An Istanbul Traveler’s Account: More Parks are Desperately Needed in this City

June 26, 2013

One of the fiercest citizen uprisings in Turkey’s recent history ignited and it was all for the love of one little park. Protestors gathered to protect Taksim Gezi Park in Instanbul from redevelopment into a shopping mall.  The protest brought together thousands in Turkey and now globally to defend dwindling green space. NRPA’s own Gina Cohen, was traveling in Turkey during the protests and shares commentary and information about Taksim Gezi Park, the significance of the protests and why these recent events stand as a reminder to us all of the deep significance parks and open public spaces have for people no matter where they are from.  

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NRPA President and CEO Talks with New Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell

June 24, 2013

Last Tuesday, NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, met with the new Secretary for the Department of Interior (DOI), Sally Jewell, to discuss the federal agency’s role in championing community parks.  NRPA has an enduring interest in cultivating a relationship with any DOI Secretary and this initial meeting served as a productive first step in establishing an ongoing dialogue between NRPA and the DOI.  Read on to gain more insight into what was discussed during this first meeting.

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From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities

June 17, 2013

Community gardens can be powerful things. They can bring communities together, provide fresh and healthy produce to those that may have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they can connect generations and pass on traditions and so much more. Often run by local parks and recreation, community gardens have the power to improve communities. Recently, we visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is changing not only the landscape of this small town, but is also bringing generations and the community closer. 


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Teaching the “Top Guns” at Directors School

June 12, 2013

How does one do it?  How does one prepare to teach park and recreation professionals generally already considered at the top of their game? It might be something you’ve wondered yourself or thought about as you considered professional development opportunities. Jan Geden, former Director of the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation and Directors School Faculty writes about her experiences getting ready to teach the “Top Guns” of the field of parks and recreation.  

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Make Your Park and Recreation Month More Exciting: How Grand Prairie did it!

June 10, 2013

Are you excited for Park and Recreation Month this year?  We sure are and hope your answer is “YES!”  We thought it would be fun to showcase how Park and Recreation Month can really be a great opportunity for your agency to engage with the community and generate awareness for all that you do to create healthy, happy, and prosperous communities. Kelly Eddlemon from the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department in Texas, writes how the agency took one promotion idea during the 2012 celebration of Park and Recreation Month and turned it into a great marketing and engagement strategy in their community that paid off in more ways than one.   

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It is Never Too Late to Challenge Yourself

June 6, 2013

Are you ever amazed at how quickly time passes by? Before you know it, you’ve been in your career for 10, 15, 20, 30 years! And sometimes when we start hitting the upper echelon of years, we may default to the old adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks when thinking about our professional or even personal life.  To that we say “Phooey!” This guest blog post written by Rod Tarullo, CPRE, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Golf in the City of Golden, Colorado blows the roof off that old thought and demonstrates how someone well into their career can take on new challenges such as a new certification opportunity (CPRE).   

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How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: A Speed Session Preview

June 4, 2013

New this year at the NRPA Congress and Exposition are Speed Sessions. These are 40 of the most exciting, fun and innovative sessions delivered in just 20-minutes.  But what the heck are the Speed Sessions all about? Each month check out the blog and we’ll have a different article telling you a little bit about a particular Speed Session.   In this post written by Shannon Keleher, Recreation Manager for the City of Gainesville, Florida she shares what is behind her session, “How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.” Trust us, it is delicious but in a different way! 

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