2022 Annual Conference

September 19 - 22, 2022

Phoenix Convention Center

APRA will update this page with information related to the local host support of the NRPA Conference. 

Be sure to check back frequently. 


The deadline to order shirts is August 1st

T-shirts will be available for pick up at the APRA booth near the NRPA registration desk at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Agency Bulk Orders: One person from your agency will be required to sign for all shirts, and it will be that person's responsibility to distribute the shirts to the appropriate staff members of your organization.

A limited number of shirts may be available on-site

Arizona Supported Off Site Tours + Activities

All tours and golf will take place on Monday, September 19

Registrations for off-sites take place through the NRPA conference registration page

Volunteers needed to help support all off-site events. 


Have more questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Stacy Swainston

ASU/Phoenix Downtown Campus Story and Tour - walking

Rio Salado-Reimagined

Hance Park Conservancy - via light rail

Fountain Hills Destination Park and Splash Pad - lunch

Maricopa County Parks - Lake Pleasant

Horseback Ride at South Mountain Park - breakfast included

Golf Tournament - Whirlwind Golf Club

Yoga at the Japanese Friendship Garden - walking

5K Fun Run

Scottsdale Civic Center Tour + Happy Hour

All tours will leave from the Phoenix Convention Center -102 N. 3rd St.


Several of our Arizona professionals will be speaking at the NRPA Conference.

Below is a list of our home grown Arizona speakers and sessions.

Dates, times and room location can be access through the NRPA Conference App.

Speaker Name


Session Title

Becky Kuiper

Chandler Community Services

Why a Goldfish is the Happiest Animal on Earth and Other Leadership Lessons from Ted Lasso

Eileen Baden + R.J. Cardin

Maricopa County Parks

Parks Vision 2030 - MC Regional Park Planning for the Phoenix Metro Area

Claire Miller

City of Phoenix

Managing eBikes and Other Emerging Technology/Modes of Travel on Natural Surface Trails

Courtney Johnson

City of Phoenix

Knocking Social Media Out of the Park

Kathleen Mase

City of Phoenix


Alonso Avitia

City of Phoenix

Achieving a Collective Community’s $100 Million Grand Vision through Dynamic Planning, Design and Construction: Margaret T. Hance Park

Kelly Martinez

City of Phoenix

Just Blow Your Whistle: Why Guards Fail to Recognize

Kelly Martinez

City of Phoenix

Emergencies are Stressful: Will the Lifeguard Freeze?

Becky Kirk

City of Phoenix

Fifteen Fantastic First Aid Activities

Tracee Hall

City of Phoenix

Diverse Play, Equitable Recreation and Inclusive Work

Annette Soto

City of Phoenix

Rated “T” for Teens-PHXteens Created by Teens for Teens

Dawnee Moreno, Aaron Sanchez    and Lara Hamwey

City of Tucson

Ready, Set, Rec! - Mobile Recreation

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

City of Phoenix Supported events

Morning Mobile Pick Me Up

Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

6:30 - 9:00 AM

Get the day started with your morning coffee and Mobile Recreation! A variety of breakfast and coffee food trucks will be stationed in the Heritage Square plaza along with Mobile Recreation vehicles from all over the state.

Happy Hour

Tuesday and Wednesday


The annual National Parks and Recreation Association (NRPA) Conference is just around the corner! It will be held from September 20-22, 2022 at the Phoenix Convention Center. If you have attended past conferences, you know that the conference is the premier event of our parks and recreation community. Thousands of professionals from all over the nation come together to attend education sessions, engage with peers, listen to keynote speakers, and participate in conference events.

As part of this year’s conference, the City of Phoenix is hosting daily “Morning Mobile Pick Me Ups” from 6:30-9:00a at the historic Heritage Square, which is just a quick walk from the convention center. Conference goers will have the opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat, enjoy their morning coffee and experience fun Mobile Recreation activities from around the state!

We are inviting all Arizona municipalities and agencies to participate in this event by bringing their Mobile Recreation vehicles to display and engage with conference goers. We will be awarding prizes for the “Best Looking” and “Most Interactive” vehicles. Game on!  

For more information and details contact Tyre Davis

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