Five Things You Will Learn in the December Issue of Parks and Recreation Magazine

By Elizabeth Beard | Posted on December 17, 2012

There is so much to learn in the December issue of Parks & Recreation. Browse highlights of five great stories you wont want to miss.

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Local Election Results Show Strong Support for Parks Recreation and Conservation

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on November 16, 2012

One indicator of public support for parks and recreation can be measured by how strongly people show their support when it counts the most—when they vote. Get a summary of some of how various park bond referendums and ballot measures fared in this year's election.

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Five Standout Stories in the November Parks and Recreation Magazine

By Elizabeth Beard | Posted on November 14, 2012

Browse an outline of the five things you'll learn in the November issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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What you need to Know about Seasonal Employees and the Healthcare Law

By Stacey Pine | Posted on October 25, 2012

Changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how they relate to health insurance for seasonal workers.

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LWCF: More than Just a Federal Landing Acquisition Program

By Stacey Pine | Posted on October 15, 2012

We must tell Congress that the LWCF program is more than a federal land acquisition program. Congress should allocate a larger percentage of the annual LWCF funding to the State Assistance Program.

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Five Things You Can Learn in the October Magazine

By Elizabeth Beard | Posted on October 5, 2012

There is so much to learn in the October issue of Parks & Recreation. Browse highlights of five great stories you wont want to miss.

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Global Pop-Up Park Event Highlights the Value of Urban Green Space

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on September 26, 2012

PARK(ing) Day is an annual event that brings attention to the need for urban green space. We talked with three participants to find out how park and recreation professionals can use this event to serve their communities.

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The CPR Act Could Breathe Life into Parks and Rec

By Leslie Mozingo | Posted on September 24, 2012

Senators introduced legislation into the Senate called the Community Parks Revitalization (CPR) Act. This legislation, would help revitalize urban areas through improved access to parks and recreation.

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Why Participate in National Public Lands Day

By Jessica Jones | Posted on September 18, 2012

Learn about the many benefits of hosting volunteer events in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.

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Learn Something New in the September Issue of the Magazine

By Elizabeth Beard | Posted on September 6, 2012

Browse an outline of the five things you'll learn in the September issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Weathering the Storms

By Danielle Taylor | Posted on August 28, 2012

The National Weather Service has teamed up with parks across the country to help employees prepare in advance and respond after the fact to any weather-related disaster that may come.

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Top Three Reasons to Participate in Visit A Park Day

By NRPA | Posted on August 17, 2012

Take advantage of Visit a Park Day this fall as a way to spark a long lasting bond between your park and recreation facilities and your community.

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Seven Surefire Strategies to Help Get You to Congress and Expo

By NRPA | Posted on August 3, 2012

Your agency has to justify every dollar spent, including the money and time spent on professional development. We've gathered up seven strategies that you can employ to help get you to the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Vetting Your Video Versatility

By Liam O'Mahony | Posted on August 1, 2012

Video is a great way to promote your agency, programs, services and overarching benefits you bring to the community.

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What Happens On Facebook Stays Well It Goes Everywhere

By Michael Biedenstein | Posted on July 30, 2012

This post from the NRPA Young Professionals Network has some important tips for ensuring your social media presence or those of the young professionals on your staff is accurate and professional.

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Tennis in the Parks Goes to London

By NRPA | Posted on July 27, 2012

The Every Step of the Way program is to benefit the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America.

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Build Human and Social Capital at Directors School

By James D. Worsley | Posted on July 23, 2012

Ever wonder what NRPA’s Directors School is really all about? Learn key takeaways from someone who has experienced this event and why you should attend this school to further your career.

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Unsung Heroes in California State Parks

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on July 3, 2012

The media has counted down the days to the planned closure of up to 70 of California’s state parks on July 1, 2012.

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The Long Strange Disappointing Transportation Trip

By Stacey Pine | Posted on June 28, 2012

The House and Senate have struck a deal that will likely result in Congress passing a bill by this Saturday – the day the bill is set to expire. Many of the crafted bi-partisan reforms and compromises included in the Senate passed bill (S. 1318 or MAP-21) have been removed.

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A Different Kind of Picnic In the Park

By NRPA | Posted on June 25, 2012

Nearly 20 million children receive free or reduced-priced lunches at school each year. During the summer months fewer than 3 million children partake in free summer lunch. Learn how park and recreation agencies are serving to fill this gap this summer, helping improve lives and communities

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One Thousand Days of Just Spinning Their Wheels

By Stacey Pine | Posted on June 21, 2012

Pressure built on Capitol Hill as lawmakers faced the pending expiration of the current transportation law.

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Scholarships and Fellowships it is WORTH it

By Tom Venniro | Posted on June 18, 2012

A Young Professional recommends that young park and recreation professionals should apply for the NRPA Young Professional Fellowship to further their professional development and career.

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A Different Kind of Tweet

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on May 29, 2012

NRPA put up a couple of bluebird nest boxes at headquarters. Learn how these boxes have played an important role in conservation of wildlife fledging five beautiful young bluebirds and now a family of tree swallows.

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Who Loves Parks?

By Maureen Hannan | Posted on May 24, 2012

Tell a friend that July is Parks and Recreation Month

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UPDATE Announcement from the DOJ about Access to Existing Swimming Facilities

By John McGovern | Posted on May 22, 2012

The Department of Justice (DOJ), released an important announcement on May 17 regarding access to new swimming facilities, and access to existing swimming facilities.

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A Room Full of Solutions to Empty Bellies

By Jimmy O’Connor | Posted on May 21, 2012

NRPA assembled a group of 28 park and recreation agencies – grantees of its 2012 Serving Communities program – to address children’s hunger and obesity, and how they are combating both through summer meal programs.

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CDC Weight of the Nation Conference Highlights

By Zarnaaz Bashir | Posted on May 14, 2012

CDC Weight of the Nation Conference: The key message heard at the conference was that local park and recreation agencies are critical in helping solve the obesity epidemic.

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Playground Safety News

By NRPA | Posted on April 26, 2012

Caroline Smith, a playground safety manager, listed five important tips to keep in mind when going to the playground.

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Parks and Re-Creation--An Interview with Dan Biederman

By NRPA | Posted on April 24, 2012

Daniel A. Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, is well known for his work as a transformer of urban parks.

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Earth Day Inspirations

By NRPA | Posted on April 17, 2012

What are your thoughts about the benefits of a Natural Resources division within park and recreation agencies?

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Doctors Prescribe Parks for Health

By NRPA | Posted on April 12, 2012

A growing number of physicians and pediatricians are looking to parks as natural partners in the fight against chronic disease and obesity.

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Through the Eyes of a Conservationist

By Maureen Hannan | Posted on April 4, 2012

Conservationists, because they have learned to see the world as a rich and animated place, are also quick to perceive the worth of cultural artifacts.

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Experiences from a Student

By Brad Armstrong | Posted on March 27, 2012

Brad Armstrong, a student at Utah State University and a member in the NRPA Young Professional Network.

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The View from Inside Room B308

By Phil Hayward | Posted on March 23, 2012

One of the best ways to see the legislative branch of the U.S. government in action is to take in a Hill hearing. This is particularly true with the federal appropriations process, which originates in the House of Representatives.

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This is where People Recreate – our Local Parks and Rec Matter

By NRPA | Posted on March 22, 2012

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane provided public comment to the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) State Assistance Program.

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Is Your Special Events Protocol Practical?

By Liam O'Mahony | Posted on March 19, 2012

Browse 10 recommendations that may contribute to your park agency’s satisfaction from exhibiting at special events.

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Best Jobs of 2012 – Recreation & Fitness: What Does This Mean for You?

By Anne Nevel | Posted on March 19, 2012

Certification may help set you apart and above other recreation and fitness worker applicants and will validate you as a certified professional; someone any employer would want on staff.

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Show Me the Money

By Robert C. Johnson | Posted on March 15, 2012

We need to move away from general funds money. We want to accumulate these different models and share them with others who are looking for answers to their own challenges.

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ADA: It’s Not New!

By Kellie May | Posted on March 14, 2012

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 and enforcement began in 1992. Park and rec agencies should provide recreation opportunities for ALL people of all abilities.

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Unlocking the Secrets of PRORAGIS: How Can It Help You?

By NRPA | Posted on March 9, 2012

The first is our series of unlocking the secrets to PRORAGIS is on per capita cost of services and programs.

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Park and Recreation Professionals Speak for the Trees

By Lisa Vega | Posted on March 7, 2012

If you have kids, you may have taken them to see the inspirational Dr. Seuss movie, The Lorax.

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Financing the Future of Urban Parks and Recreation – 8 questions to ponder

By NRPA | Posted on March 5, 2012

NRPA and the Urban Institute released a report, Financing the Future: The Critical Role of Parks in Urban and Metropolitan Infrastructure.

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Walking and Bicycling Trails – The Crossroads of Federal Transportation Policy and Local Recreation Infrastructure

By NRPA | Posted on February 29, 2012

Mr. Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Manager with the Federal Highway Administration provides insights on the Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) initiatives.

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Out With the Old, In With the New

By Leslie Mozingo | Posted on January 5, 2012

One piece of legislation which has been highlighted as a priority this coming session is a new transportation bill.

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