5 Reasons to Hike with Your Kids

Jessica Culverhouse | March 30, 2016
Make a pledge to take your child out to hike in a park on May 21 for National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day. Read more

Update on LWCF and Active Transportation

Dave Tyahla | November 6, 2015
Recently, action has been taken involving two of NRPA’s policy priorities – the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and continued federal funding for active transportation options. Read more

Can You Walk to Your Park?

Allison Colman | May 5, 2015
Parks have the ability to bring together communities to experience a plethora of health and wellness activities!  How are your community members getting to your parks? Read more

Innovating for Health

Samantha Bartram | March 20, 2015

Leaders at Miami-Dade County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS), shared concepts of place-making through strategic policies, programs and partnerships at NRPA’s first Innovation Lab.

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Playing in the Streets

March 2, 2015
In 2014, Kevin O’Hara continued his duties as serving as a member of the Open Streets Network of Champions by taking a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience ViaRecreActiva. Read more

Arlington, Virginia: Growing Fast, Lean, and Green

Jayni Rasmussen | January 13, 2015
Arlington County is balancing its size with its green building initiatives and its status as one of the fastest-growing areas in Virginia. Read more

Demonstrating the Power of Parks to Combat Hunger

Sage Learn | November 7, 2014
Park and recreation agencies are the largest public provider, outside of schools, for USDA-funded feeding programs. These initiatives provide healthy meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during out-of-school times. Read more

Austin: Everything for a Reason… and BBQ!

Kevin O'Hara | August 26, 2014
NRPA’s Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs Kevin O’Hara continues his series of dispatches from urban park and recreation agencies.  He recently spent time visiting some of the Lone Star State’s best and brightest parks and recreation facilities. In July, O’Hara regaled us with tales from his trip to Houston — here, he details a visit to Austin, one of Texas’ best-known and best-loved cities. Read more

What Happens When a Congressman Visits a Summer Food Service Program

Sage Learn | August 15, 2014
This past Tuesday was a beautiful day in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. On this day I, along with a few other NRPA staff, had the pleasure of visiting park and recreation agencies in the Twin Cities that are providing free meals and snacks to children through the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). We saw firsthand how special these programs are for the children and the park and recreation professionals involved. Not only that we were able to witness what happens when you demonstrate the impact these programs have to elected officials too! Joining us on this visit were special guests Congressman Keith Ellison and representatives from Senator Al Franken and Senator Amy Klobuchar’s offices. Read more

This Exists: Wild Boar in Houston Parks

July 22, 2014
We’ve shipped Kevin O’Hara, NRPA’s vice president of urban and government affairs, out of D.C. and all over the country to visit with some of the nation’s urban parks and recreation agencies to see how their innovation and leadership is shaping the future of cities and those that reside in or nearby. He’s reporting back from these visits with some key takeaways that any park and recreation department can learn from no matter your size or location.  His first urban spotlight, Houston, Texas…  Read more

Vice President Biden and Honorable Guests Tour CityArchRiver Project

Emma Klues | May 27, 2014
On May 13th, NRPA Board of Directors member Susan Trautman, CPRP, had the great honor of welcoming Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to St. Louis, Missouri. It was an exciting day to hear such honored guests laud the important work of practicing conservation, promoting recreation and building parks! Read more

Meeting Demands of our Two and Four-Legged Residents

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Park and Trail Planning Staff | March 20, 2014
What exactly is a dog park and what is the demand for dog parks like—especially in urban areas? Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) staff dive into the topic and discuss the issues they've faced with best serving the needs of their two-legged and four-legged residents. Read more

“Parke Diem”— Mobilizing Grassroots to Support Your Parks

Nick Hardigg |
In the February issue of Parks & Recreation (“Seizing the Day”), we shared the story of “Parke Diem” — a grassroots campaign for volunteering and raising awareness of park needs. With a small staff and limited funds, we built a citywide coalition of 50 park-supporting groups for two days of stewardship. More than 1,400 volunteers came out for 73 projects. Read more

Walk This Way

Zarnaaz Bashir | December 12, 2013

Recently the Every Body Walk! Collaborative held the first ever walking summit. NRPA was there representing parks and recreation and the great news is that community parks and recreation continues to be recognized and viewed as a key component for improving health and getting people active through walking. This post gives some insight into the summit and resources you can use to help create more walkable communities.

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Parallel Parking Not Required: Parks in Parking Spaces

Kellie May, Sage Learn | December 3, 2013

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The trend of diminishing green space is pretty well summarized in the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell and later the Counting Crows. Luckily for us though, there is a newer trend of taking back some of those parking spaces and converting them into open space and parks—parklets. Read on to find out more about how parklets might bring unique open space to your community or city. 

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