Virginia Recreation & Park Society's Annual Conference provides access to a field of leaders and financial decision makers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Hampton Roads Convention Center
Saturday, October 21 - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

This 2-day course provides in-depth instruction in all facets of aquatic facility operation and management including:
  • filtration,
  • disinfection,
  • water testing and treatment,
  • design considerations,
  • facility management,
  • risk management,
  • facility troubleshooting,
  • and much more.
The AFO certification course is a training program specifically designed to meet the needs of those working in public, semi-public and municipal pool or waterpark facilities.  Upon successful completion of the AFO course and exam, participants will be certified by the National Recreation and Park Association. Attendance on both days earns 1.5 CEUs.   Certification is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

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Save money by registering for 2017 VRPS Annual Conference during the  regular registration period, which ends on  August 31, 2017 .

The Foundation of VRPS Solicits Your Auction Donations

Please consider donating items to the Foundation of VRPS Silent Auction that will take place during the 2017 Exhibit Hall.  Proceeds from the auction will assist in funding education and scholarships; the Foundation is very proud of the scholarship program that, to date, has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships and assisted dozens of students and professionals with their education.

Please contact DeRocke Croom with questions or if you are interested in assisting with the auction!


SponsorsSPONSOR Opportunities Available

Well-attended, well-received, and well-reviewed, Virginia Recreation & Park Society 's Annual Conference provides access to a field of leaders and financial decision makers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Your sponsorship is an easy and affordable way to promote your product, program, or services to a targeted professional audience while supporting the continued development of the field of Parks and Recreation. If the VRPS vision, mission and values are in alignment with yours, we encourage you to contact us to explore the possibilities of becoming a conference sponsor or exhibitor

  • Founded in 1953, a 501(c)(6) organization
  • Consists of over 1,000 members representing over 115 parks and recreation departments across the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Plays a leading role in state parks and recreation organizations in the nation
  • Exists to unite all professionals, students and businesses engaged in the field of parks, recreation and leisure services
  • Provides educational and networking opportunities for our members
  • Maintains a legislative presence on the local, state and national level to insure representation of parks, open space, and recreation services

Sponsorship Opportunities are detailed here.  Don't see what you're looking for?   Contact us to determine the the right fit for you and your company.
Complimentary student registration to the Annual Conference is made possible through a generous educational grant from Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society .

Student membership must be valid at time of conference registration and through month-end of the conference.

Students must be enrolled FULL-TIME in a college or university to qualify.

Student VRPS members must register BEFORE September 1, 2017.


Student registration includes all academic sessions plus the Monday Exhibit Hall luncheon only.

Hampton Roads Convention Center

Sunday, October 22, 2017:  4:30-6:30pm
Monday, October 23, 2017:  11-11:30am (Directors)
Monday, October 23, 2017:  11:30am-3:30pm (Delegates)
Why purchase your booth now?
  1. First come, first served:  have a greater likelihood of receiving your preferred booth choice.
  2. Hotlinked:  have your logo and organization hotlinked on the VRPS Preferred Vendor webpage between the time you purchase your booth through November, 2017.
  3. Get published:  have your organization included on the VRPS Preferred Vendor page of VRPS publications between the time you purchase your booth through November, 2017.  VRPS magazines and newsletters are published in February, May, June, August, October, and November and are distributed to all VRPS members.
  4. Save more money:  as a VRPS Commercial member, enjoy a 10% discount on advertising.
  5. Reach out:  as a VRPS member, take advantage of the online Membership Directory.
Also Available:

Registration Packet Stuffers
Tabletop Brochure Placement
Conference App Advertisements
Non-member VRPS Exhibit Hall pricing includes a one-year Commercial membership to VRPS.

Each Commercial Member will receive:
  • access to online Membership Directory, to include corporate logo, website URL, and Social links in Commercial Member listing
  • member agency department mailing list upon request
  • copies of Professional Magazine and President's Newsletter (3 per year of each publication)
  • 10% discount for advertising
  • membership certificate, free job bank and classifieds postings
  • full use of Members Only sections of
  • two individual Commercial Representative memberships for a total of 2 individuals representing the commercial organization
  • listing on VRPS "Preferred Vendors" webpage, to include hotlink to website
  • listing in Virginia Parks & Recreation magazine and VRPS Presidents Newsletter on full page representing preferred vendors - (6 publications/year - distributed electronically to entire VRPS membership.