New York State Recreation and Park Society

The New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) headquartered in the beautiful Spa State Park is the leading professional membership organization dedicated to promoting quality recreation, parks opportunities, and engagement for all citizens of New York State through education and training for local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers.

Since 1940 NYSRPS has been serving leisure service professionals, providing a wide range of programs and services to work more effectively within the communities they serve. Keeping our park and recreation professionals engaged with the best practices to serve their communities is our top priority.


COVID-19 Update

See the latest COVID-19 information, helpful resources and updates shared weekly.  Information will move from this public platform to our 'Professionals Engage' Members Only section, so be sure to log into your member account to access.



New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces local governments can decide whether to reopen pools and playgrounds; (June 11, 2020. New York State Team)

Good news for families with young children itching to get back out onto the field — some youth sports will be allowed next month in regions of New York in Phase 3 of reopening. 

During his daily briefing on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said beginning July 6, some "low risk" youth sports can start back up within regions that have entered Phase 3.

Regions in Phase 3 currently include the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley and the North Country.

Western New York and the Capital Region are expected to go to Phase 3 on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Hudson Valley is on pace to hit Phase 3 on June 23.

The youth sports allowed in Phase 3 after July 6 are: 

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Gymnastics
  • Field Hockey
  • Crew
  • Cross Country


FOR FULLER DESCRIPTIONS AND AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES FOR LOW, MODERATE and HIGHER RISK SPORTS, SEE THE LATEST RELEASES OF NY FORWARD SUMMARY GUIDANCE FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION and NY FORWARD MASTER GUIDANCE FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION.

Updated June 19, 2020



NEW AQUATICS INFORMATION SHARED BY THE NY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

NY DOH Advisory Guidelines for Aquatic Operations

Staff Checklist for Aquatics

Letter to Patrons

Safety Steps Poster

Updated June 19, 2020


NYSRPS MEMBERS be sure to visit the Professionals Engage page to see the latest resources  to help guide your reopening efforts. Further aquatics information released by the Department of Health is now available.


NYSRPS Executive Board Approves 'Safe to Play!' Suggested Guidelines for Summer Programs.

To assist recreation providers with sets of operating procedures, NYSRPS compiled a set of guidelines based on CDC, ACA, NRPA, and others. Please see NY Forward for the latest releases by NY State to help guide your way reopening park amenities and programs. This guideline is a suggested set of protocols not to replace other federal, state or local mandates. This is a tool to use in addition to other resources when deciding when and how recreational activities open in your community.


OUR CAMP TESTED POSITIVE

What To Do, When...

Thank you Florida for sharing your experience when a COVID case is discovered.

We know COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and the world is slowly reopening with as best safety measures as possible to resume recreational activities while mitigating a surge of community spread of the virus. Being prepared for how you will respond should a confirmed case happen will be critical to your park's success in reopening efforts.

We have the benefit in New York to be on the later end of reopening. Thanks to experiences shared by other states, like Florida, our park professionals will be better equipped to respond when the unfortunate happens.

Remember, in life it is largely not what happens to us but rather how we respond to it is what matters most. Communicating what is to expect is key.



Florida shared their most recent Zoom call regarding staff and campers testing positive to COVID-19. Two impacted park departments give an accounting of lessons learned and how to best prepare.

LISTEN NOW!

Thank you Florida for sharing these resources to help our park departments prepare for opening. Terrific insight was shared by both park departments who experienced positive cases of COVID-19.

"LETTER TO STAFF" POSITIVE CASE IDENTIFIED

"LETTER TO PARENT" POSITIVE CASE IDENTIFIED

ST PETE CLEANING AND DISINFECTING GUIDE

SUMMER CAMP PARENT GUIDE (TAMPA)

SAMPLE WAIVER (TAMPA)


HELPING PROFESSIONALS & COMMUNITIES GET CONNECTED!

Departments may access the COMMUNITIES page to help their visitors 'get connected'.  Professionals and Commercial members have new ways to engage - see pages in 'Members Only'.

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It is OK to go outside, in fact you should. Get fresh air and enjoy nature! Stay safe doing so by following these basic guidelines:


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NYSRPS welcomes our newest BPPs, Graphic Image & Lothrop Associates LLP Architects.

Thank you your support of New York's finest recreation professionals.


 


 

 

 

 


     


 
 
   


  

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New York State Recreation & Park Society, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 200, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Telephone: 518-584-0321   pr@nysrps.org    www.nysrps.org

  

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