Zika Update #2: Protection for Outdoor Workers

Richard J. Dolesh | July 22, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted a series of zika toolkits — online resources and information on how to prevent the Zika virus from being transmitted in outdoor settings. These toolkits contain lots of relevant information for park and recreation agencies as well as guidance for supervisors and outdoor workers. Read more

Turning to Data to Power Parks and Rec

Kevin Roth | July 19, 2016
It’s not news that Park and recreation professionals face difficult decisions on how to best serve their constituents under finite and tight fiscal restraints – all while delivering high-impact and valuable services that meet the needs of all community members. This is a reality faced every day for people in our field. Read more

What Americans Are Doing in Your Community This Summer

Kevin Roth | July 6, 2016
The final firework has been shot into the air, the parades have ended and the barbeques have been extinguished. And with that, another Fourth of July celebration has passed. But the summer is only beginning as Americans look to their local park and recreation agency to be the leading source of fun and exciting summertime events. Read more

Tell Congress to #MoveOnZika So Parks and Rec Can Do Their Part

Oliver Spurgeon | July 5, 2016
Last week, Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a $1.1 billion plan to combat the Zika virus. As it stands right now, over four months after NRPA, public health officials, and millions of Americans spoke out about the need for Congress to #MoveOnZika and protect pregnant women and women of child-bearing age, Congress has still yet to act. Read more

How to Celebrate Park and Recreation Month at Your Agency

Cathy Guerra | June 9, 2016
We often get asked, “How can I participate in Park and Recreation Month?” While we have loads of suggestions, the best advice comes from other agencies that have done it year after year. The Deering Estate has been an active Park and Recreation Month participant for the last few years and they’ve put together this great guest blog post with tips on how to celebrate! Read more

How Americans Will Spend Their Time Outside This Summer

Kevin Roth | June 6, 2016
To get a better sense as to how people across the nation are planning to spend the next couple months, NRPA asked 1,000 American adults about their favorite summertime outdoor activities. Virtually every answer they gave us are activities that will be happening at local public parks this summer. Read more

Update on the Final Federal Regulations for Overtime Pay and Exempt Employee Status

Dave Tyahla | May 24, 2016
Last week, the Obama administration released its highly anticipated final regulations and guidelines for the updated Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA).The new regulations state that beginning December 1, 2016, the standard overtime salary level threshold will increase from the current $455 per week to $913 per week (annual salary of $47,476). Read more

Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

After months of Congressional hearings, hours of expert testimony by some of the brightest minds in public health, and repeated warnings from advocates, including NRPA, about the dangers of waiting to mount a full-throated response to the Zika virus, Congress has taken the first step to paying for a comprehensive effort to ZIka’s spread.


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Key Findings from Survey on Zika and Summer Outdoor Plans

Kevin Roth | May 20, 2016

The Zika virus has been in the headlines over the past few months and it appears that one in four Americans are or will be changing their outdoor plans this summer as a result. This is the key finding from a poll conducted on behalf of the National Recreation and Park Association in mid-May.


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Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Oliver Spurgeon | May 6, 2016

In an effort to improve the lives of the 53 million people suffering from Arthritis, NRPA is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Arthritis Foundation, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and public health advocates across the country to spread the word that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month.


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Zika Virus Update: New Potential Northward Spread Feared

Richard J. Dolesh | May 2, 2016

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.  

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7 Tips for Preventing Child Abuse at Summer Camps

Editor | April 28, 2016

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.


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Diverse Field, Common Mission

Kevin Roth | April 7, 2016
Park and recreation agencies are as diverse as the communities they serve. To discover what is best for your agency, you need benchmark data to compare how your agency performs against similar peers. That’s where the 2016 NRPA Field Report comes in. This is the most comprehensive resource of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States. Read more

Your #ParkVote Makes a Difference

Morgan Rothermel | March 31, 2016
For the second year, NRPA is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN during Earth Month to expand the Parks Build Community initiative – where through our Meet Me at the Park PSA and social media we encourage everyone from across the country to join in on creating lasting impacts for 16 communities. Read more

New Federal Funding Opportunity: $15 million to Develop Urban Outdoor Recreation Spaces

Dave Tyahla | March 11, 2016

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 communities.

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