NRPA Expects Large International Crowds at Annual Congress and Exposition

Largest U.S. Park and Recreation Show to Feature Over 100,000 Square Feet of Exhibits in Salt Lake City Oct. 13-16

Ashburn, Virginia – 420 exhibitors featuring the latest in park and recreation products and over 7,500 attendees will descend upon Salt Lake City beginning October 13. The 2009 NRPA Congress and Exposition will makes its debut in Salt Lake City this fall and will offer exhibits, seminars, educational sessions, keynote speeches and more. The Exposition, featuring exhibitors showcasing every product, technology, and service imaginable for the park and recreation industry is one of the highlights of NRPA’s Annual Congress. From outdoor movie screens to the latest kinetic, non-linear play equipment to climbing boulders and more…the NRPA Congress and Exposition has the latest new products for the industry.

“The Exposition this year will absolutely impress those who attend,” says NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane. “There have been so many innovations in our industry since the days of the sliding board and jungle gym and picnic tables. Parks and recreation areas now offer something for everyone and every age group and they’ll all be at our Exposition.”

The Exposition’s key sponsors feature major industry manufacturers, including:

  • Playcore
  • Landscape Structures
  • Open Air Cinema
  • Hargrove, Inc.
  • BCI Burke
  • SnapSports
  • Tarkett Sports
  • Play Mart Playgrounds
  • TSS Photography

Of particular note are the profiles of those attending the Congress and Exposition. Previous survey results show that attendees plan to spend an average of $375,000 for their organizations on products they see at the Exposition.

Over 65% of attendees have annual budgets of over 1 million dollars and almost 20% have budgets in excess of 15 million dollars. 82% of the attendees are industry professionals and 60% of those at the Exposition travel over 400 miles to attend the event.

“There will be something for everyone at the Exposition,” says Matt Ott, Exhibit Sales Manager for NRPA. “This is really a “must see’ opportunity for park and recreation professionals. As far as we know this is the largest park and recreation trade show in the world and we will have exhibitors coming from Asia, Europe, and Australia.”

The Exposition is not all about business. Attendees at the Exposition will have the opportunity to have their photograph appear on the cover of Parks and Recreation Magazine, NRPA’s popular monthly industry publication; try their hand at arts and crafts; test drive a Segway®; climb a rock wall; see a movie on an inflatable outdoor movie screen, and regain their childhood while testing out the latest play equipment at the Exposition.

The 2009 NRPA Congress and Exposition provides opportunities for professionals working in the field, educators and students, citizens passionate about parksand recreation and anyone interested in this exciting growth industry to connect with top industry thought leaders and tap into the new ideas and products from the world’s largest gathering of park and recreation suppliers.

About The National Recreation and Park Association

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