VRPA Mission

The mission of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association is to provide training and resources to help Vermonters to"Create Community through People, Parks and Programs."


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Welcome to the VRPA

Thank you for visiting the VRPA Website. The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and improvement of all recreation and park services within the State of Vermont.


77th Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation

Going Virtual for 2020!

September 23rd & 24th, 2020

Including pre-conference workshops Tuesday, Sept. 22nd!

Registration is  now open for Exhibitors! Click Here!

Registration for Attendees will open in July!

$77 fee for all VRPA member attendees & Exhibitors! 

More details to come!

ACA New England Camp Survey

Your input is needed!

ACA, New England has been working hard with the six New England states around the guidelines for camps to open this summer and getting the story of Camp 2020 out more generally. Throughout the summer, ACA New England will be continuing to work alongside the six state associations to get the story of Camp 2020 out and use that information to leverage awareness, support, and relief for New England camps impacted by COVID-19.

To tell the most accurate story and give the most convincing case, we want to hear from ALL CAMPS located in New England. To that end, we need a few minutes of your valuable time. Please complete this survey so you can help us to help you.

This survey is for ALL summer camps not just ACA camps, and we sincerely appreciate your help.

Summerama Camp Staff Training

FREE Online Resource Guide now available to all VRPA members! 

Thank you for everything you are all doing to provide summer opportunities to children!

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Please visit our COVID-19 Resource page for sample documents, links, and other useful information you may need. We will continue to add to this list as information is shared with us. 

For some family fun, here's a fun link to Family Bingo!

VRPA State Track & Field Meet

Cancelled for 2020.

Stay tuned for potential Virtual Challenges!

VRPA Annual Awards

Nominations Extended through July 2020

Nominations are now being accepted for VRPA's Annual Awards, as well for new Executive Committee members.

Annual Awards - Nominations are now being accepted and the awards will be presented at the VRPA Annual Meeting in May. The Award categories are as followed:

  • The Young Professional Award - to recognize professionals who have been working in the parks and recreation field in Vermont for a period of at least two years and no more than ten years. Nominees need to be VRPA members.
  • The Facility of Merit Award- to recognize an outstanding and/or creative renovation or development of a recreation facility or amenity. Nominees need to be VRPA members.
  • The Unsung Hero Award - to recognize a person or professional who has demonstrated consistent or outstanding service in their community. Nominations must be made by a VRPA member; nominees do not need to be a VRPA member.


Click Here

Summer 2020 Newsletter coming soon!

Vermont Conference on Recreation

Going virtual for 2020!

September 23rd & 24th, 2020

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

Stay tuned for more details!

Registration will be open by June for Exhibitors, and by July for Attendees!

Silent Auction Items are now being accepted!

2020 Discount
Ticket Sales

2020 Pricing details have been finalized! 


to download this year's Ticket Order Form for your department. 

Tickets will be handed out in May!

Click Here

to visit the Ticket page for more information

VRPA Annual Report

Click Here to view VRPA's 2019 Annual Report

State Of Recreation Survey Summary Results now available!

CLICK HERE to download the Summary Report.


Executive Committee

Melissa Cate, CPRP - mcate@burlingtonvt.gov - President (2020)
Ally Vile, CPRP - avile@essex.org - President-Elect (2020)
April Cioffi, CPRP - aprilc@rutlandrec.com - Secretary (2020)
Jenn Turmel, CPRP - jturmel@colchestervt.gov - Treasurer (2020)
Scott Hausler, CPRP -
 shausler@hartford-vt.org - Past-President (2020)
Matt Frazee - mfrazee@stowevt.gov - Member 
Brett Leonard, CPRP - bleonard@sburl.com - Member
Rob Peterson, CPRP - robert.peterson@vermont.gov - Member
Drew Pollak-Bruce - dbruce@segroup.com - Member

Jessica Brodie jessica@vrpa.org - Executive Director​

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