New York State
Recreation & Park Society

The Downstate Conference Committee is very pleased to announce we will be REUNITED in person on Tuesday, November 9th at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel Conference Center (formerly the DoubleTree Marriott) in Tarrytown, NY.

WRAPS is leading the charge this year, as Conference Program Chair, working collectively with NYSRPS, NYSTRA, HVLSA and METRO to offer a day of professional development, networking and camaraderie. This one-day educational event features top-notch speakers and a terrific exhibit hall featuring the latest products for parks and recreation. The Downstate Conference pulls in approximately 300 leisure service professionals, including students pursuing a career in municipal and therapeutic recreation.





Regular attendee: $85 (includes continental breakfast & lunch)

Students: $40 

Presenters: FREE! (up to 3 presenters per session) Please register if you plan attend sessions and  enjoy breakfast and lunch!

Special thanks to all our Downstate Conference presenters who submitted sessions for this year's in-person gathering! Following COVID-19 protocols, the annual conference will host a variety of sessions to meet your CPRP/CPRE and CTRS recertification needs. 

The following COVID-19 safety measures will be employed for your health and wellness:

Temperature Check

COVID-19 Waivers

Hand sanitizers placed throughout event

Masks on when not seated

3 ft social distancing

Exhibitors must wear masks all times at booth

Presenters more than 10 ft from audience do not need to wear masks

Thank you for complying so all can enjoy as safe an in-person experience as possible!

Jill Moore, Landscape Structures / Team USA 

Jessica Dickinson, CPRP, Town of Pawling Recreation Department


 8:00am - Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:45am - 10:55am - Sessions

11:00am - 11:45am - Exhibit Hall Exclusive

11:50am - 12:50pm - Sessions

12:50pm - 1:55pm - Exhibits, Lunch, & Raffles

2:00pm - 4:10pm - Sessions

*Subject to change

Enjoy sessions from our top-notch line up of presenters! Programs cover a wide variety of topics meeting your professional needs!

Just a sample of sessions~

Navigating New York State Civil Service Law 101

Character Education through Creative Recreation

The Power of Water

Conducting Research in Therapeutic Recreation: A Discussion of the Benefits and How to get Started

Pondering Pickle Ball? Let's "Dink" About It!

The full program is now available on Eventsential- this year's conference app of choice. Be sure to download on your mobile device.

To download Eventsential, visit your mobile device's app store. Search 'Eventsential'; download; then search "NYSRPS" to find specific Downstate event. Questions contact


*All programs subject to CEU review and approval.


Calling all commercial businesses! Do you have a product or service leisure service professionals need and want? Take the opportunity of the 27th Annual Downstate Conference to meet with decision makers from the Westchester / Metro region.

Consider securing a space in the ballroom for an exclusive exhibit hall time and then enjoy lunch with delegates soon thereafter. SPACE IS LIMITED TO ONLY 25 BOOTH SPACES and they expected to sell out.

Vendors Registered to Date:

Alternative Earthcare

American Red Cross


Camp Pennbrook


Club getaway


Funtime Amusements

Little Tikes Commercial Playgrounds

Miracle Recreation Equipment Company

Musco Sports Lighting



Playground Medic

Site Specialists, Ltd.

Skyhawks Sports Academy

Super Soccer Stars/Amazing Athletes

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum and Long Island

US Playground Surfacing

USTA Eastern


Young Equipment Solutions, Inc.

*Listing of commercial registrants as of 10/14/21.

For only $200 have access to hundreds of park, recreation and therapeutic recreation professionals!



455 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY  10591 914-631-5700

Rooms have been secured at a very special rate of $109 exclusive of taxes to guests wanting to come a day early and enjoy the hotel's amenities. DEADLINE FOR SPECIAL RATE IS OCTOBER 9th, 2021. Contact Julie Curi, Assistant Director of Sales @914-524-6436 to secure best possible rate after that date. Regular room rate is $146.

Included in your stay are:

  • Complimentary guest room internet

  • Complimentary parking

  • Complimentary fitness center to include indoor swimming pool

Simply reserve your Sleepy Hollow Hotel Conference Center hotel room and use the offer code "NYSRPS" as soon as you are prompted when logging in. Any questions, please contact Lisa Morahan, NYSRPS Executive Director.

Sponsored By:

New York State Recreation & Park Society  501 C3 Not-for-Profit Organization

19 Roosevelt Drive, Suite 200 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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