Zika Update #2: Protection for Outdoor Workers

Richard J. Dolesh | July 22, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted a series of zika toolkits — online resources and information on how to prevent the Zika virus from being transmitted in outdoor settings. These toolkits contain lots of relevant information for park and recreation agencies as well as guidance for supervisors and outdoor workers. Read more

Turning to Data to Power Parks and Rec

Kevin Roth | July 19, 2016
It’s not news that Park and recreation professionals face difficult decisions on how to best serve their constituents under finite and tight fiscal restraints – all while delivering high-impact and valuable services that meet the needs of all community members. This is a reality faced every day for people in our field. Read more

A Fresh Look for NRPA

Matt Brubaker | July 18, 2016
Here it is. The blog announcement that you have been holding your breath for. The National Recreation and Park Association has official updated their logo! Insert applause here… Read more

What Americans Are Doing in Your Community This Summer

Kevin Roth | July 6, 2016
The final firework has been shot into the air, the parades have ended and the barbeques have been extinguished. And with that, another Fourth of July celebration has passed. But the summer is only beginning as Americans look to their local park and recreation agency to be the leading source of fun and exciting summertime events. Read more

Tell Congress to #MoveOnZika So Parks and Rec Can Do Their Part

Oliver Spurgeon | July 5, 2016
Last week, Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a $1.1 billion plan to combat the Zika virus. As it stands right now, over four months after NRPA, public health officials, and millions of Americans spoke out about the need for Congress to #MoveOnZika and protect pregnant women and women of child-bearing age, Congress has still yet to act. Read more

Park Champions: Uniting Communities and Increasing Diversity

Oliver Spurgeon | June 23, 2016
The city of Gaithersburg, MD took an innovative approach to participating in the second summer of NRPA’s Park Champion initiative. Recently named America’s most diverse city according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gaithersburg further cemented its distinction by incorporating a naturalization ceremony into the 34th annual Celebrate! Gaithersburg Festival which welcomed 46 new Americans from around the globe with open arms. Read more

How to Celebrate Park and Recreation Month at Your Agency

Cathy Guerra | June 9, 2016
We often get asked, “How can I participate in Park and Recreation Month?” While we have loads of suggestions, the best advice comes from other agencies that have done it year after year. The Deering Estate has been an active Park and Recreation Month participant for the last few years and they’ve put together this great guest blog post with tips on how to celebrate! Read more

How to Help Children Receive Free Summer Meals

Kellie May | June 8, 2016

Last year with support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA helped local park and recreation agencies in 80 cities serve over 20 million meals to children during the summer and before/after school in low-income communities. While we celebrate this accomplishment, we know more work needs to be done to close the hunger gap.


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How Americans Will Spend Their Time Outside This Summer

Kevin Roth | June 6, 2016
To get a better sense as to how people across the nation are planning to spend the next couple months, NRPA asked 1,000 American adults about their favorite summertime outdoor activities. Virtually every answer they gave us are activities that will be happening at local public parks this summer. Read more

#GirlsAre Inspiring

Daniel W. Hatcher and NRPA Editor | May 26, 2016

This month, the National Recreation and Park Association has joined the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) and the Clinton Foundation for the #GirlsAre Campaign. The goal: to raise awareness around the lack of physical activity among women and girls. This campaign is also being used to empower girls to celebrate their athleticism, in coordination with National Physical Fitness and Sports month.

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