March Madness and 8 Ways PRT Students Can Bring Glory to Their School

Kevin O'Hara | March 27, 2015

Bracket busted? Did your men's or women's team lose in the first round of the tournament? Were you (gasp) relegated to the NIT? Did your team (shudder) fail to make it to the NCAA hoops tournament at all?

 

These are the things on the minds of students and fans across the country. For those of us, and that's most of us, who don't have a team in this weekend's upcoming men's and women's Elite Eight action, we at NRPA offer you a chance at redemption.

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What the Heck is Snapchat?

Roxanne Sutton | March 25, 2015

Snapchat. You’ve probably heard your teenagers whisper about it. Maybe heard about a political scandal where it was referenced a long side “inappropriate pictures.” But why should you care? It’s some silly new messaging app where messages disappear. What’s the point?

 

Well, with over 100 million users who are primarily ages 16-24, it could be a good platform to engage with this elusive audience.

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Innovating for Health

Samantha Bartram | March 20, 2015

Take a look out your window — what do you see? Likely roads, trees, buildings, perhaps some green space and people going about their daily routines. Most of us would regard this as an unremarkable everyday American tableau. Leaders at Miami-Dade County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS), however, view scenes like this through an entirely different lens. Their concepts of place-making through strategic policies, programs and partnerships to encourage healthier lifestyles was the focus of NRPA’s first Innovation Lab, held March 12-13 in Miami, Florida.

 
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March Madness and the Final Four of Parks and Recreation

Michael Klitzing, CPRE | March 19, 2015
March Madness! It’s that time of year for filling out brackets, sneaking a peak of the games (not that any of us would do that), and cheering for the underdogs in anticipation of the Final Four. It’s also the time of year to apply for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, our very own version of the Final Four! Read more

Recreating Like It’s 1985

Roxanne Sutton | March 6, 2015
The 1980s. Big hair. Neon colors. Great music. Awesome dance moves. Throwing it back to the 80s is fun on its own, but it also ties in perfectly with this year’s Park and Recreation Month as we celebrate 30 years of honoring parks and recreation in July. To get you ready, here are some ideas for 1980s programming. Read more

Playing in the Streets

Kevin O'Hara | March 2, 2015
Back in September 2014 NRPA’s Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs Kevin O’Hara continued his duties as serving as a member of the Open Streets Network of Champions by taking a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience their open street network, aka ViaRecreActiva. Read more

Are You Committed?

Kellie May | February 11, 2015
Last year, NRPA committed, in a big way, to help improve the health and wellness of our nation’s youth by implementing a set of standards in out-of-school time programs at park and recreation sites across the country. These are the programs that kids attend before school, after school and in the summer.

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Four Tips for a Stellar National Awards Submission

Brenda Beales;Roxanne Sutton | February 9, 2015
Chances are your park and recreation agency or a professional you know is already doing something award-worthy, but translating that on to paper can seem daunting. Luckily, NRPA’s Awards and Accreditation Manager Brenda Beales put together the top four tips for a stellar National Awards submission. Read more

Five Tips to Help You Get Grant Funding

Kellie May | February 5, 2015
NRPA is excited to announce the availability of $1.8 million to local park and recreation agencies to support their out-of-school time programs thanks to the Walmart Foundation. This grant program builds on the success we all had in 2014 increasing meals to children in low income communities and implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards. Read more

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

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