NRPA Gears Up for Earth Week

April 15, 2014

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22—a reminder that we’re all part of this world and we’re responsible for taking care of it. However, as park and recreation professionals know all too well, one day out of 365 isn’t enough. Park and rec pros are the green leaders in their communities, so your national association is working on being the green leader here in our community. Read more

How Clayton County Celebrates Park and Recreation Month!

April 2, 2014

Clayton County Parks and Recreation has been celebrating Park and Recreation Month for many years. In this guest blog, Briana Yelverton, Marketing & Communications Specialist for Clayton County Parks and Recreation, discusses the ways they have found success in engaging their community with Park and Recreation Month. Read more

MWR Internships Provide Fresh Look at Career Opportunities

Febuary 21, 2014

Exciting internship opportunities for young park and recreation professionals abound in the world of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), even if you don’t have your sights set on a career serving the military. Contributors Jay Tryon and John Prue discuss the benefits of these programs in a recent NRPA Open Space vlog. Read more

“Parke Diem”— Mobilizing Grassroots to Support Your Parks

Febuary 13, 2014

In the February issue of Parks & Recreation (“Seizing the Day”), we shared the story of “Parke Diem” — a grassroots campaign for volunteering and raising awareness of park needs. With a small staff and limited funds, we built a citywide coalition of 50 park-supporting groups for two days of stewardship. More than 1,400 volunteers came out for 73 projects. Read more

What the heck are hashtags!?

January 31, 2014

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked and been asked this question. So, I’ve decided it’s time to break it down and explain what hashtags are and how parks and recreation can use them with a good ol’ who, what, when, where, why and how. You don’t have to be a social media genius to use them and they are definitely applicable for parks and recreation. Read more

Make Someday Happen

December 30, 2013

Someday I’ll take that vacation. Someday I’ll read that book. Someday I’ll start that business. Raise your hand if you have ever started a sentence with “Someday, I’ll.” I know my hand is up—and that’s hard to do when you are typing.  Read more

Holiday Greetings

December 23, 2013

The sending and receiving of holiday cards is a tradition many families share this time of year. NRPA's Marketing and Communications Specialist Roxanne Sutton discusses her family’s traditions, NRPA’s holiday card and best wishes for the holiday season. Read more

Are You Attending NRPA’s Green School?

December 10, 2013

Are you attending NRPA's Green School? Mike Trigg, Superintendent of Parks for the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan, Illinois did, and highly recommends it to all park professionals. Read why he says so and about the award-winning results attendance at the school had for his agency. Read more

Parallel Parking Not Required: Parks in Parking Spaces

December 3, 2013

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The trend of diminishing green space is pretty well summarized in the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell and later the Counting Crows. Luckily for us though, there is a newer trend of taking back some of those parking spaces and converting them into open space and parks—parklets.  At the NLC Conference last month, we met with Seattle’s Department of Transportation who launched a pilot parklet program in August of 2013 that aims to create new public spaces while ensuring the flow of traffic and parking are maintained. Read on to find out more about how parklets might bring unique open space to your community or city.  Read more

A First Step in PRORAGIS May Lead You to Money

November 1, 2013

By now, chances are good that you’ve heard of NRPA’s PRORAGIS™.  Readers of Parks & Recreation Magazine have probably noticed numerous features about PRORAGIS through the past few years, and attendees of the NRPA Congress and Exposition may have attended a PRORAGIS educational session or noticed the Community Center PRORAGIS display and demonstration. But how do you actually get started entering your data?  And what is the first step in using this powerful tool to help improve your agency and service to your community?    Read more

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