March 16, 2020
PRPS Statement, Response & Resources
Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak
PRPS is committed to helping our members and partners take necessary steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the parks and public spaces they manage, and make well-informed decisions on adaptive and emergency operations.
PRPS urges its members to frequently refer to and follow the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as guidance is continually updated as additional information becomes available. As of March 15, the CDC recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers of large events and mass gatherings cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 or more people throughout the United States.
Local park and recreation professionals fill a key role in community health and wellness opportunities every day. PRPS supports their leadership efforts and encourages them to work with their local health departments to review emergency response plans, practice routine environmental cleaning, and keeping their workplaces safe.
PRPS is adopting a flexible cancellation policy for scheduled in-person trainings through May, and will reassess as state and federal guidance evolves. The Annual Therapeutic Recreation Institute for April has been postponed to September 9-11. Search for other upcoming PRPS Workshops and Webinars.
PRPS has established a new Recreation and Parks COVID-19 Resources webpage to offer relevant and practical resources to help its members and partners best serve their constituents and communities.
Members may post specific questions and responses in the interactive forum of the PRPS companion Facebook page What's Up P+R?! and watch for other relevant news and updates on the PRPS Facebook page.
PRPS is following the CDC Employer Response Recommendations for its office and events, and eliminating non-essential travel through May.

Thank you for doing what you can to help mitigate the spread of this pandemic. Stay well!
Tim Herd, CPRE
PA Recreation and Park Society | 814-234-4272 |
2131 Sandy Drive
State College, PA 16803-2283