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.
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
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.
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.
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