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.

CPSI Blended Course & Exam

Due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, NRPA has taken precautions around the best way to continue to offer the CPSI course and exam. To ensure the safety of CPSI participants, NRPA launched their CPSI Blended Course. This Course and exam entails: independent online learning courses, virtual learning sessions with the instructors, and taking your exam at a local testing center.

NYSRPS 12 Hr. Online Pre-Course / Virtual 4 hr. Course November 11, 2020 8am-noon - REGISTER NOW! See all details on CPSI Course page.

Deadline to register October 20th, 2020.

The 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) will take place October 27–29. NRPA Virtual will not only bring us all together as a park and recreation community, but will also serve as a platform for networking and exchanging ideas in new and imaginative ways.

We are taking the best of the in-person conference, including the education sessions, keynote speakers and exhibitors, and adding innovative and interactive formats to enhance the overall experience. Most importantly, we will be leveraging the unique opportunity the online format offers to foster collaboration and connection with park and recreation professionals around the country and potentially the world.


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.

The guidelines below apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen, essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open, and commercial and recreational activities that have been permitted to operate statewide with restrictions. If guidance has not yet been published for your specific industry, but you are permitted to reopen, please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan template.


No Travel Practice or Play Will Be Permitted Outside School's Region, Contiguous Regions or Counties Until October 19

Higher-Risk Sports May Practice, Not Permitted to Play at this time

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced lower / moderate-risk school-sponsored sports in all regions may begin to practice and play beginning September 21st. However, travel for practice or play will be prohibited outside of the school's region or contiguous regions or counties until October 19th. For the fall sports season, lower- and moderate-risk sports including tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, flag football, crew and swimming are permitted.

Please refer to the August 15th, 2020 NY State Department of Health's Sports and Recreation Guidance Summary outlining sports according to levels of risk. See further information posted in the Professionals Engage COVID-19 Resource Library.


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


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