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December 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
November 2016

Most Americans Plan to Buy Holiday Gifts Associated with Outdoor Activities, Survey Finds

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that most Americans are planning to purchase gifts that can be used to explore nature and the great outdoors.

 

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November 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
November 2016

Volunteer with NRPA

There are many benefits to volunteering for NRPA – networking with fellow members, making connections, developing technical and/or leadership skills, and more!

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November 2016

New Orleans Lafitte Greenway Chosen for 2017 Parks Build Community Project

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) are proud to announce that the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans has been chosen for NRPA’s 2017 Parks Build Community project.

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November 2016

New ‘Safe Routes to Parks’ Framework Outlines Steps to Creating Safe and Equitable Access to Parks

A new Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework developed by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership provides evidence- and practice-based guidance to help local park and recreation agencies implement policies and practices that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people.

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October 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
October 2016

Stewart G. Case Inducted into Recreation and Park Hall of Fame

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, inducted Stewart G. Case, a Fort Collins, Colo. native, into the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame during the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis.

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October 2016

2016 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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October 2016

Research Reports

Browse cutting-edge research reports and papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

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October 2016

Americans Support Increased Local Funding for Parks and Recreation

According to a new report issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Americans’ support for local parks and recreation is widespread, spanning different age groups, income strata, household types and political affiliations.

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October 2016

New St. Louis Area Community Park Set to Open in Wellston

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Great Rivers Greenway, along with more than 25 local and national donors, are proud to announce the opening of Trojan Park, a new community park in Wellston, Mo., that was built as part of NRPA’s Parks Build Community initiative.

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September 2016

NRPA Awarded Grant by CDC to Expand Arthritis Intervention Programs at Local Park and Recreation Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association, a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, was awarded nearly $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in support of the expansion and delivery of arthritis-appropriate, evidence based interventions (AAEBIs) at local park and recreation agencies.

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September 2016

NRPA Announces Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program Grant Recipients

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce its Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program grant recipients.

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September 2016

ABC Collaborates with the National Recreation and Park Association to Recycle at the 68th Emmy® Awards

Disney|ABC Television Group and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) worked together to recycle plastic bottles at the 68th Emmy Awards.

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September 2016

NRPA Issues Position Statement on Tobacco Consumption in Parks

A new position statement issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the leading voice of park and recreation advocates nationwide, calls for a ban on the consumption and use of tobacco products at all public parks and recreation centers across the country.

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September 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Increase the Number of Meals Served to Youth through Commit to Health Program

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is one of 11 organizations that share the commitment to fight hunger with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation and were selected to receive grant funding to increase the number of healthy meals served to youth at park and recreation sites through NRPA’s Commit to Health program.

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September 2016

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.

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September 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
September 2016

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals. 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
August 2016

Out-of-School Time Survey Results

Based on survey results from 396 park and recreation professionals, this study explores the scope and missions of out-of-school time programs.

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August 2016

Children’s Physical Activity Opportunities Lacking, Survey Finds

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that nearly all Americans agree children need more opportunities for physical activity — acknowledging local parks and recreation centers as part of the solution.

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August 2016

NRPA Announces New Board of Directors

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce its new 2016–2017 Board of Directors.

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August 2016

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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August 2016

Olympics Inspire Americans to Get Active, Survey Finds

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that more than half of all Americans are motivated to be more active when watching athletes compete in the Olympics.

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