5 Things We Learned from the Economic Impact of Local Parks Study

Kevin Roth;Melissa May | November 24, 2015

NRPA released the results of the first economic impact study capturing the tremendous nationwide contribution that thousands of local and regional parks make to the U.S. economy. America’s local and regional public park agencies generated nearly $140 billion in economic activity and supported almost 1 million jobs from their operations and capital spending alone in 2013. Beyond the headline numbers, there are five things that you should take away from The Economic Impact of Local Parks study.

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Lauren Hoffmann | November 23, 2015

It never ceases to me amaze me how quickly Thanksgiving comes around. It literally feels like yesterday we were saying goodbye to summer and getting ready for the NRPA Annual Conference. But alas, Thanksgiving is here.

If you have read the NRPA blog the last few years we started a tradition with our Thanksgiving-themed blog posts that we hope you look forward to just as much as you do that special pie or side dish at your Thanksgiving feast! And this year, the tradition continues.

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5 Tips for Using the NRPA Career Center

Hayley MacDonell Herzing | November 20, 2015
It is hard to believe that 2015 is nearly coming to a close. As the New Year approaches has your agency started to think about hiring and filling open positions? Maybe you’ve got a vacancy you need filled before the end of the year? We've put together five tips to help you make the best use of the NRPA Career Center and just in time for a special deal coming on Cyber Monday! Read more

2016 Spending Package Offers Opportunity to Boost Parks and Recreation

Oliver Spurgeon III | November 19, 2015
With sequestration caps pushed aside for now, and a spare $50 billion to spend, Congress is in a mad dash to pass a spending package and avoid another shutdown before December 11, 2015. Since 2011, sequestration has wreaked havoc on state and local budgets and has threatened important investments in parks and recreation that keep Americans healthy and protect the integrity of our air, land and water. The debate in Congress these next couple of weeks is crucial for parks and recreation. Read more

NRPA’s Efforts to Save the Monarch Butterfly Receive National Recognition

Richard J. Dolesh | November 16, 2015

In the past two years, NRPA has initiated an intensive effort to engage park and recreation agencies in helping to save the monarch butterfly. In recognition of these collective efforts, NRPA has been accepted into the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of national and regional organizations, universities, and governmental agencies all working to protect and conserve the monarch. 


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Update on LWCF and Active Transportation

Dave Tyahla | November 6, 2015
It has been a busy week on Capitol Hill, with important action being taken involving two of NRPA’s most important policy priorities – the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and continued federal funding for active transportation options, including biking and walking. Here is a comprehensive breakdown of all the action. Read more

Tales From a Park and Rec Kid

Dirk Richwine, CPRE | October 23, 2015
If you grew up participating in activities at your local parks and recreation, then you probably have vivid memories of the people you met, lessons you learned, sports you played, camps you went to, etc. There is something about being a “park and rec kid” that many of those experiences stick with you as you get older and continue through your life. As part of NRPA’s 50th Anniversary, we have been challenging people to share their Park and Rec Kid story with us. It is these stories that serve as inspiration for people of all ages and walks of life to get out and use their local parks and recreation. Read more

What Happens in Vegas Doesn't Always Stay in Vegas

Melissa May | October 14, 2015
After the exhibit hall doors are shut, the final session ends, and the convention center halls are empty, it’s time to reflect on the successes and challenges of the event. More than 1,200 people evaluated, ranked and commented on their experience in an online survey. Not only will we use this feedback to continue to improve this annual event, we also want to share it so you can see the results. Here are some of the highlights. Read more

5 Tips for Submitting a Successful Education Session Proposal

Tom Crosley | October 6, 2015
There’s an old saying that states “inspiration is the catalyst of action.” Well, the time is now for you to submit your ideas for an education session for the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference. Inspire your fellow park and recreation professionals so that they might take action to implement your successful programs, strategies and more. Here are my five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal. Read more

No Action Taken on CNR and LWCF — What Does This Mean?

David Tyahla | October 1, 2015
September 30 has come and gone, and no action has been taken on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization or the Land and Water Conservation Fund. So what does this mean for parks and recreation? What are the next steps? NRPA's Senior Government Affairs Manager, David Tyahla breaks it all down. Read more

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