2019 Annual Conference

Be a part of the 2019 Conference, September 7-10


VRPS Delegate Registration Flyer

Registration does not include hotel room - reserve your room now!!

HOTEL RESERVATION LINK:  $149 VRPS rate good until Friday, August 23, 2019 or until block is filled.

2019 Conference Slideshow of Highlights!

Virginia Recreation & Park Society Conference - Sept. 2019


Social Flyer

Saturday, September 7, 6-9pm
Evening at the Meadowlark Downs

You need a team of four to compete in the Stick Horse Derby. Select your jockey and the other three team members. Email your team member names to Todd Brown by Tuesday, August 20.

Pop Up Park Party
Sunday, September 8, 6:30-11pm

Start gathering your teams for life size foosball. 

Email your team member names to Todd Brown by Tuesday, August 20.

Monday, September 9, 9-11pm

Come and get your game on at the top floor of the Sheraton Hotel! 

Keynote Speaker

VRPS Keynote Speaker

Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Peter Kageyama

For the Love of Cities and Parks


VRPS Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Institutes

Urban Park Tour

On Saturday, September 7, 12:30-5pm, hop on the van to for our signature tour and let local park and recreation staff give you an insiders’ look at some of the most diverse sites managed by Arlington County, City of Alexandria and Fairfax County Park Authority. Travel by charter bus for a hop-on, hop-off experience which includes amazing views of federal monuments on the Virginia side and across the Potomac River to Washington DC; truly iconic landmarks!

Price: $25 for members; $45 for non-members. Register here by September 4. 

CANCELLED - Million Dollar Baby – A Park’s Transformation

On Saturday, September 7, 2:30-5pm, join Park Manager, Keith Tomlinson, as he leads participants through a true transformation of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens from a facility that ran in the red, to becoming the top net performer in the agency through a variety of changes and focus shifts.

Price: $30 for members; $50 for non-members. Register here.



2019 Exhibitor Brochure

Showcase Information (Tues 9/10)

A/V Request Form

Door Prize Donation Form

Electrical Order Form

Services Rental Form

Silent Auction Donation Form

See Who's Exhibiting Here

Special Guest Former Washington Redskin Gary Clark

Meet and greet former Redskin's wide receiver Gary Clark Monday, September 9 in the Exhibit Hall from 11 am– 1 pm! Gary will be around for photos, autographs and reminiscing!

Born in Radford, VA Gary Clark played for James Madison and went on to be a 2nd round draft pick for the Washington Redskins in 1984. He played 8 years in Washington, two in Arizona and one in Miami before retiring in 1995. 


2019 VRPS Annual Conference Sponsorship Brochure






See the Full Committee List Here

Thank You Conference Host


VRPS Student Information 

VRPS FULL-TIME Student members, through a generous grant from the Foundation of VRPS, may attend 2019 Annual Conference at no cost; students must:

  1. NOT be currently employed in the profession
  2. be an active VRPS student member *
  3. register on/before June 30, 2019.
  4. be aware that registrations on/after July 1, 2019 are subject to student rates.

* Students who are NOT VRPS members can put a $25 student membership in their shopping cart first and then add the 2019 VRPS Annual Conference student registration.  They will receive the student opportunity (no cost registration) at check-out.  Registration will be honored upon payment of student membership.

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