10 Great Uses of Twitter for Parks and Recreation

Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D. | December 12, 2014
In her Member to Member column in the December 2014 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D., provides the “whys” and “how” for using Twitter to help your park and recreation agency achieve more visibility and build relationships. Here, she provides some additional inspiration that can help you tweet like a pro! Read more

Natural Play: New Guidelines Mean New Opportunity for Parks and Recreation

Richard J. Dolesh | September 11, 2014
The long-awaited national guidelines on the design, development and management of nature play areas written by Robin Moore, noted professor of landscape architecture and head of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) of North Carolina State University, have been released this week. These guidelines will be invaluable to the park and recreation profession. Read more

Who Owns the Forests? Mountain Bike Trail Riders and Park Pros Weigh In

Danielle Taylor | June 19, 2014
When I began my research for the feature article on collaboratively built mountain biking trails for the June issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, I started out by watching “Pedal-Driven,” a 2011 documentary that looks at both sides of the debate surrounding illegal mountain bike trail building in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests near Leavenworth, Washington. There, the U.S. Forest Service manages more than 4 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range, and in recent years, the land has been inundated with problems due to illegal trail building by mountain bikers in the area. Read more

Zombie Survival: Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Ann Cejka | May 20, 2014
The fort is impressive. A sturdy riverbank willow, felled a good six foot above the ground by heavy flooding, forms the natural backbone of the debris shelter. The ZRF (Zombie Resistance Force) troops, some raw recruits and other battle hardened veterans of past years’ skirmishes with the undead, have spent most of their morning framing out their survival shelter with whatever deadfall limbs they could gather from the remote riverbank –preferably willow, if they can find it. Willow is, after all, the “tree of life” and therefore anathema to the undead monsters that cannot bear its regenerative life-giving properties. Read more

Springtime Changes

Samantha Bartram | May 6, 2014
Each month, as you crack the spine of a fresh Parks & Recreation Magazine, we hope the experience is both exciting and familiar. Exciting in that you’re delving into a cache of brand-new stories and updates from around our industry, and familiar in the way those items are presented, section by section. Read more

Eliminating Play Deserts

Anne-Marie Spencer | April 24, 2014
In the April 2013 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Associate Editor Samantha Bartram wrote about play deserts and their effects on community and national health and wellness. Here, Anne-Marie Spencer, vice president of marketing and communications for PlayCore, shares additional resources in the works to help eliminate these obstacles to play and invites your feedback on combating play deserts in your community. Read more

Color, But No Diversity

Samantha Bartram | February 4, 2014

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. 

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Taboo Topic: Homeless in the Park

Danielle Taylor | January 22, 2014

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. 

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Connecting Seniors to Parks and Rec

Danielle Taylor | December 17, 2013

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. 

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Hey NRPA Congress Attendee, Can You Relate?

October 22, 2013

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.  

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It May Be Over But the Federal Government Shutdown Could Affect You

October 17, 2013
A deal may be struck and the shutdown may nearly be over (or at least temporarily held off until early 2014), but after the federal government shut down more than two weeks ago, one of the loudest frustrations from the public was the closing of our national parks. Fortunately for park professionals like you as well as the public, state and local parks aren’t under the financial umbrella of the federal shutdown. However, this event still has the potential to affect you. Read more

The NRPA Congress and Exposition: A Daily Video Blog Day Four

October 10, 2013

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. 

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The NRPA Congress and Exposition: A Daily Video Blog Day Three

October 10, 2013

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. 

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The NRPA Congress and Exposition: A Daily Video Blog Day Two

October 8, 2013

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.

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The NRPA Congress and Exposition: A Daily Video Blog

October 7, 2013

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.   

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