Virginia Recreation & Park Society 's Annual Conference provides access to a field of leaders and financial decision makers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  
2016 VRPS Annual Conference
Pre-Conference Institutes


Date: November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 (Non members: $15)


Date: November 5, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Shenandoah B
Cost: $49 (Non members: $54)
CEU: .2

Date: November 5, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 
Cost: $10 (Non members: $15)
CEU: .2

A look into the new technologies of lighting and irrigation systems. Learn the benefits and uses of these systems and how they can be used in Parks and Recreation. Provide insight into how these new technologies can help organizations be more efficient, budget conscious, good stewards of conservation, and provide excellent customer service. Presenters: Joe Forche - Musco Lighting Systems, Ted Kienast - Smith Turf and Irrigation, and Robert Spangler - AquaTurf Inc.

Date: November 5, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Shenandoah A
Cost: $10 (Non members: $15)
Mobile App
Check out the 2016 VRPS Conference App!
The 2016 VRPS Conference App is currently available for download in the Apple App Store or Google Play. If you have registered for the Conference, you should have received an invitation email from CrowdCompass on September 30th regarding app download. Otherwise, search "CrowdCompass" in your app store and download the app.  When prompted, please allow notifications to be sent to your phone via the app.  Then, open the app and search "VRPS". Choose the VRPS Annual Conference 2016, and you're ready to go!

App features include:
  • Schedule
  • Education Sessions
  • Socials
  • Speakers
  • Maps
  • Exhibit Hall & Expedition
  • Social Wall
You can follow up-to-date information and Conference updates during the conference on the Notifications page within the Activity Feed icon.
Education Sessions
The 2016 VRPS Annual Conference is one month away!  You do not want to miss this great opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills from Parks and Recreation professionals from around the country.

Here are some education sessions with experienced and well-known speakers in the Parks and Recreation field!
Creating Your Leadership Pipeline
Succession planning in parks and recreation field has been negated management tool, however the profession is facing a large segment of its leadership beginning to retire.  These retirements require departments and commissions to review their internal human capital so that they can be fully prepared.  This session will focus on succession planning at all levels of an organization and  how to implement planning through developing an understanding of your current and future tasks, competencies at all levels of an organization and ways to develop staff that are economically feasible in an agency. 
 
Speaker: Chris Nunes, CPRE, Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas
Date: November 6, 2016
Session Time: 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom A
CEU: .1
Creating a Better Mousetrap: Business and Operational Planning 
Business planning is an essential step in identifying all aspects of a facility, operations, and is usually a requirement in obtaining approval. Participants will gain knowledge of the key components of a business plan and will be given examples of what information belongs in their plan to sell their concept. A particular emphasis will be given to the formulation of plans for small to mid sized facilities.

Speaker: Chris Nunes, CPRE, Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas
Date: November 6, 2016
Time: 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Wilson
CEU: .1
Creating and Ensuring a Relevant Parks and Recreation Agency 
The challenges of today are multi-faceted and can range from social ills to business models. Do we attempt to solve them all or identify what problems our agency's effectively address? What is most important is to understand how to be relevant, thus making sports and recreation agencies a critical success factor to the success of a community. Along the way identification and development of critical advocates to ensure your success is needed. This session will address how to evaluate where you are, the identification of critical advocates and implement a plan for relevance. 

Speaker: Chris Nunes, CPRE, Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas
Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom D
CEU: .1
Parks and Recreation as a Player in the Health System
In an effort to position parks and recreation as an essential service, one need not look further than the benefits provided to the community in health and wellness, especially given the nation's growing obesity epidemic. This session will provide strategies to create a healthy community and to support funding parks and recreation programs and services as solutions to the rising cost of chronic disease. As well, keys to success including critical agency partnerships, data collection, and more will be shared.

Speaker: Janet Bartnik, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Liberty, Missouri
Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom C
CEU: .1
Understanding and Meeting the Recreation Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Population
Times are changing. People are living longer healthier lives, boomers are turning 65 years of age, and America is "greying". This population shift is creating both challenges and opportunities for adult and 50 plus parks and recreation programs. Programming to meet the unique needs, communication styles, leisure preferences and expectations of multi-generations is one of the greatest challenges to be faced. Activity professionals will need to be creative, flexible, and open to thinking "outside the box". They will also need to be able to successfully collaborate with other agencies, businesses, and organizations. In this interactive presentation, we will talk about current trends and their impact on programming for adult and 50 plus programs. We will also talk about generational differences, strategies for meeting the unique needs of each generation, and best practices. Tips for developing successful collaborations will be shared.

Speaker: Denise Scruggs, ADC, CDP, CADDCT, John P. Lopez, MPH, Michael Shandor, MPH
Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom B
CEU: .2
Building Consensus - Getting People on the Same Page
Reaching out to the public, especially on a controversial topic, may be the scariest thing you ever do. By its nature, it invites in confrontation and examination and the unknown. By reaching out and bringing together the interests of the public with those of staff and policy makers, serves to overcome those fears. Learn how to set appropriate parameters, who to include, timing and techniques for gathering input, and, of course, the importance of effective communication along the way.

Speaker: Chris Nunes, CPRE, Director of Parks and Recreation, The Woodlands Township, Texas
Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom D
CEU: .1
Balancing the Business Model with the Social Services Model
In a time where agencies are asked again and again to do more with less, some consider a portion of the cause for declining funding support to lie within our own profession. For too long we've created our own snowball effect of declining subsidies by establishing a solid business model for what should be considered social services that benefit the communities we serve. This session will offer a rationale for balancing the business model with the social service model and share examples of cities finding success in achieving public support from those who utilize services....and even those who don't!

Speaker: Janet Bartnik, Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Liberty, Missouri
Date: November 7, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom C
CEU: .1
Silent Auction
The donation deadline for the Silent Auction has been extended.  Please send any donation items along with the completed donation form to:

Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department 
ATTN: Dean Crane 
615 Patrick Henry Drive 
Blacksburg, VA 24060

If you have any questions, reach out to Silent Auction Coordinator, Dean Crane.