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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legislative Forum: Not What I Expected
As a first-year employee with NRPA, I attended Legislative
Forum this week as a novice, a little wide-eyed at the thought of meeting
members of Congress in person and asking for their support on legislation important
to the future of parks and recreation. I’ve lived i
Lewis Ledford, Director, North Carolina State Parks & Recreation and Chair, NRPA Public Policy Committee guest blogs and sheds some light on the tremendous influence of in-person constituent meetings such as those that take place during National Legislative Forum. Lewis also tells us all more about an important education session planned for Legislative Forum by the National Park Service (NPS) that will be the first public discussion regarding NPS’ goals for the reauthorization of LWCF.
Are you thinking about attending NRPA's National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation? Need a little convincing? Michael Biedenstein, CPRP, Recreation Program Coordinator at the City of Eureka, MO attended NRPA's Legislative Forum last year and shares his three reasons why any park and recreation professional or citizen should attend.
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