5 Things to Do in Your Parks and Recreation this Memorial Day and Summer

Roxanne Sutton | May 22, 2015
Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For parks and recreation, it can mean a weekend filled with parades, events and pool openings. For others, it means time to spend outside with family and friends. For everyone though, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen in defense of our country. Read more

Five Park and Recreation Trends from the 2015 Field Report

Lauren Hoffmann | May 12, 2015
You probably already know that PRORAGIS is a powerful tool to help you compare your agency to others on many measures. You may even know that each year, NRPA takes a look at all the data that is in PRORAGIS and provides an analysis of how the field is doing as whole. As part of our annual analysis of the data in PRORAGIS, we identified five trends that will impact the future of parks and recreation. Read more

The Magic of Local Parks and Recreation

Jessica Culverhouse | April 1, 2015
Magic happens every day at local parks. A child’s first soccer goal, a grandmother picking the summer’s first tomato from the community garden, a family discovering a nest full of eggs hatching on their nature walk.This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative to demonstrate the role of local parks and recreation in helping families live healthier, connecting kids and nature, and increasing access to sports. Together we will celebrate the power of parks to improve people’s lives – and bring a little magic to local parks across the country. Read more

What the Heck is Snapchat?

Roxanne Sutton | March 25, 2015

Snapchat. You’ve probably heard your teenagers whisper about it. Maybe heard about a political scandal where it was referenced a long side “inappropriate pictures.” But why should you care? It’s some silly new messaging app where messages disappear. What’s the point?

 

Well, with over 100 million users who are primarily ages 16-24, it could be a good platform to engage with this elusive audience.

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March Madness and the Final Four of Parks and Recreation

Michael Klitzing, CPRE | March 19, 2015
March Madness! It’s that time of year for filling out brackets, sneaking a peak of the games (not that any of us would do that), and cheering for the underdogs in anticipation of the Final Four. It’s also the time of year to apply for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, our very own version of the Final Four! Read more

Recreating Like It’s 1985

Roxanne Sutton | March 6, 2015
The 1980s. Big hair. Neon colors. Great music. Awesome dance moves. Throwing it back to the 80s is fun on its own, but it also ties in perfectly with this year’s Park and Recreation Month as we celebrate 30 years of honoring parks and recreation in July. To get you ready, here are some ideas for 1980s programming. Read more

2014’s Biggest Moments in Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann | December 30, 2014
2014 certainly was an interesting year. With 2015 — and the celebration of our 50th Anniversary — fast approaching, let’s take a moment to look back at a few of the top stories and our collective successes that transpired this year in parks and recreation. Read more

Remember Why We Do This

NRPA Staff | December 18, 2014
Sometimes the holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes it’s delightfully overwhelming with holiday parties, gift giving and seeing family members, while at other times, witnessing increased need or experiencing memories of those who are no longer with us overwhelms in a different kind of way. But, park and recreation professionals have several reasons to find hope and joy this holiday season. Read more

Why Crumb Rubber is in the News

Caroline Smith, CPSI | December 11, 2014
If you are a playground owner or operator you already know that your choice of playground surfacing is one of the most important decisions you will make. You may have read that roughly 70 percent of playground injuries are due to falls to unsafe surfaces. You probably considered whether the surfacing was impact attenuating, whether or not it was accessible and what you would need to do to maintain the surfacing, as well as a number of other factors. Among those factors, did surfacing health risks for your users come to mind? Read more

Still Thankful for Parks and Recreation. How About You?

Lauren Hoffmann | November 26, 2014
Last year, one of our most popular articles on the blog was around this time of year.It reflected on the Thanksgiving tradition of talking with friends and family about what it is you are thankful for and of course, we suggested (and still suggest) that everyone add local parks and recreation to the list. Well, just as you may serve up those traditional family favorites year after year at your holiday meal gatherings, we thought it would be fun to bring back our list of 10 reasons why we are thankful for parks and recreation.  Read more

How Facebook Changes Affect Parks and Rec (and 4 Ways to Adapt)

Roxanne Sutton | November 21, 2014
This week, the New York Times reported that Facebook will again change the rankings of posts from business pages making it harder than ever to organically show up in your fans’ newsfeeds. So what are park and rec pros supposed to do? Read more

Trails Are Going High Tech. Are You Ready?

Travis Smith, Ph.D. | October 28, 2014
At the conclusion of another successful NRPA Congress, we find ourselves thinking about the future. What does the park of the future look like? One thing is certain: great parks must serve visitors digitally as well as they serve them physically. People expect to get information they need in the snap of their fingers, and in the palm of their hands. A park experience must be excellent before, during and after a visit. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association has been participating in the development of OpenTrails, an open data format for publishing trail maps across the web. OpenTrails is designed to help you take your existing GIS data—which is hopefully already in the PRORAGIS format—and make it useable in mobile apps, web maps and more. Read more

This is Why You Have to Visit a Park on Friday

Michael Huffstetler, CPRE | September 30, 2014
Who doesn’t love a Friday? When it is Friday there is a palpable energy and anticipation of what’s to come as the traditional work week comes to a close and the weekend prepares for its debut. This Friday – the first in October – will be filled with an added buzz. The buzz of Visit a Park Day! Visit a Park Day is organized by the Young Professionals Network  along with the National Recreation and Park Association as a way to encourage people everywhere to take a few minutes to visit a local, state, regional or national park to experience the benefits and to inspire many return visits. 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

Let them Play in the Park

Jessica Culverhouse | August 20, 2014
In a recent NPR story on play, correspondent John Hamblin made the case that play is good for the developing brain. As a parent and former educator, I couldn’t agree more. I am often struck by the determent of unstructured play by parents, teachers and caregivers, even in the toddler years. Read more





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