Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Conference Counts

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Conference Counts

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This year's NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina, was one of the most successful in recent memory by a number of measures, but don't take our word for it. Although these statistics can't capture the knowledge attendees got from the education sessions, the connections professionals made as they networked, the significance of the improved neighborhood park built for the Parks Build Community initiative or the joy untold numbers of kids will get when they play on playground equipment bought on the show floor, they give a slice of the action and showcase some of what happened at this year's 49th annual event.

50: Number of states represented by attendees (plus Germany, France, India, China, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Brazil and other countries).

280: Number of traditional education sessions, speed sessions, Off-Site Institutes and Pre-Congress Workshops presented (out of 571 submissions).

2,200+ Number of hours invested by approximately 160 attendee volunteers.

4,292: Number of downloads of the 2014 NRPA Congress app.

3,000+: Number of attendees at the Opening Party for networking with their fellow members.

476: Number of speakers. …

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