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Let’s Go For a Walk

By Megan Harrington | Posted on July 21, 2017

Megan Harrington, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Mexico Parks and Recreation Department, shares how partnerships helped them create a thriving walking program.

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Parks and Recreation: Partners in Public Health

By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH and Kellie May, MTA | Posted on July 19, 2017

While parks have been around for well over a century, the notion that parks improve public health only gained recognition within the last decade.

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New York Street Games and the Power of Play

By Dr. Howell Wechsler | Posted on July 18, 2017

It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, which always makes me wax nostalgic about the center of my childhood existence: PLAY.

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Let’s Pass a Law to Fund Urban Greenspaces

By Rep. Nanette Barragán | Posted on July 17, 2017

This guest post by Rep. Nanette Barragán highlights the importance of urban greenspace and the work we all do every day to promote parks and recreation.

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Play On to Protect Programming at Parks

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on July 6, 2017

As we kick off this year’s Park and Recreation Month, NRPA wants to ensure that Members of Congress and their staff understand the critical importance of federal funding that supports out-of-school time programming

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Get Your Play On!

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 30, 2017

July is Park and Recreation Month and it is finally here!

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A Thank You to Park and Rec Professionals

By Heidi Ham | Posted on June 27, 2017

Heidi Ham, National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Vice President of Programs and Strategy shares her story of growing up in afterschool park and recreation programs and offers professionals a thank you gift from NAA.

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Senate Healthcare Repeal Bill Released: Park and Rec Priorities Fare Worse than in House Bill

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on June 22, 2017

Today the Senate released its healthcare repeal bill, the details of which are deeply troubling for park and recreation priorities.

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What ‘GOMESA’ Means for the Future of LWCF

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on June 19, 2017

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act or “GOMESA” was passed a little over 10 years ago in 2006. The measure includes a mandate that a portion of the overall revenues go to the State Assistance program.

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NRPA Conference Behind the Scenes: Building the Education Schedule

By Lucky D’Ascanio | Posted on June 15, 2017

As a member of the NRPA Conference Program Committee, the team of NRPA members who review the conference education session proposals, I invite you for a behind the scenes look at the remarkable process that results in an amazing product.

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rEvolution of Play

By Lisa Annis, Cre8Play | Posted on June 14, 2017

In honor of Park and Recreation Month, we asked Cre8Play to share some of the lessons learned from a recent TEDx event.

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Five Summer Hiring Tips for Park and Rec. Agencies

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on June 8, 2017

Summer can be the busiest time of year for park and recreation agencies, which means more job openings to fill. But seasonal hiring can be a challenge, as most agencies need to execute their hiring decisions quickly to get staff trained. These five tips will help you create a smooth and easy seasonal hiring process.

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How Parks and Rec can Address Arthritis in Rural America

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on June 2, 2017

Residents of rural communities, especially minority and low-income residents, tend to report higher prevalence of chronic conditions (for example arthritis, diabetes and heart disease), poorer health, and little to no physical activity compared to residents of urban communities.

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Healthy Greenspaces, Clean Water, Community Pride

By Jennifer Cox | Posted on May 31, 2017

Green stormwater infrastructure offers a hopeful solution to both environmental and social challenges when implemented in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

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FY18 Budget Request: The Fine Print Is Out and It’s Not Good for Parks and Rec

By David Tyahla | Posted on May 30, 2017

The full details of President Trump’s budget request for FY18 were released last week, which, if enacted, would mark a devastating divestment in programs critical to parks and recreation across the nation.

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Only 52% Of Adults View Local Parks as Nature

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 25, 2017

A recently released comprehensive study takes a closer look at how Americans connect with nature. The Nature of Americans report combines data to better understand their sentiment of nature, outdoor activities, perceived benefits, and more.

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’Tis the Season (10 Tips for Water Safety)

By Brad Anderson, AFOI | Posted on May 24, 2017

AFO Instructor Brad Anderson shares 10 water safety tips for keeping patrons safe at your pools this summer.

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Swimming and Autism: Strategies and Tips

By Cindy Freedman | Posted on May 19, 2017

This summer, it’s likely that many park and recreation facilities, aquatic centers and summer camps will be accommodating children with autism and various sensory challenges. Learn how to improve safety, communication and knowledge to better accommodate these families in our facilities and programs.

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