NRPA Innovation Lab: What Parks and Recreation Can Do About Equity

July 1, 2016, Department, by NRPA

Join NRPA and thought leaders from both inside and outside the field August 3-5 in Portland, Oregon, for an interactive event designed to help us better understand how park design, policy implementation and program development can influence the way communities are served. We’ll look closely at workforce diversity and see how Portland has actively engaged community members to create better outcomes. Click here for details.


CPSI Program

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program provides the most comprehensive training on playground safety standards and the credentials to inspect playgrounds for safety compliance. Click here for details.


29-31      Golden, Colorado 



6-8          Berkeley, California

7-9          Roanoke, Virginia

12-14       Farmington, New Mexico    

19-21       Griffin, Georgia

27-29       Hoffmand Estates, Illinois

27-29       Dublin, Ohio


11-13        Cerritos, California

12-14        Camillus, New York

19-21        Grand Rapids, Michigan

25-27         Phoenix, Arizona

26-28         Verona, New Jersey

31-Nov. 2 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin


AFO Program

The Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO) certification is a state-of-the-art certification for pool operators and aquatic facility managers. Click here for details. 


7-8          Sacramento, California

13-14      Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania

26-27      Seattle, Washington

27-28      San Jose, California



3-4         St. Louis, Missouri

9-10       New Orleans, Louisiana

14-16     Cheney, Washington

20-21     Lake Crystal, Minnesota

25-26     Anaheim, California


Schools and Conferences

NRPA Conferences and Schools are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. Register now for these upcoming events. All NRPA Schools are held at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, unless otherwise indicated. Click here for details.


NRPA Directors School: August 28-September 2, 2016

NRPA 2016 Annual Conference: October 5-8, 2016 - St. Louis, MO

Supervisors' Management School: November 6-10, 2016

Event Management School: January 15-20, 2017

Park & Recreation Management School: January 29 - February 3, 2017

Revenue Development & Management School: March 12-17, 2017