Outlook Unclear for Policy Priorities as Congress Adjourns Until September

David Tyahla | August 2, 2016
We’re in the heart of another hot and humid summer in Washington, DC. These conditions are sure to produce one thing — Congress leaving for its summer break. Read more

Tell Congress to #MoveOnZika So Parks and Rec Can Do Their Part

Oliver Spurgeon | July 5, 2016
Park and recreation agencies will be critical in the effort to contain and prevent mosquito populations in many communities. We need you to tell Congress to #MoveOnZika. Read more

Park Champions: Uniting Communities and Increasing Diversity

Oliver Spurgeon | June 23, 2016
The city of Gaithersburg, MD took an innovative approach to participating in NRPA’s Park Champion initiative. A naturalization ceremony was incorporated into the Celebrate! Gaithersburg Festival. Read more

Update on the Final Federal Regulations for Overtime Pay and Exempt Employee Status

Dave Tyahla | May 24, 2016
The Obama administration recently released its highly anticipated final regulations and guidelines for the updated Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA). Read more

Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

NRPA continues to work with members of Congress on both sides of the isle to advocate for the highest level of funding possible for the Zika response. 

 

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One Step Closer to Making LWCF Permanent

David Tyahla | April 26, 2016
Recently, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive energy reform package (S. 2012) which includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Read more

“Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act” Not Worthy of the Name

Oliver Spurgeon | April 22, 2016
The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act will cut the number of kids parks and recreation agencies feed during the summer and impose costs on our summer meals programs. Read more

If You Invite Them, They Will Come

Jayni Rasmussen | March 28, 2016
NRPA is excited to build on the successes and lessons learned during the summer of Park Champion advocacy by expanding the initiative to a year-round movement. Read more

New Federal Funding Opportunity: $15 million to Develop Urban Outdoor Recreation Spaces

Dave Tyahla | March 11, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) targets recreation spaces in urban communities.

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Red and Blue Make...Green

David Tyahla | February 26, 2016
One area that voters of all party or political affiliations continue to agree on is the value of local public parks and recreation service — and we have the numbers to prove it! Read more

The PHIT Act: Making Fitness Part of Routine Healthcare

Oliver Spurgeon | February 23, 2016

Prioritizing funds for physical activity can be a serious challenge for many Americans.

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What the President’s Budget Means for Parks and Rec

NRPA Public Policy Team | February 12, 2016
NRPA’s Public Policy Team looked into the major provisions of the President’s budget, which, if enacted by Congress, would be mostly positive for NRPA members and the communities we serve. Read more

Child Nutrition Reauthorization: The Senate’s Vision for Feeding Hungry Children

Oliver Spurgeon | January 26, 2016
The Senate Agriculture Committee recently introduced the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act–better known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). Read more

How to Use the Economic Impact of Local Parks to Your Advantage

Melissa May | January 15, 2016

NRPA's Economic Impact of Local Parks report details how public parks are economic engines to their communities. 

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A Win for LWCF and more in the Congressional Spending Package

NRPA Public Policy Team | December 18, 2015
Congress passed its year-end spending package—keeping the government funded through September 30, 2016. We’ve pulled the highlights that impact parks and recreation. Read more

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