead

Senior Resource Group

Julie Frederickson

Health and Wellness Resource Group

Hannah Bell
Outdoor Resource Group


Tracy Newsom, CTRS

Therapeutic Recreation Resource Group

Julia Duzant-Boyette

Eastern Service Area

Katie MacCammon, CPRP

Northern Service Area

Justin Price
Southwest Service Area

Rebecca Johnson (Marketing)
Megan Heatwole (Special Events)

Special Events and Marketing Resource Group

AJ McCage
Young Professionals Resource Group