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East Goshen Parks and Recreation Brings History to Life for Congressman Ryan Costello

By Jayni Rasmussen and Chelsea Hodgkins | Posted on January 17, 2018

On June 3, 2017, East Goshen Township Parks and Recreation brought history to life for 3,500 residents and elected officials, including Congressman Ryan Costello, at the East-West Goshen Bicentennial Celebration.

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Bringing Inclusive Parks to Oklahoma: Mustang Hosts Senator James Lankford

By Jayni Rasmussen and Chelsea Hodgkins | Posted on January 11, 2018

In just two years, Lynly Grider, in collaboration with the Mustang Parks and Recreation Department, elected officials and community groups, designed, funded and built Brittany’s Play Adventure — Mustang’s first all-inclusive park.

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Welcome Kyle Simpson

By NRPA Public Policy | Posted on January 4, 2018

NRPA is proud to welcome Kyle Simpson, Senior Government Affairs Manager, to our public policy team.

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New National Poll Finds Widespread Opposition to NPS Fee Increases

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 22, 2017

Results of a new poll found that 68 percent of respondents were opposed to the raise in fees.

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Congress is Heading Home for the Holidays

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 21, 2017

After an eventful December, Congress is heading home for the holidays with plenty of work left to be done in D.C. after the New Year.

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How the Tax Reform Bill Affects Parks and Recreation

By Kevin O’Hara | Posted on December 20, 2017

For the first time since 1986 Congress has passed a significant tax reform bill (House Vote 224-201, Senate Vote 51-48) and is expected to be signed by President Trump. What does this all mean for park and recreation agencies?

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Clarksville Bounces Back with Park Champion Event at CDBG-funded Valleybrook Park

By Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on December 6, 2017

Valleybrook Park received a huge revitalization, including new playgrounds, restrooms, a pavilion and more, thanks to a $477,000 federal CDBG Disaster Resilience grant.

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UPDATED: Tax Reform and Federal Budget

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 5, 2017

As everyone begins their Holiday preparations, Congress is hard at work in two principal areas with deadlines fast approaching.

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Hey Congress, If the Budget Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

By Public Policy Team | Posted on November 2, 2017

Congress has passed the FY2018 budget framework, but spending levels for individual programs have not been finalized.

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Tax Reform Debate Opens a Window of Opportunity to Get the PHIT Act Done

By Kate Sims | Posted on October 26, 2017

Tax reform is a logical piece of legislation where the language of the PHIT Act can be included.

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Afterschool Funding Saved

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on September 21, 2017

Thanks to great efforts on Capitol Hill and local advocacy efforts from out-of-school time (OST) providers like yourself all summer long, congress voted just last week to restore the funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

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Making Sense of Charlottesville Through Local Leadership

By Leon T. Andrews, Jr. | Posted on August 17, 2017

NRPA Chair-Elect Leon Andrews writes about the importance of local leadership in standing up for equity.

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Mount Airy Parks & Recreation Showcases a Community Above and Beyond The Andy Griffith Show

By Kate Sims and Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on August 15, 2017

Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) participated in a park champion event in Mt. Airy, NC where the importance of USDA meal programs — and parks and recreation's role in providing meals to youth — was demonstrated.

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Prevention Fund Protected in Latest Healthcare Repeal Vote

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on August 1, 2017

Park and recreation agencies nationwide are working to prevent and manage symptoms related to chronic diseases locally, but we know this work would not be possible without the support from the PPHF and the CDC.

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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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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 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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