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! 

Registration for Attendees is now open!

$77 fee for all VRPA member attendees & Exhibitors! 

More details & Attendee Brochure here!

Register for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience

Join thousands of your fellow park and recreation professionals this October 27–29 for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual)!

NRPA Virtual will feature thought-provoking keynote speakers, more than 60 education sessions and 12 education tracks, an exploration-worthy virtual exhibit hall, and plenty of unique ways to network and connect with peers from across the country. You are guaranteed to leave NRPA Virtual feeling inspired! 

Learn More and Register

Artists & Performers

Please complete the below survey to let us know your thoughts about the Annual Performance Showcase currently scheduled for November 19th, 2020.


Thank you!

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 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.


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Fall 2020 Newsletter is here!

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!

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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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