Update on the Final Federal Regulations for Overtime Pay and Exempt Employee Status

Dave Tyahla | May 24, 2016
Last week, the Obama administration released its highly anticipated final regulations and guidelines for the updated Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA).The new regulations state that beginning December 1, 2016, the standard overtime salary level threshold will increase from the current $455 per week to $913 per week (annual salary of $47,476). Read more

Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

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.

 

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Key Findings from Survey on Zika and Summer Outdoor Plans

Kevin Roth | May 20, 2016

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 mid-May.

 

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Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Oliver Spurgeon | May 6, 2016

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.

 

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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





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