Founded in 1940 and incorporated in 1960, NYSRPS is the principal organization promoting quality recreation and park opportunities for all citizens of NYS through education, training, technical assistance and other support to local, county, state and federal recreation and park providers. The Society’s members include recreation and park professionals working for federal, state and local agencies; therapeutic recreation specialists and activity coordinators working in health care facilities; local recreation and park advisory board members serving local communities; faculty and students at colleges and universities; recreation directors at commercial and resort facilities; and suppliers of recreation and park products.
The New York State Recreation & Park Society (NYSRPS) is the principal organization advancing the value of parks, recreation, and leisure services through professional development of its members and citizen engagement.
Professional Development: To promote educational, professional certification, and networking opportunities; best practices; and resources.
Membership Development and Services: To provide quality services and benefits which attract, engage, and retain members and are responsive to their needs.
Public Policy Development: To raise awareness and support the advancement of parks, recreation, and leisure services by advocating for local, state, and national policy issues and interests.
Public Awareness: To develop and implement methods of communication that inform and promote the value of parks, recreation, and leisure services.
Resource Development: To maintain and develop resources that support and sustain the society.