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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

Fridays are for Facebooking

Roxanne Sutton | May 2, 2014
Ah, Friday afternoons. Time for thinking about happy hours, weekend plans and Facebook posts. Wait. Facebook posts? Roxanne Sutton, NRPA’s Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist and honorary social media maven, has the latest scoop on a new analysis reported on in Time that uncovers some interesting findings about Facebook and the best time to post to get the most visibility. And she offers ways for you to take advantage of this new information. Read more

NRPA Gears Up for Earth Week

Roxanne Sutton | 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!

Briana Yelverton | 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

Jason Tryon;John Prue;Samantha Bartram | February 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

Nick Hardigg | February 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!?

Roxanne Sutton | 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.

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Make Someday Happen

Pete Magnuson | 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. 

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Holiday Greetings

Roxanne Sutton | 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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?   

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