September 23rd & 24th, 2020
Virtual for 2020!
(Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT)
2020 CONFERENCE BROCHURE
"As you are aware, many states and national conferences for 2020 have been shifting to Virtual options due to an array of circumstances preventing many from being able to gather in person this year. Though Vermont has been impacted less by the virus, we have felt many economic impacts from the pandemic. Many departments have seen drastic budget cuts & reduction of staff, all while performing other essential functions such as childcare, food delivery, and keeping parks open. Due to these challenges and budget reductions, our Conference and Executive Committees have made the decision to also shift our 2020 Conference to a Virtual platform this year." .... Read the rest of the letter here.
"We are all truly in this together, and we hope that you will see the value in joining us again this year, even though the format and in-person connection will be different."
Michael Kirschman became director of the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department in March of 2018. He oversees the 56-year-old department's 293 city park sites, more than 7,000 acres of parks and natural areas, seven recreation centers, a municipal marina and an athletic complex. He also supervises 471 full-time and 897 part-time employees and handles a budget of almost $60 million.
A 1992 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., with a degree in environmental science, Kirschman didn't settle on a major until his junior year. He also has a master's degree in environment and community from Antioch University in Seattle, Wash.
"I liked all the sciences and what I call the 'ologies'," he said. "I really got into the park and recreation profession through the whole nature side of things … nature programming, nature-based recreation, which is a different track for a lot of park and recreation directors."
Before coming to Virginia Beach, Kirschman worked for the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in Charlotte, N.C., for 12 years, the last six as deputy director. He also held positions in the Geneva (Ill.) Park District; the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centerville-Washington Park District in Ohio.
Adriane Martin, Chair
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