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50 Ways Parks and Recreation Pay Out Every Day

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on January 16, 2018

Together, our park and recreation systems contribute expansively to a healthy economy, environment and society in at least 50 tangible ways.

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Why Everyone in San Francisco Lives Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Park — Episode 014

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 8, 2018

San Francisco is the first and only city in the nation where 100 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park.

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Mayor Hillary Schieve on Why Parks and Recreation is Vital to a Thriving Reno — Episode 013

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 27, 2017

Reno is aiming to be a leader in outdoor recreation in order to attract new business and improve overall quality of life.

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New National Poll Finds Widespread Opposition to NPS Fee Increases

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 22, 2017

Results of a new poll found that 68 percent of respondents were opposed to the raise in fees.

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Community Members Transform Contaminated Land into Oasis

By Roseann Bongiovanni | Posted on November 30, 2017

Roseann Bongiovanni of Chelsea, Massachusetts' GreenRoots shares how they use community engagement to make improvements that benefit all.

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Proposal to Double or Triple Daily Entrance Fees at National Parks — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on November 17, 2017

The Department of Interior recently issued notice they will significantly raise daily entrance fees for 17 iconic national parks and has requested public comment.

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Why 3 National Orgs Came Together to Promote Proximity to Parks — Episode 010

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 13, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) came together to launch a campaign called 10-Minute Walk.

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Are You Annoying? And Other Fun Tidbits to Have Conversations that Matter: Interview with Jessica Pettitt — Episode 009

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 30, 2017

Difficult conversations can lead to great opportunities to learn and grow.

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Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

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Are You Good Enough Now?

By Jessica Pettitt | Posted on September 8, 2017

The Wednesday Keynote for the NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Jessica Pettitt, shares how we can start having conversations that matter by (re)claiming our responsibility for who and how we show up in our relationships.

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Harvey and How We Can Help — Episode 005

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 1, 2017

This week we’re discussing what’s been on top of all of our minds over the past week or so — hurricane Harvey and the devastating destruction it’s wrought on Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Shore.

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5 Ways You Can Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Barbara Tulipane | Posted on August 31, 2017

The appeals to help support victims of hurricane Harvey in Texas and beyond can be heard everywhere. The need is great now and it won’t go away once the rains and floodwaters subside.

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Making Sense of Charlottesville Through Local Leadership

By Leon T. Andrews, Jr. | Posted on August 17, 2017

NRPA Chair-Elect Leon Andrews writes about the importance of local leadership in standing up for equity.

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Americans Are Staying Put and It’s Affecting All of Us — Episode 003

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 15, 2017

NRPA staff members share their opinions about a recent Wall Street Journal article that explores how Americans are staying put even though moving might bring them more opportunity.

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Hot Topics: Pokémon Go is Back in the News, Recreation Fees and Cool Streets — Episode 002

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 7, 2017

Today’s episode covers three trending topics that have been in the news lately — Pokémon Go and augmented reality games in parks, recreation fees for public land use and cool streets.

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Why the World’s First Ultra-Accessible Waterpark is the Coolest - Episode 001

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on July 31, 2017

Today’s episode is a cool topic — literally and figuratively — we’re talking about the world’s first ultra-accessible waterpark: Morgan’s Inspiration Island.

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How Parks and Rec can Address Arthritis in Rural America

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on June 2, 2017

Residents of rural communities, especially minority and low-income residents, tend to report higher prevalence of chronic conditions (for example arthritis, diabetes and heart disease), poorer health, and little to no physical activity compared to residents of urban communities.

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Healthy Greenspaces, Clean Water, Community Pride

By Jennifer Cox | Posted on May 31, 2017

Green stormwater infrastructure offers a hopeful solution to both environmental and social challenges when implemented in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

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