Arlington, Virginia: Growing Fast, Lean, and Green

Jayni Rasmussen | January 13, 2015
NRPA’s Public Policy team took advantage of a quintessentially beautiful – although admittedly brisk - afternoon and ventured to a neighboring community to NRPA’s headquarters, Arlington, Virginia. Our tour gave us the opportunity to see, first-hand, how this compact county is balancing its size with its green building initiatives and its status as one of the fastest-growing areas in its state. Read more

2014’s Biggest Moments in Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann | December 30, 2014
2014 certainly was an interesting year. With 2015 — and the celebration of our 50th Anniversary — fast approaching, let’s take a moment to look back at a few of the top stories and our collective successes that transpired this year in parks and recreation. Read more

Are You Ready if Disaster Strikes?

Sarah Thompson, MA | December 22, 2014
On a given work day, 69 million children are in child care programs or school, separated from their families. Perhaps many of them are with you, at their local parks and recreation. We may not like to think about it, but if a disaster should strike your community are you prepared to protect those that may be in your care? The Atlanta Parks and Recreation recently worked with Save the Children to host a Prep Rally to help children and families prepare for emergencies. Read more

Remember Why We Do This

NRPA Staff | December 18, 2014
Sometimes the holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes it’s delightfully overwhelming with holiday parties, gift giving and seeing family members, while at other times, witnessing increased need or experiencing memories of those who are no longer with us overwhelms in a different kind of way. But, park and recreation professionals have several reasons to find hope and joy this holiday season. Read more

How Parks and Recreation Fared in the Congress FY15 Spending Package

Kevin O'Hara;Sage Learn | December 17, 2014
Congress returned to DC for a post-election “lame duck” session where the most pressing piece of unfinished business was to approve a final budget to keep the federal government open and running for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015 (ending September 30, 2015). In what has become the norm (unfortunately), they went right up to their funding deadline (December 11) and even needed to approve a couple of multi-day extensions just to keep the lights on while they completed debate. Read more

4 Questions (and Answers) about CAPRA Accreditation

Jay Tryon, CPRP | December 16, 2014
Whether you are a new professional to the field of parks and recreation or a seasoned veteran, you have probably heard of CAPRA. But what exactly is CAPRA and what does it mean for you and your department? Here are four common questions and answers to help you learn more about this distinguished accomplishment. Read more

His Best Decision: Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional

Kenya V. Bryant, CPRP | December 16, 2014
It’s funny how life works. Growing up, my aim in life was to become a great ad man. When I was thirteen years old I saw the movie “Boomerang,” in which Eddie Murphy starred as an advertising executive who had a very exciting life and I wanted to be that guy. For the next seven years I was doing everything that I had dreamed of, but throughout I always had the feeling that I needed to do more and I found that with the Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC). Here's my story of how attaining Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) helped me and my agency unwrap potential. Read more

NRPA Goes Platinum

Editor | December 15, 2014
Here at NRPA headquarters, we’re invested in supporting theThree Pillars of Conservation, Health and Wellness and Social Equity. We go to great lengths to communicate that commitment to you, our members and beyond, in hopes that solidarity will encourage you and your agencies to undertake projects and promises that also support the Three Pillars in your communities. But, as we all know, it’s sometimes complicated to convey our impact to the residents and leaders of the areas we serve.NRPA was fortunate to have a great opportunity to do just that at the recently held Green Business Challenge Awards. Read more

10 Great Uses of Twitter for Parks and Recreation

Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D. | December 12, 2014
In her Member to Member column in the December 2014 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D., provides the “whys” and “how” for using Twitter to help your park and recreation agency achieve more visibility and build relationships. Here, she provides some additional inspiration that can help you tweet like a pro! Read more

Why Crumb Rubber is in the News

Caroline Smith, CPSI | December 11, 2014
If you are a playground owner or operator you already know that your choice of playground surfacing is one of the most important decisions you will make. You may have read that roughly 70 percent of playground injuries are due to falls to unsafe surfaces. You probably considered whether the surfacing was impact attenuating, whether or not it was accessible and what you would need to do to maintain the surfacing, as well as a number of other factors. Among those factors, did surfacing health risks for your users come to mind? Read more

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