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April 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
April 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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April 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
April 2014

Heart Your Park

NRPA is pleased to partner with Macy’s to raise awareness and support for community parks.

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March 2014

Grow Your Park

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March 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
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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March 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
February 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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February 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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January 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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January 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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January 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
January 2014

NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

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

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 2013

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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November 2013

NRPA Member Videos

Videos created by NRPA Members. Read More
November 2013

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
October 2013

Advocacy Insider Newsletter

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

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October 2013

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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October 2013

2013 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced

2013 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced AAPRA and NRPA announce winners of prestigious honor during NRPA’s Congress and Exposition ASHBURN, VA – October 8, 2013 – The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park

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October 2013

Honoring Military Veterans Continues After the Fireworks with Unique Hiring Opportunity

Military veterans ready to help their communities get boot-camp fit look no further than your local park and recreation department. Over the next three years, park and recreation departments in 12 communities will seek to hire nearly 200 veterans to teach fitness and nutrition classes and to help inspire healthier, active lifestyles among the public through the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program. Read More
September 2013

2014 Leisure Research Symposium Call for Abstracts

Leisure Research Symposium Call for Abstracts: The NRPA Leisure Research Symposium provides an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion about leisure. The Symposium includes both theoretical and applied research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. 

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June 2013

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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January 2013

Help Bring Parks to Every Child and Community

Help Bring Parks to Every Child and Community Do you have childhood memories of playing at your local park? Pretending the merry-go-round was a flying saucer, challenging your best friend to who could make it all the way across the monkey bars, or your first kiss on a park bench? It is through our local pa

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