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Southwest Parks and Recreation Kick-Off Symposium

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Friday, February 23, 2018
ASU Downtown Phoenix
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Student and professionals are invited to join us for this one-day, student-planned conference. Our 2nd Annual Southwest Parks And Recreation Kick-off Symposium (SPARKS) is a professional development event in partnership with the Arizona State University Parks and Recreation Student Association (PRSA) and the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association (APRA).

Both students and professionals in will benefit from attending this conference.* Through speakers, educational sessions, networking and socializing, this event seeks to “SPARK” interests, ideas, and connections among students and professionals in parks and recreation.

See the video promo featuring photo highlights from the 2017 conference.

Four Featured Interest Tracks:
  1. Community Sports
  2. Therapeutic Recreation
  3. Parks and Recreation
  4. SPARKS (Networking, Working with Millennials, etc.)

Each track will have two related sessions and a round table. Students will be paired with professionals to interact and network throughout the day.

Speakers and Agenda will be posted in January 2018.

* Professionals can earn up to .3 CEUs can be earned during this conference.

ASU Downtown Campus - 522 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85004


The following parking lots are recommended for the SPARKS Conference:

  • Filmore Parking lot - 609 N Central Avenue
  • University Center Parking lot - 411 N Central Avenue
  • There are limited free parking spaces on McKinley Street between 2nd and 5th Avenues


  • ASU Student: $5.00
  • Professional (APRA member): $35.00*
  • Professional (non-member): $70.00

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*Please be sure to LOG IN before registering in order to receive the discounted member rates. You must have a current paid in full membership and email in the system in order to receive with the member discount. 

This is a great opportunity to promote your business, and give back to the ASU student community. We thank you for any donation amount your business provides to the SPARKS conference.

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    Pizza and salad will be served for lunch, we recommend that you bring your own water bottle. 
      ADA Accommodations
      If you require special ADA accommodations please be sure to note that on your conference registration so we can make the necessary arrangements. 

      To view the APRA SPARKS event site, visit https://www.azpra.org/SPARKS.
      To see information from last year's inaugural event, visit the 2017 event page here.