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10 Parks & Rec Events You Don't Want to Miss in 2017

Going to parks and recreation industry events is a key part of building your networks and developing yourself to perform as well as possible. With the well-being of your communities in your hands, we find it very important to get involved some of these, at least every year or two.


2016 was a great year for conferences and a lot of knowledge and resources were shared amongst the industry. 2017 seems to be shaping up in the same way and we don’t want any of you to miss out. Here are some of our top choices for parks and recreation events that have been announced, with the addition of a few international days and months that promote well-being.



mParks Conference & Trade Show | Jan 31 - Feb 3, 2017


Michigan Recreation and Park Association hosts one of the best statewide conferences and it’s one of the first ones of the year. This time around, their theme is “Happy Places, Happy People”, with the conference happening at the Amway Grand Hotel and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. We’re looking forward to seeing how they embrace happiness, in their quest to boost well-being.



California Park and Recreation Society Conference | February 28 - March 3, 2017


The 2017 CPRS Conference & Expo is returning to Sacramento, to help parks and rec professionals learn, network and grow. Full of educational sessions, networking and special events like wellness sessions and tours, it’s a great opportunity to expand your mind and form new ideas for supporting your community. Check out their pre-conference brochure, for more information.



International Day of Happiness | March 20, 2017


The United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Happiness is a great opportunity for your parks and recreation organization to help boost the well-being of your community. Major factor in one’s happiness and overall well-being can be heavily impacted by parks and recreation. Building out some awesome events that show how parks and recreation can affect one’s happiness can help build your organization’s visibility.



British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association Conference | TBD, 2017


This year’s conference will be hosted at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler, allowing guests to explore one of the best mountain resorts in the world. Last year’s theme was “Elevating Recreation”, exploring the importance of recreation and how we can continually evolve how our communities partake in it. PerfectMind was a proud Gold Sponsor of the 2016 event and look forward to seeing what the BCRPA has planned for 2017.



National Physical Fitness and Sports Month | May, 2017


Physical activity is so important for well-being, yet so many families don’t stay active as much as they should. In the month of May, try to change that, by hosting great events for your community to attend. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shares a number of resources, to help you keep your community moving.



Recreation and Parks Month | June (Canada), July (United States)


While us parks and recreation folk understand the importance of what we do, many community members may take it for granted. A key part of this month is trying to change that. Get your community up and moving, with lots of special events and initiatives. Get more information on how you can celebrate Park and Recreation month here.



International Day of Yoga | June 21, 2017


Yoga is one of the most popular programs for many parks and recreation organizations. However, we featured it because of its embodiment of well-being. Hosting citywide yoga events has been shows to be a great way to get more people on board with this life-enriching activity, while boosting the host organization’s visibility. Win-win!



International Play Association Conference | September, 2017


Hosted in Calgary, the 20th edition of the IPA Triennial World Conference will become a meeting place for people from all over the globe to discuss the importance of play. With the attendees consisting of play researchers, practitioners and advocates, you’re sure to leave this one with a lot of applicable knowledge to use at your organization.



National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference | September 26-28, 2017


Easily one of the largest and well-known parks and recreation conferences takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, the NRPA sets the benchmark for parks and recreation conferences and they will certainly be doing the same in 2017. PerfectMind is proud to be a part of NRPA conferences, for the past few years. We look forward to seeing you there again in 2017.



Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference | TBA


While the date is yet to be announced, the ARPA annual conference is a big one for Western Canada, with many visitors from the United States as well. They hit a high standard with their conferences, bringing together a great number of professionals for a few days of networking and learning. We’re proud to be one of their sponsors year-after-year and we hope to see you there!


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PerfectMind is an industry-leading member management and facility booking software provider. Its robust Platform as a Service (PaaS) serves organizations of all sizes in parks & recreation, health & wellness, fitness, and education sectors. With over 5,000 customers in 21 countries, PerfectMind streamlines business processes so organizations can focus on supporting and growing their communities.

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