Data Helps Show Elected Officials Why Parks and Recreation are Essential

May 28, 2013

Using PRORAGIS to document how you are helping solve community problems could mean more support and increased resources for your agency.

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Five Resources to Help You Prepare for a Crisis

May 13, 2013

In the April issue of Parks & Recreation, we ran a feature on preparing park and recreation agencies for human threats. Danielle Taylor, associate editor explains that this article had been in the works for several months and was originally focused solely on active-shooter situations, but just before the issue went to print, the bombings at the Boston Marathon occurred. In the wake of this tragedy at an event coordinated in part by a major parks and recreation department, she quickly rethought the article and broadened the focus to other sorts of incidents that can occur in parks. In this blog post, Danielle smartly points out that park and recreation professionals must prepare for everything in an ever-changing world and offers five resources that agencies can use to help formulate plans and be prepared.    

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Keen Interest in Parks at the National Mitigation Banking Conference

May 9, 2013

Parks for Mitigation is an innovative pilot project begun by NRPA with Angler Environmental NRPA and Angler have been working together to develop a pilot project creating stream mitigation banks on public parklands in the MD, VA, and DC region that, if successful, will serve as a model for other park agencies across the country.

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Directors School: An Intoxicating, Incredible Experience

May 8, 2013

We have all had that once-in-a-lifetime professional development experience that re-energized us, taught us new skills and introduced us to amazing colleagues. Cindi Wight, Recreation Director at Rutland Recreation and Parks Department in Vermont, shares how NRPA’s Directors School did just that for her. 

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Three Ways to Use the Three Pillars

May 7, 2013

In this month’s Parks & Recreation cover story, agency leaders discuss how their programs and facilities fit into NRPA’s three pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.  But above all, the pillars are a communications strategy, so how are these agencies communicating those priorities to the public and policymakers?  Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard takes a look at how three agencies are using the pillars messaging in three very different ways. 

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CPRP: A Challenge to Myself

Jason Tryon | May 1, 2013

We’ve been bringing you lots of stories from NRPA members all across the country about Certification – from one agency in Iowa with 18 certifications under their roof, to a whole host of Certified Park and Recreation Executives telling it like it is about executive-level certification in parks and recreation. The stories just keep coming and this one written by Jason Tryon, CPRP, Operations Director/Athletic Coordinator at Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation in Charlotte, NC, touches on what pursing Certification is all about – a challenge to oneself.  

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