What the President’s Budget Means for Parks and Rec

NRPA Public Policy Team | February 12, 2016
President Obama released his FY2017 budget request on Tuesday, totaling $4.1 trillion. This year’s budget is the President’s most expensive and expansive vision for federal spending yet. With the spending included in this effort, the President seeks to spur innovation, create more jobs, expand opportunity for all Americans, strengthen our national security and expand U.S. leadership abroad during his final year in office. NRPA’s Public Policy Team has looked into the major provisions of the President’s budget, which, if enacted by Congress, would be mostly positive for NRPA members and the communities we serve. Read more

How Much Do You Know About Your Agency’s Facilities?

Kevin Roth | February 4, 2016

We all know the importance of demographics—it’s vital for knowing who we serve and where they are. Getting that information—especially detailed, facility-specific information—isn’t always easy, though.

Recognizing this need, NRPA has created a new tool for your agency to better understand its facilities and constituents. NPRA Facility Market Reports, sponsored by Playworld, offer park and recreation professionals key data and insights about the market served by their agency’s park and recreation facilities. The reports include information about the size of the market, age trends and more. 

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Make 2016 the Summer of Opportunity!

Allison Colman | February 3, 2016
NRPA recently attended a meeting at United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters to explore innovative ideas, problem solve and strategize about summer meals in 2016. The meeting brought together partners from multiple sectors in the fight against childhood hunger, each united by a common goal — let’s work to make 2016 the summer of opportunity for youth across the country! Many emerging trends and creative ideas were discussed at the meeting, but we’ve pulled out the best strategies applicable to parks and recreation. Read more

Keeping California’s Beaches Open For All

Robert García | February 1, 2016

 While California has the largest and most diverse system of state parks and cultural sites in the nation, most parks are not where most people are – especially in urban areas like Los Angeles where lower income neighborhoods tend to be “park poor” and there are disparities in access to open space based on race, ethnicity and poverty.  The beach helps fill this void – it is where people of all ages, cultures and incomes come together with family, friends and nature. For 40 years, the California Coastal Act has helped ensure beach access is open to all.

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Ready, Set, Go Gold!

Brenda Beales | January 27, 2016

Awards season is here and it’s time to get busy on that Gold Medal Award application! Not only is the application in an easy, online format, it’s also a great way to uncover all of the great things your agency has accomplished. So whether or not you become a finalist (and hopefully a grand plaque winner!), you will walk away with more knowledge about your agency that can be used to bolster the work you do within your community.


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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: The Senate’s Vision for Feeding Hungry Children

Oliver Spurgeon | January 26, 2016
The Senate Agriculture Committee has finally introduced the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act–better known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). This bipartisan compromise between Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is far from perfect, but no bill ever is. It contains ideas that are both questionable and commendable when it comes to keeping children healthy and fed. Most importantly, it brings an end to years of ferocious public debates about child nutrition, health and hunger that have played out on the front pages of newspapers and the headlines of news broadcasts. Read more

Improve Your Agency's Performance in Just 15 Minutes

Kevin Roth | January 25, 2016

As you know, NRPA's Field Report is the most comprehensive collection of detailed park and recreation agency data, presenting information about local and regional park agencies and state park systems from across the United States.

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10 Ways to Get Fit in Your Local Parks and Rec in 2016

Allison Colman | January 22, 2016

We’re three weeks into the new year, and we hope you haven’t dropped your resolutions just yet. As the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, resolutions were made to spend more time with families, read a new book each month, travel and explore, try new recipes, be more adventurous, or save more money. But the resolution made most—by 69 percent of people in 2015—was to get fit and healthy, lose weight, and keep the weight off.

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5 Key Takeaways from Park Support Study

Kevin Roth | January 19, 2016
NRPA's latest research report is out and the findings are an important tool for our profession to use when telling the story about the power of local public parks. The theme of this research is clear in the title: “Americans’ Broad-Based Support for Local Recreation and Park Services.” The message is unambiguous yet compelling: Americans are passionate about their local parks. Read more

How to Use the Economic Impact of Local Parks to Your Advantage

Melissa May | January 15, 2016

As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission.

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