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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Update on the Final Federal Regulations for Overtime Pay and Exempt Employee Status

Dave Tyahla | May 24, 2016
Last week, the Obama administration released its highly anticipated final regulations and guidelines for the updated Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA).The new regulations state that beginning December 1, 2016, the standard overtime salary level threshold will increase from the current $455 per week to $913 per week (annual salary of $47,476). Read more

Congress Gets the Ball Rolling on Zika Funding

Oliver Spurgeon | May 20, 2016

After months of Congressional hearings, hours of expert testimony by some of the brightest minds in public health, and repeated warnings from advocates, including NRPA, about the dangers of waiting to mount a full-throated response to the Zika virus, Congress has taken the first step to paying for a comprehensive effort to ZIka’s spread.


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Key Findings from Survey on Zika and Summer Outdoor Plans

Kevin Roth | May 20, 2016

The Zika virus has been in the headlines over the past few months and it appears that one in four Americans are or will be changing their outdoor plans this summer as a result. This is the key finding from a poll conducted on behalf of the National Recreation and Park Association in mid-May.


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Top Tips from a Conference Newbie and Pro

Jay Tryon, CPRP | May 10, 2016

The NRPA Annual Conference is quickly approaching and the Young Professional Network (YPN) is very excited to bring you another blog to help you get ready for the event. Each year thousands of park and recreation professionals come together for an amazing week filled with vast amounts of knowledge and countless memories. The week is jam packed with hundreds of educational sessions, off site institutes, networking events, an ever growing exhibit hall and most importantly a time for professionals to grow, share and learn among each other. 

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Join the Fight Against Arthritis

Oliver Spurgeon | May 6, 2016

In an effort to improve the lives of the 53 million people suffering from Arthritis, NRPA is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Arthritis Foundation, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and public health advocates across the country to spread the word that May is National Arthritis Awareness Month.


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