What Your Congress Feedback Says About You

Matt Brubaker | November 10, 2014
We asked and you answered! More than 1,000 attendees completed the post-conference survey and shared what they thought about their experience at the 2014 NRPA Congress in Charlotte, North Carolina. The survey is your chance to tell us what we did right and where we can improve and so that we can continue to make the NRPA conference a valuable experience for all in the park and recreation field. We asked some interesting questions so I’m sure many of you are interested to see how others answered the questions and how the results breakdown. Read more

8 Life Hacks for the 2014 NRPA Congress

Roxanne Sutton | October 8, 2014
The 2014 NRPA Congress is less than a week away. Many NRPA staff members have a somewhat over-caffeinated look, but there is a definite optimism and excitement in the air as we finalize plans for one of our best conferences yet. For those making the pilgrimage to Charlotte, we’re giving it to you straight. Here are the eight things you need to know to make your experience just a little bit easier! Read more

Saying Goodbye to a Friend

Editor | October 2, 2014
Congress Program Guide, 1965-2014 The NRPA Congress Guide, 49, quietly passed away at its home in Ashburn, Virginia, following complications from a recent extreme makeover. The hefty publication, known as a comprehensive information source for all attendees, was unable to endure another yearly editing and overhaul and peacefully slipped away into NRPA’s archival shelves just weeks before the 2014 event was scheduled to begin. Read more

Don’t Waste Your Time With NRPA Congress

Jason Genck | September 22, 2014
Jason Genck, General Operations Manager of the City of Westminster, Colorado and seasoned NRPA Congress attendee offers these 8 lessons on how not to waste your time at NRPA Congress. Read more

Natural Play: New Guidelines Mean New Opportunity for Parks and Recreation

Richard J. Dolesh | September 11, 2014
The long-awaited national guidelines on the design, development and management of nature play areas written by Robin Moore, noted professor of landscape architecture and head of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) of North Carolina State University, have been released this week. These guidelines will be invaluable to the park and recreation profession. Read more

Cell Phone Camera Tricks Pros Don’t Want You to Know

John R. Johnson | September 9, 2014
In his 20-minute Speed Session at NRPA Congress last year, professional photographer John R. Johnson packed the room to share his secrets on making the best use of a cell phone for photography – a beneficial skill for park and recreation professionals working to raise awareness of programs, services and special places in the community through visual communications. Here, he shares a few tricks and previews his 2014 Speed Session reprise. Read more

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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