2020 Annual Conference

Thank you for attending the 2020 VRPS Virtual Annual Conference!

Sessions recordings and CEU information will be sent to registered delegates the week of October 19th.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2019 AWARD WINNERS!

 

James C. Stutts Fellows Award

James C. Stutts, CAE, CPRP – Virginia Recreation & Park Society

 

Distinguished Service Award

Robin Leonard – Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

 

Distinguished Volunteer Service Award

George Johnson – City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities

Lee Hart – Suffolk Parks and Recreation

 

Outstanding New Professional

Rachel Smith – Lynchburg Parks and Recreation

Emily Upton – Suffolk Parks and Recreation

 

Distinguished Private Sector Service Award

Blue Mountain Adventures – Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

The Maddie Mann Foundation – Colonial Heights Parks and Recreation

 

Best New Program

Helping Hands – Christiansburg Parks and Recreation

Goodnight Hometown – Danville Parks and Recreation

Sibshops – Lynchburg Parks and Recreation

Stafford Connects – Stafford County Parks, Recreation and community Facilities

Rec-n-Roll Mobile Playground – Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

 

Best New Special Event

Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree – Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Halloween in the Park – Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation

Illuminights – Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Human Foosball Tournament – City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation

First Responders and Multicultural CommUNITY Cup – Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

 

Best New Facility – Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails

Hopewell Riverwalk – Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Charlottesville Skate Park – Charlottesville Parks and Recreation

Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Playground – Suffolk Parks and Recreation

Four Mile Run Connector Bridge – City of Alexandria Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activities

Pickleball Center at the Career Technical Center at Hull Street – Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

 

Best New Renovation/Addition – Bricks and Mortar

Diamond Hill Neighborhood Center Facility Renewal Project – Lynchburg Parks and Recreation

 

Best New Renovation/Addition – Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails

Kiwanis Park Playground Renovation – City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation

Lake Meade Kidszone Inclusive Playground – Suffolk Parks and Recreation

Powhatan Springs Skate Park – Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

 

Best New Environmental Sustainability

Hopewell Restoration Project – Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Sleepy Hole Shoreline Stabilization – Suffolk Parks and Recreation

Kettle Park Improvement Project – City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

Reforested Floodplain of Bon Air Park – Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

 

Most Innovative Marketing Strategy

Violet Bank Rocks! – Colonial Heights Recreation and Parks

RCC’s YouTube Channel – Reston Community Center

 

Most Innovative Marketing Piece

Hopewell Recreation and Parks Department Website – Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Illuminights Sponsorship Brochure – Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Planetarium Promotional Video – Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center, Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services

 

Snapshot Moment

Hidden Rock at Sunset – Goochland County Parks and Recreation

Taking Flight – Winchester Parks and Recreation

Transformative Trail – Franklin County Parks and Recreation

Darkest Days – Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

 

Best Health and Wellness Initiative

Healthy Lifestyle and Diabetes Education Class – Colonial Heights Recreation and Parks

Hike the Appalachian Trail – Town of Wytheville Parks and Recreation

Working Towards Wellness – James City County Parks and Recreation

First Hike Fairfax 2019 – Fairfax County Park Authority

 

4/30/2020 UPDATE

It is with great sadness that I announce that the 2020 VRPS Annual Conference will not be held in Norfolk this fall. Due to the pandemic, the City of Norfolk has been hit with a serious budget crisis. The City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space Department have had dramatic cuts to their budget and will be unable to host the conference. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Director Darrell Crittendon and his dedicated, hard working staff. Norfolk has always hosted an exceptional conference, and we hope that they will have an opportunity to do so again for the near future. My sincere thanks to the conference committee for all their work and all the dedicated VRPS professionals that make me proud to be a member of this society.

Although we will not have a traditional annual conference in Norfolk, we have put together a task force to look at ways that we may offer an education and networking opportunity during the same dates for our members and sponsors. There are a number of possibilities, from virtual learning to hybrid scenarios, that are being considered. Details regarding the alternative meeting opportunity will be forthcoming. We know that there are many departments in the state that are experiencing serious cuts to budgets and workforce; please know that we will help in any way that we can as we all get through this crisis.

Please stay well and take care,

Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
804-365-4693
dcsmith@hanovercounty.gov

Eblast Archive

11/18/2019:  Save the Date!

1/3/2020:  Keynote Speaker

2/27/2020:  Opening Social – Sneak Peek!

Conference Locations

The VRPS Annual Conference has been held across Virginia since 1955.

Locations of Annual Conferences

Thanks to 2020 Sponsors

Cunningham Recreation

Musco

Upcoming Conferences

2020

Norfolk Waterside Marriott at Night

October 3-6, 2020

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

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2021

Hotel Madison October 23-26, 2021 The Madison, Harrisonburg More Information Coming Soon

2022

Marriott VB exterior November 5-8, 2022 The Marriott Oceanfront, Virginia Beach More Information Coming Soon.