Innovative Sessions: A Seasoned Congress Presenter Speaks Out

Mat Duerden, Ph.D. | August 19, 2014
From attendee to seasoned presenter, Mat Duerden, Ph.D., shares his story of the experience that is NRPA Congress. Not only does he touch on his personal evolution but that of the evolution of sessions he’s been involved in from research all the way to leading a Congress Live session! Read more

Your Marketing is Missing Something

Jason Genck | August 12, 2014
Do you find yourself searching for training and resources in marketing, branding and communication, yet finding the same tiring information told in different ways? That was me in 2012. It’s easy to hear of the latest and greatest, but difficult to find out what really works. Well, Brand+Aid changed all of that. Read more

High-Five Moments Coming Soon to Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park

Kevin Cook | July 10, 2014
The playground is where children challenge themselves and each other. It’s a place where “high-five” moments are made and remembered. You know, those moments where “I can’t” or “I’m scared” shift into “I did it!” Well these moments are coming soon to the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as part of the 2014 Parks Build Community project. Guest blogger Kevin Cook tells us more about what to expect and why Playworld Systems is involved in the project this year. Read more

Assimilating New Presenters to Congress

Jenna Tyler, CPRP | July 7, 2014
Think back to your first day on a new job: shaking hands with people whose names you won’t recall for at least a week, determining what time to take lunch, reading the employee handbook and even finding the closest bathroom. That’s the easy stuff; then comes the budgeting, the politics, the “that’s how it’s always been done” conversations. All of that is part of assimilation and Jenna Tyler – currently assimilating to her role as a first-time NRPA Congress presenter – shares a little bit about her session on the importance of assimilation for your agency employees. Read more

Nomination Counts: Winning a National Award Advanced My Career

Thomas Venniro | February 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!

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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.
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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

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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

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Build it and They Will Come

May 10, 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

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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,

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