Tools and Resources

Parks & Recreation Magazine

Park and Recreation Magazine October 2016For nearly 50 years, Parks & Recreation magazine has helped park professionals serve the public. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts.

Economic Impact of Parks

Economic Impact of Parks InfographicAccording to a national economic impact report that NRPA commissioned, local and regional public park agencies generated nearly $140 billion in economic activity and supported nearly 1 million jobs in 2013.

Making the Case: Parks and Health

Rope Swing PhotoMaking the Case: Parks and Health is an easy-to-use resource to help park and recreation leaders make the objective case to elected officials that parks are a critical part of the community’s public health infrastructure. The resource includes data-rich fact sheets, presentations, infographics and other resources that will help you get support for your agency. Learn more about these resources.

Parks and Recreation Success Stories

Parks and Recreation Success StoriesNRPA's Success Story Database is a collection of community-level stories from local park and recreation agencies across the country that have implemented successful strategies to improve the communities in which they live, work and play.

Network and Build Knowledge Virtually

NRPA Connect LogoNRPA Connect is an online community for you to discuss ideas on timely topics, ask questions, builds industry knowledge and learn from each other through shared experiences and successes.

Urban Parks

Urban ParksUrban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options. Join NRPA in the fight to ensure that every community has a great park.

Park & Recreation Month

Park and Rec MonthSince 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This July, discover your super powers at your local parks and rec! When we work together to further health and wellness, conservation and social equity efforts, awesome things happen! This year, the Park and Rec Bridgade is here to help you discover your super powers at your local parks and recreation. Captain Community, the Green Guardian and the Fit Twins will guide you on your adventure during Park and Recreation Month.

Park & Rec Kid

park-and-rec-kid-logo-greenAs part of NRPA’s 50th Anniversary, we are launching the "I’m a Park and Rec Kid" campaign — a viral social media campaign asking everyone to share their "Park and Rec Kid" story and challenge others to get out to their local parks and rec and share their own story. The goal of this campaign is to inspire youth and people of all ages to use their parks and recreation as a solution for happier, healthier lives.

Fund Your Park

Fund Your Park ThumbnailA new member benefit for NRPA members, Fund Your ParkSM is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies. This summer, we will choose 5-10 projects from NRPA members to profile on the platform for funding—whether its for building a new playground or installing trail signs. Raising funds for local projects using the Fund Your Park platform engages loyal supporters and helps create new ones by allowing donors to share their experience with friends in just one click. Learn more about crowdfunding benefits, agency/organization eligibility qualifications and when the the first round of applications are due.

The Power of Parks

The Power of ParksParks have health, economic, environmental and social benefits for all of us.

Knowledge Center

Knowledge is a critical organizational resource that provides your agency with a competitive advantage. Resource sharing allows agencies to capitalize on the innovations, successful models, and best practices currently being utilized in the field. NRPA members have the opportunity to explore the NRPA Knowledge Center, which holds documents such as:

  • strategic plans,
  • Research papers,
  • accreditation standard documentation,
  • program guides,
  • codes and ordinances,
  • and much more!

Visit the Knowledge Center now!

Issue Resource Center

This is NRPA’s one stop shop that provides you with the advocacy tools you need to be an effective advocate for parks and recreation.

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