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?
What’s a park bench have to do with business models for parks and recreation? In this blog Jeff Price, Business Manager for the City of Everett Parks and Recreation Department in Washington tells how pricing differentiation on memorial benches was a win/win business decision for the agency and how this can be just one of many business models that work for parks and recreation.
We are back with your next Speed Session preview for the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition. Who doesn’t love shopping on Black Friday? Think that “holiday” is just for retail? Think again.
In this blog post, written by Jenise Jensen, Administrative Manager – Recreation, in the Town of Breckenridge, CO she shares a secret - Black Friday can be for park and recreation agencies and can bring your agency big bucks without breaking your budget! Get the scoop in this blog and for the full story, make sure you attend Congress and her Speed Session on Oct. 9.
Community gardens can be powerful things. They can bring communities together, provide fresh and healthy produce to those that may have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they can connect generations and pass on traditions and so much more. Often run by local parks and recreation, community gardens have the power to improve communities. 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.
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.
Nearly 20 million children receive free or reduced-priced lunches at school each year. However, during the summer months fewer than 3 million children partake in free summer lunch. This is a gap of more than 16 million kids who can receive a free healthy lunch each day school is out, but don’t. Why is this? Read this moving blog by NRPA's Jimmy O'Connor on how park and recreation agencies are serving to fill this gap this summer, helping improve lives and communities.
Park and recreation agencies, like many other local government agencies, have benefitted from federal earmarks. But the federal earmark ban that took effect two years ago has made it difficult local governments to fund many local projects, such as park and recreation projects. Discussions on the Hill, now have many wondering whether earmarks are truly dead. Read the latest from NRPA's Public Policy team to learn more about this issue.
Daniel A. Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, is well known for his work as a transformer of urban parks. While he is most famous for revitalizing Manhattan’s Bryant Park in the 1990s (primarily through corporate sponsorships), he has also
Editor’s Note: NRPA recently asked Mr. Christopher B. Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Manager with the Federal Highway Administration to provide some factual background and insight on the Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) initiatives and the role they play in promoting active transportation.
As Congress considers its priorities for 2012; one piece of pressing business is the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act. The current law, known as SAFETEA-LU is set to expire March 31, and the House and Senate have announced plans to debate and vote on their respective reauthorization packages in the coming days and weeks.
By now you have seen several posts in this blog talking about the process that goes into funding park and recreation programs. Very likely not everyone knows all that goes into the proverbial sausage-making, with some Members of Congress having more influence than others, all the behind the scenes squabbling, and the obvious disorganization trying to create something that actually looks organized when it’s finished. Actually, you might not want to know the details. If laws really are like sausages, maybe it is better not to see them being made. In any case, here’s a quick lesson on this often not-so-appetizing process.
Whenever you can connect communities and neighborhoods you get stronger, healthier, and more fun places to live and work. Across the country, we're seeing more and more greenways coming online that bear this out. Here in Northern Virginia, just a
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