Township of Westfield, NJ

Somerset County Park System

Upcoming events

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 27 Feb 2019
    • Harrah's, Atlantic City, NJ

    Join us and experience:

    • NJ’s largest conference & trade show for parks, recreation, and leisure services
    • Trade Show of 115 vendors 
    • Numerous CEU opportunities; 25-30 educational sessions featuring outstanding presenters 
    • Exciting keynote presentation by SaulPaul; a musician with a message…….Be The Change
    • Annual Awards Dinner

    Pre-Conference Institutes on Sunday, February 24, 2018:

    2019 Educational Session topics include: Leading vs. Managing-Teambuilding on a $25 budget; Kids & Sports-How Much is too Much; The WHY of Work: Aligning Passion and Strengths to Get the Job Done; Play in Recreation: Strategies to Make Your Community Playful; A Decade of Lessons Learned in Drowning Prevention; All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time-Creating Park and Recreation Spaces that Encourage Health and Wellness; Implementing Free Technology Tools into Recreation Programs; More than Just a Game; Transformational Leadership; Critical Issues in Youth Sports; Suicide Talk: A Conversation to Create Awareness; Leadership Across Generations; Prioritizing Park Improvements; Including Kids with Autism in Youth Sports, Seniors/Active Adults, and much more.

    Click here for registration form.

    If you plan on paying for your hotel room with a purchase order please read this document first. NJRPA Harrah's Hotel Reservation Procedure and Pricing.pdf

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Harrah's, Atlantic City, NJ. Wildwood Conference Room 14

    2019 Pre-Conf Flyer - Rutgers.pdf

    This 5th edition course is designed for parks and recreation staff, coaches, volunteers, and youth sports administrators.  This full-day session teaches the fundamentals of implementing the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic - Sports Awareness For Educating Today’s Youth™ - which meets the stipulations of the NJ State “Little League” Law (P.L. 1988, c.87) and the Minimum Standards for Volunteer Coaches Safety Orientation and Training Skills Program (N.J.A.C. 5:52).

    1. List the standards for receiving partial civil immunity under NJ State law protecting volunteer coaches.

    2. Effectively administer the 5th edition of the Rutgers SAFETY Course for volunteer coaches.

    3. Assist volunteer coaches with developing a philosophy of coaching consistent with the development of children.

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Harrah's, Atlantic City, NJ. Wildwood Conference Room 3

    2019 Pre-Conf Flyer - Developing a Parks and Rec Risk Management Plan.pdf

    Park and recreation agencies are responsible for the safe delivery and operation of programs, facilities, and services. We understand that there is inherent risk in leisure activities, such as hiking, swimming across a lake, standup paddling, or playing in the championship basketball tournament as examples. Sometimes, that thrill is why people play. Our responsibility is to provide experiences in which that risk is controlled, to minimize and/or eliminate injuries and accidents to the public and our employees. There are also internal policies and procedures to manage risk with the handling of finances. In this workshop, you will learn how to identify and analyze risk exposures and will learn how to create a Risk Management Plan to guide your programs and facilities with the goal of reducing future unexpected losses.

    1. List the elements of an effective Risk Management Plan.

    2. Identify risk levels in participation in various types of facilities and programs.

    3. Develop methods to review participant hold harmless & indemnification agreements, insurance recommendations, certificates of insurance, naming of additional insureds, and the use of volunteers.

    4. Discuss the importance of having structured facility use agreements and how to identify risk control approaches to reduce injury and liability.

    5. Identify SOPs to be created to manage fiduciary operations.

    Presenters: Javier Esparra, New Jersey Risk Managers Maryjane Hydro, New Jersey Risk Managers Karen Hesser, CPRP, Five Rivers MetroParks, OH Cindie Sullivan, CPRP, Somerset County Park Commission

    Promotional support for this session is provided by Northeast Lock.

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Harrah's, Atlantic City, NJ. Wildwood Conference Room 10

    2019 Pre-Conf Flyer - Aquatics Best Practices Boot Camp.pdf

    A full day of exploring best practices in aquatics with a panel of experienced aquatic professionals from all aspects of the industry, including pools and waterfronts. This session will be helpful to both experienced professionals and those new to aquatics. It will be especially beneficial to Summer Aquatics Managers. Whether you are hungry for new ideas or looking for operations advice, you will not be disappointed. Participants will receive a binder full of information, checklists, and samples. This workshop will provide an opportunity to have various priorities addressed, while sharing great information with others in the aquatics industry in NJ.

    1. Identify areas in your aquatics operation that need improvement.

    2. Recognize industry best practices and learn how to apply them.

    3. Incorporate best practices in various aspects of aquatics operations.

    All new information, back by popular demand! All Attendees will receive a binder of valuable operations materials! Sponsored by: Water Safety Products

    Presenters: Judith Leblein Josephs, Summit Community Programs, Dr. Adam Katchmarchi, Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania/National Drowning Prevention Alliance Executive Director, Christine Palma, Breakwater Beach Water Park LLC

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Wildwood 4, Harrah's, Atlantic City
    • 8 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Monmouth County Park System

    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Thompson Park Visitor's Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Morristown Senior Center, 200 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960



    MARCH 21ST, 2019 AT 11 AM


    200 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960—3rd Floor


    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sunset Diner, Green Brook

    • 3 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Plainsboro Recreation Center, Plainsboro
    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2019
    • Wall Recreation Center-Wall, NJ
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    The Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI) Course and Exam, hosted by the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association, is the most comprehensive and up-to-date training program on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods.

    The course provides advanced reading and fifteen (15) hours of training that will prepare you to take the Certified Playground   Safety Inspector Exam at the culmination of the certification course. Certification, with passage of the exam, is valid for three years.

    Participants will receive:

    • ASTM F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications of Playgrounds for Public Use
    • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook for Public Playground Safety 
    • 1.5 Continuing Education Units through NRPA

    Course Schedule:

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    • Introduction to History
    • Injury Statistics
    • Hazard Identification
    • Safety Surfacing & Use Zones

    Thursday, April 11, 2019      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    • Playground Safety Management
    • Playground Equipment Accessibility
    • Maintenance Procedures & Standards
    • On-Site Playground Inspection & Audit Exercise
    • Final Question & Answer Session
    • Exam Preparation

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    • Exam Check In 8:30 am.
    • Exam Start As seating is completed 
    • TWO forms of ID are REQUIRED for exam  admission. 


    Wall Recreation

    2700 Allaire Road

    Wall, NJ 07719

    Cancellation and Transfer Policy: 

    No refunds will be made once text resource materials have been shipped. If you do not cancel by March 20, 2019 or do not attend you are responsible for the full payment. You will receive the resource materials 30 days before the course. If you do not receive them, please contact the NJRPA office. In order to pass the exam, we recommend you read the texts prior to the course as the course is a review. 

    Participants registering after March 20, 2019 must pay an additional $35.00 fee for the overnight shipping of resource  materials.  

    If it is past the cancellation date registrants may transfer to a later CPSI Course and Exam hosted in New Jersey.  A $135.00 transfer fee shall apply.

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    • Heavenly Farms Arts Center in East Brunswick

    If you are a commercial member of the NJRPA or a non-member that is interested in sponsoring please read this flyer: 2019 Aquatics Conference Flyer for Commercial Final.pdf

    If you are a Professional interested in attending please read this flyer: 2019 Aquatics Conference Flyer for Professionals Final.pdf

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Princeton Recreation Department
    • Hosted @ Princeton Recreation Department
    • Offered as two-day program or one day online and 2nd day classroom
    • $345 for 2-day course and $365 for fusion course (1 day online & 1 day in class)

      Register by purchase order with the NJRPA. If you are registering online with a credit card please go to the link below. If you are an NJRPA member please contact Richard Lani via email at or phone call at 609-356-0480 for a $20 discount code (the discount is already applied if you are not paying with a credit card).

    Please note that there will be a 1 hour break for lunch each day. Lunch will not be provided.

    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Westfield Recreation Center

    • 8 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Thompson Park Visitor's Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ

    • 21 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Conference Call

    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Holmdel Bell Works

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Monmouth County Park System

    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Thompson Park Visitor's Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Thompson Park Visitor's Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ

    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Monmouth County Park System

    • 13 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Thompson Park Visitor's Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ

    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Monmouth County Park System

New Jersey Recreation & Park Association |  1 Wheeler Way  Princeton, NJ 08540

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