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This year New York State Recreation & Parks Society will “come together” as a collective unit with a common goal: to focus all of our resources at the annual NYSRPS conference in April 2023. We anticipate making our event strong, relevant, and valuable for our recreation and parks professionals across the State. Together we have made a decision to put a pause on the Downstate Conference that would typically be scheduled for the Fall of 2022.As we regroup and refocus, we encourage your full support and advocacy. We invite you to join us in Monticello, NY as we celebrate and “get by with a little help from our friends” this Spring.


Each year the New York State Recreation and Park Society presents a series of awards that have become a coveted honor for the people and organizations singled out for their contributions to parks and recreation.These awards are an excellent opportunity to recognize the contributions of the variety of people who make New York's parks, recreation and therapeutic recreation facilities work at their best. 

Questions? Please contact Awards Chair, Charry A. Lawson at (315) 469-3464 or email:

Help us finish our 2021-2022 Friends Foundation Fundraising campaign strong! Click on the link below to learn more about this valuable initiative and to make a donation.


The primary focus goals of “Friends” is to generate resources initiating educational scholarships and development opportunities for students pursuing careers in the leisure service field, to foster the advancement of research within the field of leisure services and afford the membership new opportunities for professional training and development.


Our winners, pictured left to right:  Madison Ross and Makenzie Pearce, both of SUNY Brockport.


For further information regarding the Friends or if you are interested in serving on the Friends Committee, please contact William Zimmerman or

Thank you for supporting the Friends Foundation! 


NYSRPS and GGLeagues Partner to Bring Esports Leagues to New York

The New York State Recreation & Park Society has joined forces with GGLeagues, an online esports gaming company, to bring esports education and competition to the state of New York.

For gamers, no matter if they are looking to improve their gameplay, meet other gamers, or compete in a state-wide New York Esports Championship, GGLeagues will be the place to go for New York gamers in 2022!

Through the GGLeagues platform, New York gamers - no matter what age -  will be able to:

  • Connect with like-minded gamers in their age group and find new teammates in the games they love

  • Gain access to a database of educational resources related to esports ranging from practice tips to information on collegiate and professional esport pathways!

  • Compete for awesome prizes in state-wide competitions in some of the most popular Esports titles such as Fortnite, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros, and more!

“GGLeagues is excited to be partnering with The New York State Recreation & Park Society to bring esports to communities across the state. We are looking forward to bringing this exciting new competition to life and bringing people together through the shared passion of gaming.” Says Erich Bao, CEO of GGLeagues.


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Spring 2022 Issue of The Voice now available online!
Click the cover image below to check it out! 

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