Three Best Practices for Parks

Barbara Heller | July 17, 2015

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?

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4 Easy Ways to Celebrate Park and Recreation Month

Roxanne Sutton | July 10, 2015

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!

 

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Inherit the Earth, or Borrow it from our Children?

Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of NOVA Parks | June 30, 2015
We have parks and programs that reach the people. We are a trusted voice on issues related to natural resources. By taking a more proactive role in environmental protection, we can serve our communities better, and our world.  It is the old adage of “think globally, and act locally.” Read more

Flip the Switch on Screen Time: Eight Tips

Daniel Hatcher | June 25, 2015

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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Staying a Top Workplace

Martin Dease | June 22, 2015
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! This week NRPA was named to The Washington Post Top Workplaces 2015. Being awarded the title of Top Workplace means even more to us because it is based solely on employee surveys. The list is determined by results from confidential surveys asking staff members 22 questions related to pay, benefits, work/life balance, how they view their role and satisfaction with the organization. Read more

The Power of Many

Michele White | June 19, 2015
Throughout May, we asked if you could give up one coffee for a park. It was a small ask, and for those of you who decided to take the challenge, the power of many became apparent. Generally, $5 may not go far, but when a network of 50,000 park and recreation professionals came together along with our supplier community, big things happened Read more

The 17 Goals of the United Nations Parks and Recreation Should Know

Jimmy O'Connor | June 17, 2015
The United Nations spent the last three years identifying the most pressing issues affecting the planet; in particular, the human element of the planet. Resulting in 17 goals that are critical to improving lives around the world; these Universal Sustainable Development Goals will set the framework for countries to address the most pressing issues facing us – and our neighbors worldwide. These goals will be adopted by world leaders this coming September. Read more

Five Tips to Get Your Member of Congress to Visit Your Community

Jayni Rasmussen | June 16, 2015
NRPA’s Public Policy team recently sat down with two expert Congressional staffers during the May Park Champion Webinar, “Speak Like An Advocate.” Here are some of their top tips on getting the attention of your federal elected officials. Read more

Why 50,000 is a Great Number for Parks and Recreation

Lauren Hoffmann | June 3, 2015
NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane, CAE, made the announcement to members on May 28, and she outlined three ways the growth in membership is significant for park and recreation professionals, citizen advocates, industry suppliers and more. Read more

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





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