NRPA Leg Forum 2014: Just Say Yes to Parks!

March 28, 2014

Earlier this week, over 120 NRPA advocates from 35 states descended on Capitol Hill to educate their elected officials about the good work park and recreation professionals do in their communities, and how federal programs can help them do this work.  For those of you who made the trip to an unseasonably cold Washington D.C., I want to offer my sincere thanks. Read more

Legislative Forum 101

March 18, 2014

Attending NRPA’s Legislative Forum for the first time can be a little intimidating. However, armed with these tricks of the trade, you will look and feel like a pro in DC! Read more

Your Advocacy Can Help the Federal Government Blossom

March 4, 2014

Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming in the local parks and cherry blossoms will soon be out in D.C. Help plant the seeds or cultivate current ones with your congressional members. Our political leaders need to hear from you, their constituents, to know what issues are important in their communities. Join your colleges and the NRPA Public Policy team at NRPA’s Legislative Forum in D.C. on March 25 and 26 to advocate for the issues that are critical to your agency. Our team will help provide all the training and information you need to have successful meetings and become the valuable resource to Congress, which you already are. Read more

It May Be Over But the Federal Government Shutdown Could Affect You

October 16, 2013

A deal may be struck and the shutdown may nearly be over (or at least temporarily held off until early 2014), but after the federal government shut down more than two weeks ago, one of the loudest frustrations from the public was the closing of our national parks. Fortunately for park professionals like you as well as the public, state and local parks aren’t under the financial umbrella of the federal shutdown. However, this event still has the potential to affect you. Read more

Ways to Celebrate Visit a Park Day on October 4 2013

September 12, 2013

Have you heard that October 4, 2013 is National Visit a Park Day?  This is something that NRPA and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) have celebrated over the last couple of years to help promote the wonders of our natural and treasured resources out there – local parks.  The Young Professionals have put together some great ideas on how to celebrate Visit a Park Day and want to encourage park and recreation agencies, community leaders, civic groups, schools and other organizations to come together and participate! Read more

Welcome Back Congress You Have A Lot of Work to Do (So Do You Park and Rec Advocates)

August 27, 2013

Congress will return on September 9 and must take action on both the FY 2014 spending bills (appropriations) and an increase to our nation’s debt limit to avoid yet another government shutdown. Differences in the House and the Senate may prove challenging to consensus on these two issues.  Both of these measures have implications for local parks and recreation and Stacey Pine, NRPA’s VP of Government Affairs summarizes what to expect out of Congress this fall and why it is so critically important for park and recreation advocates to raise their voices now.  Read more

Influence Public Policy with PRORAGIS

July 25, 2013

Recently, advocacy issues important to public parks and recreation have been in action on Capitol Hill – in the House, the reintroduction of the Community Parks Revitalization Act;  introduction of legislation to designate a minimum of 40 percent of total annual Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) appropriations for the State Assistance Program; proposed tax reform which threatens Municipal Bond tax exemption. With the right information we all can do our parts to shape how these issues play out for our field and communities – both on the national and local level.  Mark A. Young, one of NRPA’s PRORAGIS Ambassadors, shares how having the right information, especially powerful data, can give strength to our public park and recreation advocacy messages.  Read more

Healthcare Law Delay: What Does it Mean for Parks and Recreation?

July 10, 2013

You’ve likely heard about the deadline delay by the Obama Administration to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as it relates to when employers must provide health insurance to full-time employees. We know you are concerned about how this might impact your agency. Well, the NRPA Public Policy Team has compiled the details you need to know to understand the delays and what it means for parks and recreation.  Read more

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.   Read more

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. Read more

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