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.
You often hear people say “you get out what you put in” when referencing various clubs or organizations that they join. In fact, we’ve even heard that from members of NRPA. Part of the benefits of being in an association are the ample opportunities to get involved and have valuable, rewarding experiences that help you excel in parks and recreation.
As part of our 50th Anniversary, we challenged ourselves to come up with a list of 50 ways members can get engaged and take full advantage of NRPA membership.
Very quickly the list filled up! As you read through, how many of these items have you or your agency accomplished? Are there any on the list that you want to accomplish this year? Are there any you weren’t familiar with? Drop us a note, leave a comment or tweet us your thoughts!
Parks today aren’t what they were ten years ago. Where people used to utilize parks as a place to throw a frisbee with friends, have a picnic or just enjoy some quiet time with a book, today city residents are looking for a more social experience from parks, with formal programming like yoga, movie nights and lawn games.
Given these increasing demands, how can we create and manage parks in a way that meets the public’s expectations?
For parks and recreation, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. No, not Christmas—Park and Recreation Month! And this month is particularly special as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of July as Park and Recreation Month. Here are just some of the ways you can celebrate Park and
Recreation Month in July!
Limiting screen time in your park and recreation summer and out-of-school time programs can be a challenge, especially on inclement-weather-days. What about educational programs? Perhaps your program occasionally shows short videos as part of an anti-bullying project or maybe you lead a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. Kids need to use a screen to learn coding right?
Here’s the deal. What’s important about this standard is limiting unnecessary screen time. It’s about ensuring that if screen time is used, it is balanced with physical activity time.
Are you ready to flip the switch on screen time? Try one (or all) of these tips!
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