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Why the World’s First Ultra-Accessible Waterpark is the Coolest - Episode 001

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on July 31, 2017

Today’s episode is a cool topic — literally and figuratively — we’re talking about the world’s first ultra-accessible waterpark: Morgan’s Inspiration Island.

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NRPA Launches Podcast: Open Space Radio

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on July 31, 2017

Open Space Radio is your go to Podcast for learning about the latest trends and news in parks and recreation. This episode covers what you can expect to hear from us each week.

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Building Relationships to Foster Engagement in the Environment

By Rosie Santos | Posted on July 28, 2017

The NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign Community Engagement grant program offered us an opportunity to pilot a work study program to arm young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to address real issues in our community.

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Meet the NRPA Health and Wellness Team

By NRPA Health and Wellness Team | Posted on July 27, 2017

NRPA’s Health and Wellness Team works with local park and recreation agencies to provide tools, resources and technical assistance to help improve access to healthy foods and increase opportunities for people to be physically active in their communities.

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Federal Funding Sustained for Arthritis Program

By Kate Sims and Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on July 26, 2017

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill for FY18, which includes $11 million for the CDC’s Arthritis Program.

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Save the Date: October 6 is Visit a Park Day!

By Brian Bevacqua, CPRP, AFO | Posted on July 26, 2017

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Young Professional Network is pleased to announce that Visit a Park Day will be Friday, October 6, 2017.

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The Art and Science of Building Community Through Fun

By Alvin A. Galang, MPH | Posted on July 24, 2017

Alvin Galang, MPH explains how the NRPA Annual Conference helps him "Build Community Through Fun."

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New Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Visits D.C. Rec Center

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on July 24, 2017

NRPA and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) were honored to host the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center on Thursday, July 20 to see summer meals in action.

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Let’s Go For a Walk

By Megan Harrington | Posted on July 21, 2017

Megan Harrington, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Mexico Parks and Recreation Department, shares how partnerships helped them create a thriving walking program.

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Parks and Recreation: Partners in Public Health

By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH and Kellie May, MTA | Posted on July 19, 2017

While parks have been around for well over a century, the notion that parks improve public health only gained recognition within the last decade.

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New York Street Games and the Power of Play

By Dr. Howell Wechsler | Posted on July 18, 2017

It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, which always makes me wax nostalgic about the center of my childhood existence: PLAY.

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Let’s Pass a Law to Fund Urban Greenspaces

By Rep. Nanette Barragán | Posted on July 17, 2017

This guest post by Rep. Nanette Barragán highlights the importance of urban greenspace and the work we all do every day to promote parks and recreation.

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Play On to Protect Programming at Parks

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on July 6, 2017

As we kick off this year’s Park and Recreation Month, NRPA wants to ensure that Members of Congress and their staff understand the critical importance of federal funding that supports out-of-school time programming

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