For 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.
Impact of Parks
According 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
Making the Case: Parks and
Making 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
NRPA'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 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
Urban 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
Since 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
As 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
A new member benefit for NRPA members,
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
have health, economic, environmental and social benefits for all of us.
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,
- program guides,
- codes and
- and much more!
This is NRPA’s one stop shop that provides you with the
you need to be an effective advocate for parks and recreation.