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.


The Following updates have been provided to us from agencies around the State of Vermont. This is not to be considered a complete list.

VRPA Events:

CPO Training Course (March 24-25) - Re-scheduled to June 9th & 10th

CPSI Training Course (April 7-9) - Re-scheduled to June 16-18th

Other Vermont Resources and updates:

Update the Google Doc below with updates from your community for others to see:


2019 VRPA-St. Johnsbury Academy State Track Meet
St. Johnsbury Academy
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Track Meet Packet          Commitment Form - due June 21

CPO Training Course

June 9th & 10th

Best Western/Windjammer

South Burlington, VT

The Certified Pool Operator® certification program is a nationally recognized course which teaches advanced techniques in safety, water chemistry, maintenance and management. This course is recognized as the standard in the industry. The CPO® seal of approval is assurance to pool and spa owners, from motels to Olympic-sized municipal and college pools, that their facilities and their swimmers are under the supervision of trained certified professionals. Those who complete the program and open-book and open-note examination receive certification and a registration number which is valid for five years in all 50 states.

CPSI Training Course

June 16-18

The Miller Center

Burlington, VT

We know that more than 200,000 children are treated annually for accidents on public playgrounds across the country. How does your equipment measure up? How many injuries occurred on your playgrounds?

Sponsored by the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere.

Advanced reading and twelve hours of training will prepare you to sit for the Certified Playground Safety Inspector exam scheduled at the culmination of the certification course.

Resource materials developed especially for this course are included in the course registration fee and will be mailed to participants.

For more information, visit our Courses page here. 


VRPA/NESTMA Maintenance Workshop

June 4, 2020

7:30 am - 2:30pm

Middlebury Parks & Recreation

Middlebury, VT

Vendor/Commercial Partner Registration is now open!

Come join VRPA & NESTMA members for our Annual Maintenance Workshop as a Vendor/Sponsor. Display and showcase your business and equipment to industry professionals from around the State of Vermont at this fantastic one day workshop.

Vendor Booth Registration Includes: One 12’x12’ vendor space (bring your own table, tent, and chair please), two lunches, an attendee contact list, large equipment display area and the option to attend the afternoon roundtable sessions.

Click Here to download the flier for more detailed information, pricing, and Sponsor Opportunities.

Summer Workshops

Save the dates

Maintenance Workshop - June 4th

Attendee Registration will open in March

Commercial Partner Registration now open! See above

Summerama Staff Training - June 7th

 Registration now open!

Click Here to Register Online


Click Here

to download your copy of Winter 2020 edition of The Advocate Newsletter today!

Vermont Conference on Recreation

September 23rd & 24th, 2020

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT

RFP's for Education Sessions are now being accepted for the 2020 Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation

Click Here for the Google Doc RFP

Click Here for RFP - Fillable PDF

VRPA Executive Committee Positions  

2020-22 Term Nominations now being accepted!

Interested in being a leader of your profession? Here is your chance to get involved. Every two years the VRPA membership elects the Executive Board to serve as leaders of our association. If you are interested in serving on VRPA's Executive Board you must submit the form below.

VRPA Ex. Committee Nomination Form 

State Of Recreation Survey Summary Results now available!

CLICK HERE to download the Summary Report.

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 at the Annual Meeting in May!

Click Here

to visit the Ticket page for more information

VRPA State Track & Field Meet

Saturday, July 18th, 2020

St. Johnsbury, VT

Click here

for more information!

Commitment Forms

are due by June 1st, 2020


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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