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. 


Purchase the NRPA Conference Tee and make a presence at the conference!

Agency leadership has been sent a link to place bulk orders for their staff.

If you need a link to that Google doc email the office.

Deadline for all orders is August 1st.

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.

If you are available to help, 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

East Valley Park and Facilities Tour - lunch included

Phoenix Art Museum -via light rail

Horseback Ride at South Mountain Park - breakfast included

Golf Tournament - Whirlwind Golf Club

Yoga at the Japanese Friendship Garden - walking

5K Fun Run

Sedona Self Guided Tour - FRIDAY Full Day

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

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