There is a significant new development regarding the
potential spread northward of the Zika virus with implications for large
portions of the United States. For the first time, according to the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO), the Zika virus has been found in a species
of mosquito other than the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and with planning for
summer camps in full swing, now is a good time to think about how your camps
can help spot and prevent child abuse.
The National Park Service (NPS) has opened the application
process for this year’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor
Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). This $15 million nationally
competitive grant program specifically targets recreation spaces in urban
Here at NRPA, we pride ourselves in providing all 51,000 members of our association with the best resources in the field. That’s why we are excited to share that NRPA won six awards, including the coveted Publisher's Choice Award for best overall entry, in the Association TRENDS 2015 All-Media Contest — more than any other association on the list!
While California has the largest
and most diverse system of state parks and cultural sites in the nation, most
parks are not where most people are – especially in urban areas like Los
Angeles where lower income neighborhoods tend to be “park poor” and there are
disparities in access to open space based on race, ethnicity and poverty.
The beach helps fill this void – it is where people of all ages, cultures
and incomes come together with family, friends and nature. For 40 years, the
California Coastal Act has helped ensure beach access is open to all.
As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission.
Nationally, 2015 was a turbulent year to say the least.
Looking back at the headlines, we see terror attacks, mass shootings, plane
crashes and more. Despite the tragedies, parks and recreation continued to
serve their communities to the fullest—providing them safe places to get
healthy, enjoy nature and come together.
Among the national headlines, parks and recreation had their
own. From dealing with emerging technologies to expiring legislation, here are
the top stories from our field in 2015.
NRPA released the results of the first economic impact study capturing the tremendous
nationwide contribution that thousands of local and regional parks make to the
U.S. economy. America’s local and regional public park agencies generated
nearly $140 billion in economic activity and supported almost 1 million jobs
from their operations and capital spending alone in 2013. Beyond the headline numbers, there are five things that you
should take away from The Economic Impact
of Local Parks study.
It never ceases to me amaze me how quickly Thanksgiving comes around. It literally feels like yesterday we were saying goodbye to summer and getting ready for the NRPA Annual Conference. But alas, Thanksgiving is here.
If you have read the NRPA blog the last few years we started a tradition with our Thanksgiving-themed blog posts that we hope you look forward to just as much as you do that special pie or side dish at your Thanksgiving feast! And this year, the tradition continues.
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