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 Wynn | 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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Your Award-Winning Magazine (and More)

NRPA MarComMag Team | March 11, 2016

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!  

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Red and Blue Make...Green

David Tyahla | February 26, 2016
With the 2016 election cycle now in full swing, the news media and even candidates themselves seem to have taken pleasure in reminding us how divided and politically polarized our society has become. While there certainly appears to be very strong differences of opinion on many things, one area that voters of all party or political affiliations continue to agree on is the value of local public parks and recreation service — and we have the numbers to prove it! Read more

Keeping California’s Beaches Open For All

Robert García | February 1, 2016

 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.

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5 Key Takeaways from Park Support Study

Kevin Roth | January 19, 2016
NRPA's latest research report is out and the findings are an important tool for our profession to use when telling the story about the power of local public parks. The theme of this research is clear in the title: “Americans’ Broad-Based Support for Local Recreation and Park Services.” The message is unambiguous yet compelling: Americans are passionate about their local parks. Read more

How to Use the Economic Impact of Local Parks to Your Advantage

Melissa May | January 15, 2016

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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Our Top 5 Park and Rec Predictions for 2016

Rich Dolesh | January 4, 2016
Just before 2015 turned to 2016, a number of NRPA staff members got out the crystal ball and put together a list of what they felt would be likely to happen in parks and recreation in 2016.  Based on their knowledge of the field and current events, here are NRPA’s top five predictions for parks and recreation in 2016. Read more

The Top Park and Rec Stories of 2015

Roxanne Sutton | December 29, 2015

Nationally, 2015 was a turbulent year to say the least. Looking back at the headlines, we see terror attacks, mass shootings, plane crashes and more. Despite the tragedies, parks and recreation continued to serve their communities to the fullest—providing them safe places to get healthy, enjoy nature and come together.


Among the national headlines, parks and recreation had their own. From dealing with emerging technologies to expiring legislation, here are the top stories from our field in 2015. 

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The Heartwarming Truth Behind Those Big Numbers

Roxanne Sutton | December 22, 2015
Every year in our annual report, we highlight the accomplishments made by NRPA members through our partnerships and programs. These numbers are impressive and are a great way to show the collective impact parks and recreation makes across the country. Numbers can be cold, however. Luckily, we don’t just collect numbers, we collect stories too. Read more

5 Things We Learned from the Economic Impact of Local Parks Study

Kevin Roth;Melissa May | November 24, 2015

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.

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Lauren Hoffmann | November 23, 2015

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.

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