We all know the importance of demographics—it’s vital for knowing who we serve and where they are. Getting that information—especially detailed, facility-specific information—isn’t always easy, though.
Recognizing this need, NRPA has created a new tool for your agency to better understand its facilities and constituents. NPRA Facility Market Reports, sponsored by Playworld, offer park and recreation professionals key data and insights about the market served by their agency’s park and recreation facilities. The reports include information about the size of the market, age trends and more.
While California has the largest
and most diverse system of state parks and cultural sites in the nation, most
parks are not where most people are – especially in urban areas like Los
Angeles where lower income neighborhoods tend to be “park poor” and there are
disparities in access to open space based on race, ethnicity and poverty.
The beach helps fill this void – it is where people of all ages, cultures
and incomes come together with family, friends and nature. For 40 years, the
California Coastal Act has helped ensure beach access is open to all.
Awards season is here and it’s time to get busy on that Gold
Medal Award application! Not only is the application in an easy, online format,
it’s also a great way to uncover all of the great things your agency has
accomplished. So whether or not you become a finalist (and hopefully a grand
plaque winner!), you will walk away with more knowledge about your agency that
can be used to bolster the work you do within your community.
As you know, NRPA's Field Report is the most comprehensive collection of detailed park and recreation agency data, presenting information about local and regional park agencies and state park systems from across the United States.
We’re three weeks into the new year, and we hope you haven’t dropped your resolutions just yet. As the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, resolutions were made to spend more time with families, read a new book each month, travel and explore, try new recipes, be more adventurous, or save more money. But the resolution made most—by 69 percent of people in 2015—was to get fit and healthy, lose weight, and keep the weight off.
As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission.
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