The Vermont Recreation and Parks Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and improvement of all recreation and park services within the state of Vermont. Our association is currently primarily funded through a combination of membership fees and revenues generated from the trainings, programs, and courses that we offer.

Our 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."

Our Members

Our members consist of over 400 Parks & Recreation professionals from around the state of Vermont. Our members come from municipalities, state parks, non-profits, as well as commercial & private businesses. Friend memberships are also offered for those not working in the field that still want to stay connected and support our mission.

To become a new member, join here!

The Value of the VRPA

Articulating the benefits of the parks and recreation profession to individuals, neighborhoods and communities can be a challenging task. The VRPA helps tell the untold stories and highlight the diverse benefits derived from parks and recreation in our communities.  We help build a strong network of professionals around the state, provide educational opportunities, and advocate for community needs which benefit every resident in the state of Vermont.

Parks & Recreation...

· Strengthens a communities image and sense of place

· Supports economic development

· Strengthens safety and security

· Promotes health and wellness

· Fosters human development

· Increases cultural unity

· Protects environmental resources

· Facilitates community problem solving

· Provides recreational experiences

VRPA Executive Committee

Ray Coffey

VRPA Executive Committee Chair

Community Services Director, City of Winooski

Drew Pollak-Bruce

VRPA Executive Committee Vice Chair

Principal, CRO Planning and Design

Nick Marinelli

VRPA Executive Committee Treasurer

Financial Advisor, Baystate Financial

Reuben Allen

VRPA Executive Committee Member At Large

Chief of Park Operations, Vermont State Parks

Felicia Fowler, CTRS

VRPA Executive Committee Member At Large

Program Manager, Vermont Adaptive

Yasamin Gordon

VRPA Executive Committee Member At Large

Shelburne Farms

Jess Lukas

VRPA Executive Committee Member At Large

Aquatics Director, Greater Burlington YMCA

Tom Pearl

VRPA Executive Committee Member At Large

Avid Pickleball player / Retired

(in blue above)

Jenna Tucker-Eugair

VRPA Executive Committee Member At Large

Recreation Director, Town of Milton

Executive Committee positions are appointed annually in the spring at the VRPA's annual meeting. Officers and at-large Executive Committee positions serve term lengths in the following manner unless such individuals resign from the Executive Committee.

  • Three years: Treasurer, At-large (2).
  • Two Years: Chair, At-large (2)
  • One year: Vice Chair, Secretary, At-large (1)

If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee please reach out to the the current President or VRPA Executive Director, Jessica Brodie

VRPA Executive Director

Jessica Brodie

VRPA Planning Committees

VT Conference on Recreation - Conference Committee


Silent Auction

Conference Committee 

(Positions open for 2024)

VT State Pickleball Tournament - Pickleball planning Committee

Pickleball planning Committee Chair

(Position open for 2024)

VT State Track Meet - Planning Commitee

Summerama Camp Staff Training - Planning Committee

VT Maintenance Workshop - Planning Committee

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