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.

Why is this important? Read more

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

2014’s Biggest Moments in Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann | December 30, 2014
2014 certainly was an interesting year. With 2015 — and the celebration of our 50th Anniversary — fast approaching, let’s take a moment to look back at a few of the top stories and our collective successes that transpired this year in parks and recreation. Read more

Are You Ready if Disaster Strikes?

Sarah Thompson, MA | December 22, 2014
On a given work day, 69 million children are in child care programs or school, separated from their families. Perhaps many of them are with you, at their local parks and recreation. We may not like to think about it, but if a disaster should strike your community are you prepared to protect those that may be in your care? The Atlanta Parks and Recreation recently worked with Save the Children to host a Prep Rally to help children and families prepare for emergencies. Read more

Remember Why We Do This

NRPA Staff | December 18, 2014
Sometimes the holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes it’s delightfully overwhelming with holiday parties, gift giving and seeing family members, while at other times, witnessing increased need or experiencing memories of those who are no longer with us overwhelms in a different kind of way. But, park and recreation professionals have several reasons to find hope and joy this holiday season. Read more

How Parks and Recreation Fared in the Congress FY15 Spending Package

Kevin O'Hara;Sage Learn | December 17, 2014
Congress returned to DC for a post-election “lame duck” session where the most pressing piece of unfinished business was to approve a final budget to keep the federal government open and running for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015 (ending September 30, 2015). In what has become the norm (unfortunately), they went right up to their funding deadline (December 11) and even needed to approve a couple of multi-day extensions just to keep the lights on while they completed debate. Read more

4 Questions (and Answers) about CAPRA Accreditation

Jay Tryon, CPRP | December 16, 2014
Whether you are a new professional to the field of parks and recreation or a seasoned veteran, you have probably heard of CAPRA. But what exactly is CAPRA and what does it mean for you and your department? Here are four common questions and answers to help you learn more about this distinguished accomplishment. Read more

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