Color, But No Diversity

Febuary 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.  Read more

Welcome to Open Space

Febuary 3, 2014

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” This quote by William Pollard, an English Quaker who wrote A Reasonable Faith, might seem like a lofty (and old) quote to describe what someone might simply call a “blog makeover.” However, I think there is a lot of truth in it that can be applied to the process of rebranding and redesigning a blog. And personally, this quote also gives me some assurances on why change can be a good and powerful thing. Read more

What the heck are hashtags!?

January 31, 2014

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked and been asked this question. So, I’ve decided it’s time to break it down and explain what hashtags are and how parks and recreation can use them with a good ol’ who, what, when, where, why and how. You don’t have to be a social media genius to use them and they are definitely applicable for parks and recreation. Read more

Data—and More!

January 17, 2014

Some people say it’s all about the data. Others say it’s about how you interpret the data. Still others contend it’s what you do with the data that’s most important. I couldn’t agree more. Read more

Walk This Way

December 12, 2013

Recently the Every Body Walk! Collaborative held the first ever walking summit. NRPA was there representing parks and recreation and the great news is that community parks and recreation continues to be recognized and viewed as a key component for improving health and getting people active through walking. This post gives some insight into the summit and resources you can use to help create more walkable communities. Read more

Parallel Parking Not Required: Parks in Parking Spaces

December 3, 2013

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The trend of diminishing green space is pretty well summarized in the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell and later the Counting Crows. Luckily for us though, there is a newer trend of taking back some of those parking spaces and converting them into open space and parks—parklets.  At the NLC Conference last month, we met with Seattle’s Department of Transportation who launched a pilot parklet program in August of 2013 that aims to create new public spaces while ensuring the flow of traffic and parking are maintained. Read on to find out more about how parklets might bring unique open space to your community or city.  Read more

Toys R Us Should Support, Not Bash, Kids’ Trips To The Woods

November 7, 2013

You may have seen the ad on TV  A school bus load of kids think they are headed out on a field trip to visit the “forest”  They look bored and can barely respond to the teacher standing in the front who asks them to identify a leaf  Suddenly, the teacher tears off his outer shirt, reveals his red Toys R Us logo wear and announces that the kids are really headed to the toy store for their pick of a free toy They go nuts with joy and the rest of the ad is about all the fun they have at the store picking out their gift For anyone with kids, there is no doubt they love trips to the toy store  But, what about that forest and the otherwise “boring” field trip from which they were saved?  What if the bus had, indeed, taken them to the woods? Read on to find out what NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane has to say about the infamous Toys vs Trees ad. Read more

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