Conference Reflections: It’s About Building Community

Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP | October 21, 2016
Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP, AAPRA, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, reflects on his time spent at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference and how the lessons learned can be brought home to make a positive transformation in our communities. Read more

Conservation and Volunteer Lessons Learned from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Roland Richardson | October 3, 2016
In August, the NRPA conservation team took a trip to the rainy city to meet with staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation, and tour several of the city’s most iconic parks. Read more

Congress Is in Recess Until the Election: Now What?

Dave Tyahla | September 30, 2016
With just two days left before a potential government shutdown, both the House and Senate approved a short-term spending package on September 28, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), that will keep the federal government running on autopilot through December 9, 2016. Read more

Coastal Justice Brings California Coastal Commission Closer to Serving All Californians

Robert García | September 29, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed a coastal justice law that amends the California Coastal Act. This law explicitly requires compliance with and enforcement of civil rights and environmental justice laws. Read more

Zika Update #3: Preventing the Spread of Zika through Mosquito Control

Richard J. Dolesh | September 19, 2016
The Zika virus has begun to spread in the U.S. through transmission by mosquito bites. Browse recommendations for what you can do if Zika is suspected or confirmed in your local area. Read more

Physical (In)Activity and the School Day

Melissa May | September 12, 2016
As schools become increasingly focused on test performance, the amount of time devoted to in-school physical activities has declined or even been cut altogether. Read more

Back in Session: Where does Congress Stand on Park and Recreation Issues

Dave Tyahla | September 9, 2016
Congress returned from August recess this week and got to work on several important bills--an effort to fund a response to the Zika crisis, an energy reform package which includes permanent LWCF reauthorization, and legislation to keep the federal government funded, and operating, beyond September 30. Read more

Creating Safe Routes to Parks Through National and Local Partnerships

Rachel Banner | August 31, 2016
Over the past several years, NRPA has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. Through this work we have created the Safe Routes to Parks initiative to ensure safe and equitable access to parks. Read more

What Parks and Recreation Can Do About Equity

Kevin O'Hara | August 22, 2016
Portland's city and parks department has recognized that addressing racial disparities is the single largest equity challenge facing their increasingly diverse city. Read more

Support Each Other Through Trial

Barbara Tulipane, CAE | August 19, 2016
Park and recreation departments are often at the heart of natural disasters. Recreation centers serve as shelters, parks serve as gathering places, and park and recreation employees and volunteers serve as aid workers, support staff and community leaders. Read more

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