As we put our February issue to bed, those of us at Parks & Recreation Magazine found ourselves somewhat conflicted as we pondered our very colorful cover, meant to illustrate the excitement of adult sports trends. Our observant graphic designer Matt Brubaker pointed out, “even with all that color there is a lack of diversity. How ironic…” Indeed.
The January cover story about homelessness in parks, “Out of the Shadows,” is one I’ve wanted to write for a long time. At both the 2012 and 2013 NRPA Congresses, I attended education sessions on homelessness presented by Sara Lamnin, and in each, I hoped to gather some stories from other attendees of successful programs that park agencies have implemented to work with the homeless people living in their parks.
December’s cover story by John Crompton focused on the evolving lifestyle and financial factors motivating today’s seniors toward recreation. Senior Editor Danielle Taylor discusses how the seniors in her life found a wide range of ways to stay active and well.
I love lists. I am one of those people that make a list and then I create a list for my list. No really, I have done this – just ask anyone on the Marketing, Communications and Magazine team here at NRPA Headquarters! With a list, I feel like I have everything I need in one place. Lists help keep things organized and simplified.
Well, true to my list-making passion, I’ve created a list of all the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition resources that any attendee and non-attendee alike can benefit from. Right here in this list are all the resources you might be looking for in one place! (Cue happy dance!)
So you’ve had a week to recover and let all the information you received at the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition sink in; now’s a great time to reflect on your experience and start to sift through the business cards, presentation information, and more to apply your experience and make the most of your time spent in Houston. To get you started, we asked three NRPA staff members — a first-time Congress attendee, a second-timer and a veteran from the field — to share their perspective and offer thoughts about Congress. And we have some special tips for making the most of the content and connections you gained.
This was it, the last day of the NRPA Congress and Exposition. Our daily bloggers have had quite a journey these last few days and have some final thoughts to share about their experience here in Houston, Texas.
The daily video blogs continue live from the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX. Both vloggers (video bloggers) provide their unique perspective and experience following another action-packed day. Keep following along and make sure to check back later today for their last video entry.
The daily video blogs continue live from the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX. Kayode Lewis is back and our student blogger, Taylor Potter, adds his video blog to the mix. Both give an interesting take on the the first full day here, what they are learning and what they are experiencing. Watch and see their journey and keep checking back to follow along with their week.
You’ve been looking forward to it and now it is here – NRPA Congress and Exposition! We’ve arrived in Houston, Texas and look forward to seeing thousands of you this week! While you are here or even if you are not, go on a journey with two individuals as they document their time at Congress through a daily video blog (or vlog). Follow along all week to get their take on the Congress experience and check back each day to see how things are going for them as they embark on the nation's premiere event in parks and recreation.
NRPA’s Congress and Exposition is just one week away—all the final plans are coming together and last minute prep is being made. Soon thousands of park and recreation professionals will fill downtown Houston and the hot Texas air will be filled with Great Ideas.
These life hacks may not be the ones made popular by the Internet and BuzzFeed, but they will definitely make navigating this year’s Congress and Exposition just a little bit easier!
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