Recently, Ardmore was chosen over several cities to be the site of the 2009 Oklahoma Recreation & Parks Society Annual Conference.


Recently, Ardmore was chosen over several cities to be the site of the 2009 Oklahoma Recreation & Parks Society Annual Conference. 


The event has been scheduled for Nov. 18, 19 and 20 at the Ardmore Convention Center. Organizers expect approximately 175 parks and recreation professionals from across the state to attend the conference. The organization has been meeting annually since 1956, and this is the first time in 10 years that the group will meet in southern Oklahoma.


“I think it is a great opportunity for parks and recreational professionals in southern Oklahoma to attend the annual conference in a great facility located in our own backyard,” Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Boatright said.


Members attend conference sessions to learn about new, cutting-edge recreational  programs, funding availability and to network with suppliers through exhibits. The meeting also allows members to obtain continuing education credits in order to maintain their professional status. An extension of O.R.P.S. is to provide an educational role in keeping the state Legislature informed of the recreation and parks concerns of the citizens of our state.


“We are very pleased the Oklahoma Recreation & Parks Society chose the Ardmore Convention Center for their meeting. An excellent location and competitive pricing contributed to their decision,” Ardmore Convention & Visitors Bureau Marketing Director Janet Bateman said.


“We look forward to demonstrating the Ardmore Advantage when O.R.P.S. meets in November.”