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July 2016

Volunteer with NRPA

There are many benefits to volunteering for NRPA – networking with fellow members, obtaining connections, developing technical and/or leadership skills, and the ability to create additional opportunities for yourself within your career.

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July 2016

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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July 2016

Magic Island Park Unveils New Community Splash Pad

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) and the City of Charleston, W.Va., are proud to announce the opening of a new splash pad at Magic Island Park in Charleston. Part of the Building Better Communities initiative, the new nature-themed play area provides a fun, interactive place for children to connect with nature and learn about the importance of water stewardship and conservation.

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July 2016

NRPA 2016 Fellowship and Scholarship Award Winners Announced

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2016 Fellowship and Scholarship Program. Awarded annually, NRPA’s Young Professional Fellowship, Diversity Scholarship and Student Scholarship aim to inspire young professionals to participate in and pursue a future leadership role within NRPA — the leading organization for park and recreation professionals nationwide.

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July 2016

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
July 2016

Webinars

Stay current on the latest trends and best practices in the park and recreation field thorough NRPA webinars and virtual seminars. Read More
July 2016

Scholarships and Fellowships

The scholarships and fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to explore the operation of NRPA at our Annual Conference. A primary focus is to inspire future participation and leadership in NRPA and to develop professional contacts with leadership and members from around the nation. 

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July 2016

Legislative Platform

NRPA’s legislative platform will help parks and recreation advocates gain an in depth understanding and insight into effective ways to communicate messaging on Capitol Hill. Read More
July 2016

NRPA Directors School

NRPA Directors School Directors School is a two-year program designed to prepare new and potential directors of parks and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.

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July 2016

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
June 2016

Fourth of July Celebrations Among Most Popular Community-Based, Summertime Events in America

During the summer, many Americans participate in events and festivals organized by their local communities — often by their local park and recreation departments. A recent online survey conducted by NRPA found that the most popular community-based, summertime events include Fourth of July celebrations, farmers markets and outdoor movies/concerts.

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June 2016

America Celebrates the Super Powers of Parks and Recreation

July is the ideal time to take advantage of the valuable benefits local park and recreation facilities provide, including opportunities to increase physical activity, connect to nature and gather with family, friends and neighbors. This July, during Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) challenges everyone to discover their super powers at their local park and recreation facilities.

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June 2016

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. When we work together to further health and wellness, conservation and 
social equity efforts, awesome things happen!

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June 2016

NRPA Awarded Youth Wellness Grant by Target to Support Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program

NRPA announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) for $100,000 as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts. The grant money will be used to help fund NRPA’s Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program.

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June 2016

Trojan Park Revitalization

The revitalization of Trojan Park, located in Wellston, Missouri, embraces the best of Parks Build Community by improving this important public space through park enhancements that honor the natural environment.

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June 2016

The Washington Post Honors NRPA With 2016 Top Workplaces Award

For the third year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post.

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June 2016

Work Begins on New St. Louis Area Community Park

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Great Rivers Greenway are excited to announce that construction is underway on Trojan Park, a new community park being built in Wellston, Mo., along the St. Vincent Greenway.

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June 2016

20,000 Park and Recreation Professionals Now Certified by NRPA

NRPA is proud to announce that it has successfully certified 20,000 individuals in the field of parks and recreation. 

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June 2016

2016 NRPA Field Report Provides Look at State of the Industry for Parks and Recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) gives park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders while best serving their communities with the 2016 NRPA Field Report. This report, with its accompanying interactive and customizable online tools, is the most comprehensive resource of park and recreation data and insights in the United States.

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May 2016

Parks & Recreation Magazine Selected as Finalist for min’s Prestigious Magazine Media Awards

Parks & Recreation magazine, the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) flagship publication, was selected as a finalist for min’s Magazine Media Awards, which recognize “the very best of the best” in magazine media. The prestigious award nomination, for editorial excellence overall, signifies the magazine’s commitment to providing NRPA members, the field of parks and recreation, and community leaders with quality editorial content that covers the key issues and trends in the park and recreation field and beyond. 

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May 2016

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
April 2016

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
April 2016

New Tool Gives Park and Recreation Agencies Power to Match Offerings to Community Residents

The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) new Facility Market Reports allow park and recreation agencies to examine key demographics and data related to the location of their facilities. Available exclusively to NRPA Premier Members and sponsored by Playworld, an NRPA Facility Market Report will look at an individual facility like a park, sports field or rec center, and examine the population around the facility based on specified walking or driving distance.

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March 2016

NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

Call for Session Proposals for 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More
March 2016

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