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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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January 2016

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
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
August 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
August 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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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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August 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
August 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 2015

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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August 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
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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August 2016

2016 Great Urban Parks Campaign Grant Recipients Selected

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and American Planning Association (APA) are proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Great Urban Parks Campaign grant. Grants were awarded totaling $1.75 million in support of green infrastructure projects.

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August 2016

Graton Resort & Casino Presents Outdoor Fitness Course to Rohnert Park

Graton Resort & Casino has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and CBS EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program to donate and install the first and brand-new outdoor fitness path for the Rohnert Park community at Dorotea Park.

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July 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, along with their greatest challenges and successes.

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July 2016

American Water Charitable Foundation Awards $290,000 to Support Local Water-Based Play Spaces

The American Water Charitable Foundation, today announced it is awarding two grants to underwrite local water- and  nature-based play spaces. The grants are being administered as part of the Foundation’s partnership with NRPA, for the Building Better Communities signature grant program. 

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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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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

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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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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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

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

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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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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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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