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Parks and Rec: Contributing Before the Storm…and After

By Samuel R. Metott, CPRE and NRPA Editors | Posted on September 20, 2017

The recent natural disasters – from Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria to wildfires, earthquakes, power outages and more – have brought devastation to millions of people. Within every disaster though, bright lights appear. Many of these bright lights are our public service employees – park and recreation employees among them.

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The Latest Conservation Research All in One Place

By Kevin Roth, PhD, and Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhD | Posted on September 19, 2017

There are many important and valuable research articles published each year related to parks and recreation. NRPA contracted with North Carolina State University’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department to review recently published papers focused on park and recreation’s role in conservation and resiliency.

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Drones in Parks: Part 1. Policy, Drone Zones and Resources for Land Managers — Episode 006

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 18, 2017

Part one of a three-part series to tackle this topic by interviewing experts in the field with three different perspectives.

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Why Staying on Top of Park and Rec Trends is Important (and How to Do It)

By Michael Kalvort, CPRE | Posted on September 7, 2017

Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Virginia Beach, shares how staying on top of park and recreation trends allows him and his department to best serve their community.

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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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How Cities and Local Parks are Celebrating the American Solar Eclipse — Episode 004

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 20, 2017

For the first time in 26 years, all of the US will be treated to some form of an eclipse on Monday, August 21, with a large portion being able to view a total eclipse.

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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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Base Salaries for 5 Park and Recreation Positions

By Kevin Roth | Posted on August 4, 2017

Whether you are recruiting a new member for your team or you are looking for the next step in your career, having compensation data in your hands helps you make informed decisions.

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Prevention Fund Protected in Latest Healthcare Repeal Vote

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on August 1, 2017

Park and recreation agencies nationwide are working to prevent and manage symptoms related to chronic diseases locally, but we know this work would not be possible without the support from the PPHF and the CDC.

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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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Federal Funding Sustained for Arthritis Program

By Kate Sims and Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on July 26, 2017

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill for FY18, which includes $11 million for the CDC’s Arthritis Program.

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Save the Date: October 6 is Visit a Park Day!

By Brian Bevacqua, CPRP, AFO | Posted on July 26, 2017

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Young Professional Network is pleased to announce that Visit a Park Day will be Friday, October 6, 2017.

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New Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Visits D.C. Rec Center

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on July 24, 2017

NRPA and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) were honored to host the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center on Thursday, July 20 to see summer meals in action.

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New York Street Games and the Power of Play

By Dr. Howell Wechsler | Posted on July 18, 2017

It’s National Parks and Recreation Month, which always makes me wax nostalgic about the center of my childhood existence: PLAY.

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Let’s Pass a Law to Fund Urban Greenspaces

By Rep. Nanette Barragán | Posted on July 17, 2017

This guest post by Rep. Nanette Barragán highlights the importance of urban greenspace and the work we all do every day to promote parks and recreation.

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