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

Overtime Changes and What They Mean for Parks and Recreation

Oliver Spurgeon III | August 21, 2015
Last month, the Obama administration released its long-awaited update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA)overtime regulations. FLSA guarantees overtime pay of 1.5 times an employee’s regular wage for any time worked over 40 hours a week. The proposed rule would increase wages for 21.4 million workers by raising the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 -- an amount that is in line with the Obama administration’s “fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” theme.
So what’s the background of all this and what is the potential impact of the change in rule?  
Here are some details to help make sense of it all. 
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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

Five Park and Recreation Trends from the 2015 Field Report

Lauren Hoffmann | May 12, 2015
You probably already know that PRORAGIS is a powerful tool to help you compare your agency to others on many measures. You may even know that each year, NRPA takes a look at all the data that is in PRORAGIS and provides an analysis of how the field is doing as whole. As part of our annual analysis of the data in PRORAGIS, we identified five trends that will impact the future of parks and recreation. Read more

Can You Walk to Your Park?

Allison Colman | May 5, 2015
Parks have the ability to bring together communities to experience a plethora of health and wellness activities!  With so many amazing programs taking place at parks, it’s important to consider one important factor in particular—how are your community members getting to your parks?! Read more

Recreating Like It’s 1985

Roxanne Sutton | March 6, 2015
The 1980s. Big hair. Neon colors. Great music. Awesome dance moves. Throwing it back to the 80s is fun on its own, but it also ties in perfectly with this year’s Park and Recreation Month as we celebrate 30 years of honoring parks and recreation in July. To get you ready, here are some ideas for 1980s programming. Read more

4 Questions (and Answers) about CAPRA Accreditation

Jay Tryon, CPRP | December 16, 2014
Whether you are a new professional to the field of parks and recreation or a seasoned veteran, you have probably heard of CAPRA. But what exactly is CAPRA and what does it mean for you and your department? Here are four common questions and answers to help you learn more about this distinguished accomplishment. Read more

Why Crumb Rubber is in the News

Caroline Smith, CPSI | December 11, 2014
If you are a playground owner or operator you already know that your choice of playground surfacing is one of the most important decisions you will make. You may have read that roughly 70 percent of playground injuries are due to falls to unsafe surfaces. You probably considered whether the surfacing was impact attenuating, whether or not it was accessible and what you would need to do to maintain the surfacing, as well as a number of other factors. Among those factors, did surfacing health risks for your users come to mind? Read more

Are You Ready if Disaster Strikes?

Sarah Thompson, MA | December 22, 2014
On a given work day, 69 million children are in child care programs or school, separated from their families. Perhaps many of them are with you, at their local parks and recreation. We may not like to think about it, but if a disaster should strike your community are you prepared to protect those that may be in your care? The Atlanta Parks and Recreation recently worked with Save the Children to host a Prep Rally to help children and families prepare for emergencies. Read more

You Won’t Believe What Happened After I Attended Event Management School

Melanie Scoggins, CPRP | November 19, 2014
I have been in the field of parks and recreation for about 15 years (wow!), with most of my work focusing on special event management. One of my key goals was to get to the Event Management School. I was able to attend as a first year student in January 2014. While attending, I was looking for ways to increase attendance at a festival that was moving locations. You won't believe what happened to our festival after I came back from Event Management School... Read more

9 Ways to Have a Better Summer Camp

Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio | July 16, 2014
Summer camp is the ultimate adventure for a kid. It’s a place to discover new things, push comfort zones and experience the outdoors in a whole new way. While every summer camp is different, there are some universal “must-dos” that are worth checking off.  Authors Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, offer their 9 favorites for keeping kids busy and happy while gaining a whole new appreciation for nature. Read more

10 Ways to Get OUTside this July

Roxanne Sutton | July 11, 2014
This July, we’ve been asking everyone to get OUTside and INspired through parks and recreation. I’ve said the phrases, “It’s Park and Recreation Month” and “OUT is IN” so many times it’s become less of a statement and more of an answer to questions. Using inspiration from our members and social media followers, here are 10 ways to get OUTside this July that may be a bit different from the usual. Read more

Need Some Last Minute Inspiration?

Sarah Mylcraine | June 30, 2014
Park and Recreation Month is here and soon all the brainstorming, planning, preparing and more will be put into action.  If you need a little last minute inspiration or even a reminder as to why Park and Recreation Month can be an important part of your agency’s mission here’s a great story for you. Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist for Harker Heights Parks and Recreation in Harker Heights, Texas gives the inside scoop on how she successfully implemented Park and Recreation Month activities for the very first time for her community last year and what she has in store for this year too!  Read more

Why Certify Youth Sports Coaches

Ronald Strickler, Jr, CPRP | May 14, 2014
Offering organized sports, especially for youth, is a significant part of what community park and recreation departments do to help kids stay healthy, bring a community closer and make a positive impact on the quality of life for so many.  To make the programs a success, many park and recreation departments rely on volunteers and parents to help with coaching, organizing and inspiring the children involved. These programs are often a child’s first interaction with a team sport so it is important to know you have qualified and prepared coaches. The NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) is back with their latest vlog (video blog) with information on the importance of training and certification for youth sports coaches and even the parents in the stands. Read more


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