VRPS E-Update: Vol 16 No 24 June 12, 2019

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VRPS E-Update:   Vol 16 No 24
June 12, 2019
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2019 VRPS Annual Conference – Save the Dates!
Saturday, September 7 – Tuesday, September 10, 2019
We look forward to seeing you in Tyson’s Corner for 2019 VRPS Annual Conference :  “Growing to New Heights”!
Note:  CEUs and extra tickets are not part of your general conference registration.
Full Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions Sunday – Tuesday
  • Saturday Welcome Social
  • Sunday Social
  • Sunday Exhibit Evening Reception
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Monday Awards Banquet Dinner
  • Monday Social
  • Tuesday Exhibitor Expo
Sunday Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Opening Session/Keynote Speaker
  • Exhibit Hall Evening Reception
Monday Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Exhibit Hall Luncheon
Tuesday Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
Tuesday Delegate EXPO  registration includes:
  • Expo Breakfast
  • Expo Education Sessions and Demonstrations

Student Delegate registration includes:

  • All educational sessions
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Does NOT include Socials or Banquet
Don’t forget, if you chose “Bill Me”, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL.
Student Opportunity – 2019 VRPS Annual Conference
Through a generous grant fro the Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, FULL-TIME students who are not currently working in the field, may register for complimentary attendance to 2019 VRPS Annual Conference.
  • Students must be VRPS members and register before 6/30/2019.
  • Students may place a VRPS Student Membership ($25) in their shopping cart prior to adding the student conference registration in order to receive the complimentary $0 student rate.
  • Registration will be honored upon payment of the student membership.
  • Registration as a nonmember or after the 6/30/2019 deadline are subject to student rates as follows:
Full Student – VRPS Member:  $245
Full Student – VRPS Nonmember:  $270
Daily (Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday) – VRPS Member:  $85/each
Daily (Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday) – VRPS Nonmember:  $110/each
NSA Summer Picnic
Join your neighboring colleagues for lunch and activities at Lake Fairfax Park!
Come Picnic with the Northern Service Area this June!

The Business Meeting kicks off at 10 AM- the meeting’s discussion will focus on Outdoor Rentals and Picnic Areas.  The Picnic starts at 11:30 AM.

NEW:  Playground Maintenance Instruction Course
The National Recreation and Park Association’s Playground Maintenance Course will provide an understanding of the most prevalent playground hazards and safe maintenance and repair practices. This one-day course (0.6 CEUs) will train on playground safety standards, playground owner responsibilities and will include maintenance and repair discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items
Why Attend?
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 240,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds.
  • Poor maintenance is one of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.
Who Should Attend?
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Recreation Staff
  • University Seniors
  • Anyone Responsible for Playgrounds
Leesburg, September 17, 2019
Online Registration – Early registration rate ends 7/31/2019.
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.  Invest in Certification:
  • protect children from injury due to playground hazards,
  • protect your business or agency from costly liabilities,
  • open the door to more opportunities for career advancement,
  • increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market,
  • reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career, and
  • be associated with NRPA‘s strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety
Leesburg, September 18-20, 2019
Online Registration – Early registration rate ends 7/31/2019.
Senior Resource Group Fall Workshop
Aging:  Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Join SRG for this one day workshop for recreation professionals, directors, and therapists who provide programming services within community recreation, adult daycare, senior centers, assisted living, long-term care, or clinical settings.
Friday, October 18, 2019
230 Karl Linn Drive
North Chesterfield, VA 23225
2023 Virginia Outdoors Plan Technical Advisory Committee
On May 15, the Technical Advisory Committee for the Virginia Outdoors Plan met to begin providing input for the 2023 plan. Staff from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation presented on the 2018 VOP, as well as some new features and scoring criteria for the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.  There were two presentation that localities might find interesting – the ConserveVirginia GIS mapping site, and the Recreation Access Model GIS site. The ConserveVirginia site allows a user to view a locality or piece of property and determine if it has been designated as having potential to be conserved land, as well as which category it fall under. The map and more information can be found on the DCR  Natural Heritage Data Explorer site . The  Recreation Access Model site  similarly allows a user to view an area and determine the need for terrestrial or aquatic recreation access. This model is important to quantify access to outdoor recreation opportunities in VA and identify areas where more recreational access is needed. Both programs are linked to the LWCF grant application, and the potential need for conservation or recreation can have an impact on scoring any grant proposals. Participants in the meeting then broke out into groups to brainstorm the following:
1. Recreation Trends
2. How to sell the need for recreation to Legislators
3. Priorities for the next Virginia Outdoors Plan
Planning for the 2023 VOP will continue, with regional meetings starting this fall.
Save the Date
VRPS Central Service Area is planning a Special Events workshop in the fall.  More details will be available soon – mark your calendar!
Wednesday, November 6
2020 Leadership Training Institute – Registration and Scholarship Application Open
Why LTI?
  • Proven Career Advancement – 90% of Directors and Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI
  • Beautiful Setting – LTI takes place at Wintergreen Resort and utilizes mountain top housing and amenities
  • Fun Educational Sessions – LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive and educational games, activities and presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you
  • Networking Opportunities – meet other professionals from around the state to make lasting relationships, share ideas, improve your self confidence and begin forming a support group to last throughout your career
  • CEU’s – Earn CEU’s to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified
NOTE:  LTI is limited to 65 registrants.  Unpaid registrants will be placed on the waiting list.
2019 VRPS/Kings Dominion SUPER SAVER Tickets!
Get comp tickets all season!
Kings Dominion and VRPS have partnered to offer one complimentary ticket per 20 Super Saver tickets purchased throughout the operating season!
VRPS now offers 2 ticket types:
  1. Good Anyday:
    • $41/ticket
    • May be redeemed any park operating day EXCEPT park buyout days
  2. VRPS Super Saver:
    • $39/ticket
    • May be redeemed on the following days EXCEPT park buyout days:
      • March 30 – May 19
      • July 5 – July 31
      • September 21 – October 27
    • 1 Complimentary ticket is provided for every 20 tickets purchased
The differences between consignment and online tickets are:
  • Consignment tickets require a “Member Ticket Program Authorization Form” to be submitted to VRPS.
  • Consignment ticket agencies must be VRPS organization members throughout the ticket season.
  • Consignment tickets must be ordered from VRPS Central Office and picked up or shipped for a fee.
  • Consignment ticket agencies make payment on the tickets they sell to VRPS monthly and return unsold tickets to Central Office by deadline dates.
  • Online tickets are purchased via credit card payment through a VRPS/Kings Dominion portal.
  • There is a processing fee for each online ticket order.
  • Online tickets may not be returned or refunded.
More information, including ticket types and order forms , is available on the VRPS Ticket Webpage .
How to participate as a Consignment Ticket Agency:
  1. Complete and submit a “Member Ticket Program Authorization Form“.
  2. Complete and submit ticket order forms for each ticket type that you would like to order.
  3. We will ship your tickets via UPS unless you would like to pick them up at Central Office.  Pay your shipping invoice upon receipt.
  4. Submit payment forms and payments each month.  Your payments will be applied toward your ticket invoices.
  5. Keep your VRPS membership active throughout the entire ticket program.
  6. Return unsold tickets to VRPS by COB on return deadline dates so that we may credit your invoices with returned tickets.
  7. Check your “bubble” on the Kings Dominion consignment ticket agency MAP.  Is your contact information correct?  This map also appears on the VRPS ticket web pages so that customers can easily find you!
How to participate as a non-consignment ticket agency:  simply use the   Kings Dominion  e-ticket portal on the VRPS ticket webpage.
More information, including ticket types and order forms , is available on the  VRPS Ticket Webpage .
Member Spotlight:  National Alliance for Youth Sports
The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) educates, equips and empowers youth sports leaders, volunteers and parents so all children can enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports. NAYS, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, partners with more than 3,000 community-based organizations and has trained more than four million coaches, parents, officials and administrators since its inception in 1981.
Sports participation is one of the greatest resources available for instilling valuable life skills in children. But only if it is safe and positive. NAYS believes that every child deserves access to a quality sports program. In order for their participation to be a truly positive experience the following must occur:
  • Children must receive positive instruction and learn and develop basic motor skills
  • Coaches must be trained in their responsibilities and held accountable for their behavior
  • Administrators, both professional and volunteer, and officials must be trained to properly fulfill their roles
  • Parents must be educated to understand the impact sports has on their child’s development and the importance of being a model spectator at all times
  • The National Standards for Youth Sports must be used as a guide for operating youth sports programs
  • Youth sports programs must be conducted in accordance with the Recommendations for Communities
Posted Job Title Company
6/7/2019 Lifeguard Virginia Beach Recreation Centers – 29606 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
6/7/2019 Programs Coordinator Augusta County Parks and Recreation
6/6/2019 Aquatics Instructor – Water Safety Instructor – 29607 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
6/5/2019 Director of Parks and Recreation Culpeper County
6/5/2019 Activity Center Assistant Leader – Special Needs Support Staff – 29608 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
6/5/2019 Activity Center Assistant Leader – Early Childhood Education – 29627 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
6/5/2019 Recreation Supervisor Goochland County Parks & Recreation
6/5/2019 Recreation Specialist Goochland County Parks & Recreation
5/29/2019 Activity Center Leader – Before/After/Summer Out of School Time – 29496 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
5/24/2019 Lifeguard Virginia Beach Recreation Centers – 29461 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
5/24/2019 Aquatics Instructor – Water Safety Instructor – 29462 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
5/21/2019 Activity Center Assistant Leader – Special Needs Support Staff – 29464 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
5/21/2019 Parks and Recreation Aide III – Lynnhaven Boat Ramp – 29474 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
5/14/2019 Recreation Specialist 1 or 2 New Kent Parks and Recreation
5/13/2019 Program Assistant, Sports Coordinator Wythe County Parks and Recreation

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