National Awards: A Great Way to Honor the Village

Atuya O. Cornwell | March 1, 2016
As a child, one of my ultimate fears was standing up at church on the Sunday after school report cards were released as my pastor cheerfully said, “All of our honor roll students please come to the front so that we can recognize your achievement.” My fear was wrapped up in a little shyness and, at the time, a lot of misunderstanding about the impact of personal achievement. Then one day around the age of thirteen it hit me: being recognized for my personal achievement is not a form of boasting. Personal achievement is a nod to family, friends, colleagues, mentors and teachers who have deposited life gems into you. Thanks to their impact, your personal achievement has the potential to inspire others. Read more

Embrace the Power of National Awards

Michael W. Klitzing | February 26, 2016
Everyone likes being part of a winning team, including employees at all levels of your agency. Telling your team what a great job they’re doing is important, but it has a lot more meaning when that recognition comes from others, especially from a national organization like NRPA. Without a doubt, receiving national recognition fosters a since of pride within your organization and community. Read more

Maintenance Management School: Not Just Another Training Class

William (David) McGaughey | December 10, 2015
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Manager William (David) McGuaghey, shares how NRPA's Park and Recreation Maintenance Management School has positively affected his management style and career. Read more


Lauren Hoffmann | November 23, 2015

It never ceases to me amaze me how quickly Thanksgiving comes around. It literally feels like yesterday we were saying goodbye to summer and getting ready for the NRPA Annual Conference. But alas, Thanksgiving is here.

If you have read the NRPA blog the last few years we started a tradition with our Thanksgiving-themed blog posts that we hope you look forward to just as much as you do that special pie or side dish at your Thanksgiving feast! And this year, the tradition continues.

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5 Tips for Using the NRPA Career Center

Hayley MacDonell Herzing | November 20, 2015
It is hard to believe that 2015 is nearly coming to a close. As the New Year approaches has your agency started to think about hiring and filling open positions? Maybe you’ve got a vacancy you need filled before the end of the year? We've put together five tips to help you make the best use of the NRPA Career Center and just in time for a special deal coming on Cyber Monday! Read more

NC2NV: Arizona State University

Editor | August 31, 2015

The NC2NV road trip is making a final stop! We’ve "visited" Ole Miss, University of Missouri and Texas State and conclude with a final stop at Arizona State University’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions! 

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Top Tips from a Conference Newbie and Pro

Jay Tryon, CPRP | May 10, 2016

The NRPA Annual Conference is quickly approaching and the Young Professional Network (YPN) is very excited to bring you another blog to help you get ready for the event. Each year thousands of park and recreation professionals come together for an amazing week filled with vast amounts of knowledge and countless memories. The week is jam packed with hundreds of educational sessions, off site institutes, networking events, an ever growing exhibit hall and most importantly a time for professionals to grow, share and learn among each other. 

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50 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your NRPA Membership

Hayley MacDonell;Lauren Hoffmann | August 10, 2015

You often hear people say “you get out what you put in” when referencing various clubs or organizations that they join. In fact, we’ve even heard that from members of NRPA. Part of the benefits of being in an association are the ample opportunities to get involved and have valuable, rewarding experiences that help you excel in parks and recreation.


As part of our 50th Anniversary, we challenged ourselves to come up with a list of 50 ways members can get engaged and take full advantage of NRPA membership. 


Very quickly the list filled up!  As you read through, how many of these items have you or your agency accomplished? Are there any on the list that you want to accomplish this year?  Are there any you weren’t familiar with? Drop us a note, leave a comment or tweet us your thoughts! 

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Three Best Practices for Parks

Barbara Heller | July 17, 2015

Parks today aren’t what they were ten years ago. Where people used to utilize parks as a place to throw a frisbee with friends, have a picnic or just enjoy some quiet time with a book, today city residents are looking for a more social experience from parks, with formal programming like yoga, movie nights and lawn games.


Given these increasing demands, how can we create and manage parks in a way that meets the public’s expectations?

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Staying a Top Workplace

Martin Dease | June 22, 2015
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! This week NRPA was named to The Washington Post Top Workplaces 2015. Being awarded the title of Top Workplace means even more to us because it is based solely on employee surveys. The list is determined by results from confidential surveys asking staff members 22 questions related to pay, benefits, work/life balance, how they view their role and satisfaction with the organization. Read more

NC2NV: Texas State University

Editor | June 9, 2015
We’ve made stops at Ole Miss and the University of Missouri but today we’ll be in the great state of Texas learning about Texas State University’s Bachelor of Science in Recreational Administration and Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services programs! Read more

Why 50,000 is a Great Number for Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann | June 3, 2015
NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane, CAE, made the announcement to members on May 28, and she outlined three ways the growth in membership is significant for park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, industry suppliers and more. Read more

How to Prepare Now for Your Career Five Years from Now

Troy Houtman, CPRE | May 21, 2015
I look back at my career and where I started 24 years ago in Greeley, Colorado. I would often tell my colleagues and co-workers, “If I was the boss, I would do it differently,” or “When I’m in charge, I will change things.” Fast forward 24 years and now I have to live up to my words. As the Director of Parks and Recreation with the City of Wichita, Kansas, I am often asked how and what I did to get where I am. For certain, there has to be a strong desire to lead, learn and serve. To fuel my desire to learn about being a director, I attended the NRPA Directors School five years ago. Read more

Finding Your Next Park & Rec Employee is Easy

Morgan Rothermel | May 18, 2015
You’re busy. You have programs to run, paperwork to fill out, a budget to keep track of, staff to assist, oh and you need to fill that empty desk in the corner of the office. Hiring someone can take a lot of time, energy and resources but it doesn’t have to if you have one simple tool. Read more

NC2NV: University of Missouri

Mr. Jason Young | May 15, 2015
Our first stop was with Ole Miss where we learned about their Recreation Administration program, but today we’re stretching our legs on the campus of the University of Missouri, let’s see what their program is up to! Read more

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