Experiences from a Student

March 27, 2012
Today’s special guest blog post comes from Brad Armstrong, a student at Utah State University and a member in the NRPA Young Professional Network. Brad’s post provides great tips and veteran insight into NRPA’s annual advocacy event, National Legislative Forum. Read more

The View from Inside Room B308

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, we all know from high school civics, originates in the House of Representatives. It’s a time-honored and well-oiled process that begins soon after the President introduces his budget in February for the coming FY13 fiscal year. Soon after, various House Appropriations subcommittees hear testimony from key funding recipients within their purviews. Read more

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

March 22, 2012
Today, 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. While hundreds of organizations request to testify each year, only a hand full of organizations actually receives an invitation to testify. Read more

Is Your Special Events Protocol Practical?

March 20, 2012
Today’s special guest blog post comes from Liam O'Mahony, MBA, APR, from the City of Chandler, AZ Community Services Department. Liam’s post provides great tips about special events promotion for your agency! Read more

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

March 19, 2012
The U.S. News & World Report recently came out with the annual “Best Jobs” edition. Among those listed for 2012 is Recreation and Fitness worker. In the article, they report that, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of recreation and fitness workers should grow by 21.1 percent in the next several years, adding more than 120,000 new positions. Specifically, there should be approximately 60,400 new fitness trainers and aerobics instructors by the year 2020, and 64,300 new recreation workers.” Read more

Show Me the Money

March 15, 2012
NRPA Board Chair, Robert C. Johnson, discusses economic models, one of the three main areas of focus for NRPA in 2012.  In his post he welcomes your feedback on what's working in the field. Read more

ADA: It’s Not New!

March 14, 2012
NRPA recently co-hosted a training with the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, the Public Health Law Center, and the American Heart Association. A focus of this training was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A key take away was that ADA is not new – it was actually passed in 1990 and enforcement began 20 years ago in 1992! Read more

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

March 9, 2012
Many of you are familiar with PRORAGIS, NRPA's cutting-edge, online management tool designed specifically to aid public park and recreation agencies with benchmarking, best practices, and decision-making. If you haven’t had a chance to work with PRORAGIS, we highly recommend checking it out and getting started on your profile here. To fully take advantage of all PRORAGIS has to offer, we’ll be highlighting the practical ways you can use the database and benchmarking standards to help you every day. Read more

Key Words on Parks

March 8, 2012

Late last year, the Parks & Recreation magazine staff and the NRPA IT team took on an interesting challenge to construct a magazine website and begin producing a monthly web edition of the magazine. The journey took us all over

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Park and Recreation Professionals Speak for the Trees

March 7, 2012
If you have kids, you may have taken them to see the new Dr. Seuss movie, The Lorax, this weekend. I have a six-year old daughter and we caught the matinee showing of this inspirational “movie with a message” on Sunday. Read more

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

March 6, 2012
NRPA and the Urban Institute released a new report, “Financing the Future: The Critical Role of Parks in Urban and Metropolitan Infrastructure.” The report, written by noted author, urban planner, and former mayor of Ventura, California, William Fulton, analyzes discussion from a roundtable held in Washington, DC in the fall of 2011 with national experts including park directors, mayors, and urban planners. Read more

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

March 1, 2012

Editor’s Note: NRPA recently asked Mr. Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Manager with the Federal Highway Administration to provide some factual background and insight on the Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) initiatives and the role they play in promoting active transportation.  

As Congress considers its priorities for 2012; one piece of pressing business is the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act. The current law, known as SAFETEA-LU is set to expire March 31, and the House and Senate have announced plans to debate and vote on their respective reauthorization packages in the coming days and weeks.  

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