74th Annual Conference
October 11 & 12, 2017 Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

  "Charting Our Course"


Maureen McKinnon

Maureen learned to sail when she was 20. In the 90s, she fell 13 feet off a seawall and became paralyzed. In 2002 she was diagnosed with ALS. After her accident, she tried racing again but the J/24s she once sailed were too challenging and the Freedom 20s designed for individuals with disabilities were too tame. She gave up sailing for a while, until a chance meeting with Paralympic skipper Rick Doerr, who invited her aboard his triple-handed Sonar as crew. She made the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team in the SKUD-18 and has found success once again in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with new skipper, Ryan Porteous.  

To view a video of her accomplishments

Click Here 


    • Keynote on 1st day- Wednesday at 12:45pm
    • 3 Hour, 90 & 70 Minute Sessions on Wednesday
    • Hands-On Programming & Facilitated Roundtables on Wednesday
    • First Session on Thursday starts at 8:30am
    • Last Session on Thursday ends at 2:55pm
    • Exhibit Hall in Terrace Ballroom- bigger space
    • Meals in Morey Room- upstairs
    • Fireside Chat w/Brungardt Family & Award Winners


Are you a commercial exhibitor?  Do you offer programming? Does your business offer products for parks and recreation?  If so, registration is now open for exhibitor space at this year's conference.

For the Exhibitor Packet and Registration- Click Here
Be sure to register now!  
Exhibit Hall fills fast and was sold out the last two years.

Registered Exhibitors- as of June 12, 2017

  Burke Playgrounds  Challenger Sports
  Clivus New England  Franklin Paint
  Gametime Park & Playground/MRC  ME O'Brien & Sons
  MTE  MyRec.com
  MUSCO Sports Lighting  New England Recreation Group
  Northstar Fireworks
  Pioneer Athletics
  SE Group  Stageline
  Timberhomes Vermont  UltiPlay Parks & Playgrounds
  UVM Adventure Ropes Course  Vermont Systems
  Wicked Cool for Kids  Northern Lights Rock & Ice
  EcoPlay Playgrounds  USTA New England
  Vermont Display Inc.   RecDesk Software 
  Grassland Equipment   Northern Nurseries
  Local Motion 



    • Cost Recovery, Budgeting & Pricing in Action (3hrs)
    • Trail Building Possibilities- Field Project (3hrs)
    • RecTrac User Group (3hrs)
    • Hey Coach: Smooth Sailing Youth Sports Experiences (90min)
    • Bridging the Gap:Managing Multiple Generations in Recreation (90min)
    • Mentoring to Chart Your Course Through Transition (90min)
    • Blown Off Course by Concussion (90min)
    • Building a Road Map to Inclusive Recreation (70min)
    • Multi-Community Park Districts (70min)
    • Team Greenway: Industrial Past to Sustainable Future (70min)
    • MyRec.com User Group (70min)
    • Assessing Trails for Accessibility (70min)
    • Hands-On Programming: (70min)
      Pickleball, Let's Play Cooperative Games, Disc or Fling Golf
    • Facilitated Roundtables: (70min)
      New Approaches to Accessible Recreation, Small Town Rec,
      Front Line Customer Service, Dogs in Parks

Thursday: (3-70 minute sessions)

    • Special Events- The Do's, the Don'ts and the Maybe's
    • How the National Accreditation Standards Can Help You & Your Agency
    • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Why You've Charted this Course!
    • Discovering the Hidden Treasure in your Trail System
    • Creating & Ensuring a Relevant Park & Recreation Agency
    • Grant Writing 101
    • Leading "The Way"- Creating a Positive Culture in Your Department
    • Bike Smart: Bike Skills Games for Kids
    • Using Social Media to Boost Your Marketing
    • Select, Don't Hire!
    • Charting our Course: Transformational Leadership's Power
    • Parks & Recreation Master Planning
    • Park Rx


Conference Brochure and Registration will be out in early July.
Check back here for link to Conference Brochure.
Last year attendees will receive an email w/brochure & registration.
VRPA Members- Look for info in a July Weekly Check-In

Online Registration Coming!


The Conference Committee can use your help.  Get involved at the conference by volunteering for one of these roles:

        • Moderator- Moderate a session that you will be attending
        • Registration Table- Help out checking people in
        • Auction:

              Before- Help with making calls & collecting donations
              Day of- Help checking people out and collecting money

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