This Exists: Wild Boar in Houston Parks

Kevin O'Hara | 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

Your Park is Your Family

Samantha Bartram | July 18, 2014
This week, the nation clutched its collective pearls about the story of Debra Harrell, whose 9-year-old daughter was taken into state custody after the child was discovered playing alone at a park near her mother’s place of employment. The 46-year-old worked at a McDonald’s in North Augusta, South Carolina, and on some days during her shift she allowed her daughter to spend the day at Summerfield Park, where she had access to a splashpad, playground and open green spaces. Read more

9 Ways to Have a Better Summer Camp

Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio | July 16, 2014
Summer camp is the ultimate adventure for a kid. It’s a place to discover new things, push comfort zones and experience the outdoors in a whole new way. While every summer camp is different, there are some universal “must-dos” that are worth checking off.  Authors Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, offer their 9 favorites for keeping kids busy and happy while gaining a whole new appreciation for nature. Read more

What You Need to Know About LWCF Right Now

Barbara Tulipane, CAE | July 14, 2014
Gateway Park in Fort Worth, Texas is a treasured community park.  Close to home for many, this park is a prime destination for outdoor recreation, with trails, fields and waterways.  This park is a place where the community can gather, connect with nature and improve their quality of life. Gateway Park is also a success story – a success story of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program – one of over 40,000 LWCF State Assistance program successes across America, to be exact.  That’s why it was only fitting that last week’s announcement of this year’s funding for the LWCF State Assistance Program was made in Gateway Park. Read more

10 Ways to Get OUTside this July

Roxanne Sutton | July 11, 2014
This July, we’ve been asking everyone to get OUTside and INspired through parks and recreation. I’ve said the phrases, “It’s Park and Recreation Month” and “OUT is IN” so many times it’s become less of a statement and more of an answer to questions. Using inspiration from our members and social media followers, here are 10 ways to get OUTside this July that may be a bit different from the usual. Read more

High-Five Moments Coming Soon to Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park

Kevin Cook | July 10, 2014
The playground is where children challenge themselves and each other. It’s a place where “high-five” moments are made and remembered. You know, those moments where “I can’t” or “I’m scared” shift into “I did it!” Well these moments are coming soon to the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as part of the 2014 Parks Build Community project. Guest blogger Kevin Cook tells us more about what to expect and why Playworld Systems is involved in the project this year. Read more

“I Knew I Wanted to Lead my own Department in the Future”

Cindi Wight, CPRE, MR | July 8, 2014
“I knew I wanted to lead my own department in the future.” These were the exact words Cindi Wight, CPRE, MR wrote in a blog post in May 2013 about her intoxicating, incredible experience at Directors School. Six months later her aspiration became a reality… Read more

Assimilating New Presenters to Congress

Jenna Tyler, CPRP | July 7, 2014
Think back to your first day on a new job: shaking hands with people whose names you won’t recall for at least a week, determining what time to take lunch, reading the employee handbook and even finding the closest bathroom. That’s the easy stuff; then comes the budgeting, the politics, the “that’s how it’s always been done” conversations. All of that is part of assimilation and Jenna Tyler – currently assimilating to her role as a first-time NRPA Congress presenter – shares a little bit about her session on the importance of assimilation for your agency employees. Read more

Need Some Last Minute Inspiration?

Sarah Mylcraine | June 30, 2014
Park and Recreation Month is here and soon all the brainstorming, planning, preparing and more will be put into action.  If you need a little last minute inspiration or even a reminder as to why Park and Recreation Month can be an important part of your agency’s mission here’s a great story for you. Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist for Harker Heights Parks and Recreation in Harker Heights, Texas gives the inside scoop on how she successfully implemented Park and Recreation Month activities for the very first time for her community last year and what she has in store for this year too!  Read more

5 Global Megatrends and What they mean for Parks and Recreation

Barbara Tulipane, CAE | June 27, 2014

I recently shared an article about the insurance industry’s assessment of “five global certainties that will impact insurance, business, and the world.”  With a title like that, you just have to open it and read it, right?  I mean, it’s only prudent to get smart about global certainties that will impact the world. So what are these earth-shaking ‘megatrends’ that will impact business, the world, and of course, the insurance industry? And what do they mean for parks and recreation?

 

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