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#Message From the Co-Chairs
Please take a moment to accept our invitation to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of
the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) at the 68th Annual PRPS
State Conference to be held March 22-25, 2015. Due to the special occasion,
we will be holding the conference at a new and exciting location in downtown
Lancaster at the Marriott and Convention Center at Penn Square. We look forward
to seeing you “BreakingTraditions” with us as we roll out fresh, enhanced, and
exciting conference ideas. Our conference committee has an amazing and creative
sense that will make this conference a HUGE success through their countless
hours of preparation.
#Throwback Photo #Together Again
As you travel to the conference, picturesque Lancaster County will have you
appreciating the simpler life, with its rolling hills, farmsteads and roadside markets but once you reach our new conference
location, The Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, in the heart of downtown Lancaster, you will see a different side of the city with
a refined urban center presenting over 90 art galleries, fine dining, shopping, and historic landmarks.
Technology and social media are used more today than ever before and the PRPS Conference Committee has embraced them with
the use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with a NEW conference app for your smartphone. Don’t forget to “LIKE” the
PRPS Conference Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @PRPSConference and Instagram at PRPSCONFERENCE as we will be
using social media to its fullest! The NEW Crowd Compass mobile app which you will be able to download to your smartphone
will allow you to connect with other attendees, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors along with having the program schedule at your
With all this new technology we cannot forget where we came from and who paved the way for us all. 2015 marks the 80th
anniversary of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society (PRPS). At the conference you will be able to reminisce with
colleagues about past conferences with an array of photos from “80 years of PRPS”.
Without our conference sponsors, exhibit hall vendors, program speakers, and conference committee our annual conference would
not happen. We want to thank you all who contributed in some way to make this conference an exciting, motivating one for the
We cannot wait for you to join us as we start #BREAKINGTRADITIONS in 2015!
Mark & Karen
Mark Palerino & Karen Hegedus
Conference Co-Chairs
#Throwback Photo #80 Years of PRPS
PA Recreation & Parks (ISSN 0742-793X) is published quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) including a directory and special conference issue by the PA Recreation
& Park Society, Inc., 2131 Sandy Drive, State College, PA 16803-2283 (814 234-4272). The subscription rate is $10.00 per year and is included in the membership dues.
Periodical postage paid at State College, PA, and at additional mailing offices.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, Inc., 2131 Sandy Drive, State College, PA 16803-2283.
PRPS is an educational, non-profit organization established in 1935 and is an affiliate of the National Recreation & Park Association. Opinions expressed in signed articles
are those of the writers and not necessarily those of PRPS. Issue: First Quarter 2015.
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society
2015 Conference Registration Guide
#Conference At A Glance
Sunday, March 22
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Conference Registration
9:00 am- 3:30 pm
Pool Management Re-certification
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Citizen’s Symposium 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Vendor Set-Up
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
PRPS Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Educational Sessions
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Off-Site Tour: Spooky Nook Sports Complex
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
9:00 pm – 12:00 am Exhibit Hall Experience Open
Educational Sessions
Conference Mentor Meet & Greet
Opening Keynote: Christopher Ridenhour
Welcome Dinner (Exhibit Hall)
Social Event: Downtown Pub Crawl
Social Event: Country Western Night
Early Morning Workout
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Conference Registration
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Educational Sessions
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Session Break
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Off-Site Tour: Greener Days-Healthier Ways
Educational Sessions
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Experience Open
8:30 pm – 12:00 am Society Luncheon & Meeting (Exhibit Hall)
Educational Sessions
Refreshment Break
Educational Sessions
Exhibit Hall Experience & D1 Poker
Dinner & Vendor Awards (Exhibit Hall) Social Event: Toga Party
Monday, March 23
7:00 am - 7:45 am
7:30 am - 9:00 am
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:15 am 10:15 am - 10:30 am 10:30 am - 4:45 pm
10:30 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, March 24
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Conference Registration
8:30 am - 2:00 pm Park Maintenance Workshop
8:30 am - 11:00 am Exhibit Hall Experience Open
8:30 am - 9:45 am
Walking Tour: Downtown Lancaster 10:00 am - 11:15 am Educational Sessions
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Free Time – Downtown Lancaster
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Past Presidents’ Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Bike Tour & Lunch
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Wednesday, March 25
8:00 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast (Ballroom)
Closing Keynote: Matt Jones
#Program Track Legend (PT)
ProD - Professional Development
PR - Park Resources
T&F - Trails & Facilities
UR - Urban Recreation
I&A - Inclusion & Accessibility
AQ - Aquatics
Pgm - Programming
SM&M - Social Media & Marketing
C&F - Citizens & Friends
Student Luncheon
Educational Sessions
Refreshment Break
Educational Sessions
PRPS Awards Reception
Dinner & Awards Banquet
Social Event: Tailgate Sports Night
What You Should Do Now
1.Please spend a few minutes with this guide to become
familiar with the sessions and events offered in 2015
2. Register online at or mail in form
3. Questions? Please call PRPS at 814-234-4272 or send us
an email at [email protected]
4. Make your overnight reservation by contacting
Lancaster Marriott at 1-888-850-6146 or online at
#PRPS Annual Conference
Why Should You Attend?
• Over 70 educational sessions in these tracks:
Professional Development
Urban Recreation
Park Resources
Trail and Facilities
Social Media & Marketing
Off-site Tours
Citizens and Friends
Inclusion and Accessibility
• Over 100 vendors of products and services in the
Exhibit Hall
Message From Co-chairs3
Conference At a Glance
Speaker Highlights
Off-Site Tours
One Day Workshops
Education Programs
• Opportunities to network with over 400 park and recreation
Sunday Sessions
Monday Sessions
Tuesday Sessions
• Earn CEUs
Conference Information22
• Opportunities to gain new ideas, information, and contacts
that will help you in your career
Lodging Information24
Registration & Session Form
#Conference Mentoring Program
The PRPS Conference Mentoring Program matches new Park and Recreation professionals, first-time conference
attendees, and students with experienced Park and Recreation professionals. Mentors will help their partners maximize
opportunities available at the conference by helping them establish networks of geographic and professional interests,
offering advice on ways to benefit from conference attendance, and making them aware of the benefits of PRPS
membership throughout the year. There will be opportunities for mentors and students or first-time attendees to get
together during the conference and to meet on their own.
Check off the appropriate box on the Conference Registration Form to participate in the Conference Mentoring Program if:
• You are a first-time PRPS Annual Conference attendee.
• You are a student interested in meeting with and learning from experienced Park and Recreation professionals.
• You are an experienced member of PRPS who would like to be a mentor and help new members maximize the benefits
of attending the Annual Conference.
For more information about the conference mentoring program, contact Ken Lehr at 610-696-5266 or via email at
[email protected]
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society
2015 Conference Registration Guide
#Speaker Highlights
Sunday Opening Keynote Speaker:
Christopher Ridenhour
As Director of the Employee Engagement and Customer Service Training for a Philadelphia, PA based CCRC
Management Company, Christopher develops and delivers high impact staff education focused on Heroic
Communication and Listening, Powerful Caring and Compassion, Aspects of Inspired Leadership, Total Team
Commitment, and World Class Supervision among other critical employee competencies.
Christopher’s audiences thrill to a mix of theatrics, storytelling and unconventional activities based on researched,
expert-approved business theories and practices. He has presented nationally to appreciative and energized conference
audiences as well as scores of facilities and corporations.
Monday Society Luncheon Speaker:
Ellen Ferretti
Ellen Ferretti was confirmed as the fifth secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Dec.
10, 2013. Prior to her appointment as secretary, she served as deputy for parks and forestry since June 2011. In this
role, she was responsible for managing and directing the operations of the bureaus of state parks; forestry; and facility,
design and construction.
Among her priorities for DCNR is caring for our public lands, focusing on improvements for aging facilities, wellmanaged forests and high management standards for our award-winning state parks; promoting opportunities for
children and young people to connect to nature through parks and forests and creating partnerships to promote healthy
and active communities.
Wednesday Closing Keynote Speaker:
Matt Jones
“Parks and Recreation is a Marathon – Developing Your Marathon Mentality” this shows professionals how to achieve
VICTORY by developing their “marathon mentality “and crossing the finish line! Gain inspiration, motivation and
skills designed to boost your career to new heights! Being involved in Parks and Recreation, like a marathon, is an
endurance event. In order to achieve VICTORY and cross the finish the line you must stay energized, push through
the wall of adversity and persevere until the end. Through Matt Jones’ experiences of overcoming major adversity
and insurmountable odds, you will be inspired and learn strategies to achieve greater VICTORY by developing your
“Marathon Mentality” and cross your Finish Line! Parks and Recreational Professionals will discover the number one
factor to staying motivated, how to overcome the biggest challenge they will ever face and how to keep/regain their
passion for Parks and Recreation!
Keep up to date with all the exciting things going on with the 2015 PRPS Conference.
Follow PRPS Conference on our Facebook page: “ Annual Conference”
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#Off-Site Tours
Sunday, March 22 Spooky Nook Sports Complex #amazingrecfacility
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour Fee: $8.00
Spooky Nook Sports is the largest indoor sports complex in the US providing regulation courts
and playing fields for more than a dozen sports under one roof. In addition to the 700,000 square
foot indoor facility, The Nook offers 50 acres of outdoor fields, making it a premier destination
for clubs, tournaments and competitions. It also features extensive recreation facilities including
a climbing center, fitness center, food court and arcade as well as event and meeting spaces. From
individual fitness training to birthday parties to national sporting events, The Nook delivers an
unparalleled experience for all athletes and guests.
Monday, March 23 Greener Days - Healthier Ways: A Tour of Lancaster City’s Parks and Recreation System #insidelook
10:30 am – 4:45 pm (.6 CEUs)
Tour Fee: $10.00
Join the Lancaster Recreation Commission and the Lancaster Public Works Department staff for an in-depth look at how our City delivers
cost-effective public parks and recreation services with a green and healthy twist. The tour will showcase our most popular park spots,
unique facilities, public art, and successful programs and partnerships. At all stops we will tour facilities and discuss operational challenges
and successes. Destinations include Beau’s Dream Dog Park, Rodney Park Senior Center, Long’s Park, Brandon Park, Reservoir Park,
Washington Elementary School, Conestoga Pines Park and the Lancaster Recreation Center. Programs include the Jr. Playground Leader and
Jr. Sports Official Development programs, Before and After School Care, Youth Athletic Scholarship Fund and funding and implementing
major park improvements through green infrastructure planning. Partnerships include The Common Wheel community bike shop, Lancaster
County Conservancy environmental education programs, and School District Pre-K Counts program.
Tuesday, March 24 Historic Lancaster City Guided Walking Tour #historybuffs
8:30 am – 9:45 am Tour Fee: $6.00
Did you know that Lancaster was once the capital of the U.S.? Discover all the history and
beauty of this wonderful city guided by a costumed interpreter. This presentation will familiarize
you with the rich history of this central Pennsylvania town from early settlers through being the
largest non-coastal colonial villagesto its role in the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. Wear
comfortable shoes for walking.
Tuesday, March 24 Bike Tour & Lunch #ontheroadagain
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Tour Fee: $5.00
Richard Conner, Vice President of the Lancaster Bicycle Club, will lead this ride showcasing
Lancaster County Trails, from the Convention Center through Lancaster City to the paved
Conestoga Greenway Trail. Participants will enjoy the ride along the Conestoga River, then travel
back to the City for lunch at a local restaurant. Bring your own bike or use one from the Common
Wheel Community Bike Shop (20 bikes available). Thanks to generous support from DCNR bike
rentals and lunch will be provided.
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#PRPS Annual Conference
#Conference Committee Members 2015
Conference Co-Chairs:
Mark Palerino
Karen Hegedus
Cheri Matter, Co-Chair
Christine Kaufman, Co-Chair
Educational Programs:
Becky Richards, Chair
Dave Hutner
Andrea Crouse
Kathi Muller
Kim Batty
Tammy Agesen
Carrie Chiusano
Derek Dureka
John Conlow
Exhibit Hall:
Ryan McCleaster, Co-Chair
Kate King, Co-Chair
Kristal Kennedy
Audra Landers
Chris Biswick
Michele Harmel
Local Arrangements:
Tony Schievert, Chair
Doug Wendell
Chuck Stover
Brian Foster, Chair
Karen Hammond
Audrey Logar, Chair
Colleen Dominick
Mary Arrigo
Kim Thompson
Tonya Brown
Room Host:
Jessica Cirilo, Chair
Teri Hettinger, Co-Chair
Joe Seltzer, Co-Chair
Ashley O’Neill
#2015 Conference Sponsors
as of 11/3/14
Platinum Sponsor:
George Ely Associates, Inc.
Gold Sponsors:
Delaware Valley Insurance Trust
PRPS District III
Silver Star Sponsors:
Landscape Structures
Turkey Hill Minit Markets
Silver Sponsors:
84 Lumber Company
Dutch Wonderland
Boyce Associates
General Recreation, Inc.
E.L.F. Entertainment
Phantom Entertainment
Friends of PRPS:
Westmoreland County Recreation Alliance
YSM Landscape Architects
THANK YOU to all our sponsors for their continued
support of PRPS!
2015 PRPS Conference APP
We are excited to introduce the 2015
PRPS Conference Phone App for use
at this year’s conference! Once
downloaded, this app will allow
attendees to follow the full schedule
of the conference from their device.
The app will have educational
sessions’ content, times and locations
along with speaker bio’s and external
links. Sponsors and exhibit hall
vendors will be highlighted. Dining menus, social themes, offsite tours and links to social media channels will be available
through the app. This new feature to the PRPS Annual
Conference is the latest in interactive smart device technology.
Tentative available download date: December 31, 2014.
#One Day Workshops
Sunday, March 22
Swimming Pool Re-Certification Workshop
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fee: $105 PRPS member/ $140 Non-member
This re-certification workshop is for individuals who are currently certified and who apply
pesticides to any public or commercial swimming pool. This class will focus on the core
information, including introductions to pesticides, federal and state laws, pesticide safety,
toxicity, health issues and emergencies, along with pesticide formulations, label content and
environmental effects.
The content of this class will also cover information specific to swimming pools, category 24,
such as pool calculations, water balance and testing, sanitation/oxidation, filtration, pool and
hot tub safety and pool water contaminates. 6 core and 4 category 24 credits. Lunch is on your own. To register or for more information visit
the PRPS website .
Sunday, March 22
Citizens & Friends Day Workshop #parksandrecreationadvocates
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Fee: $35 workshop only
$60 workshopwith Conference Keynote Speaker & Dinner PRPS and DCNR are providing a one-day workshop specifically for citizen advisory board members who serve on Pennsylvania’s local
recreation and parks boards, non-profit organization boards, local officials and friends and advocates of recreation and parks. This workshop
includes the following:
Keynote Presentation: Leon Younger “The Future of Our Industry”
Educational Sessions: Topic – How is my Board supposed to work?
Presenter: Bob Good, Vice President, Recreation Planning of Pashek Associates
Topic - Building, Strengthening, and Growing your Community through Volunteerism
Presenter: Robin B. Agerton, Volunteer Coordinator, Citizens for Mechanicsburg
Topic – “Tilting at Silos/Working with Elected Officials”
Presenter: Ronald J. Woodhead, CPRP, CPSI, Director, Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Closing Session: Leon Younger “How to Really Build Advocacy”
Exhibit Hall Experience Time
For more detailed outline of the sessions or to register visit the PRPS website .
Tuesday, March 24
Park Resource & Maintenance Workshop
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Fee: $30 #fieldsandmaintenance
Join us for product demonstrations and service workshops that will be conducted by some
of the leading vendors and speakers in the parks and recreation industry. You will have the
opportunity to view products up close while an experienced professional shows you the insand-outs of how they work.
There will be an off-site tour of Lancaster County’s 544 acre Central Park which is the county’s
largest park in its system. It is celebrated for its year-round maintenance excellence and balance of
active, passive and learning-based recreation. Information will be shared about the swimming pool,
skate park, community garden plots, tree nursery, warm season grass meadows, trails and other
A boxed lunch is included in the fee. To register or for more information visit the PRPS website
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#Educational Sessions
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Pinterest 101 (.1 CEU)
Lauren Hannaford, Graduate Assistant for Campus Recreation,
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Pinterest can be a valuable tool—if you don’t get lost in it! You will
learn the ins and outs of all things Pinterest, including how to set up
an account, how to pin and create boards, and tips that will allow
you to more effectively search for ideas, thereby saving time, energy,
and your eyesight! It will also be demonstrated how Pinterest can be
used for marketing purposes by developing your own Pinterest board
for your camps/programs. Learn how to showcase your agency by
Harnessing the Power of Pinterest!
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Taking Advantage of American Red Cross Programs
(.1 CEU)
Gwen McNamara, Territory Aquatics Specialist, American Red Cross
Come learn how recent updates/changes within the American Red
Cross’s courses and administration can help enhance participation
and ease managerial administration. You will get an overview of
newly released Aquatics programs as well as programs including
Babysitter’s training and CPR/AED/First Aid. Learn resources that
can help enhance your programs and increase patron involvement and
satisfaction. Question and answer session following the presentation.
PT: AQ, Pgm, SM&M
PT: Pgm, SM&M
Neighborhood Recreation Facilities: Staff Positively
Impacting Community (.1 CEU)
Making Eagle Scout Projects Work for You! (.1 CEU)
Lori A. Hoffner, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, Supporting
CommUnity, Inc.
Karl Lukens, Director of Parks & Recreation, Lower Providence
Learn how a little pre-planning and organizing can pay big rewards.
Eagle Scout candidates need a small amount of your time and
guidance to create projects of value, and you do not need to spend out
of your budget to implement their projects.
Recent studies show that young people have too few activities
and/or opportunities that allow interaction with positive role models.
Recreation centers can be the catalyst to #BreakingTraditions and
providing the community with those role models. Learn how to
implement best practices while addressing those expectations in a
way that will shine a positive light on your organization.
PT: ProD, PR, C&F
PT: All
Making Transit a Partner with Trails and Parks
(.1 CEU)
I Have Disabilities - Please Help Me Recreate!
(.1 CEU)
Robert P. Thomas, AIA, Partner, Campbell Thomas & Co. Architects &
This session teaches park and trail staff how to overcome lack of
access to many of our parks and trails in both urban and rural areas
for individuals and families without access to a motor vehicle or who
prefer not to use one. The session will provide specific examples
of how to educate people to innovatively find and use what public
transportation exists, and will show park and trail staff how to work
with transportation agencies to provide “park and trail friendly”
services that can benefit themselves and the public.
Karen Hammond, Recreation Supervisor, Masonic Village at
We have heard all about Accessibility and Inclusion from the legal
point of view. Now it is time to #BreaktheTradition, experience and
discuss why we need to accommodate in the eyes of the affected. We
will identify many different afflictions that you may not recognize,
experience what challenges those afflictions may bring, discuss
resources at your fingertips, learn how to “Junk the Jargon”, and
explore new and creative techniques to include the able-bodied in
your accessible programming.
PT: PR, T&F, UR, I&A
PT: All
Choose Your Outdoor Adventure: “” in
your Parks (.1 CEU)
Interpreting Your Park (.1 CEU)
Ronnie Loeb, Geocacher/Berks County Parks Volunteer; Kevin
Richards, Geocacher/Berks Explorers Seeking Tupperware
Bring your smartphone or GPS-enabled device to learn how this
program app can be your personal Park Tour Guide. “Wherigo” can
be a walking tour of your parks and facilities, a family scavenger
hunt, or a real-world adventure game played outdoors. Not quite
geocaching, Wherigo is a location-finding game that may or may not
have a physical cache at the end. Wear sneakers and bring a jacket,
for our own outdoor adventure in downtown Lancaster. Participants
will receive instructions to download the free game and
demo Lancaster adventure before the Conference.
Jon Kovach, Marketing and Art Director, Pannier Graphics
Pannier has been a primary contract holder for plan design-builds
for National Park Service for over four years and is excited to share
our knowledge and experience. Attendees will learn interpreting a
site from start to finish: understanding their site and audience, theme
development, planning design and budget and different signage types
and fabrication options.
PT: C&F, UR, Pgm
#Educational Sessions
Rec Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow (.1 CEU)
Bill Salvatore, Recreation Leader 2, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
What is recreational leadership? How can we find, nurture and
develop leaders from the community? How can we better engage
youth to develop as leaders not just now, but as they get older and
become contributing members to society? This interactive session
will not only give you tools and tips to cultivate leaders, but will also
give you the opportunity to share some strategies that work for you.
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Opening Keynote (.1 CEU)
Christopher Ridenhour
PT: ProD, C&F, UR, Pgm
Pump Parks are Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon
(.1 CEU)
Sara Pandl, Director of Planning, Lower Macungie Township; Dave
King, Principle, DirtSculpt, LLC; Ken Earnest, Recreation & Park
Advisor, DCNR; Christian T. Birch, Director of Plannig and Design, Dirt
Sculpt, LLC.
#Throwback Photo #80 Years of PRPS
Looking for a unique, innovative and low cost facility that will
attract parks users? Then consider a pump park. A pump park is a
progressive loop where riders use rollers and berms to propel through
the loop without having to pedal. They are safe, fun and promote
fitness for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Hear from experts who
plan, design and build pump tracks and how building a pump track
will have people flocking to your park.
PT: PR, T&F, C&F, UR, Pgm
Kids of all abilities will experience the
thrill of flying with ZipKrooz™! Unlike other
playground zip lines, ZipKrooz has built-in
elevation and offers a smooth, two-way
ride for nonstop safe zooming fun. Even
more, ZipKrooz provides an inclusive play
experience with its multiple configurations
and standard or assisted seat options.
Kids are lining up for ZipKrooz! Learn
more at, or contact your local
playground consultant.
©2014 Landscape Structures Inc.
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#Educational Sessions
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Early Morning Workout!
Kristen Dowell, Owner, Program Fit, Inc.
We all know that regular exercise is crucial to better production at
work and in life...and there is no exception when you’re traveling and
staying in hotels! During this session, Kristen will lead you through a
series of aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercises that will leave you
feeling refreshed and energized for the day ahead. These workouts
require no equipment, so you’ll be able to do them at home or when
you’re on the road again. No coordination is required and two left feet
are welcomed.
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Pumptracks: Youth Development, Workforce
Development and Fun! (.1 CEU)
Ed Fagan, Director of Strategic Engagement, Philadelphia Parks &
Learn how the creation of a bicycle pumptrack provides creative opportunity
to advance organizational youth development goals, create meaningful
workforce development experiences and rally diverse communities around a
common goal of providing a safe, fun and healthy activity for the young of all
PT: T&F, C&F, UR, Pgm
Walking & Talking: Make it Mean Something (.1 CEU)
Chris Kemmerer, Education & Interpretation Section
Chief, Bureau of State Parks, DCNR
Walking is the easiest way for people to get out, move
and explore your lands. However, as an agency we want them to
become connected to our resources. In this hands-on session you’ll
discover various ideas and learn different techniques for engaging
visitors in interpretive walk programs. Learn how to set one up,
topics to discuss as well as safety considerations. Be prepared to
spend some time outside.
Swimming Pool-Spa Safety Inspections (.1 CEU)
Lee Bryan, CPO Instructor, Pool Operation Managment, Inc.
Double Session: Learn how to do a thorough safety inspection at
your swimming pool. The course will provide information from the
National Swimming Pool Foundation Certified Pool-Spa Inspector
training course for Health Inspectors as well as information from
the American Red Cross Lifeguard Management Course. Session
includes a “hands-on” portion in the hotel pool area and pump room:
checking out the equipment, taking chemical and other important
readings used for documentation required by the state and from best
PT: ProD, PR, AQ
Incorporating Nature-Based Play in an Urban
Environment (.1 CEU)
Mary Grace Gorman, Recreation Leader, Philadelphia Parks &
Nature-based play and programming is a hot topic in the recreation
industry. But how do you incorporate nature into your programs
when you are surrounded by concrete and metal? Depending on
where your facility is located, you may not step outside your doors
into much more than one tree and a patch of grass. But believe it or
not...there are ways you can focus on that one tree and that little patch
of grass and create an entire nature-based program around them!
PT: C&F, UR, I&A, Pgm
Streambank Stabilization in Parks and along Trails
(.1 CEU)
Renee’ Carey, Executive Director, Northcentral Pennsylvania
Conservancy; Jason Fellon, Watershed Manager, DEP; Shannon
Burkland Stamm, Watershed and Program Specialist, Union County
Conservation District; Dave Keller, PA Fish and Boat Commission
A partnership in northcentral PA is using Growing Greener grant
funds from DEP to stabilize stream banks and increase aquatic habitat
along agriculturally impaired streams. The partnership has worked
with municipalities, recreation authorities, and corporate landowners
to stabilize streamside walking trails and increase recreational
usability of stream frontage in parks. By decreasing erosion and
increasing aquatic habitat, streams are more accessible and have more
recreational potential. Learn about how an effort to improve water
quality is also improving recreation.
PT: ProD, PR, T&F
State Rec Plan in Action - Parks and Health (.1 CEU)
Sponsored by the PA DCNR
Diane Kripas, Division Chief, Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Pennsylvanians get the health connection to parks: 77% of
Pennsylvania residents agreed that parks, trails, and open space are
an essential component of our health care system. A top priority
of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan is strengthening the
connection between outdoor recreation and health in communities.
Health and wellness research findings, plan recommendations, and
stories on agencies that have made the connection and how they are
doing it will be shared.
PT: PR, T&F, C&F, UR, Pgm, DCNR
Preparing for Litigation (.1 CEU)
Shawn P. DeRosa, J.D., Director of Aquatics, The Pennsylvania State
The litigation process is an intimidating one, both for “professional”
staff and for seasonal or part-time staff. Understanding the process
and how common records will be used in the course of litigation will
help you better prepare yourself, your staff and your employer for the
inevitable lawsuit following a catastrophic injury or death.
PT: ProD, AQ, Pgm
#Educational Sessions
Fundraising & Sponsorships - A Whole New Ballgame
(.1 CEU)
Autism – Adapting Programs and Techniques
(.1 CEU)
Thomas J. Blomstrom, Board Member, Perkiomen Township
Matt Ernst, Director of Theraputic Recreation, Easter Seals Western
and Central Pennsylvania
SHOW ME THE MONEY! Securing sponsors in today’s climate
can be a challenge. Tom will share his 20+ years of ‘real-world’
experiences, and explain how to: formulate a Fundraising and
Sponsorship Plan, understand the “team approach” for competitive
business dollars, establish objectives, create a package, make the
“ask” and cultivate the relationship by following through with
PT: All
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Every Park Has a Story, Tell it! (.1 CEU)
G. Dominic Cardea, Manager for Learning and Development,
Interpretation and Education, National Park Service, Northeast Region
The northeast region of the National Park Service operates 83
national parks, 23 heritage areas and half the country’s historic
landmarks from Maine to Virginia, with over 50 million visitors
each year. Using broad themes and your park resources, learn NPS
techniques to craft stories for programs and living history events that
will encourage public support and preservation of your parks, and
achieve management goals.
PT: ProD, C&F, UR, Pgm
Develop an Implementable Plan for the Future!
(.1 CEU)
Sponsored by the PA DCNR
Cindy Dunlap, Chief, Planning Project Section,
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources,
Bureau of Recreation and Conservation; Bob Good, Vice President of
Recreation Planning, Pashek Associates; Anne Toole, Park and
Recreation Planner, Toole Recreation Planning
Step ‘outside the box’ and learn the keys to creating an implementable
“Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space Plan”. This
session will suggest an innovative approach to planning with an aim
of fulfilling your vision for the future by creating a planning process
that engages the community and gets needed improvements done.
PT: PR, T&F, UR, Pgm
Easements: Where the Trail Begins (.1 CEU)
Gwen Loose, Executive Director, York County Rail Trail
This session will offer a practical, ‘get-it-done’ approach to
acquiring easements from landowners for the use of their land for
the development, maintenance and operations of a trail. Tips for
establishing a positive working relationship with property owners,
templates for easement agreements, and the roles of engineers
and legal counsel will be discussed. Case studies from real-life
experiences will be offered, and participants will be encouraged to
share their successes and disappointments.
Learn how to adapt when working with individuals on the autism
spectrum. This session will focus on changing your approach through
specific examples and practical exercises.
PT: ProD, I&A, Pgm
Working With the “Y” Factor: Managing Millenials
(.1 CEU)
Lori A. Hoffner, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, Supporting
CommUnity, Inc.
Employers, department managers and supervisors are frustrated with
turnover rates of young employees and the costs associated with
hiring replacements. By #BreakingTraditions in our approaches to
younger staff, addressing their needs, identifying areas of concern
and providing adequate training, the turnover rate can be reduced,
competent and qualified employees will be retained and the level of
customer satisfaction will increase.
PT: All
From Boomer to Zoomer: Launching the Right Way...
(.1 CEU)
Monica A. Hoffman, Currently: Recreation and Park Adviser
2, DCNR; By conference time: Retired!
It has been shown that without proper planning and education,
professionals who retire usually fail within the first year of this
new phase of life. This is especially true of recreation and park
professionals. It is ironic that those who provide leisure activities
are among the least prepared for leisure. This session will provide a
humorous and frank look at what is needed for “Boomers” to make a
successful transition into the next phase of their professional life and
earn the title “Zoomer.”
PT: ProD
How to Set Up a Bike Share Program (.1 CEU)
Cara Ferrentino, Planner, Mayor’s Office of Transportation &
Utilities, City of Philadelphia; Aaron Ritz, Bicycle and Pedestrian
Programs Planner, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, City
of Philadelphia
Staff from the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation &
Utilities will provide an overview of the approach the City has
taken to establishing a bike sharing program. The session will cover
challenges and successes related to: developing a strategic business
plan, issuing an RFP, selecting an equipment vendor and program
operator, negotiating a contract, planning station locations, engaging
with stakeholders and the public, and other aspects of program
finance, administration, and marketing. The City of Philadelphia’s
bike sharing system will launch in spring 2015.
PT: UR, Pgm
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#Educational Sessions
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Turn-key programming: #outdoor #fitness #marketing
(.1 CEU)
Kristin Dowell, Owner, Program Fit, Inc.
You’ve got the facilities fitness professionals want and they’ve got
the expertise you need. By developing the right partnerships, you can
offer quality outdoor exercise programming that packs your parks!
In this session you’ll learn how to seek qualified instructors, tailor
programs based on their strengths, and together, leverage social media
to create a marketing buzz! You’ll walk away with a detailed guide
to logistics - including everything from instructor compensation
agreements, program registration, and handling weather-related
increased use of parks, trails and other urban recreation opportunities.
PT: ProD, T&F, C&F, UR, I&A
Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR Programs: How Do
They Compare? (.1 CEU)
Shawn P. DeRosa, J.D., Director of Aquatics, The Pennsylvania
State University; and Justin M. Brown, Director of Aquatics,
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park
There are a variety of training organizations to choose from to help
meet your lifeguarding, first aid and CPR/AED training needs. This
session will provide an overview and comparison of the various
training options available for recreation providers and a discussion
concerning the pros and cons of each of the certifying agencies.
If you’ve been thinking about making a change in your training
provider, this session is a must-attend!
PT: PR, T&F, Pgm, SM&M
PT: AQ, Pgm
Online Communications and Social Media Bootcamp
(.1 CEU)
Games, Games and More Games! (.1 CEU)
Carol A. Spencer, Finance Director, National Association of
Government Web Professionals, Inc.
Double Session: We no longer live in a communications environment
where people get our messages. This session will go step-by-step
through a communications methodology that utilizes websites,
blogs, video and social media channels to disseminate information
efficiently. Using tools that facilitate a “one message, many
channels” environment, participants will learn how to interconnect
channels for more productive and wide-spread communications.
Trails: Universal Access for Everyone (.1 CEU)
Larry Knutson, President, Penn Trails LLC
Double Session: Coinciding with the 22nd Anniversary of the ADA,
the Census Bureau released “Americans with Disabilities: 2010,”
which showed the number of people with disabilities had increased
over the previous five years. In 2011, 50% of people over 65 in the
U.S. had a disability. By the year of 2030, over 80 million people
will be over age 65. This two-part session will provide a thorough
overview of the new federal (September 26, 2013) Architectural
Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas,
as related to Trails and Outdoor Recreation Access Routes.
Tiffany Herron, Assistant Director, Mechanicsburg Area
Parks & Recreation
Does your staff find the “mid-summer” slump to include another
game of capture the flag and dodgeball? Come participate in games
you can bring back to your staff! You will leave with a packet of
games and lots of ideas! Please bring one game to share with the
group! Sneakers recommended.
PT: Pgm
State Rec Plan in Action - Love Your Parks (.1 CEU)
Sponsored by the PA DCNR
Diane Kripas, Division Chief, Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;
Daphne Klahr, Executive Director, Reading Recreation Commission
In 2013, over 90% of Pennsylvania residents visited a local park
often. Walking was the most popular outdoor recreation activity.
Clean, safe and ready to use facilities were the most important factors
influencing use of parks. A top priority of the Pennsylvania Outdoor
Recreation Plan is enhancing local parks and recreation services. The
latest park and recreation research findings, plan recommendations,
and best practices on engaging residents in Philadelphia and Reading
will be shared.
PT: PR, T&F, I&A
#Throwback Photo #Educational Session
Active Transportation=Healthy Communities,
Lessons Learned from Lancaster County (.1 CEU)
Beth K. Schwartz, Healthy Weight Management Coordinator, Lead
Facilitator Lighten Up Lancaster County, Lancaster General Health
Research shows that connected communities, through trails and
infrastructure, have healthier citizens and experience a host of other
benefits. Through the collaborative efforts of ‘Lighten Up Lancaster’,
a community coalition, partnerships have worked to collectively
impact our community as we design communities with health in
mind. Goals, strategies, objectives and tactics from our county-wide
strategic plan will be shared how other Counties and regions can
move the needle on issues of active transportation, which leads to
#Educational Sessions
The Playgrounds of Tomorrow’s Generation (.1 CEU)
Jay Schreibman, Regional Recreation and Parks Adviser, DCNR,
Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, SouthCentral Regional
Office; Jeffrey Knowles, Regional Recreation and Parks Adviser,
DCNR, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, SouthCentral
Regional Office
Generation after generation of children are excited to go to their local
park and play on the playground. From rural to suburban to urban
landscapes, kids everywhere enjoy this opportunity. But what happens
when timeworn playgrounds are not keeping up with today’s youth?
DCNR and local parks staff will share exciting new playground
trends, fresh ideas to make your playgrounds more sustainable, and
quality sources of funding to pay for improvements.
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Making Outdoor Playgrounds For Everyone (.1 CEU)
Ian Proud, Inclusive Play Manager, Playworld Systems; Mary Benson,
Play Advocate, Playworld Systems
Every child who comes to the playground should be able to play on
developmentally and age appropriate equipment. This course provides
an overview of inclusive playground design, the importance of the
planning process, assumptions made about supporting laws, and how
the design process needs to focus on the child before any playground
equipment is selected.
PT: ProD, I&A
Saving Money through COSTARS - Pennsylvania’s
Cooperative Purchasing Program (.1 CEU)
Bruce Beardsley, Marketing Manager, PA Department of General
Services, COSTARS Program
This interactive powerpoint seminar will present an updated overview
of the COSTARS cooperative purchasing program and explain how
members annually save almost $3 million purchasing through the
program. The presentation will provide detailed instructions on how
to avoid the costly and time-consuming bidding process by interacting
with the COSTARS website to access products, services, suppliers,
and pricing. The workshop will provide hints on negotiating with
suppliers and provide an opportunity to get answers to all your
COSTARS questions.
Robotic Lego’s: STEM Programming at its Best!
(.1 CEU)
Jason Lang, Director of Recreation, East Goshen Township
Want to invest in a STEM-based recreation program but don’t know
where to start? This session will articulate how to start a STEM
program and highlight various computer based classes/clinics/camps
an agency could offer. The session will conclude with participants
forming teams for a robotic Lego’s challenge!
PT: Pgm
Showcase U (.1 CEU)
Dr. Kimberly A. Batty, Assistant Professor, Lock Haven University;
Dr. Tammy B. Smith, Principal, Service Excellence Institute
With increased job competition, students need to be aware of how to
market themselves, develop their brand, and build their careers. This
session will teach students how to position their skills and experiences
in a way that will showcase their capabilities and set them apart from
other job applicants. Through hands-on activities, students will learn
proven techniques for creating and professionally networking an
effective ‘Linked-In’ profile so that employers will take notice.
PT: ProD, Students
DCNR News, Updates and Feedback
(.1 CEU)
Sponsored by the PA DCNR
Lauren S. Imgrund, Bureau Director, Pennsylvania Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation
and Conservation
Join DCNR leadership for an interactive session in which we will
highlight new recreation and conservation program opportunities; talk
about the new 2014-2018 State Recreation Plan; and Get Outdoors
PT: ProD, T&F, C&F, UR, Pgm
#Throwback Photo #80 Years of PRPS
Creating Effective Multi-Generation Teams (.1 CEU)
Lori A. Hoffner, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant, Supporting
CommUnity, Inc.
This session will help participants understand generational differences
and guide staff in supporting each other while also gaining insight on
behavior. Working together and #BreakingTraditions amongst the
varied age groups of your staff, we’ll blend the different generations
into a cohesive and positive team as well as creating an environment
of cooperation that meets the needs of your organization regardless of
their age.
PT: All
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#Exhibit Hall Information
#Exhibit Hall Experience
2015 Exhibit Hall Vendors
(as of 11/10/14)
Greetings from the Conference Exhibit Hall Committee! We hope
you are excited about “BreakingTraditions” in 2015 within the
Exhibit Hall at our NEW location the Lancaster Marriott at Penn
Square. The Exhibit Hall experience will include approximately 100
commercial and educational exhibits for attendees to interact with
in the beautiful Freedom Hall of the Convention Center. We plan to
“BreakTraditions” by offering a unique and interesting route through
the Exhibit Hall, allowing more interaction between attendees and
exhibitors. The entrance will welcome you as you cross over our
covered bridge into a hall that is interactive, using technology at every
turn, all while giving attendees and exhibitors a chance to experience
all that Lancaster has to offer.
84 Lumber Company
American Tennis Courts, Inc.
Anchor Audio, Inc.
Bitting Recreation, Inc.
Boyce Associates, Inc.
BSN Sports
Community Pass
CXT, Inc.
E.L.F. Entertainment
Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
Dutch Wonderland
General Recreation, Inc.
George Ely Associates, Inc.
Keystone Purchasing Network
Musco Sports Lighting
Oldcastle Precast
Phantom Entertainment
Ramuc Pool Paint
River Valley Recreation
Six Flags Great Adventure
T&M Associates
Tandy Leather
Turkey Hill Minit Markets
Vermont Systems, Inc.
Our Social Photo Scavenger Hunt game through the new conference
app will have fun challenges and tasks for all attendees and exhibitors
which will allow them to see more, do more, and talk to more people. A live leaderboard and social wall will be projected in the exhibit hall
for all to view. Interested Vendors: Any vendors interested in reserving a booth in
the exhibit hall, please contact Exhibit Hall
Co-chairs, Ryan McCleaster at [email protected] or
Kate King at [email protected]
Calling all members and supporters of PRPS! #prizepool
The Community Branch is once again organizing the ever-popular “PRPS
Prize Pool”. In 2014, we raised an impressive $2,450! We would not be so
successful without the generosity of so many individuals, departments and
In the past we have auctioned show tickets, overnight accommodations at
area resorts or hotels, clothing, autographed sports items, department or area
baskets and business vendor items. The committee asks that prize baskets have
a minimum value of $35.00. Other prize pool donations may be combined to
create packages.
Please contact the following Individuals with donations:
Andrea Crouse, [email protected] or 717-240-6951
Brianna Muller, [email protected] or 610-7276 x2404
Becky Richards, [email protected] or 610-374-2944 x2611
Who will win “2015 Prize Pool Bragging Rights”? The Community Branch urges Colleges, Counties and Districts to be involved with
the PRPS Prize Pool through a friendly competition to see which entity brings in the most money for PRPS.
2014 Bragging Rights:
County Bragging Rights-Bucks County dethroned Chester County
College Bragging Rights-Cal U dethroned Penn State
District Bragging Rights-District 1 has held this title since 2012 16
#Educational Sessions
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Finding the Green - How to Access State Funds
(.1 CEU)
Andrew Heath, Executive Director, PA Growing Greener
During this session, you will: LEARN what state funding programs
exist for conservation, recreation and preservation projects;
DISCOVER how to best access those funds; ENGAGE with
interested partners; and DISCUSS winning strategies. Hear from
experts who have successfully utilized these tools in the past to create
long-lasting projects in the Commonwealth.
The Worst Pool Party Ever (.1 CEU)
Carolyn Hanel, Director of Parks and Recreation, Perkasie Borough;
Tom Kneppel, Aquatics Manager, Menlo Aquatics Center, Perkasie
Borough; Steven Hillias, Chief of Police, Perkasie Borough
What do you do when what was booked as a birthday party at your
pool for 300 turns out to be a club party with over 700 people? A
lesson in what can go wrong and how to deal with it, and what to do
so it does not happen again.
PT: ProD, AQ
Establishing Effective Online Communications
(.1 CEU)
Carol A. Spencer, Finance Director, National Association of
Government Web Professionals, Inc.
Working with and Hiring Architects (.1 CEU)
Planning an agency’s entry into the social communications world
will help create a more effective environment and eliminate problems
down the road. This session will cover the decision process for
which social media channels to use, how to get started, what to
include in a social media plan, why policies are important, and legal
Anthony Bracali, AIA, LEED AP, President, Friday Architects/Planners,
Architects and engineering professionals are a critical part of any
capital project; a good mix of firm skills with client needs and
expectations is essential for success. This session will help park and
recreation professionals better communicate their expectations and
needs through the RFP process. The session will include: 1) a review
of current working methods, programs and technology design firms
are using; 2) best practices for RFP process to receive good feedback;
and 3) summary of issues impacting LEED and sustainable projects.
PT: ProD, T&F
Trips can be Fun - How? With a Mystery!
(.1 CEU)
Teri Hettinger, Recreation Program Coordinator, Township of Spring
Parks & Recreation; Alan Black, Bus Driver, Elite Coach
Are your trips boring? Do you have enough passengers? Well, put
some fun into traveling with a Mystery Day Trip. At this session we
will transform the classroom into a motorcoach, complete with a
professional driver and escort. On this interactive Mystery Trip, you
as the passenger will be given clues to try and guess the destinations.
Also, learn how to create unique trips that are revenue generating.
Where are we going? Join us to find out... it’s a Mystery!
PT: Pgm
Innovative College Partnerships-as Easy as 1, 2, 3
(.1 CEU)
Dr. Julie Saville, Program Coordinator, Recreation and Leisure
Administration, York College of Pennsylvania; Dr. Brian Malcarne,
Assistant Professor, York College of PA; Emily Connors, Adjunct
Professor, York College of PA
PT: ProD, SM&M
A ‘Tail’ of Two Cities- Creating Successful Dog Parks
(.1 CEU)
Drew Gilchrist, Regional Advisor, PA Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources; Karen Sweeney, Director of Park &
Recreation, Doylestown Township; Ann Yost, President, YSM
Landscape Architects; Mike Forbes, Manager, Natural Resources,
York County Department of Parks
Thinking about building a dog park in your community? This session
is for you! Dog Parks are an increasingly important park amenity
in many municipalities, but present unique challenges. Panelists
will share their experiences and lessons learned in designing,
funding, building and managing parks for pooches and perhaps more
importantly, their human companions.
PT: PR, T&F, C&F, UR
OPDMDs: What Every Park Manager Needs to Know
(.1 CEU)
Debra Wolf Goldstein, Attorney, Conservation Matters, LLC;
Larry Knutson, President, Penn Trails, LLC.
Recent Federal Regulations based on the Disabilities Act affect
every park and recreation provider. This session explains the new
rules governing Other-Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMDs).
Attendees will leave knowing how to develop state-of-the-art policies
to manage OPDMDs in parks and on trails.
PT: T&F, I&A
Developing innovative college partnerships can seem complicated
but they can be as easy as 1, 2, 3! During this session, attendees will
learn ideas for partnering with their local college/university, how
to tweak existing partnerships and develop new ones, and how to
structure them to be mutually beneficial. Learn how to make a college
partnership work for you while providing priceless experience to a
future recreation professional!
PT: Pgm
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#Educational Sessions
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Accessibility for Parks, Playgrounds and Trails
(.1 CEU)
Judy Stern Goldstein, Managing Director, Boucher & James, Inc.;
Valerie Liggett, Planner/Landscape Architect, Boucher and James,
Inc.; Ashley Rebert, Environmental Planner, DCNR
Silas Chamberlin, Regional Adviser, PA Department of Conservation
& Natural Resources; Christopher Green, Senior Landscape Architect,
Gilmore & Associates, Inc.; Lorne Possinger, Natural Resource
Program Supervisor, PA DCNR; and Kevin Selger, Senior Landscape
Architect, Gilmore & Associates, Inc.
Let’s step back a moment to assess the good and bad with green
practices implemented within park facilities before we rocket into
the future! From planning and educating within the community, to
properly operating and maintaining the green practices once installed.
DCNR will showcase the newly created cost benefit calculator for
reduced mowing.
PT: PR, T&F, I&A
Tried and True - Greening Practices (.1 CEU)
The Return of the Naturalist: Incorporating
Environmental Education in Recreation
Programming (.1 CEU)
Tammy Agesen, CPRP, Program Manager, Lancaster County Dept. of
Parks and Recreation; Lisa Sanchez, Park Naturalist, Lancaster
County Department of Parks and Recreation
Recreation and Environmental Education complement one another
like peanut butter and jelly! Learn how to enrich existing recreation
programs by adding a bit of Environmental Education. Participate
in a “hands-on” lesson by a Park Naturalist. Obtain resources for
borrowing equipment and supplies from Nature Centers and other
government agencies and many program ideas.
PT: Pgm
It’s Not an Internship... It’s a Partnership! (.1 CEU)
Brianna S. Clark, Assistant Professor, Temple University; Katelyn
Fenerty, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Police Athletic League;
Kathleen Muller, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Philadelphia Parks &
An academic at an urban university, a non-profit, and a park &
recreation department entered into a unique partnership in the fall of
2012. The partnership provides an opportunity for students enrolled
in a program planning course to learn how theory meets practice
within a community setting. Students in the class provide innovative
programs for the organizations to use in the future and also a strong
sustainable volunteer network.
PT: UR, Pgm
Me2: Building Inclusive Communities Through Play
(.1 CEU)
David Hill, Regional Manager, GameTime
This session will explore best practices for designing outdoor play
environments that implement best practice design principles that
move beyond accessibility and focus on both the physical and
social aspects of play. Learn how to implement design features and
choose play elements that consider the physical, social/emotional,
communicative, sensory, and cognitive development of children to
address the needs of the whole child.
The session focuses on how parks and recreation professionals can
incorporate the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
into their parks, playgrounds, and trails. The panel will review current
ADA standards, give examples of projects, and discuss common
noncompliance issues and the importance of planning for the ADA.
Adaptive Gardening Techniques and Tools (.1 CEU)
Marsha Gayl, HTR, Registered Horticultural Therapist
This class is essential for any professional who is a public garden
space steward. This class will discuss adaptive gardening techniques
and evaluate garden tools, from the right pruner to use to specialty
adaptive tools that are available to your populations, to make your
garden space be more accessible and inclusive. Other topics include
proper body mechanics while gardening and how to create a universal
barrier-free garden design for any population.
PT: C&F, I&A
Building Support for Local Parks and Recreation:
Developing Grass Roots Support - Part 1 (.1 CEU)
Jan Neitzert, CPRP, CAE, Executive Director, Missouri Park
& Recreation Association
Learn about the brand-new Pennsylvania initiative to help local parks
and recreation organizations promote their value and gain support.
Jan Neitzert will demonstrate a proven way to create and nurture
support from citizens and elected officials so that when budgets are
threatened, these individuals and groups step forward as the #1 fans
of, and advocates, for parks and recreation.
PT: All
Park and Rec Risk Management Best Practices Jeopardy-Style (.1 CEU)
Peter Erndwein, Director of Risk Control, Delaware Valley Insurance
Park and Recreation risk management best practices will be discussed
in a Jeopardy-style format. Three willing contestants from the
audience will test their knowledge of contemporary risk management
categories such as “Playgrounds”, “Aquatics”, “Contracts” and
“Special Events”. Listen to the endearing human interest tales of the
contestants during a break in the action. And YES...there will be
“Final Jeopardy” and prizes will be awarded!
PT: All
#Educational Sessions
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Secrets of Operating a Successful Recreation Center
(.1 CEU)
Brian Luetchford, Director, Lower Paxton Township Parks &
Recreation; Karen Franck, Director, Plymouth Township Recreation
and Park Department
A roundtable discussion of practical topics relevant to indoor
recreation facilities. Topics may include: personnel issues, self
sufficienty verses tax subsidies, facility maintenance, customer
service, controlling customer behavior, and more.
PT: PR, T&F, Pgm
Get Rich! Planning a High School Entrepreneurial
Academy (.1 CEU)
Dr. Elizabeth Faunce, Assistant Professor of Business Accounting
and Economics, Immaculata University; Jason Lang, Director of
Recreation, East Goshen Township
Learn the in’s and outs of hosting an entrepreneurial academy for
high school students! This program can be exciting, well attended and
receive lots of public attention - but can be daunting to get started.
Where do you begin and who are the right stakeholders to get on
board - have these questions answered and get started early for next
PT: Pgm
Do You Know Who is at Your Front Door? (.1 CEU)
Kirk S. Rakos, CTRS/M.Ed., Theraputic Recreation Supervisor,
Masonic Village-Elizabethtown
The session will examine the leisure pursuits of the “new” aging
population. Learn how your TR/Recreation plan will need to be
person-first to meet the changes that the “Now” or “Leading Edge”
generation brings to your community. Are you prepared for the
physical and cognitive deficits that are part of your new aging
customer? The most important words for this session are WHY and a
small four letter word (a mystery until you attend the session).
PT: ProD, I&A, Pgm
Successful Relationships with Sports Leagues in
Your Parks (.1 CEU)
Dr. Julie D. Lanzillo, Assistant Professor, Sport & Entertainment
Management, Neumann University
Sports leagues are a natural fit for many of your department
facilities. They are important partners and community contributors.
Understand how to create effective agreements that address the
major concerns today, including but not limited to: youth injuries,
background checks and interactions with parents and coaches.
PT: PR, C&F, Pgm
Supervising Lifeguards (.1 CEU)
Todd Roth, Aquatics Supervisor, Centre Region Parks & Recreation
Lifeguards can be challenging to supervise or manage. They can be
from a wide age and experience range with many personality quirks,
and their job ranges from monotonous to life-altering. Learn how to
manage a wide range of employee traits and how to educate, train and
evaluate lifeguards.
Sharing Trails with Equestrians, a Trail Enthusiast of
a Different Color (.1 CEU)
Gwen Wills, Trail Stewardship Program Director, Pennsylvania
Equine Council; Bud Wills, State Trail Chair, Pennsylvania Equine
The “Whats, Whys and Wherefores” of horses on the trail and how
everyone can feel comfortable. We never know who we may meet on
the trail. Equestrians share portions of many trails in Pennsylvania
and the nation. We will discuss the advantages and considerations of
doing so.
PT: ProD, T&F
Your Finances, Your Future (.1 CEU)
Sara Weiser, Public Relations Manager, PSECU - Pennsylvania State
Employees Credit Union
Did you know your credit report can impact your future
employment options? Are you aware of the sometimes hidden costs
of employment? Get informed! This session sheds light on how
your finances and future employment will intertwine, including
reading and interpreting credit reports, analyzing job offers based
on monetary and non-monetary compensation, and building and
maintaining healthy credit.
PT: ProD, Students
Building Support for Local Parks and Recreation:
Composing Your Success Story – Part 2
Jan Neitzert, CPRP, CAE, Executive Director, Missouri Park
& Recreation Association
Over the past three years, the Missouri Park & Recreation Association
has worked to develop a template for agencies to use in informing,
educating, and spurring their citizens and elected officials toward
positive support and action for public parks and recreation. Beginning
by tailoring information for impact and relevance, then deploying
informed “friends”, you and your agency can gain credibility, enhance
relationships, keep your important services intact and even get a
bigger piece of the pie.
PT: All
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Closing Keynote (.15 CEU)
Matthew Jones
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#Celebrating 80 Years of PRPS!
Did You Know???
* The original name of the Society was Pennsylvania Recreation Executives and Leaders Association (1935-1947)
* That the Society had another name before PRPS? It was Pennsylvania Recreation Society (1947-1960)
* We became the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society in 1961 and have been ever since
Awards Banquets
Exhibit Halls
#Social Events and Entertainment
Sunday, March 22
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pub Crawl #cheersandbeers
Fee: $10.00 pp
Join us for a night out on the town! Spend time with friends and co-workers as you move through a variety of local establishments
just minutes from the hotel. Experience all that downtown Lancaster has to offer with great food, music, and much more. Wear
comfortable walking shoes.
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Country Western Night #rideemcowboy
Grab your lasso and cowboy hat, and saddle up for a night in the Wild, Wild West! We’re calling all
cowboys and cowgirls to test their bull riding and rodeo roping skills! And don’t forget your cowboy
boots for a night of music and dancing! Dress attire: Country Western
Sponsor: Boyce Associates & Phantom Entertainment
Monday, March 23
8:30 pm – 12:00 am
Toga Party #toga!toga!toga!
It’s time to get creative! Create the perfect toga and come out for some “Greek”
inspired activities! And of course, no party is complete without great music and
some dancing. Show off your dance moves with our featured band: The Amish
Outlaws. Dress Attire: Toga
Sponsor: Hersheypark, District III & E.L.F. Entertainment
Tuesday, March 24
9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Tailgate Sports Night #prpsrivals
Show off your team spirit in your favorite sports team attire! Join us for a night of music and fun as we break out classic tailgating
games such as Corn Hole, Washers, Can Jam, and more! Dress Attire: Favorite Sports Team Shirt
Sponsor: E.L.F. Entertainment
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society
#Throwback Photo #Sports Social
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#Conference Information
Monday Monday
Tuesday Student
Awards Wed.
Breakfast Luncheon Banquet Breakfast
Full Conference
Students Full
Retired PRPS
Member Full
Daily Rate
Daily Sunday &
Daily Monday
X Mon.
Register now and take advantage of the
early-bird full conference discount for
PRPS members $325 ($50 off regular
price)! All other pricing options are
excluded. Payment must be made in full by
January 30, 2015 to qualify.
X Tues.
Questions: Call PRPS 814-234-4272
Registration Options
*Register on-line at
*Mail in registration form to PRPS:2131 Sandy Drive
State College, PA 16803
Special Needs
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, PRPS will
make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities.
Please help us by completing the special needs section of the
registration form.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Each program session has been approved for .1 CEU. Continuing
Education Units are awarded by PRPS in accordance with the
International Association for Continuing Education and Training
(IACET) guidelines.
To receive CEU credits for attending conference sessions, have your
CEU form initialed by the room host at the end of each educational
session that you attend, then have your completed CEU form
processed at the registration area prior to leaving the conference.
You will receive the original of the CEU form as your record. A copy
is kept on file by PRPS for at least seven years. You must sign the
attendance sheet circulated at each session as well.
Check-In Registration at Conference
The check-in area will be located on Level 2 of the convention center
in front of the Federal Rooms and will be open on the following days
and times:
*Sunday, March 22nd 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Monday, March 23rd 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Tuesday, March 24th 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration includes name badge,
conference giveaway, educational
sessions, exhibit hall admission, socials,
refreshment breaks and meal tickets as
listed on the chart.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If a cancellation is made in writing to PRPS more than 30 days prior
to the start of the conference, the registration fee less a $20 service
charge per person will be refunded. If a cancellation is received by
PRPS less than 30 days prior to the start of the conference, a “credit
certificate” will be issued upon request, redeemable as a registration
fee toward a future PRPS seminar. No-shows will be charged the
full rate. If a scheduled presenter is not available due to unforeseen
circumstances, PRPS reserves the right to schedule another presenter
of equal ability and expertise.
Message Board
Messages for delegates will be received by the hotel operator and
posted near the check-in registration area. Persons calling should
indicate that the delegate they are trying to contact is attending the
“Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society Conference”. The
telephone number at the Lancaster Marriott is 800-228-9290.
Attention...DVIT Members!
To help off-set the cost of attendance at the annual
conference, DVIT is offering (30) $100 special education
grants on a first come, first serve basis.
To qualify for this grant:
*Attendees must be a member of DVIT (Property & Liability Trust)
*(1) $100 grant per DVIT member municipality
*Attendees are expected to attend at least (1) risk management
educational session at conference (honor system)
To take advantage of the $100 grant, enter promotion
code DVIT-100 on your registration form or on-line
when registering.
#Conference Information
#Student Section
#Room Hosts
Attention Students! Attending the PRPS annual state conference is a
great networking tool for students who are interested in internships
and future jobs within the parks and recreation field. Student specific
educational sessions, conference mentor program and volunteer
conference opportunities are included in the conference experience.
We are in need of room hosts to make introductory comments along
with distribute and collect materials during each session. When you
register, please select the room host box for the sessions you are
interested in room hosting. If you have any questions, please contact
the room host chair, Jessica Cirilo, at [email protected]
PRPS Conference Mentoring Program matches students with
experienced Park and Recreation professionals. Mentors will help
their partners maximize the opportunities available at the conference
by helping them establish networks of professionals, offering advice
on ways to benefit from conference attendance, and making them
aware of the benefits of PRPS membership throughout the year.
Check the appropriate box on the conference registration form to
participate in the Conference Mentoring Program.
If interested in volunteering as a room host or local arrangements
volunteer, please place a R (room host) or L (local arrangements)
on the session preference sheet next to the times and dates that
you would like to volunteer. Registration discounts are available
to students who volunteer their time as room hosts or with local
arrangements. Please contact Tracy at the PRPS office 814-234-4272
for more information.
#Student Luncheon
The student luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th. PRPS
District and Branch Presidents will attend, so you can learn more
about what PRPS involvement can offer.
#Student Scholarships
There are (four) conference scholarships available to students to
assist with attending the annual state conference. The Delores Andy
scholarship is available only to Temple University students; the Larry
Williamson, Robert Crawford Memorial, and John Jones Memorial
scholarships are for Penn State University students. Applications and
descriptions are available on the PRPS website at The
filing deadline is February 20, 2015.
#Sunday Welcome Dinner
The mayor of Lancaster, Rick Gray, will be address and welcome all
2015 PRPS Annual State Conference attendees on Sunday, March
22nd. Our student scholarship winners will also be announced at the
#Society Luncheon & Business Meeting
On Monday, March 23rd from 12:00 – 1:45 pm, Ellen Ferretti will
open with a brief address and the Green Park Award will be awarded.
Board, District and Branch Reports will be given and the installation
of new officers along with the annual Memorial Moment will take
place during the meeting.
#Past Presidents’ Luncheon
The annual Past Presidents’ luncheon will be held on Tuesday, March
24th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. All PRPS past presidents, honorary
members, retired members and their spouses are invited for the
luncheon. Please contact the PRPS office for more information and to
make a reservation for the luncheon.
#Awards Reception
The annual PRPS Awards Reception will be held on Tuesday, March
24th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Vine Street Reception area.
#Awards Banquet & Dinner
On Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm the PRPS Awards
banquet and dinner will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom.
Annual Society award winners will be honored during the banquet.
#What To Bring
#Throwback Photo #80 Years of PRPS
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society
Casual clothes for educational sessions
Dress clothes for Tuesday Awards Banquet
Notebook/portfolio for notetaking
Business cards for networking
Program guides/brochures to share
Labels for prize pool tickets
Swimsuit/athletic wear
Reusable water bottle
Phone, laptop, IPad chargers
Country Western Attire for Sunday Social
Toga for Monday Social
Sports Attire for Tuesday Social
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#Lodging Information
To make your hotel reservation at the
Lancaster Marriott please call 1-888-850-6146
or make your reservation online at
Enter check in/check out dates
Under special rate and awards,
enter prpprpa under the group code
The last day to book is 2/28/15
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
25 South Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Tuesday, March 24
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own
Experience this brand new, landmark hotel featuring friendly
elegance, impeccable service, remarkable architecture and historic elements. Central to Downtown Lancaster and integrated
beautifully with a world-class convention center, this luxury
hotel, located at historic Penn Square, offers amenities discerning Lancaster hotel guests expect.
We are giving you some free time to explore beautiful downtown
Lancaster while at the conference. From local pub restaurants
to the historic Lancaster Central Market, you will be amazed at
what Lancaster has to offer.
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is about 20 minutes from
Harrisburg, 2 hours from Philadelphia, and 4 hours from
Pittsburgh. It can be accessed via air utilizing the Harrisburg
International Airport, a mere 15 minutes from the hotel. It is
recommended you make arrangements for airport pick-up in
advance of your arrival.
Lancaster Central Market –
Tuesdays, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm
This is America’s oldest farmers’
market building, since the 1730’s
farmers have been bringing meats
and vegetables to the site for sale
to local residents. Many of today’s
stand holders have been “on
market” since the early 1900’s.
Hotel Accommodations
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square offers 297 well-appointed
and spacious guest rooms. Exhibit representatives have the
same accommodations as the delegates. Reservations in advance are recommended to ensure a space in the hotel. Please
call 1-800-228-9290 to make your reservations.
Other Restaurant Options:
Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub
Character’s Pub
Aussie and the Fox
Penn Square Grill at the Marriott
For more ideas of how to spend your free time, check out the
Lancaster County website at
Rates are $149 per night, plus tax, for single, double, triple, or
quad occupancy. Hotel parking is available at a discounted rate
of $7 per day, plus tax.
#2015 PRPS Registration Form
PRPS State Conference, March 22 to 25, 2015
Only One Person Per Form - PRINT CLEARLY
(Students please list school attending)
Certification:(CPRP, CTRS, etc. )_____________________________
Address:_____Home or _____Office
Home Phone:( _____) ______________________________________
Office Phone:( _____)______________________________________
Fax Number:(_____)_______________________________________
(confirmation will be emailed)
First Year Attending?
PRPS Member: q Yes q Yes
q No
q No
I Require: (Please attach a brief explanation)
q ADA Accommodations
q Special Diet Consideration
Payment Information: For those charging or billing to agency,
registration information can be sent via fax to: (814) 234-5276.
q Payment enclosed: Please make checks payable to PRPS
q Bill my agency (Invoice will be emailed)
q Bill my credit card: Visa q MC q AMEX q Discover q
Card # __________________________________________________
Exp.Date ________________________________________________
Please circle fees being paid and total at bottom
Full Conference (Best Value)
q Early Bird Discount $325
Payment must be made in full by January 30, 2015
q Professional $375
Tuesday Dinner __ Horseradish Encrusted Salmon __ NY Strip Steak
Commuter (includes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, registration)
q Professional $275
Daily Registration - check days
q Sunday Professional q Sunday Student/Retired
q Monday Professional q Monday Student/Retired
q Tuesday Professional q Tuesday Student/Retired
q Exhibit Hall Only (included in full or daily registration)
____ days @ $5.00 =
$ ______
q Spooky Nook Sports Complex @ $8
q Greener Days-Healthier Ways @ $10
q Historic Lancaster Walking [email protected] $6
q Bike Tour and Lunch @ $5
$ ______
$ ______
$ ______
$ ______
Name of card-holder _______________________________________
Signature: _______________________________________________
Specials and Extra Tickets - please review what is included with
your registration before adding these. See the chart on page 22!
Sunday Dinner ____ @ $50 =
$ ______
Monday Luncheon____ @ $25 =
$ ______
Monday Dinner ____ @ $55 = $ ______
Tuesday Awards Banquet ____ @ $55 = $ ______
Return Registration Form, payment information and Session
Preference Sheet to:
q Pub Crawl
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, Inc.
2131 Sandy Drive
State College, PA 16803-2283
Fax 814-234-5276
Register Online at WWW.PRPS.ORG
Don’t forget to fill out the session
preference form on the back.
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society
Choose q Horseradish Encrusted Salmon or q NY Strip Steak
@ $10
$ ______
q Conference Mentoring Program
Conference App
q Do you plan to use the Conference App?
q Do you prefer a printed program guide?
PRPS Office Use Only
Date Received________________________________
Amt. Received________________________________
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#Session Preference Form
Please indicate the sessions that you plan to attend by placing a
check in the appropriate box. The Conference Committee uses the
session preference sheet to make room assignments. For sessions that
exceed room capacity the committee may use the preference list to
provide priority seating for those who pre-register for the session.
Mark the session list with an “R” if you are interested in being a
room host or “L” for local arrangements.
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Pinterest 101
Making Eagle Scout Projects Work for You!
Making Transit a Partner with Trails and Parks
Choose Your Outdoor Adventure: “” in your Parks
Taking Advantage of American Red Cross Programs
Neighborhood Recreation Facilities; Staff Positively Impacting
I Have Disabilities - Please Help Me Recreate!
Interpreting Your Park
Rec Kids Today, Leaders Tomorrow
Pump Parks are Coming to Your Neighborhood Soon
Opening Keynote
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Early Morning Workout!
Pumptracks: Youth Development, Workforce Development and Fun!
Walking & Talking: Make it Mean Something
Swimming Pool-Spa Safety Inspections
Incorporating Nature-Based Play in an Urban Environment
Streambank Stabilization in Parks and along Trails
State Rec Plan in Action - Parks and Health
Preparing for Litigation
Fundraising & Sponsorships - A Whole New Ballgame
Every Park Has a Story, Tell it!
Develop an Implementable Plan for the Future!
Easements: Where the Trail Begins
Autism – Adapting Programs and Techniques
Working With the “Y” Factor: Managing Millenials
From Boomer to Zoomer: Launching the Right Way...
How to Set Up a Bike Share Program
9:00 am - 10:15 am
10:30 am - 11:45 am
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Making Outdoor Playgrounds For Everyone
Saving Money through COSTARS - Pennsylvania’s Cooperative
Purchasing Program
Creating Effective Multi-Generation Teams
Robotic Lego’s: STEM Programming at its Best!
Showcase U
DCNR News, Updates and Feedback
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Finding the Green - How to Access State Funds
Working with and Hiring Architects
Trips can be Fun - How? With a Mystery!
Innovative College Partnerships-as Easy as 1, 2, 3
The Worst Pool Party Ever
Establishing Effective Online Communications
A ‘Tail’ of Two Cities- Creating Successful Dog Parks
OPDMDs: What Every Park Manager Needs to Know
Tried and True - Greening Practices
The Return of the Naturalist: Incorporating Environmental Education in
Recreation Programming
It’s Not an Internship... It’s a Partnership!
Me2: Building Inclusive Communities Through Play
Accessibility for Parks, Playgrounds and Trails
Adaptive Gardening Techniques and Tools
Building Support for Local Parks and Recreation: Developing Grass
Roots Support - Part 1
Park and Rec Risk Management Best Practices - Jeopardy-Style
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Secrets of Operating a Successful Recreation Center
Get Rich! Planning a High School Entrepreneurial Academy
Do You Know Who is at Your Front Door?
Successful Relationships with Sports Leagues in Your Parks
Supervising Lifeguards
Sharing Trails with Equestrians, a Trail Enthusiast of a Different Color
Your Finances, Your Future
Building Support for Local Parks and Recreation: Composing Your
Success Story – Part 2
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Turn-key Programming: #outdoor #fitness #marketing
Online Communications and Social Media Bootcamp
Trails: Universal Access for Everyone
Active Transportation=Healthy Communities, Lessons Learned from
Lancaster County
Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR Programs: How do they compare?
Games, Games and More Games!
State Rec Plan in Action - Love your Parks
The Playgrounds of Tomorrow’s Generation
Closing Keynote
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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