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Posted on: November 18, 2016

2023 NRPA Annual Conference to Generate Millions for Dallas Economy


The Dallas Park and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Dallas), is pleased to announce that Dallas is hosting the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2023 Annual Conference.

“This announcement comes at a perfect time, as we build on the momentum of our recent national accreditation from CAPRA,” said Willis Winters, Dallas Park and Recreation Department Director. "We are honored to host our peers from across the country and we can’t wait to show them why Dallas is a nationally recognized leader in parks and recreation."

NRPA’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of park and recreation professionals and citizen advocates. Every year it attracts more than 7,000 participants.

“This is a wonderful event for Dallas,” said Phillip Jones, Visit Dallas President and CEO. “We estimate that the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference will generate an economic impact of approximately $14.7 million for the City of Dallas.”

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department and Visit Dallas will work closely with NRPA to welcome the 2023 conference.

“Dallas has a rich tradition of successfully integrating parks, green space and recreation systems within its infrastructure and that is why the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Professionals awarded them with national accreditation,” said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA President and CEO. “By holding the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference in a city that is adopting innovative approaches to their parks and recreation, we are destined to enhance the overall conference experience for all of our attendees.”

NRPA conference attendees represent all regions of the United States and abroad. The annual event features more than 200 education sessions, renowned keynote speakers, a business exposition, courses, workshops, award presentations, and networking events and provides park professionals and citizen advocates an opportunity to meet and confer on the business of parks across the country.

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