Virginia Recreation & Park Society 's Annual Conference provides access to a field of leaders and financial decision makers throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
2017 VRPS Annual Conference
Only 2 More Days Until Conference
Things You Need To Know

It's almost time!  The 2017 VRPS Annual Conference is only 2 days away!  We've been hard at work planning for a great educational and fun conference.  There's so much to cover so keep reading for helpful tips and links!  Don't forget we'll have the Silent Auction, Foundation Campaigns and LTI Alumni Challenge, along with VRPS wear and vintage pins available for purchase.

Education & Schedule - View the schedule and session descriptions
Save Yourself Time - Pre-purchase CEUs, preconference institutes, or extra tickets
Conference Payment - Avoid lines at Registration
 - Great info on our Conference Hotel
Restaurant Guide - Great places to eat close to the Conference

First Things First
Check-In and Registration

Embassy Suites Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm.  Parking is free in the adjacent parking lot.  Once you've checked into your room, visit us at the Registration Check-In in the Main Lobby of the Hampton Roads Convention Center (HRCC).  Here you will receive your Conference Bag and Badge.  If you're a speaker, volunteer, or room host this is also the place to check in and pick up any additional items you may need.  This registration area and the conference app are your biggest friends during the conference.  If you've got questions, they've got answers!

If you have indicated special dietary needs during registration, your badge will indicate this and you must notify your server in order to be accommodated.  

Once you get your badge, be sure to wear it at all times to be admitted to functions. 
Get all the Conference Information from one place!

The Conference App is the best way to stay connected to all the great things happening.   Don't miss out on a single conference experience.  Once you're logged in, you can access all this and more:
  • Education sessions by day, complete with speaker information and handouts provided. Create your own custom schedule by added sessions to your calendar.
  • Up to date Exhibit Hall information, including where to find your favorite exhibitor.
  • Exhibit Hall Treasure Hunt - try to win a fabulous prize!
  • Socials & Food - from Glow Bowling to the 
    • Exhibit Hall to the Awards Banquet, we have all the info
    • Share your photos right on the app!
    • NEW - individual session evaluations are right in the app! 


Giving Back - Project Puerto Rico
Help us make a difference 
We're collecting items to help a local school assemble personal care kits to help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A box will be set up by the Registration area for you to donate items.  

Suggested items include
Dental Hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss)
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Soap
Lotion, Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap
Wash Cloth, Towel, Tissues, Toilet Paper
Cotton Balls, Q-Tips
We will have continuous shuttles from the Main Entrance of HRCC to every social location.  Please socialize responsibly and use these courtesy rides!

Saturday Night Party on the Farm!

Kick off the first night of the conference with fall festivities at Bluebird Gap Farm.  Enjoy socializing with fellow VRPS'ers with favorites like a pumpkin patch, punkin' chunkin', and a variety of giant outdoor games like Yard Twister, Corn Hole and more!  The sounds of DJ Bubbles and adult-friendly games, with no shortage of tasty BBQ, will help fuel your party spirit!  Cash bar with beer and wine will be available.  Remember to bring your ID and Conference Badge.
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Cosmic Glow Bowling!

Help light up the night for Cosmic Bowling at Spare Times by wearing your neon and glowing lights.  Gather up your team to compete and demonstrate your bowling skills.  Don't forget to design your team shirts early (or bring a white shirt for designing that night!).  Prizes will be given to those with the most "glowing" personalities, most stylish team decor, and highest team bowling scores.  Don't want to bowl?  Pool tables, TV with Sunday Night Football and other games will be available.  Pizza is provided, and a cash bar is available.  Remember to bring your ID and Conference Badge.
Date: Sunday, October 22
Time: 8:00 - 11:00 pm

Grand Finale at Bar Louie

The final night brings a more relaxed atmosphere as we've reserved the entire venue for VRPS!  All About the Sound Entertainment will provide karaoke, so don't miss this opportunity to sing your heart out!  Bar Louie will also be showing Monday Night Football.  Happy Hour food specials will be available and a cash bar awaits with some specialty VRPS inspired drinks.  Remember to bring your ID and Conference Badge. 
Date: Monday, October 23
Time: 9:30 pm - midnight

Once you get your badge, be sure to wear it at all times to be admitted to functions. 
Thank You
2017 Annual Conference Sponsors