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October 2014

Grant and Fundraising Resources for Park and Recreation Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically has competitive grants available for park and recreation agencies. Read More
October 2014

Fund Your Park

A new member benefit for NRPA members, Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies. 

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October 2014

Lincoln Heights Park Revitalization

The revitalization of Lincoln Heights Park embraces the best of Parks Build Community by improving this important public space through park enhancements that honor the cultural roots and natural environment of this Charlotte park.

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October 2014

Parks Build Community

NRPA partners with host cities around the U.S., and numerous public and private agencies to reconstruct dilapidated facilities and provide new park amenities in areas in need of revitalization. These efforts enhance green space, promote health and physical activity, and support social interaction.

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October 2014

NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

Call for Sessions Proposals for 2014 Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Apply Today! Read More
October 2014

Gold Medal Awards

The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. Each agency is judged on its ability to address the needs of those it serves through the collective energies of citizens, staff, and elected officials.

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October 2014

Webinars

NRPA Webinars offer the opportunity to get professional development and education through subject matter experts in an easy, cost-effective manner with some even earning you CEUs.

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October 2014

Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources: Resource sharing allows park and recreation agencies to capitalize on the innovations, successful models, and best practices currently being utilized in the field. 

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October 2014

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. CPRP certification demonstrates your practical knowledge and that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment. Read More
September 2014

Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness

NRPA is proud to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to help build stronger communities by supporting individuals, families and neighborhoods to live active, healthy lifestyles. Read More
September 2014

NRPA's Congress and Exposition is the flagship event of NRPA and the premier annual event of the park and recreation community. Join us in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More
September 2014

NRPA Member Videos

Videos created by NRPA Members. Read More
September 2014

Commit to Health.

In an effort to help kids to be more active, eat better, and grow up healthy, NRPA’s “Commit to Health” campaign supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards at 2,000 park and recreation sites across the country. Read More
August 2014

Serving Millions of Meals to Children


Nearly 17 million children receive subsidized or free meals at school every year. But what happens when school lets out? For years parks and recreation agencies have delivered healthy, nutritious food and provided comprehensive nutritional education programs through summer programs—feeding about 1.1 million children each year. Now, with the help of a $2.1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA will support summer feeding programs of 15 park and recreation agencies each year for two year. The grants will make it possible for agencies to serve an estimated 4.9 million meals to children in 2010 and 2011.

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August 2014

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This July, NRPA wants everyone talking about why parks and recreation are so important in our lives!

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July 2014

Tennis in the Parks

For more than 10 years NRPA and USTA have partnered together to build healthier communities through tennis.

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July 2014

New Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.

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July 2014

Advocacy Insider Newsletter

NRPA's Public Policy newsletter for NRPA members, highlights legislative updates and advocacy news.

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July 2014

Jobs in Parks and Recreation

The NRPA Career Center is your online resource for career and internship opportunities in the parks and recreation field. 

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July 2014

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification

The CPSI certification is for those certified to be able to: identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground; rank the hazards according to injury potential; and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections and maintenance. Read More
July 2014

Scholarships and Fellowships

The NRPA scholarship and fellowship program enables recipients to attend NRPA's Congress and Exposition and National Legislative Forum. Applications and information for 2014 will be available in February 2014.

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July 2014

Shady Lane Park Revitalization

The revitalization of Shady Lane Park embraces the best of Parks Build Community by improving this important public space through park enhancements that honor the cultural roots and natural environment of this north Houston park.

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July 2014

Conferences, Schools, and Workshops

NRPA schools and conferences are forums where the park and recreation community comes together to exchange ideas and information. NRPA’s live educational events offer the most relevant and diverse professional development programs that cover all aspects of parks and recreation. Read More
June 2014

Research Papers

The cutting-edge research papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) were released today.  These five research papers present evidence on the important impact made by parks and recreation in local communities in America.  The papers provide insight into areas of growth, which will enable agencies to adapt to increasing demands and quantify the benefits of their services to local and national decision makers.

 

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June 2014

10 Million Kids Outdoors

NRPA is working with the National Wildlife Federation’s 10 Million Kids Outdoors campaign. This initiative will propel us over the next three years toward a future when all kids spend time outside each day, creating a generation of happier, healthier, children with more awareness and connection to the natural world.

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