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

Gina Mullins-Cohen | 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. NRPA’s own Gina Cohen shares commentary and information about Taksim Gezi Park, the significance of the protests and why these events stand as a reminder to us all of the 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

Joel Pannell | June 24, 2013

NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, met with the Secretary for the Department of Interior (DOI), Sally Jewell, to discuss the federal agency’s role in championing community parks.

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From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities

Lauren Hoffmann | June 17, 2013

Community gardens can be powerful things. 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

Jan Geden | June 12, 2013

 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!

Kelly Eddlemon | June 10, 2013

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.

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It is Never Too Late to Challenge Yourself

Rod Tarullo | June 6, 2013

This guest blog post written by Rod Tarullo, CPRE, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Golf in the City of Golden, Colorado demonstrates how someone well into their career can take on new challenges such as a new certification opportunity.   

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

Shannon Keleher | 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. 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.” 

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