• FAQs: All You Need to Know about PRORAGIS

    Frequently asked questions discussing: What is PRORAGIS; Who can participate; What is the value of PRORAGIS; Etc.


    Q: What is PRORAGIS?
    A: PRORAGIS is the name of an online database that collects, compiles, and reports on park and recreation department operating and geographic information.


    Q: What is the meaning of the term PRORAGIS?
    A: PRORAGIS is an acronym for Park and Recreation Operating Ratio And Geographic Information System.


    Q: Why was PRORAGIS developed by NRPA?
    A: Beginning in 2008, the American Park and Recreation Society (APRS) branch of NRPA sought a means of updating the facility and area standards that had become guidelines by the 1980’s. A project was funded and launched by APRS/NRPA to standardize the park, trails and facility terminology for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This project was completed in April of 2010.

    In the spring of 2009, NRPA funded and conducted an Operating Ratio Internet Survey to get a database that answers basic operation and management questions and could be compared with peers through the use of ratios as a performance measure, e.g., acres per 1,000 residents and similar.

    In the spring of 2010, NRPA and APRS determined that developing an online profile that was updateable, real-time, and available for members on a 24/7/365 basis was preferable to an annual survey with reports that could age. It was also determined that benefit could be found by using the new GIS Model as part of the on-line profile.


    Q: What value does PRORAGIS have for my department or city?
    A: As mentioned in the previous question, PRORAGIS is a replacement for the NRPA standards that have guided land acquisition and development for the past 45 years. This data is much more accurate because you can compare standards with departments in your state or region and the data that is reported comprises actual numbers rather than a more generic national average. However PRORAGIS is multi-dimensional. It also provides assistance with the following typical park and recreation functions:


    • Benchmark survey of peers
    • Master planning of parks
    • Comprehensive jurisdiction planning
    • Strategic planning
    • Business and revenue-generation planning
    • Marketing of facilities, programs and tourist attractions
    • Justification and defense of departmental budgets

    Q: How much does it cost to create a PRORAGIS profile?
    A: There is no cost to register and create a profile. If you are a NRPA member you can access the reports for free. Non-members can purchase report access for $200 annually.


    Q: Do I have to be a member of NRPA in order to participate?
    A: No, any entity that provides park and recreation services can register and create a PRORAGIS profile. The value of the data will be the highest for those providers that have the most peers registering and creating profiles. For example, a park and recreation department that operates on Native American reservations will find the database of greater value if there are several other departments operating on Native American reservations in the database. The same would be true of park and recreation departments operating on military installations.

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