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Official Publication of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society

Let’s make history happen together!

Summer 2013

To the 59th VRPS Annual Conference!

Something for everyone!

Sept. 7-10, 2013 SUMMER 2013


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Official Publication of the Virginia Recreation & Park Society

Volume 60 Summer 2013

Virginia Recreation & Park Society 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike Suite 109 Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Phone: 804-730-9447 Fax: 804-730-9455

Executive Director James C. Stutts, CAE, CPRP Part-Time Assistants Karen Florey Nancy Turnage Office Manager Marlene Bresee Editor Amy-Jo Hendrix, CPRP Send Articles or AmyJo Hendrix, CPRP, Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180 Virginia Parks and Recreation is published three times per year by the Virginia Recreation & Park Society, Inc. VRPS is a non-profit professional organization supported by membership dues and contributions. VRPS is affiliated with the National Recreation & Park Association. Subscription Information. Members receive the magazine as part of their annual membership dues. The magazine is available by subscription for $25 per year. Requests for subscription should be directed to VRPS, 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 109, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Editorial Statement: Statements of fact and opinions are the responsibility of the authors alone and do not imply an opinion on the part of the officers, members or staff of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society or the Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

Mission The mission of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society is to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks, and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Contents Features


6 News from Herndon Congratulations Ann Skildum

4 Message from the President

8 News from the City of Norfolk Norfolk Program Creates Miracles

5 2013 VRPS Board, Key Leaders and Staff

in Art

9 News from the City of Norfolk Norfolk Welcomes New City Forester Norfolk Hosts 30th Annual Senior Olympics

7 VRPS 2013 Calendar of Events 11 News from VRPS 2013 VRPS Conference Program 15 News from VRPS 3 Core Skills Your Life Depends On

16 News from the City of Norfolk Norfolk Selected as Playful City USA 15 News from Virginia Beach for 7th Consecutive Year 16 News from New Kent County

Beth Wood-Whitley “Sets Sail” Into Retirement

A New Place to Play in New Kent County

22 News from VRPS Join VRPS “Leaf Peeping &

18 News from the City of Hopewell Respite Rainbow Garden

Optimal Aging – Programming for Aging Gracefully and Actively

Spring Tea Event

19 News from Isle of Wight Isle of Wight County Parks Utilizes

Lobsters:Maine’s Coast in Autumn”

23 News from VRPS C unningham Recreation Supports the Capital Fund

Internal Assets to Save Money

20 News from Old Dominion University Community Bike Share Program:

Sustainable Practices on a College Campus



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A message from the president

You Make VRPS What It Is!


hile I’ve known for a long time that VRPS has some of the best people as members, it’s become increasingly clear to me why that is. We have a stunning array of events, programs, workshops and more to develop not only ourselves, but our departments and communities. The Virginia Senior Games, hosted by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism, was held in May. Over 700 athletes participated, with the oldest athlete being 101 years young! This event doesn’t happen on its own. The Newport News staff gave hundreds of hours of their time, not to mention resources of the City, to make this event happen. The Senior Games takes place over several days, but I have to say that the Athlete’s Party on Friday was definitely a highlight. The athletes were encouraged to party through the decades; participate in a sock hop, lounge on bean bag chairs, or get some big hair ‘80s style. Special thanks to Susan Lineberry who chaired this dynamic group,

We have a stunning array of events, programs, workshops and more to develop not only ourselves, but our departments and communities. and Michael Poplawski for readily accepting the challenge and offering the support of Newport News. The 2013 Annual Conference is right around the corner, once again hosted by James City County. Arlana Fauntleroy and a committee of enthusiastic folks have planned another fantastic conference. The education sessions are intriguing and varied, the socials are wellplanned and exciting, and you’re sure to have an amazing experience. I encourage you to register early online and take advantage of the discounted rate.

Katey Legg, CPRP

President, Virginia Recreation & Park Society

The Foundation Board has set an aggressive, but achievable, goal of paying off the Central Office mortgage in 2013. Since VRPS acquired the building 5 ½ years ago, you’ve come together and provided donations that have contributed immensely to this goal. Service Areas & Resource Groups alone have donated over $13,000 to the Capital Campaign. In addition, personal donations have exceeded $30,000, and corporate donations have surpassed $14,000. Because of this, and so many other efforts, VRPS is less than $39,000 away from paying off the building. I’ve mentioned before that the VRPS Board of Directors is looking at long-range planning and how we can best serve our members. New this year, we will host a mid-year meeting with the Service Area & Resource Group Boards. While I hope this will become an annual event and the format may change in the future, this year we will have a facilitated discussion on the strengths & weaknesses of VRPS, the gaps and needs in member services and gain a better perspective from our members. We will be sure to share the information gleaned from this meeting with you all. And that’s not all – don’t forget the many events the Service Areas and Resource Groups offer! The dedication you all show to your field is unparalleled. I hope that you have a wonderful summer, that your camps and programs go off without a hitch (is that asking too much?), and that you take a little time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any reason and I’ll see you soon!


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Katey Legg, CPRP Art Thatcher, CPRP Marcy Durrer, CPRP Ed Hamilton,Ph.D. Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE Katey Legg, CPRP Lisa Cooke, CPRP, AFO Cindy Roeder Cindy Messinger,CPRP Art Thatcher, CPRP Kathy Williams, CTRS Marcy Durrer, CPRP Michael McCarty, CPRP LaTanya Turner Ed Hamilton, Ph.D Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE Aaron Reidmiller, CPRP Hugo Morrison Karen Lussier, CPRP Maggie Mace, CPRP, AFO Erik Dart

Gloucester Parks, Rec & Tourism Norfolk Rec, Parks & Open Space Hanover County Parks & Rec Roanoke College Virginia Rec & Park Society Gloucester Parks, Rec & Tourism Clarke Co. Parks & Recreation Herndon Parks & Recreation Fairfax County Park Authority Norfolk Rec, Parks & Open Space Virginia Beach Parks & Rec Hanover County Parks & Rec City of Fairfax Parks & Rec Isle of Wight Parks & Rec Roanoke College Virginia Rec. & Park Society Henrico Division of Rec & Parks Newport News Parks, Rec & Tourism City of Fairfax Parks & Rec Lynchburg Parks & Rec Harrisonburg Parks & Rec

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Aquatics Cultural Diversity Athletics Seniors Outdoors Therapeutic Recreation

Laura Kowalski, AFO

Reston Association


Judy Jones Travis Coad

Chesterfield Parks & Rec Blacksburg Parks & Rec

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Annual Conference Foundation Awards & Citations Hershey Track & Field LTI 2012 Management Conference Professional Education Virginia Senior Games Legislative CEO Office Manager Part-time Assistant Part-time Assistant

Arlana Fauntleroy, CPRP Greg Sager Kimberly Baldini, CPRP Pamela Sheets, CPRP, CPSI Paul W. Berryman Nancy Ellis, CPRP Jane Shelhorse, CPRP Bob Antozzi, Ed. D., CPRP Wendy Stone, CPRP Shannon Moore, CPRP Susan Lineberry Art Thatcher, CPRP Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE Marlene P. Bresee Karen Florey Nancy Turnage

James City Co. Parks & Rec Hanover County Parks & Rec Arlington Parks, Rec & Cultural Resources Shenandoah Co. Parks & Rec Virginia Beach Parks & Rec James City County Parks & Rec Louisa County Parks & Rec Fredericksburg Parks, Rec & Pub Facilities Fredericksburg Parks, Rec & Pub Facilities Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Newport News Parks, Rec & Tourism Norfolk Rec, Parks & Open Space Virginia Rec & Park Society Virginia Rec & Park Society Virginia Rec & Park Society Virginia Rec & Park Society Virginia Rec & Park Society

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VRPS Staff

Enterprise Group Chairs

Board of Directors

Executive Board Service Area Chairs

President Vice President Treasurer Lay Member Executive Director President Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Lay Member Executive Director Central Eastern Northern Southwestern Western

Resource Group Chairs

2013 vrps boards key leaders & staff

Board Liaisons Central Service Area Eastern Service Area Northern Service Area Southwestern Service Area Western Service Area Aquatics Athletics Cultural Diversty Outdoors Seniors Therapeutic Recreation LTI

Marcy Durrer Kathy Williams Mike McCarty, Cindy Roeder Mandi Smith Mandi Smith Art Thatcher, Cindy Messinger

Lisa Cooke Kathy Williams Jim Stutts, Marcy Durrer

Professional Education Virginia Senior Games Hershey Track & Field Legislation Awards & Citations Annual Conference ‘13 Foundation Management Conference ’13 Southern Region Rep

Kathy Williams, Jim Stutts Jim Stutts Cindy Roeder Art Thatcher, Jim Stutts Katey Legg Katey Legg, Jim Stutts Jim Stutts Katey Legg, Jim Stutts Lisa Cooke

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Congrat ulat ions Ann Skildum

News from the Town of herndon parks and recreation r e t i r e m e n t

c o r n e r


erndon Parks and Recreation Department is saying goodbye to Ann Skildum at the end of June. She is retiring after ten years with the department and more than 32 years in the parks and recreation field. Ann has served her entire run at Herndon as a Recreation Services Supervisor II, overseeing the preschool program, summer camps, special interest classes, a variety of special events, including the Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night, and managing the arts and crafts show at the Herndon Festival.

Before coming to Herndon, Ann worked for Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department in Winchester, and Clarke County Parks and Recreation in Berryville.  Ann has a degree in Parks and Recreation from Radford University, Class of ‘81. When asked about her favorite VRPS memory, Ann said, “The


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weekend-long board orientation that Larry (Zehnder) hosted at Fancy Gap was definitely a memory-maker. We stayed in a dorm style bunk room and every time someone rolled over the bed springs squeaked. Thanks to John Gilstraps encouragement, John Hamlin (Danville/Anheuser Busch) joined the board that year as a lay trustee. Needless to say his day job included a lot of tasting opportunities for the rest of us.“ Ann will particularly miss visiting the preschool classroom, where every little one knows her name – they smile and wave to Miss Ann! She plans to work with the senior adult programs in Clarke County on a part time basis, and keep the To Do lists filled for her generous and hard-working husband, Roger.

VRPS 2013 Calendar of events

dec 2013

nov 2013

oct 2013

sept 2013

August 2013

july 2013



2013 Annual Conference Meeting

James City County Arlington



NSA Meeting: Potomac Overlook Regional Park



VRPS Summer President’s Newsletter Content Submission Deadline VRPS Central Office



2013 Annual Conference Exhibits Committee Meeting

Newport News



Virginia Senior Games Meeting

Newport News



Lifeguard Cup: Fallon Park Pool




VRPS Board Meeting

VRPS Central Office



VRPS Foundation Board Meeting

VRPS Central Office 7/21-


2013 National Senior Games

Cleveland, Ohio



SRG Conference Call

Conference Call



2013 Annual Conference Meeting

James City County



2013 Annual Conference Exhibits Committee Meeting

Newport News



Virginia Senior Games Meeting

Newport News



CSA Meeting: Pole Green Community Center




Trails Institute for Mountain Biking

James City County



Hands On Social Media

James City County



VRPS Golf Tournament

James City County


2013 VRPS Annual Conference

James City County


Certified Fertilizer Application Training

James City County


National Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam

James City County


VRPS Fall President’s Newsletter Content Submission Deadline

8:30am COB

VRPS Central Office


Leaf-Peeping & Lobsters: “Maine’s Coast in Autumn”



2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition

Houston, Texas



NSA Meeting: Rust Manor House & Nature Sanctuary




SRG Meeting: Deep Run Recreation Center




ESA Meeting

Isle of Wight



SRG Fall Conference Setup: Deep Run Recreation Center Henrico



SRG Fall Conference: Deep Run Recreation Center




VRPS Fall Magazine Content Submission Deadline

VRPS Central Office



ESA Meeting

Newport News



CSA Meeting: Deep Run Recreation Center




ESA Holiday Social




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News from the city of Norfolk

Creates Miracles-In Art T Norfolk Program

he City of Norfolk is fortunate to have an expansive visual arts instruction program, offering more than 200 instructional courses each year, teaching students of all ages various art forms and techniques. Even more fortunate is that the program includes its own art gallery, the Paul Street Gallery. Located inside the Titustown

Recreation and Visual Arts Center, the Paul Street Gallery generally offers eight annual exhibitions to the community each year. Over the past 10 years the gallery has shown approximately 100 exhibits, averaging 12,000 visitors annually and 240,000


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visitors since opening. Gallery exhibitions include visual arts student shows, faculty shows, and shows presented in partnership with community art groups.

Over the years, seven to be exact, there is one show that continues to move beyond just displaying art pieces; rather it displays miracles through art. For the past seven spring seasons, the Paul Street Gallery has partnered with the Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space’s (RPOS) Therapeutic Recreation Program (TR) to host the Miracles in Art exhibit. The exhibition features artwork by participants of various age groups and disability. Throughout the season, TR students visit the local art supply store and pick their own supplies to create their desired piece. They then work with both Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and art instructors to bring the blank pieces to life. Works generally reflect original colorful ceramics and paintings. The program allows participants to use visual arts to work towards the completion of significant goals such as, enhancing motor skills, increasing and nurturing creativity, and attaining a sense of accomplishment and an overall feeling of pride. The gallery exhibit not only concludes the project, but offers each participant the opportunity to celebrate their creativity to the community, family and friends. In turn, the community receives a glimpse into the importance


of therapeutic recreation visual arts program and the impact it has on the confidence of participants. Miracles in Art students also play an integral role in the marketing of the exhibit. The exhibit promotional pieces always include photos of art pieces that are actually displayed in the exhibit. Further, TR students generally accompany staff to promote the exhibit to municipal and local media outlets, further increasing their confidence and helping them reach their goals. The 7th Annual Miracles in Art exhibit took place April 25-May 9, 2013.

Norfolk Welcomes New City Forester


h e No r f o l k D e p a r t m e n t o f Recreation, Parks & Open Space welcomes a new City Forester, Michael Nentwich. Michael joins Norfolk from San Antonio, Texas where he served as the City Forester for six years. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Forest Economics, both from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a Certified Arborist, an Alamo Area Master Naturalist, and


has completed the Urban Forest Management program from the Municipal Forestry Institute. Michael will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Ric Wernicke, previous City Forester. His duties will include overseeing the maintenance and protection of Norfolk’s urban forest and public trees along City streets, at Norfolk Public Schools, in City

parks, open space areas, at recreation centers, cemeteries, Camp Young in Chesapeake, and on all other Norfolk public property. Michael will also serve as the liaison to the Norfolk Arbor Day Committee, Tree Commission, and Tree Stewards.

Norfolk Hosts 30th Annual Senior Olympics

h e No r f o l k D e p a r t m e n t o f Recreation, Parks and Open Space hosted the 30th Annual Norfolk Senior Olympics, May 6th through 8th on the beautiful campus of Nor folk State University. More than 430 athletes, age 50 and better, participated in the three day contest. Athletes received gold, silver and bronze medals for their participation in 30 events to include swimming, golf, track and field, volleyball, badminton, and more. The event also hosted

an opening ceremony complete with an Olympic torch and parade of athletes, as well as a resource fair with more than 26 senior serving agencies and businesses.

Established in 1983, the annual event was created with one goal; help seniors compete in life. The event’s athletic competitions encourage Norfolk’s senior residents to remain active. The open and friendly atmosphere c re a t e s a s p a c e for networking and socialization. The resource fair provides attendees easy access to needed senior resources, which they otherwise may not have the needed transportation to receive.



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Let’s Make History Happen Together! 2013 VRPS Annual Conference September 7-10, 2013 James City County


elcome to James City County and to the 2013 Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s 59th Annual Conference! The Conference is this year’s best educational exchange opportunity, so come experience dynamic, innovative and professional sessions tailored to the parks, recreation, leisure and tourism fields, all while visiting exciting and historic James City County! James City County is rooted in history and historic charm, culture and hospitality since 1607! But we’ve also evolved into a world-class destination for fun that’s convenient to everything the Hampton Roads community has to offer. Plan to arrive early or to stay late – there’s so much to do:

Discover Your Roots The scenic, 23-mile Colonial Parkway connects the Historic Triangle sites of Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg. Come experience Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, the Yorktown Victory Center and the Yorktown Battlefields.

For Fun

Courtesy of Yorktown Victory Center

Take in area attractions and entertainment, there’s something sure to please everyone in the family… Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Go Ape, the Eco-Discovery Park, golfing, Go-Karts Plus, the Williamsburg Winery, the Williamsburg Salt Spa and the award-winning Spa at Colonial Williamsburg. Arts and culture abound at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and throughout the Hampton Roads community.

For Your Health James City County is a 2012 Gold Medal community, operating 18 parks covering 1,500 acres of park land and shorelines along the James, York and Chickahominy Rivers. Our amenities – historic, scenic and recreational – include miles of hiking, biking and walking trails, camping, canoeing and kayaking, a skate park and two recreation centers.

The Shopping In additional to national retailers, we also have a variety of unique shopping opportunities including Williamsburg Premium Outlets, Williamsburg Outlet Mall, Williamsburg Pottery and New Town.

The Dining Sample our local restaurants for a wide variety of options such as colonial tavern cuisines, gourmet French, spirited Thai, traditional Italian as well as regional and unique selections. To plan your visit to James City County and the Williamsburg area, visit For more information on the community, check out Register today for the 2013 Conference at vrps. com. We’ll see you soon in James City County!



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Education at a GlancE

REFOCUS your lens from micro to MACRO and EXPAND your knowledge to a global perspective! More than 85 speakers leading more than 70 diverse educational sessions, specialized institutes and off-sites and up to 1.5 CEU’s available.

Did you know…

15 private industry leaders will be presenting at the 2013 Conference! Sunday, September 8

timE 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am

SESSion Trends in Skateboarding and Design of Skateparks Sportsmanship: We Can Expect Excellence Special Events: The How and the Why What Wellness Means to Parks and Recreation Friendly Competition: Local Lifeguard Competitions–Having Fun While Practicing Skills

SpEakEr(S) Anthony Bracali Josh Aldrich Hilary Cooley Liz Linthicum Jackie Condict/Jeff Madera

10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am

Parks and Recreation x GIS Fitness Is For Everyone 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan Tips and Tricks in Making Technology Work for You Safety First: Policies and Procedures in Youth Sport Health and Safety More than Just Do It: Experiential Learning and Debriefing Techniques Your Journey Begins Here!

Rita Taylor and Kim Hazelwood Christy Donovan Bill Conkle Marcy Durrer Shane Caswell/John Reynolds Jeremy Johnson VRPS Leadership

12:30pm 12:30pm 12:30pm 12:30pm 12:30pm 12:30pm

Professional Certification: An Exploration of the CPRP Exam Maintenance Saves Lives Developing a Successful Teen Volunteer and Internship Program Train the Trainer: Disability Awareness Activities to Include in Your Staff Training Working with Architects, RFP’s and the Design Process Teambuilding for Trainers, Beginners or Facilitators- Moose Style

Jenny Goff Jim Durkee/Dan Jones Casey Pittrizzi Devin Brown Anthony Bracali Greg Cronin

2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm

Renovate for Revenue Water Trail Development and Management Nature Through Art 20 Tips for Event Operation Success Professional Development–How to Take the Next Step

Haley Pantone John Houser Ariadne Gejevski Barry Fiel Blythe Russian

Monday, September 9

timE 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am

SESSion The Economic Benefits of Parks and Recreation Bullying Creates a Climate of Fear: Will You See It in Time? Disability Sensitivity Sports Turf 101 What’s Hot Now in Fitness How the USTA Can Help You Increase Tennis Through Grants and Programming Developing and Implementing an Events Sponsorship Program Adapt It!

SpEakEr(S) John Crompton Gren Cronin Melody Beck Mike Goatley John White/Ellen Wolmendorf Donny Weed Barry Fiel Tryphena Poulson/ Kathryn Irfan

10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am

How to Raise Prices Without Making People Mad Summer Camp 2013: Rewind and Reboot Creating a Positive Environment in the Dugout Weed Control under Trafficked Turf Conditions From Battlefield to Homefront: The VA Wounded Warrior Program Developing a Business Plan for Today’s Recreation Facility

John Crompton Jason Lang/Eden Gilligan Chuck Walsh Shawn Askew Cathy Wilson/Eric Endries Craig Levin

2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm 2:30pm

Working with the Y Factor: Managing Millenials Screening–When Good Just Isn’t Good Enough Robotic Legos: STEM Programming at Its Best! Engaging Boomer Volunteers Accessibility in the Outdoor World Essentials of Motivation: Engaging Staff during Changing Economic Times Compost’s Role in Maintaining Soils Public Procurement/Public Private Partnership Fundamentals

Lori Hoffner Chris Goodman Jason Lang/Kaitlyn Echols Stephanie Gossett Janet Zeller Dr. Eddie Hill/Betsy Kennedy Kyle White/Gary Gittere Michael Dingman/ Thomas Folk


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4pm 4pm 4pm 4pm

Engaged, Empowered and Enlightened! Create a Project Plan in Under 60 Minutes Add “Super” to Your Vision: Learn Effective Ways to Supervise Staff Hosting a Holiday Light Show: Strategies for Success


Play DC–Revitalizing Neighborhoods Through Playgrounds

4pm 4pm

Recreational Therapy State Licensure in Virginia: What Will It Take? UV for Commercial Aquatic Facilities

Deirdre Love/Richard Love John Houser Greg Cronin Keith Tomlinson/Kate Irwin Sanath Kalidas/ Mahboud Nobakht Betsy Kennedy Brian Randisi

Tuesday, September 10

timE 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am 8:30am

SESSion Neighborhood Recreation Facilities: How Staff Positively Impacts the Community Distracted Lifeguards Creating and Maintaining a Successful Internship Program Alexandria’s National Safe Place: Building a Safety Net for Youth in Our Community Community Bike Share Programs Learning Landscapes Effective eMarketing Certified Fertilizer Applicator Training ADA Standards for Managers

SpEakEr(S) Lori Hoffner Dan Jones Cathy Orletsky Ann Redfearn/David Miller Dr. Eddie Hill/Allyson Braddy Scott Wiley/Neal Beasley Dave Neudeck Tom Tracy William Botten


Multigenerational Users: The Silent Power Struggle The Right Side of the Law: Employee vs. Independent Contractors, Copyright and Trademark Issues Socialization Through Recreation Using Community Resources and Creating Partnerships: A Case Study Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Bike Safety Education Campaigns Increasing Environmental Stewardship–Using the Leave No Trace PEAK Pack

Lori Hoffner

10am 10am 10am 10am 10am 10am

John Bredehoft/Randy Sparks Julie Townsend Katie Whanger/Anne Marie Studds Kim Vann Wayne Wilcox Dr. Eddie Hill/ Emily Waller

11:30am Training Youth Sports Coaches to be Successful 11:30am Keeping Out of Legal Hotwater–Impacts of Under “18’s” as Employees and Volunteers 11:30am Universal Programming 11:30am Increasing Academic Success Through Reducing Chronic Absence: The Impact of Quality After School and Out of School Time Programming 11:30am Guarding Open Water Swim Events 11:30am Save the Streams and Keep the Change 11:30am Positive Action Partnership 11:30am Sports Williamsburg


keYnoTe SPeAkeR dr. John l. crompton distinguished professor texas a&m university Nationally renowned author, leader and distinguished professor, Dr. Crompton is the most published scholar in the history of both the parks and recreation and tourism fields. Learn more at john-crompton/

Kelly Wilson Robert Barry/Laura Gross Colleen Wittig Blaire Denson Tom Gill Don Seaborn/ Debra Andrew Marcy Durrer/ Martha Lambert Bob Harris/ Brian Fuller

lori Hoffner nationally known trainer and Speaker president Supporting community inc. littleton, colorado Focusing on positive community, program and relationship development since 1997, Hoffner specializes in building enthusiastic and productive teams. Explore more at

prE-conFErEncE and SpEcial inStitutES trails institute for mountain Biking

certified Fertilizer applicator training

Hands on Social media

certified playground and Safety inspector course

Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Freedom Park, .3 CEU pending

Saturday, September 7, 1-5 p.m. James City County Government Center, .3 CEU pending

Tuesday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Williamsburg Hotel & Conference Center, .3 CEU pending Wednesday-Friday, September 11-13 James City County Recreation Center, 1.2 CEU’s SUMMER 2013


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Register NOW and save at! Register online before July 5, 2013 and SAVE $35/person for full conference or $10/person for daily registration.

Z I P your way to Fun Socials! not Just Your ordinary Socials… Grab hold and slide in!

Welcome Social

Saturday, September 7, 6-8 p.m., the cove tavern Get ready… Get Set… Sail into the best Welcome Social ever! Navigate your way into this quaint and cozy outdoor but still indoors get-together with great food, friends, and loads of fun. TRANSPORTATION: Shuttles are offered (and recommended) from the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center to The Cove Tavern every 30 minutes beginning at 5:45-7:15 p.m. Return shuttles begin at 6:30 p.m., every 30 minutes until 8:30 p.m. COST: Free to registered delegates; non-registered guests may purchase event tickets for $15, available in advance through the VRPS Central Office or onsite at the conference. DRESS: Casual. ADMISSION: Must present your VRPS Conference Badge (or guest ticket).

it’s Gonna be a Social Show down!

Sunday, September 8, 8:30 - 11:30 p.m., Freedom park Open your treasure map and race to the fun in relay races like dizzy izzy or fill the bucket, stable your sea legs on the Go Ape Junior treetop adventure course, challenge your mateys to a climb on the Rock Wall and a game in the Outdoor Laser Tag arena or spend the evening in front of the outdoor fireplace and enjoy – be sure to be on deck for the amazing FIREWORKS show! All this plus food, drinks and live entertainment for you and your shipmates! TRANSPORTATION: Shuttles are offered (and recommended) from the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center to Freedom Park every 30 minutes beginning 8:15-10:45 p.m. Return shuttles begin at 9:30 p.m., every 30 minutes until midnight. COST: Free to registered delegates; non-registered guests may purchase event tickets for $25, available in advance through the VRPS Central Office or onsite at the conference. DRESS: Casual; wear your most creative pirate gear! ADMISSION: Must present your VRPS Conference Badge (or guest ticket).

rEc it out, Wrap it up!

monday, September 9, 9:30 p.m. - 12 a.m., pitchers Sports Bar, located in the Hotel Slide into the endzone… this Service Area Social guarantees a TOUCH DOWN and more than enough to satisfy everyone’s appetite! Eat… Drink… Play… REC it out with good food, streaming sports, music, pool, darts, networking… and so much more. Wrap this awesome conference experience up in true REC-reation style! COST: Free to registered delegates; nonregistered guests may purchase event tickets for $10, available in advance through the VRPS Central Office or onsite at the conference. DRESS: Casual; wear your favorite professional or college team jersey or shirt! ADMISSION: Must present your VRPS Conference Badge (or guest ticket).

STAY, PlAY and neTwoRk at the 2013 Conference... This is just a TASTE of what you will get in James City County! Explore more historic charm, culture and hospitality and PLAN your trip to James City County–for all local attractions, visit

Book YouR HoTel RooM now! THe 2013 ConFeRenCe CoMMiTTee neeDS You! Volunteers are needed to assist with all activities. If you can help, contact Volunteer Coordinators LaTanya Turner at 757-357-5951 or or Kelley Herbert at 757-259-5372 or


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Williamsburg Hotel and conference center 50 Kingsmill Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185

$109/night single/double plus state and local taxes (10%). This rate is good through Friday, August 16, 2013 or until the group block is filled. Reserve by calling 757-220-2500 or online at Online, enter your group arrival date, select “Book Now” and the Group Code, 309129.

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3 Core Skills

News from virginia beach

Beth Wood-Whitley


Your Life Depends On By Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE Director, City of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation


he profession of parks and recreation is constantly changing. The methods we use to market, create, run, administer, and measure programs are vastly different than even five years ago. With fewer tax dollars, there are fewer positions, and opportunities for advancement. This simply means YOU need to be ready when the opportunities are available. How will you prepare yourself? There are many possibilities including VRPS’ Leadership Training Institute (LTI,) to be held April 27 – 29, 2014. Here are three core skills that will guide you for your entire life at work, at home, and with your family.

Curiosity – Your willingness to assess new things and to gain new insight will make you a better professional. Next time you’re on vacation, take some time and visit the local parks and recreation department, some of their facilities, and talk with their team members to see what programs you can bring back to your community.

Creativity – Exercising your creative mind on a regular basis by thinking about ways to create change will shake up the sedentary nature which people often fall into. Think about how you can create change…thereby creating challenges for yourself and others.

Self-Reliance – Your willingness to take accountability for your life and your career is the most important practice you should focus on daily. Accept responsibility and be the hero, not the victim. At LTI, you will learn today, lead tomorrow, and inspire forever. Information on LTI and registration forms can be found at or by calling the VRPS Office at 804-730-9477.


Sail” Into Retirement

any of you have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Beth Wood-Whitley over the years. After 35 years dedicated to the field of Parks and Recreation, she has decided it is time to “set sail” into retirement and point the bow in a new direction as of July 1, 2013.

2010. In 2011, Beth was honored by the Society with the prestigious Fellows Award; acknowledging her work, commitment and dedication to VRPS and the profession of Parks and Recreation. Currently, she serves as the Co-Chair of the 2013 Annual Conference Education Committee.

A native of Bangor, Maine, Beth began her employment in 1978 in the field of therapeutic recreation as a Recreation Therapist at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia. She has called Virginia “home” ever since. Her career led her to Roanoke Valley Psychiatric Center and Portsmouth Psychiatric Center where she continued her role as a Recreation Therapist and connecting with professionals. She joined the City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation – Therapeutic Recreation Unit in 1986. Over the years Beth has held numerous jobs and responsibilities within the department. She is currently a Coordinator in the Programming and Operations Division.

Beth also contributes to her profession by working with organizations outside of VRPS. She had the opportunity to serve as an Extern for the NRPA Revenue Development and Management School held at Oglebay. Beth has been involved with the Mid-East Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation, where she served on the Board of Directors and as the Symposium Chair.

As a VRPS member since 1978, Beth has been active at every level. She has served on the TR Section Board, the Eastern District Board, has coordinated the Eastern Service Area’s Summer Survival Workshops, been a member of numerous Conference Committees and served on a VRPS Personnel Committee. Beth has also contributed to her profession by attending State and NRPA Legislative Forums, picnics and float trips to support Parks and Recreation legislation. She has presented numerous educational sessions over the years to share her knowledge. Beth has served on the VRPS Board of Directors and as our President in 2005. In 2006, Beth CoChaired the VRPS Annual Conference held in Virginia Beach. She has led the revision of the Society’s Strategic Plan from 2004 to

In addition to her involvement as an advocate, a leader, a role model and speaker with professional organizations, Beth has contributed just as much energy to Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. She provides leadership to staff and peers, serves as a mentor to young professionals, provides trainings in customer service, and is a certified MANDT Instructor. She coordinates over 15,000 volunteers and 17 Volunteer Resource Managers for Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. It is obvious that Beth has been dedicated and committed to the profession of parks and recreation, however, her character traits alone would set her apart from other people in the profession. She is outgoing, positive, supportive, honest, full of energy and demonstrates true integrity.


Best Wishes for a wonderful retirement! n

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News from The city of norfolk News from New Kent county

Norfolk Selected as Playful City USA for 7th Consecutive Year


ith research proving play is critical to the overall well-being of children, 217 cities and towns, including Norfolk, have earned recognition from national nonprofit KaBOOM! as 2013 Playful City USA communities. This distinction is given in recognition of efforts to give children the childhood they deserve by providing ample opportunities for play. Sponsored by the Humana Foundation, Playful City USA is a national program from KaBOOM! that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children and is a key platform in combating the lack of play among children. KaBOOM! selected Norfolk for its outstanding dedication to play. Norfolk Recreation, Parks & Open Space hosts a Play Day for residents every year. Citizens not only see the event as an opportunity to play and enjoy physical activity, but the play day has become a means to engage residents in meaningful conversations about play, stress reduction, enjoyment and fellowship with neighbors.  “Norfolk is honored to be selected as a Playful City USA for the seventh consecutive year,” says Norfolk City Manager, Marcus D. Jones. “Play is critical to the overall well-being of children. Their quality of life is enhanced by their ability to use their imagination and develop positive social skills. Frankly, play is good for grown-ups too. Events such as Norfolk’s Annual Play Day not only promote play, but further support the Healthy Norfolk initiative and the City Council’s priority of creating safe, healthy and inclusive communities throughout the City.”  The 217 Playful City USA communities are now eligible for $15,000, $20,000 and $30,000 grants via Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Grant recipients will be announced in the fall.


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A New Place to Play in New Kent County


ew Kent County Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the acquisition of land for park development. The property gives the County approximately 55 acres to design a park. The property is located off of Pine Fork Road and is approximately five miles from Interstate 64. The County has an existing park development fund and will continue to seek growth for that fund. The Department plans to roll out a park campaign during National Parks and Recreation Month in July 2013. County staff announced the campaign to the New Kent Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission in May. The initial campaign is titled “A New Place to Play – Coming to a Park near You!” It will include a “Name the Park Contest” that will be open to all County residents; a kids playground design party; and a Kickoff at the July Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Department staff plan to involve the community at a variety of levels. Director of Parks and Recreation, Kimberly Turner, expressed “we are excited and eager to work on this park project. We have thoughts on community needs, but we are actively seeking feedback from the community.” After a host of community interest meetings and surveys, the Department will work on a conceptual plan to present to the Advisory Commission, Planning Commission and seek final approval from the New Kent County Board of Supervisors. A portion of the parcel is required to have passive elements as part of a proffer. Turner identified, “passive elements are an integral part of a park and we look forward to incorporating them.” The Department also anticipates designated areas for organized sports. The park planning is geared towards a variety of uses for a variety of users. Watch for more information on New Kent Parks and Recreation – A New Place to Play! For more information, please contact Kimberly Turner, CTRS or Jason Baldwin, CPRP, (804) 966-8502.



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News from the city of hopewell

Respite – Rainbow Garden The concept for the RespiteR a i n b ow Garden was developed in 2011. Many of the children in the Summer Rainbow Program never had been involved in any type of gardening and did not know what grew underground, on top of the soil, or what grew on a vine, bush or tree. The participants in the Respite Group because of their physical capabilities or limited space at home were no longer able to either have or maintain a garden. All plants are grown in pots or buckets and placed on shelving units. This gives everyone the ability to participate in the garden. The garden is accessible for participants with walkers and in wheelchairs, to get their hands dirty, and in the end reap the rewards of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The City of Hopewell Recreation and Parks developed a new program in which we had a Spring Tea event and invited Princess Rosaline. The program was intergenerational and provided etiquette to youth at a very young age. Tea, finger sandwiches and crafts made for a great day!

(from left to right) Small Farm Outreach Agent from Virginia State University-Susan Strickland, Senior Program Specialist-Aaron Clay, Community program Specialist- Serita Jennings, and Home Depot Supervisor-Daniel Moody


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News from isle of wight

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Isle of Wight County Parks Utilizes Internal Assets to Save Money


ike most government organizations today, Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation is no stranger to belt tightening. Each agency has had to think outside the box for solutions and money saving ideas. Recently, as part of reorganization in the Parks Division a parttime position was upgraded to a full-time position with savings from eliminating a seasonal position. The full-time position is housed at the Camptown Park and Otelia J. Rainey Community Center, which is located in the southern end of Isle of Wight County, nearly an hour from the main Parks and Recreation Offices. Having a person stationed at that end of the County provided the Parks Division with considerable time and transportation cost savings as there are several properties in that area that could

now be maintained by the person housed in that area versus sending a crew in two trucks over thirty miles bi-weekly to perform those duties. The only issue encountered was where to store the materials needed. There was no maintenance building at Camptown Park. Facing an approximate $32,000 price tag to construct a large garage to store the needed equipment, the Parks Division decided to do it themselves, relying on the knowledge, skills and abilities of

their own to solve the problem. It helped tremendously that Larry Weaver; a Park Attendant with the Department was also a retired contractor. The Parks Division working with the staff from the General Services and Building Maintenance Division devised a plan to construct the building with only a budget of $12,000, saving Isle of Wight County roughly $20,000! With some creative thinking and a little (sometimes a lot) of elbow grease the Department was able to solve several dilemmas with significant cost savings to the County. This kind of thinking has become all the more prevalent in this financial climate. It is important that we as Parks and Recreation Professionals recognized the hidden assets that we have on our own team of skilled employees.



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News from old dominion university

C ommunity B ike S hare P rograms :

Sustainable Practices on a College Campus


icycling is booming, and more and more young people are getting on their bikes instead of in their cars. That is thanks in part to universities like Old Dominion taking steps to make riding safer and more comfortable for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus. On April 15, 2013 the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) and ODU was named a Bronze BFU. “College campuses are natural places to integrate bicycling - and Old Dominion University recognizes the small steps needed to make bicycling a safe and easy option for students and staff,” said league president Andy Clarke. “Young people are driving less and riding more, and ODU has embraced that trend.” The BFU program is revolutionizing the way universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation options and campus dwellers’ quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicyclefriendliness. There are now 58 BFUs in 30 states across America. The Bronze BFC award recognizes ODU’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and probicycling policies. Bike share programs have been adopted by many universities as a way to address environmental issues (Merom, Miller, van der Ploeg, & Bauman, 2008). Universities have also begun researching the impact of such programs, and found campus members want bike share programs (Brown, Anderson, Hill, & VanSickle, 2010; Hill, Nemeth, Gómez, Charles, & Lafaye,


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Eddie Hill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Old Dominion University Human Movement Sciences Department Student Recreation Center, Rm. 2019 Norfolk, VA 23529-0196 (757)- 683-4881 phone (757)- 683-4270 fax Bridget Nemeth Director, Recreation and Wellness Old Dominion University Student Recreation Center Norfolk, VA 23529 (P) 757-683-3384 (F) 757-683-3386 Darby Charles, Undergraduate Student Old Dominion University Human Movement Sciences Department Student Recreation Center, Rm. 2019 (757)- 683-4881 phone (757)- 683-4270 fax


2013). Some schools have also used such programs to help with their Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), a selfreporting framework for universities used to measure their sustainability performance. Old Dominion University (ODU) recently used Bike ODU, a campus bike share program, in its application for STARS. The philosophy behind bike share programs is to advocate biking to decrease carbon emissions, increase physical activity, and create a sense of community. The goal for BIKE ODU is to have a fleet of 75 bikes by fall of 2013. Students, faculty and staff can check out bikes for up a week. Bikes are accessible from the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) during normal business hours and participants may utilize the OAP Bike Shop for free maintenance and parts during their rental period. After data were collected, decisions, policies and procedures were established to launch Bike ODU in the fall of 2012. Prior to instituting Bike ODU, an 18item online survey was sent to the ODU community to determine interest in the spring of 2012. A total 1081 responses were received from students, faculty and staff in the spring of 2102. The following is a summary of our results: (a) 55% indicated they would use the bike share program1-6 times/week; (b) 72% indicated physical activity as their primary reason for using such a program; (c) 59% agreed or strongly agreed they would drive less if bikes were available on campus; and (d) 18% indicated they would be willing to leave their car at home. These data were used to implement Bike ODU.

Bike ODU used these findings to determine the size of the fleet needed, policies, procedures, and collaborate with University Parking Services to designate campus bike lanes. Nearing its one year anniversary, Bike ODU has had 3,243 user days since its inception in the fall of 2012. Additionally, Bike ODU’s committee is also working collaboratively with the City of Norfolk’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space’s. Norfolk

and other facilities look to incorporate bike share programs, education is needed. Consequently, Bike ODU has instituted an on-line training module that must be completed before a bike can be checked out. Lastly, future bike share programs will need to develop strategies for overcoming barriers to participation, establishing social support, and increasing perceptions of safety when riding (Gaterslaben & Appleton, 2007).

is in the early stages of creating a municipal bike share program. Bike ODU and faculty members will assist in piloting policies, procedures, and models for the city’s new addition to sustainable transportation and a city-wide bike share program (LaFaye & Hill, 2011). As universities, cities

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News from vrps

Join VRPS for “Leaf-Peeping & Lobsters: Maine’s Coast in Autumn”


egistration is still open for this trip, so please be sure to promote this to your customers or plan your fall vacation with us! We’ve added another pick-up in the Northern Virginia area—the Community Center in Herndon—so please be sure to include this update to make this trip much more accessible to your residents! The trip will run September 15-21. Local motorcoach transportation will be provided from Woodstock, Berryville, and Herndon. The group’s first stop will be Portland, Maine including a guided tour of this historic seacoast town along with a visit to the Portland Head Lighthouse and the Old Port Exchange. The group will visit Kennebunkport including a drive along Ocean Avenue and a visit to the Olmstead-designed grounds of the Franciscan Monastery. The group will stop at Ellsworth for the Great Maine Lumberjack Show, stop in Scarborough for a visit with “Lenny” the Chocolate Moose at Len Libby’s, a well-known

Pamela J. Sheets, CPRP, CPSI Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation

chocolate emporium, and then venture to Bar Harbor for a visit to Acadia National Park which encompasses more than 35,000 acres on the Schoodic Peninsula. Within the park, you’ll have a guided tour, a “Hearty Hiker’s” boxed lunch, and time on your own for hiking, photos, bird-watching, etc. During the tour, other stops/admissions include the Maine Maritime Museum and the Bar Harbor Oceanarium. Included in the registration fees are six nights’ accommodations, welcome reception, six breakfasts, one lunch, and four dinners to include two lobster dinner choices, along with your deluxe motorcoach transportation, standard taxes, meal gratuities, and baggage handling. Shopping and some meals will be

on-your-own. A $250 deposit will hold your reservation and final payments are due July 30. If there is an interest for travel insurance, it should be purchased at time of deposit/ initial registration. The trip fees are $1,209/ person for double-occupancy (+ $119/person travel insurance), $1,549/person for singleoccupancy (+$171/person travel insurance). Please contact one of the departments listed below to get pricing and availability for tripleoccupancy. To get more information, please contact: Pam Sheets, Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation (SCPR), 540-459-6777, or Lisa Cooke, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 540-955-5140. Details are also available by visiting the VRPS website at http://www. or at Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation’s website at . Won’t you consider promoting this trip or traveling with us for a great “Leaf-Peeping & Lobsters” vacation?

Optimal Aging – Programming for Aging Gracefully and Actively

Friday, November 1, 2013 • Deep Run Recreation Center • 9910 Ridgefield Parkway Henrico, VA 23233 VRPS- Senior Resource GroupLearn the latest programming trends in fitness, wellness and in promoting healthy lifestyles.

Registration available beginning August 1, 2013

Network with other professionals in 50+ programming.

Registration and Scholarships available on-line at www.vrps. com 8:30 a.m.

Hands-on learning opportunities.

Conference begins ~ 9:30 a.m.


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Cunningham Recreation Supports the Capital Fund


ecently, members of the Board of the Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society met with Cunningham Recreation owner Skip Cunningham to discuss the final stages of the Capital Fund. As a result of the meeting with Skip, Cunningham Recreation has pledged $20,000 to the Foundation Capital Fund. The pledge will be paid over four years, beginning in 2013. Cunningham Recreation has been a consistent commercial member, sponsor, and supporter of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society for over forty years. The Foundation of the

Virginia Recreation and Park Society has been offering the George Cunningham Educational Scholarship for thirty years!

George Cunningham, founder of Cunningham Recreation

Since 1966, the Cunningham family has been in the playground business. George Cunningham started the business in Richmond, VA and represented GameTime Commercial Play Equipment in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The business has stayed in the family with Skip Cunningham leading, and now the third generation of the family business is led by Scott Cunningham and assisted by his sister, Lisa Schenk and brother, John Cunningham. The company is now in thirteen states throughout the South and Midwest. Cunningham Recreation offers park and playground equipment, maintenance, design, and installation. In addition, they offer training and safety audits and inspections. George, Skip, and now Scott Cunningham have supported the industry and are recognized by their colleagues, customers, and

competitors as sincere, honest, and committed individuals. Foundation President Greg Sager says, “We are indeed fortunate to have Cunningham Recreation as a partner in this important project.” VRPS CEO Jim Stutts, CPRP, CAE said, “I have had the pleasure of working with George, Skip, and Scott Cunningham over the years. They have always been loyal supporters of VRPS. This generous gift is so much appreciated, especially in the final stage of the campaign. Thank you to Cunningham Recreation!” VRPS President Katey Legg, CPRP says, “Cunningham Recreation is a true supporter of VRPS. We are so grateful for our long-standing partnership.” The Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society Capital Fund is in the final 10% stage. The building, purchased in 2007, will soon be paid-in-full. It is an asset that belongs to the VRPS membership.



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