Event Details


Virtual 5K Fun Run, Walk or RollVirtual 5K Medal

Sunday, October 25 – Saturday, October 31

Join us for the NRPA Virtual 5K! A virtual race is a race you can run, walk or roll at any location and at your own pace. Any point during the week, head to your favorite park or trail, walk in your neighborhood or around your home, race alone or in a group with family, friends or coworkers!

To sign up, please select the Virtual 5K during the conference registration process. If you have already registered for NRPA Virtual, you can go back and add on the 5K by logging in to the registration site. After registering online, you will be able to download your race bib and finisher’s certificate. You also will receive a special NRPA Virtual 5K race medal in the mail!


Coffee Talk Discussions

Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29 (See Schedule at a Glance for the daily schedule.)

The Coffee Talk discussions will provide attendees the opportunity to join "hot topic" chat sessions hosted by urban directors, network and committee leaders, members and NRPA subject matter experts.

Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29  (See Schedule at a Glance for the daily schedule.)

Live chat and connect with exhibitors from some of the top brands in the field. Explore cutting-edge playground equipment, technology solutions, athletic gear, aquatics products and more!


Opening General Session

Tuesday, October 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT

Glenn Harris, a veteran advocate for racial justice, will step up to the microphone during the 2020 Opening General Session. The president of the new Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines brings to the NRPA Virtual stage a vast historical knowledge about equity and experience working with many groups, big and small, to end institutionalized racism.

Harris serves as the president of the new Race Forward, the union of two leading racial justice nonprofit organizations — Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion, where he served as president starting in 2014. The new Race Forward builds on the work of both organizations toward advancing racial justice.

Virtual Best of the Best Ceremony

Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. EDT

At this virtual ceremony, we will recognize and celebrate the most inspirational people and programs by presenting the 2020 Innovation Awards and Spotlight Awards. The newly CAPRA-accredited and re-accredited park and recreation agencies, Young Professional Fellows, and Diversity and Student Scholarship recipients also will be recognized.