Parks and recreation brings people together from all walks of life, just as New Orleans is a city known for embracing its cultural diversity. That’s why this city is the perfect location for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference.

The NRPA Annual Conference is about more than just sharing great ideas. It’s about seizing new opportunities and facing challenges head on. It’s about cultivating relationships with others who want to break out of the monotony. It’s about challenging yourself and your peers to replace the typical with the extraordinary. Will you accept the challenge?

Mark your calendar now for three days filled with energetic networking activities, inspirational education sessions and an inside look at the latest products for the field.

Sign up at the bottom of this page for updates on the schedule, hotel blocks, discounts and more.


Why Staying on Top of Parks and Rec Trends is Important (and How to Do It)

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Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Virginia Beach, shares how staying on top of park and recreation trends allows him and his department to best serve their community.

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NRPA Annual Conference: Special Events

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Make sure these events are on your schedule

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We’re Headed to the Big Easy

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Join us in New Orleans for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference

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New Orleans: Notable Local Places

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The Local Host Committee invites you to experience New Orleans, one of America's most culturally and historically rich and diverse destination.

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NRPA Live: Your Virtual Conference Experience

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NRPA Live brings you 11 streamed session that you can participate in just as if you were attending in person in New Orleans.

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New Orleans Overachievers: The 2017 Conference Program Committee

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Meet the members of the team who helped to recruit and select the best, most relevant education sessions for this year's conference

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Advice from an NRPA Annual Conference Newbie

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2016 conference newbie, Sheila Runnels, shares her advice for those attending the NRPA Annual Conference for the first time.

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2017 Education Highlights: The Golden Thread of Parks and Recreation

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For a better understanding of the Social Equity Pillar and your role, please take some time at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference to sit in on a few social equity-themed sessions.

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2017 NRPA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Highlights

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The 2017 NRPA Exhibit Hall is filled with exciting opportunities for all attendees. It is a must-see with the awesome exhibits, products and resources available from more than 400 exhibitors — plus lots of fun stuff, too!

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Creating a Vibrant Public Space on the Lafitte Greenway

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Parks Build Community project to add several amenities to the southeast portion of the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans.

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The Art and Science of Building Community Through Fun

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Alvin Galang, MPH explains how the NRPA Annual Conference helps him "Build Community Through Fun."

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Justifying Your Trip to the 2017 Annual Conference

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We want to see all of you in New Orleans this year, so we have put together some tips on how you can talk with your employer about the value of attending as well as some best practices when traveling to the conference.

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You Don't Know What You Don't Know

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A few highlights of some of the exciting new features and “back-by-popular-demand” standards you can expect in New Orleans for this year’s annual conference.

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Host of American Ninja Warrior to Keynote NRPA Annual Conference

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This September, Matt Iseman will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference, and he couldn’t be more excited to meet with park and recreation professionals in the Big Easy.

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Parks Build Community Is Headed to New Orleans!

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This year, NRPA is headed to New Orleans, and a portion of the Lafitte Greenway will undergo renovations to provide a public space where residents can gather and play.

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More Health and Wellness Sessions Offered at Conference This Year

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2017 NRPA Annual Conference attendees will have the opportunity to choose from more than 50 education sessions supporting our Health & Wellness Pillar.

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More Leadership-Themed Sessions at Conference

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This year's NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans will feature more leadership- and management-themed sessions.

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The 2017 NRPA Annual Conference Big Easy Preview

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Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.

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