What You Had to Say About the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference

Melissa May | December 2, 2016

Year after year, we here at NRPA continue to learn, grow and improve using the feedback we receive from our Annual Conference Attendee Survey. This year is no different. Thanks to the nearly 1,100 conference attendees that evaluated, ranked and commented on their experience, we walk away confidently knowing the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis was a success. Here is what you said.

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Bringing Nature to Kids in Urban Environments

Robert Carmona | December 1, 2016
This summer my staff and I were lucky enough to pilot NRPA’s Wildlife Explorers program at a few of our sites in Miami Dade County.  Participants in Miami Dade’s recreation program are required to participate in two of what we call “Eco” programs. These “Eco” programs are meant to get the participants interacting with nature, so when we saw the Wildlife Explorers program; we jumped at the opportunity to do something new. Read more

Who Participates in Summer Park and Rec Programs?

Melissa May | November 30, 2016

The NRPA Research Team released the results of the Americans’ Engagement with Parks survey in October at this year’s NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis. This new annual study surveyed 1,000 Americans ages 18+ and takes a closer look at the many ways Americans use their parks as well as issues and concerns surrounding the field of parks and recreation. The survey found that nearly half (47 percent) of the respondents or a member(s) of their household had participated in a park and recreation offering or program between the time of late-May to late-August. But that does not tell the full story.

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Overtime Rule Delayed Indefinitely

Oliver Spurgeon III | November 29, 2016
Last week while many Americans were heading home for the holidays and thawing out turkeys, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction against the Obama administration’s looming overtime rule. In short, this means that employers across the country, including park and recreation agencies, will no longer be responsible for complying with the overtime rule. Read more

5 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

Allison Colman | November 18, 2016
The holiday season is here!  To quote one of my favorite holiday movie characters, Buddy the Elf, it’s time for “the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”  If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you are probably looking forward to a few of these holiday treats, but you also may be thinking, “How can I make this holiday season a little bit healthier?” Don’t worry, NRPA has got you covered.  Check out these five tips for a healthier holiday season! Read more

People Celebrate Park Funding and Equal Access L.A. County Measure A

Robert García and Cesar De La Vega | November 16, 2016
People across Los Angeles County are celebrating the recent passage of Measure A, the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Protection Measure of 2016. Measure A is expected to generate approximately $94 million per year for local parks, beaches and green space areas, replacing previous voter-approved park funds that were running out. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Conservation and Green Infrastructure in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 15, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump has outlined an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days covering issues focused primarily on immigration, national defense, job creation and security, and infrastructure. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Workplaces in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 14, 2016
Now that the November elections are behind us, we can dive further into President-elect Trump’s ideas to update the tax code, overturn certain workplace regulations, and empower families. Below you’ll find a quick overview of President-elect Trump’s plans to increase wages, lower taxes, and cut through red tape. Read more

What the 2016 Election Means for Healthcare in the 115th Congress

NRPA Public Policy Team | November 14, 2016
Now that the November elections are behind us, we can look a little further into President-elect Trump’s healthcare plans and dive into his ideas about keeping Americans healthy. Below, you’ll find a quick overview of President-elect Trump’s plans for the ACA and healthcare integration during the next administration. This note only scratches the surface of what issues may arise during the upcoming Congress, but it’s clear that park and recreation agencies’ preventative health efforts will continue to play a critical role as the next administration works to provide better care at a lower cost for all Americans. Read more

A Park Superintendent, NRPA Board Member and Immigrant’s Take on the Election Results

Jesús Aguirre | November 14, 2016
Many of us awoke on Wednesday with some sense of bewilderment about the national election results. As an immigrant to this country from Mexico, as the father of two teen-aged boys and of a daughter with significant special needs, I continue to struggle with understanding how to reconcile the results of a campaign that very overtly brought hateful, racist, misogynist, nationalist, and xenophobic language into our daily existence. On a personal level, I continue to struggle with that. Read more

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