Nomination Counts: Winning a National Award Advanced My Career

Febuary 28, 2014

How many people can say that they have been recognized nationally for the work that they have done? My assumption is not many. At my first National Congress in Baltimore (2008) I remember being blown away by the National Awards reception. I couldn’t help but think, wow, this is so amazing to recognize fellow park and recreational professionals on this level. The faces and reactions of those who received awards were those of extreme excitement and pride. I recall wondering, how does someone go about walking on that stage? At that point, I could only hope that someday I would be fortunate and successful enough to be honored in such a way. Did I ever expect to win a National Award? I guess not; but I would have never known or had the chance if someone did not take the time to nominate me. Read more

Five Things You Can Learn in the October Magazine

October 5, 2012

There is so much to learn in the October issue of Parks & Recreation. Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard highlights five great stories you wont want to miss.  Read the articles and tell us in the comments what your key learnings are! Read more

Transforming an Ugly Duckling — Success at Selena Butler Park

September 12, 2011

An ugly duckling is being transformed into a beautiful swan right before our eyes in Atlanta, Georgia. The renovation of Selena Butler Park, NRPA’s latest Parks Build Community project, is in full swing and on track to be completed in less than 90 days; just in time for a dedication ceremony on November 2, 2011, during the 2011 NRPA Congress. Read more

Support Your Local Rock Star

July 22, 2011

Outside of my office in the NRPA library is a modern, loosely painted portrait of NRPA’s first president, Laurence Rockefeller. Across the hall is another portrait of Laurence Rockefeller, this time in a more traditional style. Watching the Rockefeller twins Read more

Telling the Story of Selena Butler Park, Part 2

May 24, 2011

Almost everyone I’d interviewed for the Selena Butler Park story had mentioned her. She was clearly famous in that little corner of Atlanta. And every reference to Helene Mills was quickly followed up by a smile, a nod, and an Read more

Build it and They Will Come

May 11, 2011

Like the baseball field in the movie Field of Dreams, a new park is as much a dream of its creator as its users, since they essentially are one and the same. How could it be any other way? After Read more

Telling the Story of Selena Butler Park

May 6, 2011

I’ve always been a sucker for a good story. And I don’t mean that in a strictly journalistic sense. I just love and appreciate a strong narrative thread—wherever I find it. An intriguing beginning, an edge of the seat middle, Read more

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