Your #ParkVote Makes a Difference

Morgan Rothermel | March 31, 2016
For the second year, NRPA is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN during Earth Month to expand the Parks Build Community initiative – where through our Meet Me at the Park PSA and social media we encourage everyone from across the country to join in on creating lasting impacts for 16 communities. Read more

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

Dave Tyahla | March 11, 2016

The National Park Service (NPS) has opened the application process for this year’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). This $15 million nationally competitive grant program specifically targets recreation spaces in urban communities.

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

Melissa May | January 15, 2016

As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission.

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2016 Spending Package Offers Opportunity to Boost Parks and Recreation

Oliver Spurgeon III | November 19, 2015
With sequestration caps pushed aside for now, and a spare $50 billion to spend, Congress is in a mad dash to pass a spending package and avoid another shutdown before December 11, 2015. Since 2011, sequestration has wreaked havoc on state and local budgets and has threatened important investments in parks and recreation that keep Americans healthy and protect the integrity of our air, land and water. The debate in Congress these next couple of weeks is crucial for parks and recreation. Read more

Three Ways You Can Advocate for Summer Nutrition

April 8, 2015
One of the most critical times of the year to keep children healthy is during the summer, when many children may not have access to healthy food and may not be as physically active as they are during the school year. Providing a nutritious meal to hungry kids is an important way to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential both in and out of school. Read more

The Magic of Local Parks and Recreation

Jessica Culverhouse | April 1, 2015
Magic happens every day at local parks. A child’s first soccer goal, a grandmother picking the summer’s first tomato from the community garden, a family discovering a nest full of eggs hatching on their nature walk.This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative to demonstrate the role of local parks and recreation in helping families live healthier, connecting kids and nature, and increasing access to sports. Together we will celebrate the power of parks to improve people’s lives – and bring a little magic to local parks across the country. Read more

Five Tips to Help You Get Grant Funding

Kellie May | February 5, 2015
NRPA is excited to announce the availability of $1.8 million to local park and recreation agencies to support their out-of-school time programs thanks to the Walmart Foundation. This grant program builds on the success we all had in 2014 increasing meals to children in low income communities and implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards. Read more

My Two Cents on Revenue School (and clichés)

Paul Gilbert | January 6, 2014

We have a lot of clichés in our professional lives. But they are all really different ways of saying that we are going to think about things in a fresh manner and seek to increase the performance of what we are doing. So aside from all the worn out phrases, how do we do this within the field of parks and recreation?

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The Bench With the View: A Business Lesson for Parks and Recreation

Jeff Price, MBA | August 9, 2013

What’s a park bench have to do with business models for parks and recreation? In this blog learn how pricing differentiation on memorial benches was a win/win business decision for a park and recreation agency.

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Think You Can't Make Significant Money on Black Friday? Think Again: A Speed Session Preview

Jenise Jensen | July 8, 2013

Jenise Jensen, Administrative Manager – Recreation, in the Town of Breckenridge, CO shares that Black Friday can bring your agency big bucks without breaking your budget! 

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From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities

Lauren Hoffmann | June 17, 2013

Community gardens can be powerful things. Recently, we visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is changing not only the landscape of this small town, but is also bringing generations and the community closer. 

 

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LWCF: More than Just a Federal Landing Acquisition Program

Stacey Pine | October 15, 2012

It’s time for all of us to start educating Congress that the LWCF program is much more than a federal land acquisition program and its time for them to invest in state and local projects by allocating a larger percentage of the annual LWCF funding to the State Assistance Program.

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Tennis in the Parks Goes to London

NRPA | July 27, 2012

The Every Step of the Way program is to benefit the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across America. 

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The Long Strange Disappointing Transportation Trip

Stacey Pine | June 28, 2012

After almost three years and nine extensions, the House and Senate have finally struck a deal that will likely result in Congress passing a bill by this Saturday – the day the bill is set to expire. Unfortunately, many of the carefully crafted bi-partisan reforms and compromises included in the Senate passed bill (S. 1318 or MAP-21) have been removed.  Read what this deal means for parks and recreation.

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A Different Kind of Picnic In the Park

June 25, 2012

Nearly 20 million children receive free or reduced-priced lunches at school each year. During the summer months fewer than 3 million children partake in free summer lunch. Learn how park and recreation agencies are serving to fill this gap this summer, helping improve lives and communities.

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