Media Coverage - Online Press Room

The National Recreation and Park Association is often featured in stories from news agencies around the country.  When possible, major media coverage on NRPA and the NRPA community will be posted to this page.  Please direct all media inquiries to Lauren Hoffmann, at or 703.858.2151. 


Jack Nicklaus's plan to snag the kids
The Wall Street Journal, Dec.8 2012
Discusses NRPAs partnership with SNAG and the Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues

How kids can reconnect with nature
The Globe and Mail, Nov. 23, 2012
Discusses natural playscapes; quotes NRPA's Richard Dolesh

Parks' place: Online
Arizona Republic, Oct. 30, 2012
About parks using social media to connect with their communities; quotes NRPA's Lauren Hoffmann

National Wildlife Federation and NRPA Partner to Get 10 Million Kids Outdoors, Oct. 17, 2012
About the 10 Million Kids Outdoors initiative  

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Congress and Exposition 2012
Park and Rec Trades, Oct. 15, 2012
About NRPA’s Congress and Exposition  

See You There!
Recreation Management, Oct. 2012
About the NRPA’s Annual Congress and Exposition  

Community Parks Revitalization Act Introduced in Senate
Athletic Business, Sept. 25, 2012
About the Introduction of the Community Parks Revitalization Act  

NRPA Congress focuses on innovation
GovPro, Sept. 17, 2012
Feature about NRPA’s Annual Congress and Exposition  

Park and recreation agencies filled children’s hunger gap during summer months
Park and Rec Trades, Sept. 15, 2012
About NRPA’s Serving Communities grant program 

As Phoenix-area city budgets remain tight, new park facilities on hold
Arizona Republic, Sept. 15, 2012
Quotes NRPA’s Lauren Hoffmann on the benefits of parks and recreation  

10 Endangered State Parks
Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine, Sept. 2012
Quotes NRPA's Rich Dolesh and extensive information from NRPA 

A Checklist for Safe Playgrounds: The Dirty Dozen
Park and Rec Trades, August 15, 2012
About the NRPA’s Dirty Dozen and CPSI training course/certification 

Restoring Belle Isle to Detroit's gem will take help
Detroit Free Press, August 13, 2012
Quotes NRPA’s Rich Dolesh 

New Trend: “Glamping”
Associated Press Broadcast, July 2012
References NRPA statistics  

Testing the Waters on Life Jackets in Swimming Pools 
Chicago Tribune, July 30, 2012
Quotes NRPA’s Bill Beckner 

National Park and Recreation Month Family Fitness, July 21, 2012
Features information on Park and Recreation Month 

Surface transportation reauthorization debate continues in Congress 
The Municipal, July 5, 2012
Article discusses the Surface Transportation law and impact on parks and recreation; NRPA’s public policy team is quoted throughout  

Things to Do in July with Your Family Stay-at-home-Moms, July 4, 2012
References Park and Recreation Month  

Parks Gone Wild
Recreation Management, July 2012
About NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month  

SF swimming pool dearth leaves kids high and dry for lessons
San Francisco Examiner, June 24, 2012
References NRPA’s PRORAGIS statistics for pools per municipality population 

Summer Activities Essential for all Kids 
Blog: Dr. Michele Borba, June 22, 2012
Notes NRPA as a trusted resource for helping to keep kids active and healthy during the summer months 

Fun at Camp Mom-and-Dad
Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2012
Quotes NRPA’s Bill Beckner 

New Bedford expands Summer Food Program, focuses on outdoor activities
South Coast Today, June 16, 2012
On the New Bedford’s summer feeding program through the Serving Communities Grant; quotes NRPA’s Jimmy O’Connor 

Parks and Rec Programs Are, Well, Wonderful
Athletic Business Blog, June 5, 2012
On Park and Recreation Month 

Funding for Urban Parks
Recreation Management, June 2012
Reports on the NRPA/UI Financing the Future Report 

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month With the NRPA, June 2012
On NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month 

Weed ‘em and Reap 
Kiwi Magazine June 2012
Quotes Rich Dolesh and NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month  

Swimming pools only a memory in East St. Louis, other cities
St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 26, 2012
References NRPA’s data 

Rockford Park District again finalist for national award
Rockford Register Star, May 8, 2012
On being finalists for the AAPRA/NRPA National Gold Medal Award 

Doris Duke estate, a mystery for decades, will welcome the public
The Star-Ledger (NJ), May 6, 2012
Article quotes NRPA’s Rich Dolesh 

See how buying soda can help a Grand Rapids park, April 14, 2012
On the Sprite Spark Parks grant program  

Glendale and Peoria grapple with how to monitor parks
Arizona Republic, April 13, 2012
Quotes NRPA’s Bill Beckner 

HOMEGROWN FUN: Park and recreation programs see an increase in participants
The Register-Guard (OR), March 31, 2012
On the popularity of park and recreation programs; quotes NRPA facts and figures  

'Hunger Games' launches archery boom, March 22, 2012
On popularity of archery and mentions NRPA’s Discover Archery grant program 

Bill Beckner, National Recreation and Park Association: Faces of Public Health
New Public Health Blog, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 6, 2012
Profiles Bill Beckner and the important role of parks and recreation in public health 

Parks Reach Out to Disabled Vets & Soldiers
Recreation Management, March 2012
On NRPA’s Parks: Return and Restore Grant  

Best Jobs: 2012
US News & World Report
Reports on the recreation and fitness worker as one of the best jobs in 2012; NRPA’s certification is mentioned 

Oglebay Park Hosts Green School
WTRF, CBS, Wheeling, WV, Feb. 26, 2012
On NRPA’s Green School 

NRPA gets grant to assist disabled military and veterans
GovPro, Feb. 23,2012
On NRPA’s Parks: Return and Restore grant 

Recreation is Good for Our Health
Montgomery County MD,, Feb. 17, 2012
On the importance of recreation; NRPA research is referenced 

Industry News – Additional Discounts
Aquatics International, Feb. 2012
On NRPA’s new member business solutions for aquatics  

Suburbs’ rec centers making it
Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 28, 2012
On budget and finances for recreation centers; NRPA’s Bill Beckner is quoted throughout 

Johnson City Parks and Rec seeking $100k for playground repairs (TN), Jan. 10, 2012
On playground safety and CPSI 


 Hawk Over Atlanta
On Tony Hawk keynote and NRPA Congress and Expo 

 DC Success of Park Revitalization Inspires Duplication in Atlanta
Playground Magazine - Summer 2011
On NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative to revitalize Selena S. Butler Park in Atlanta, Ga.

Budget Cuts Force Public Pools to Close
CBS Early Show - July 15, 2011
On the closure of public pools in cities around the nation, with an interview by NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane.

Park Programs Support Healthy, Active Lifestyle
Examiner - National - July 13, 2011
On Park and Recreation Month, and the impact of parks and recreation on health and wellness.  NRPA's Amy Kapp is interviewed.

America's Parks Call on Congress to form Conservation Construction Corps
Gary Engberg Outdoors - July 12, 2011
NRPA and NASPD propose new employment program to revitalize America's parks and put people back to work.

Looking for a Pool, and Coming Up Dry
New York Times - July 6, 2011
On the closure of public swimming pools due to budget cuts.  Includes quotes and information from NRPA's Bill Beckner. 

July Fourth Bummer:  State Parks Closed
ABC World News (with Dianne Sawyer) - July 1, 2011
On the state park budget crisis, and closure of state parks.  NRPA's Rich Dolesh is quoted.

From Now On, It'll Cost You to Visit Wash. Parks
Seattle Times (Associated Press Washington)
On the move toward entry fees in Washington state parks.  NRPA's Rich Dolesh is quoted. 

Shade:  A Weapon Against Skin Cancer, Child Obesity
USA Today - June 29, 2011
On the movement for more tree cover/shade in parks to combat skin cancer/encourage physical activity, with information from NRPA Public Policy Chief Rich Dolesh.

State Parks Hit Hard by Budget Cuts
CBS Early Show - June 28, 2011
On the state park budget crisis - with a great quote by NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane

Celebrate Good Times
Recreation Management - July 2011
From the Editor's Desk, on celebrating parks and recreation in July!

July is Parks and Recreation Month
American City & County - June 27, 2011
On NRPA's 2011 Park and Recreation Month initiatives.  Rock Your Park!

In State Parks, the Sharpest Ax Is the Budget's
New York Times - June 7, 2011
On the state park budget crisis in 2011.  NRPA's Public Rich Dolesh is quoted. 

Parks Get New Life in Urban Centers
USA Today - June 5, 2011
On NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative to revitalize Selena S. Butler Park with the City of Atlanta, with great quote by NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane.

Public-Private Partnerships on Recreation Facilities Offer Advantages to Each Group
Club Industry Magazine - June 1, 2011
On the benefits of partnerships between park and recreation agencies and non-profits/private entities.

Park Providers Respond to a Growing Interest in Community Gardening
Athletic Business - June 2011
On NRPA's Natl. "Grow Your Park" Program with the J.R. Albert Foundation and 2011 Grantees. 

Recreation Trade Group Funds Kids' Golf Initiative
GovPro - May 23, 2011
On NRPA's New SNAG G-Ball Program to engage young kids in the game of Golf.

Outdoor Exposure Good for Your Health
Discovery News - May 23, 2011
On NRPA Research Paper by Dr. Ming Kuo on the health benefits of parks and the outdoors. 

Green Environments Essential for Human Health, Research Shows
ScienceDaily - April 26, 2011
On NRPA Research Paper by Dr. Ming Kuo on the health benefits of parks and the outdoors. 

Tips to Help Kids Stay Safe on the Playground
Tampa Bay Tribune "Family Room" - April 22, 2011
Blog on tips by NRPA for parents/caregivers to help kids be safe on playgrounds.

DC Success of Park Revitalization Inspires Duplication in Atlanta
American Business Journal - April 18, 2011
On NRPA's Parks Build Community Initiative to revitalize Selena S. Butler Park.

NRPA Park Revitalization Initiative Arrives in Atlanta
Athletic Business - April 14, 2011
On NRPA's Parks Build Community Initiative to revitalize Selena S. Butler Park. 

Secretary of the DOI Ken Salazar Speaks at 2011 Legislative Forum...
Gary Engberg Outdoors - March 5, 2011
Announcing the Secretary's Plans to Speak at NRPA's Legislative Forum on Parks and Rec. 

Blog:  Sedentary Kids Need a Hero
Athletic Business - Feb. 23, 2011
On NRPA's Olympic Day partnership with USOC. 

NRPA Launches National Online Benchmarking Tool for Park and Rec. Agencies
Playground Magazine - Jan. 24, 2011
On the launch of new online benchmarking and GIS system PRORAGIS. 


Making Public Service Work from Home
U.S. News and World Report - Oct. 28, 2010
On community service and its tie in to parks and recreation. 

Community Program Sprouts New Playground in MPL's North Loop
Minnesota Public Radio - Oct. 27, 2010
NRPA's 2010 Congress "Leave It Better" community service project.  

Marvin Gaye Park in NE Has Neighbors Reclaiming Their Sense of Community
The Washington Post - Sept. 4, 2010
On efforts by NRPA and Washington Parks and People to rebuild a playground and revitalize a neighborhood in northeast D.C.

Congress Should Fully Fund Land and Water Conservation
The Morning Call - Aug. 27, 2010
Op-Ed in favor of funding the LWCF and allocating funds for LWCF Stateside programs. 

NRPA and RBFF Announce Grantees for 2010 Take Me FishingTM Initiative
Gary Engberg Outdoors - Aug. 17, 2010
Announces the 2010 Take Me FishingTM Grantees. 

"The Balancing Act" - NRPA Playground Safety Segment
Lifetime Television Network - July 23, 2010
CEO Barbara Tulipane provides playground safety tips and discusses NRPA's "The Dirty Dozen" guide to playground safety.

Committee OKs Full Park Funding from Oil and Gas Drilling Leases
Environmental Protection Online - July 23, 2010
On the CLEAR Act, with contributions by CEO Barbara Tulipane. 

Measuring the Green in Greenspace
American City and County Magazine - June 2010
A new LEED-style rating system is emerging to guide sustainable park development.  Quotes by NRPA's Rich Dolesh, a SITES steering committee member. 

Summer Safety:  Hidden Playground Dangers
Good Morning America - June 25, 2010
NRPA provided playground safety tips on Good Morning America! 

July is Park and Recreation Month!
Outdoor Athlete - June 6, 2010
Announcing NRPA's national Park and Recreation Month initiatives.

Instand Recess Promotes Health for Adults by Making Exercise a Group Activity
The Washington Post - May 27, 2010
NRPA's Barbara Tulipane discusses the role of parks and recreation in the recently released National Physical Activity Plan.

Summer Fun Limited by Budget Cuts, Higher Fees
USA Today - May 25, 2010
NRPA's CEO Barbara Tulipane weighs in about the effects of budget tightening on recreation, specifically in swimming facilities.

Park Advocates in Cash Poor States Seek Funding
Reuters - May 21, 2010
NRPA's Chief of Public Policy, Rich Dolesh discusses the State Park budget crisis and New York. 

Health/physical activity eyed for Outdoors Initiative
Federal Parks & Recreation (Volume 28 No. 9) (Subscription Only) - May 7, 2010
On the role of NRPA and parks and recreation for the National Physical Activity Plan.  Barbara Tulipane is quoted. 

System for Volunteer Background Checks Keeps Youth Sports Safer
KY3 NBC - May 4, 2010
On the success of NRPA's Operation TLC2 Volunteer Background Check program in Springfield-Greene Co., Mo. 

Natural Playgrounds a Growing National Trend
USA Today – April 22, 2010
NRPA's Chief of Public Policy, Rich Dolesh, provided info. and quotes for this article on natural play areas!  

Arizona Towns Pitch in to Save Parks
LA Times – March 29, 2010
NRPA Public Policy Chief Rich Dolesh was asked to comment on this story, following his article about the state park budget crisis in the March issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine.  This article was syndicated in several other large dailies throughout the country, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Dallas Morning News. 

Summer Jobs Outlook:  Just as Tough as Last Year – March 26, 2010
NRPA Public Policy comments on the summer outlook for park jobs in the U.S. 

Congressmen Honored for Work In Behalf of Public Parks and Recreation
National Parks Traveler – March 18, 2010
Announcing the honorees of our 2010 Congressional Recognition Reception in Washington, D.C. 

Campus Relations
Club Industry Magazine – March 1, 2010
NRPA's Accreditation Team helped develop this story on partnerships between park and recreation agencies and universities. 

County Parks Need Long-Term Funding
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel – Feb. 28, 2010
A letter-to-the-editor from Barbara Tulipane to JS about Milwaukee's park system and the maintenance backlog. 

Non-Profit Groups May Aid Parks
The Arizona Republic – Feb. 22, 2010
NRPA Public Policy on partnerships between parks and non-profit entities. 

Calif. Debate Illustrates the Problems of Funding Parks
AOL Online News – Feb. 15, 2010
NRPA Public Policy comments on the state park budget crisis.