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

What the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking Means for Parks and Recreation

Rachel Banner, MPH | September 11, 2015
As we all know, living a physically active lifestyle is one of the most important steps people can take to improve their health. On September 9, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, released his Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled Step it Up!, explaining to the nation that, “Walking is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to build up physical activity in your life.” The report not only encourages people of all abilities to get out and take a brisk walk every day but it also calls on professionals and advocates from many sectors — including parks and recreation — to create safe, supportive environments for everyone to walk or wheelchair roll. Read more

7 Life Hacks for the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference

Roxanne Sutton | September 4, 2015

The 2015 NRPA Annual Conference is just around the corner and we’re not just excited about another stellar conference, we’re excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary with you in Las Vegas!


If you’ll be joining us in Las Vegas, we’re here to give you the insider knowledge. Here are seven things that will help you navigate this year’s conference like a pro. 

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The Community Action Poverty Simulation as an Educational Resource

Heidi Lucas | September 2, 2015

As parks and recreation professionals it may be hard to connect the dots between services that you offer, “social equity” and the larger problem of “poverty.” Poverty is a complex, multi-faceted problem that covers a multitude of issues including food insecurity, employment, housing, education, transportation and other areas that impact low-income families. There are many misconceptions about the nearly 46 million Americans that are living in poverty. It’s almost impossible for you to understand what it’s like to be poor in America — unless, of course, you are. But one powerful educational tool that can be used to start those conversations is the Community Action Poverty Simulation.

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NC2NV: Arizona State University

Editor | August 31, 2015

The NC2NV road trip is making a final stop! We’ve "visited" Ole Miss, University of Missouri and Texas State and conclude with a final stop at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions! 

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Making Healthy Foods the New Comfort Foods

Michelle Martinez;Brian Kates | August 24, 2015
There are new changes at work in the City of Colorado Springs, specifically at the Meadows Park Community Center (MPCC). And these changes aren’t just affecting the children who attend MPCC’s after-school programs, they’re affecting the whole city. Michelle Martinez of Colorado Springs Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services share how receiving a Healthy Out-of-School Time grant from NRPA and the Walmart Foundation has impacted her community. As children head back to school and out-of-school time programs kick off, now is a good time to think about how your park and recreation sites can Commit to Health. Read more

Overtime Changes and What They Mean for Parks and Recreation

Oliver Spurgeon III | August 21, 2015
Last month, the Obama administration released its long-awaited update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA)overtime regulations. FLSA guarantees overtime pay of 1.5 times an employee’s regular wage for any time worked over 40 hours a week. The proposed rule would increase wages for 21.4 million workers by raising the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 -- an amount that is in line with the Obama administration’s “fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” theme.
So what’s the background of all this and what is the potential impact of the change in rule?  
Here are some details to help make sense of it all. 
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7 Ways to Make Your Parks Millennial Friendly

Scott Hornick | August 19, 2015
Millennials, the group of people born between the mid 1980’s and early 2000’s, are different from their Generation X counterparts in a number of ways. They are seen as tech-savvy, socially conscious, achievement-driven people with more flexible ideas about wealth, work and play. It stands to reason, therefore, that their expectations about park activities would be different, too. In order to figure this out, it is important to look at what’s important to millennials, and from there we can see what they think makes a great park and recreation experience. Read more

Top Tips from a Conference Newbie and Pro

Jay Tryon, CPRP | August 17, 2015

As the summer continues to fly by, we find ourselves quickly approaching the NRPA Annual Conference.

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) has reached out to two professionals, a first time attendee and a conference veteran, to get their perspective of the annual event and insight you can use too.  

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Confessions of a Former Parks and Rec Kid

Ava Young | August 17, 2015

I confess, I was a major Parks and Recreation kid. I still have a drawer full of brightly colored, oversized and permanently stained turquoise t-shirts from every summer of my youth spent at the Middletown Department of Parks and Recreation Day Camp. I vividly remember the daily fight for a seat at the counselor’s picnic table, the monthly field trips to Water Wiz, those rainy days spent overtaking the nearby library and coming home so sweaty and dirty from hours of endless play that all my parents could do was hose me off in the driveway. It was there that I learned to play tennis with Counselor Mike, make a mean friendship bracelet with Head Counselor Christine, and jump beach waves with Counselor Kelly. Yes, those were the days.


Flash forward a few decades later and here I am, National Network Manager with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reliving the glory days of my summer recreation past every day.

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