nrpa-congress-logoThe National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will hold its annual Congress and Exposition Oct. 13-16 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This annual event has proven to be one of the most important events in the park and recreation industry and features hundreds of education sessions, the largest exposition in the industry, two major keynote addresses and more, according to a news release.

Leading off the Congress will be opening session keynoter speaker Jim Carroll, one of the world’s leading futurists, trends and innovation experts. In this era of high velocity change,  his inspirational and transformative thinking will speak to the impact and opportunities presented by President Obama’s economic recovery plan, which focuses on healthcare, education, infrastructure and renewable energy — and of which parks and recreation are a critical force. Carroll’s keynote address is scheduled for  8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 14.

Following the opening session, attendees may attend educational seminars, activities and the exhibit hall featuring over 300 exhibitors. Some of the key educational sessions include by subject or title include:

  • Emerging national policy.
  • Issues in parks and recreation.
  • Designing eco-friendly parks.
  • Nature-deficit disorder: Its implications for human well-being.
  • Skate plaza design.
  • Drowning is preventable: reduce drowning in your community.
  • Baby Boomer wellness – A Partnership Success Story: The City of Lakewood began a partnership with the for-profit business “Nifty after Fifty.”
  • The Park City, Utah Success Story “Town to Trail.”
  • Disaster! Are you prepared?
  • Gang prevention/intervention.

This year’s closing session on Friday, Oct. 16, will feature Muffy Davis, a multiple medal winner Paralympian who will join other Paralympians and agency professionals for an interactive panel discussion exploring how the U.S. Olympic Committee and NRPA have created innovative partnerships to realize Olympic and Paralympic dreams in local communities.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 21,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.