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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.


It is with a heavy heart  NYSRPS shares the news of Fran Tokar's passing on Thursday, February 25th. Fran served as the Executive Board President for NYSRPS (1977-1978) and was one of Central New York Recreation and Park Society's founding fathers. Without Fran and others like him having visions of growing the Parks & Recreation field in Central New York, park programs in Central New York would not be where they are today.

Visit NYSRPS's 'In Memoriam' page to read more about the impact Fran made in a letter shared by our Past President and CNY Member, Charry Lawson. Have the opportunity to donate to the Fran Tokar Scholarship in his honor.


2021-2022 NYSRPS Executive Board Approves Slate of Nominees

On February 11th, the NYSRPS Executive Board approved the slate of nominees for the 2021-2022 term. We are very pleased all positions have a candidate and two are contested. For the list of this years' nominees and information regarding the voting process please see the Executive Board Nominations page.


Please note that while CDC has recommend that camp workers be deemed as essential workers, each state governor ultimately decides which workers are deemed essential in their state. The language included on the CDC website details the clear intention of CDC to have camp staff included in the vaccination prioritization.

The following is provided by the American Camp Association:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) previously expanded the definition of "essential workers" to incorporate out-of-school time workers, including camp staff. To support that move, CDC recently made changes to their website that explicitly list camp staff in Phase 1b of their vaccination prioritization.

CDC’s Interim List of Categories of Essential Workers Mapped to Standardized Industry Codes and Titles states the following: 

Some subcategories within these NAICS [North American Industry Classification System] groupings industries are designated as essential critical infrastructure by CISA [US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] but are not contained within any of the large workforce categories explicitly included by ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices]:

  • 7212 RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps

Additional notes about specific industries:

aThis includes workers who are providing these services outside of a fixed workplace (e.g., street outreach workers).

bWorkers in other industries whose duties involve child day care (e.g., day camps, afterschool activities) may also be considered for 1b prioritization.

Updated March 2, 2021


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

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