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.

NYSRPS Kicks Off a Season of Giving!

Due to COVID-19, NYSRPS had to cancel our NYSRPS ‘Vision 2020’ Annual Conference in April and all subsequent educational programs. These events provide greatly needed funds to offer the programs and services the Society provides our park and recreation professionals. To offset our expected losses for the year NYSRPS has set up two great fundraising campaigns!  “Jumstart Rec” is a donation  campaign seeking straight monetary contributions to NYSRPS, so watch for your letters to arrive in the mailbox soon!

The next is a bit more challenging, at least physically! Grab your friends and family members and join the New York State Recreation and Park Society in this unique virtual challenge.  Not only will this get you out and moving but it will also help raise funds for the society!  For every person that joins our team NYSRPS will get $10 back, so let your family, friends and neighbors from all across the world know to join us in supporting NYSRPS.  You can walk/run/bike anywhere from 200-1000 miles from now until 12/24!  Don’t you want to see your name on the leader board?  In addition to feeling good about yourself you will also receive a ¾ zip pullover and finishers medal.

 Start your challenge today and sign up now!

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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Calendar of Upcoming Events

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:

This Month's Newsletter is Sponsored By Our Special Business Premier Partners!

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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