New York State
In 1940 the New York State Recreation & Park Society was born in White Plains, NY when a small group of dedicated park and recreation professionals joined together to form a union of park protectors. United in purpose these representatives from areas across the northeast region understood the power of collective effort and the impact of working together as one voice. In 1960 this group formally incorporated and is what we now know as NYSRPS.
The New York State Recreation & Park Society (NYSRPS) is the principal organization advancing the value of parks, recreation, and leisure services through professional development of its members and citizen engagement.
PURPOSENYSRPS has served the leisure service industry for 80 years as an independent, nonprofit, public interest, professional membership
association dedicated to the following:
service movement, its professionals and leaders in voluntary, public,
private, and commercial agencies.
To create, nurture and sustain an inclusive culture, where differences are celebrated, thus driving the creation of innovative programs and services to meet the needs of our members, participants and employees.
To celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion of healthy people and healthy communities through a variety of programs and services.
NYSRPS will guarantee our success by uniting our members, while celebrating and encouraging our many differences among us.
We will strive to be the best stewards and spokesperson for our profession by ensuring we promote activities, initiatives and open spaces that unite and promote participation from those of all backgrounds and experiences. We will lead with an openness to change, when needed.
The Society is comprised of over 600 New York State Recreation and Park professionals spanning from Long Island to Niagara Falls, Lake Placid to New York City. Members have access to a wide range of programs and services to improve their skills as recreation providers. To best deliver upon the mission of NYSRPS, the Society is focused on key areas, our "Core Services".