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March 2015

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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March 2015

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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March 2015

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
February 2015

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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February 2015

Webinars

Stay current on the latest trends and best practices in the park and recreation field thorough NRPA webinars and virtual seminars. Read More
February 2015

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
February 2015

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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February 2015

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
February 2015

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
February 2015

50 Years of NRPA

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) was formed when five related organizations joined together. In 2015, we’ll celebrate 50 years of NRPA and the association that is dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Read More
February 2015

Advocacy Insider Newsletter

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

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February 2015

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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January 2015

NRPA Member Videos

Videos created by NRPA Members. Read More
January 2015

2015 Leisure Research Symposium Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts: The NRPA Research Sessions (formerly known as the Leisure Research Symposium) provide an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion about leisure. The Sessions include both theoretical and applied research applicable to daily practice, with an emphasis on the latter.

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January 2015

PRORAGIS, or Park and Recreation Operating Ratio and Geographic Information System, is a national database that allows park and recreation agencies to benchmark with others, develop program planning, and enhance overall community operations. Read More
December 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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December 2014

NRPA Green School

NRPA Green School enables parks and recreation professionals to learn the latest in the areas of energy conservation, sustainability practices, green purchasing and adaptive management strategies.

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December 2014

Research Papers

Browse cutting-edge research papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The NRPA research papers present evidence on the important impact made by parks and recreation in local communities in America.

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December 2014

Volunteer with NRPA

Whatever your area of interest or expertise, NRPA offers a variety of ways to make meaningful contributions through committees, task forces, and other volunteer opportunities.

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December 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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December 2014

Certification Programs

Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services. Learn more about CPRP, CPRE, AFO and CPSI certification programs today! 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
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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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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March 2014

Love Your Certification

Love Your Certification More than 4,000 park and recreation professionals have either CPRP or CPRE after their names. And boy do they love their certification. Check out why: I love my certification because I believe it is our professional responsibility! Attorneys, public school teachers, physici

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