2023 CPRS Connections Conference & Expo

2023 CPRS Connections Conference & Expo

General Information

Thank you for joining us for CONNECTIONS '23  in San Diego, CA! The Conference committee members are working hard to bring you the latest information and services for the park, recreation and leisure services profession. The 2023 Conference will provide something for everyone in Parks & Recreation. Registration is now open & our full schedule will be out in the fall so you can add intensives and special event tickets at that time.

Registration Information

Registration for conference is now being accepted. Please login to see current pricing.

The Conference is being held Monday, April 3rd - Thursday, April 6th at the San Diego Convention Center. Full Registration covers all regular conference educational sessions beginning Tuesday morning and ending with our closing keynote speaker midday on Thursday. Full registration pricing also covers entrance into the exhibit hall with lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Tuesday night Welcome Reception sponsored by Playcore.

Recreation Therapy Institute:
The Recreation Therapy Institute will be held from 8:00 am - 6:15 pm on Monday, April 3rd. This institute provides the opportunity to acquire up to eight (8) hours of CEUs*. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn various ways to deliver therapeutic recreation programs. Lunch will be provided to those who register by March 24, 2023.  CEUs must be added to your registration separately

If you would like to register for just the Recreation Therapy Institute, please select "Intensives and Tickets Only" as your registration option, and you will find the RT Institute under the Monday, April 3rd dropdown. 

Badge and Tickets

Your badge and tickets will be mailed to your preferred address in late February.  If you have not received them by the end of March, please call the CPRS office to have them reprinted.  Any badges that are not reported missing or not returned to us by the postal service and need to be reprinted onsite will incur a $20 badge replacement fee onsite. Tickets are required for meals and/or special events and cannot be replaced if lost.

If you are new to our system and do not have a login and password, you will need to add yourself and enter your address & email.  Do not leave your addresses blank or we will not be able to send your information to you.  If someone is registering a group, please be sure to include individual addresses and emails for the people you add so they will get their information.

If you have questions about your registration processing or login, please contact CPRS HQ 916/665-2777.

Day Rate

Daily rates will be available after October 27, 2022. Daily rates include daily educational sessions. Tuesday Daily Fee will also include entrance into the Exhibit Hall, Lunch in the Hall and the Welcome Reception. Wednesday Daily Fee will also include entrance into the Exhibit Hall and Lunch in the Hall.  Intensives, Tours & Special Events may require an additional fee. Thursday is a half day - ending midday with our closing keynote speaker.

Cancellations & Transfers

TRANSFERS: Registration may be transferred to another representative from your agency at no charge until January 26, 2023. Fee difference will be assessed if necessary due to membership status. A $50 administrative fee for a transfer will be charged when a request is received after January 26, 2023.

REFUND REQUESTS: Refund requests received in the CPRS office no later than January 26, 2023 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Refund requests received between January 26 and March 24, 2023 will be assessed 50% of the registration fee paid and your conference badge and tickets must be returned with your written refund request. No refunds will be granted after March 24, 2023.


San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

ADA & Special Request Information

For ADA requests and questions concerning accessibility, contact CPRS at 916-665-2777. Accommodations such as interpreters cannot be guaranteed without at least 30 days notice. To help ensure availability, requests must be received by February 28, 2023.

Food Allergies & Preferences:
While we do our best to be aware of food allergies and preferences, it is not always possible for us to accommodate food allergies and preferences at our receptions and lunches in the exhibit hall due to the large number of people being served.  If you have specific needs, you may need to provide your own meals during those times. If you have any questions about provided meals, please contact our office.

Membership Status

The member rate will automatically be applied if you are a member of CPRS. If you need assistance with your membership status or login and password, before registering, please call CPRS HQ at 916-665-2777. If you are renewing your membership online, please allow 24 hours for our system to update and reflect current member pricing.  For the best registration pricing, join here!

Students will need to be CPRS Student Members to receive the student rates. You can join online and upload your student schedule here. Please allow one business day to verify your fulltime status before registering for conference.

Housing Information

We have many different hotel options this year, and our host hotel will be the beautiful Manchester Grand Hyatt. Please be sure to note the distance from whatever hotel you choose to the western wing of the San Diego Convention Center. 

Host Hotel - Manchester Grand Hyatt - $269 per night + $25 resort fee
Click here to book the Hyatt

Omni San Diego - $259 per night
Click here to book the Omni

Hilton Gaslamp- $249 per night
Click here to book The Hilton Gaslamp

Hard Rock Gaslamp - $245 per night for studio/$250 per night for king + $10 resort fee
Click here to book the Hard Rock Gaslamp

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown - $239 per night
Click here to book The Embassy Suites

Questions Below

Once you click Register Myself, you will see that we have some required and optional questions below. When you have answered the questions, please be sure to click the Save Responses button. This will ensure that your transaction successfully goes to the online cart when you complete your registration.
4/3/2023 - 4/6/2023
San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101



Monday, 03 April 2023

7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
7:00 AM

Located at the Junipero Serra Museum - 2727 Presidio Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 Join the CPRS Development & Operations Section for our annual Park Symposium featuring the latest and greatest in park operations, maintenance, planning and design. Activities include hands-on field and classroom demos, great food, and opportunities to network with other attendees, experts, and vendors. Perfect for professionals responsible for the planning, construction, project management and maintenance of parks, open space, sports fields and recreational facilities.
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM

The tour takes us to… Waterfront Park (County of San Diego) includes breakfast and speaker- Cost recovery. Olympus Park (City of Encinitas), San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and Nature Center (County of San Diego) includes lunch and a short hike- National City Arts Tour, Balboa Park (City of San Diego) includes a hike, tour of California Tower and speaker – Sustainability and Smart Cities. Thank you to our PMLB Tour Sponsors: Breakfast - RHA Landscape Architects, Planners Lunch - Great Western.
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
8:30 AM

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) will offer a special onsite Academy for Youth Sports Administrators for professionals pursuing the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.  After a full day of hands-on training, participants will complete the certification process via the Online Academy system.  This allows participants to experience both the Onsite and Online Academy, have an opportunity to meet the NAYS Academy faculty and to network with other youth sports professionals from around the state.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM

This intensive is being held at the John D. Spreckels Center in Coronado! Social to follow immediately afterwards. Join this intensive for 4 sessions featuring relevant aging services content.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

Survey the Scene - the Aquatics Scene!  The 2023 Aquatics Intensive focuses on conducting a primary survey within Aquatics.  Communication, Preparation, and Reality (CPR) are primary areas of focus and have become our lifelines as Aquatics Professionals.  Join us as we dive into these professional lifesaving CPR elements of the aquatics scene; their daily impact on individual and work team successes, and the need to continuously assess and improve each area to be effective on and off the deck.  Take a breath and decompress as this Intensive promises to be both informative and fun!
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1:00 PM

Do you have a blue print? What's in your toolbox? Join the Recreation Section for an in-depth look at sharpening your professional tools. Learn more about the Development and Operations side of Recreation as we hammer out and create a personal 5-year plan for a succsessful future.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
1:00 PM

Tuesday, 04 April 2023

6:00 PM

Wednesday, 05 April 2023

4/5/2023 - 4/7/2023

Thursday, 06 April 2023

You must be a CPRS State Board Past President to register for this event.  If you would like to join via Zoom, there will be no charge.  Please let us know and we will get you registered from the office - tammy@cprs.org or 916/665-2777. Location will be at the Manchester Hyatt Presidential Suite.
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
11:30 AM

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