Parallel Parking Not Required: Parks in Parking Spaces
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The trend of diminishing green space is pretty well summarized in the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell and later the Counting Crows. Luckily for us though, there is a newer trend of taking back some of those parking spaces and converting them into open space and parks—parklets. At the NLC Conference last month, we met with Seattle’s Department of Transportation who launched a pilot parklet program in August of 2013 that aims to create new public spaces while ensuring the flow of traffic and parking are maintained. Read on to find out more about how parklets might bring unique open space to your community or city.
A Second Serving of Thanks
Just like Thanksgiving seconds, we thought we would “pile on” another Thanksgiving related post this week. We couldn’t help ourselves; our thankfulness is overflowing!
The staff here at NRPA headquarters took a few moments to reflect and think about the amazing members we have. Here’s why we are thankful for you, NRPA members...
Why Be Thankful for Community Parks and Recreation
Despite the commercialization and shopping frenzy of recent years, this time of the year is all about gratitude, reflecting on why we are thankful and giving back. For many of us at Thanksgiving, it is tradition to talk with our families, friends and neighbors about for what it is we are thankful.
Family, health, good fortune, a hot meal, jobs, friendships, the ability to spend quality time with one another and the list can go on and on.
Well, what about adding one thing to the list – community parks and recreation. Here is our list of 10 reasons to be thankful for parks and recreation.
What’s Event Management School Like?
Quality festivals and events are among the most successful tools park and recreation agencies can implement to help bring communities together, drive positive economic impact and improve quality of life. But you have to have the know-how to implement successful events. Guest blogger Becky Genoways, CFEE, Chair of the World Board of Directors and a member of the President’s Council of the International Festivals and Events Association is an instructor at the IFEA and NRPA Event Management School. In this guest blog post she gives a sneak-peek into what this school is like for attendees and why it is one of the highlights of her year.
Go For It! Submitting an Education Proposal
UPDATE: The session proposal deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 22. We know the idea of getting up in front of your peers to share your knowledge and insight can be intimidating. Luckily, you are part of an organization where your Great Ideas are valued and want to be heard! Welcome back to the first vlog from the Young Professional Network’s Professional Development series after Congress in Houston. In this vlog, Atuya O. Cornwell, CPRP, Facility Manager, Wheaton Ice Arena, MD facilitates a discussion with Timia D. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Leisure Services, Benedict College, SC and Sheema Hai, Adjunct Faculty Member, Community College of Baltimore County, MD about why you should submit an education session proposal for the 2014 Congress and Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Toys R Us Should Support, Not Bash, Kids’ Trips To The Woods
You may have seen the ad on TV A school bus load of kids think they are headed out on a field trip to visit the “forest” They look bored and can barely respond to the teacher standing in the front who asks them to identify a leaf Suddenly, the teacher tears off his outer shirt, reveals his red Toys R Us logo wear and announces that the kids are really headed to the toy store for their pick of a free toy They go nuts with joy and the rest of the ad is about all the fun they have at the store picking out their gift For anyone with kids, there is no doubt they love trips to the toy store But, what about that forest and the otherwise “boring” field trip from which they were saved? What if the bus had, indeed, taken them to the woods? Read on to find out what NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane has to say about the infamous Toys vs Trees ad.
Six NRPA Congress Resources and Where to Find Them
I love lists. I am one of those people that make a list and then I create a list for my list. No really, I have done this – just ask anyone on the Marketing, Communications and Magazine team here at NRPA Headquarters! With a list, I feel like I have everything I need in one place. Lists help keep things organized and simplified.
Well, true to my list-making passion, I’ve created a list of all the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition resources that any attendee and non-attendee alike can benefit from. Right here in this list are all the resources you might be looking for in one place! (Cue happy dance!)
A First Step in PRORAGIS May Lead You to Money
By now, chances are good that you’ve heard of NRPA’s PRORAGIS™. Readers of Parks & Recreation Magazine have probably noticed numerous features about PRORAGIS through the past few years, and attendees of the NRPA Congress and Exposition may have attended a PRORAGIS educational session or noticed the Community Center PRORAGIS display and demonstration. But how do you actually get started entering your data? And what is the first step in using this powerful tool to help improve your agency and service to your community?
Hey NRPA Congress Attendee, Can You Relate?
So you’ve had a week to recover and let all the information you received at the 2013 NRPA Congress and Exposition sink in; now’s a great time to reflect on your experience and start to sift through the business cards, presentation information, and more to apply your experience and make the most of your time spent in Houston. To get you started, we asked three NRPA staff members — a first-time Congress attendee, a second-timer and a veteran from the field — to share their perspective and offer thoughts about Congress. And we have some special tips for making the most of the content and connections you gained.
It May Be Over But the Federal Government Shutdown Could Affect You
A deal may be struck and the shutdown may nearly be over (or at least temporarily held off until early 2014), but after the federal government shut down more than two weeks ago, one of the loudest frustrations from the public was the closing of our national parks. Fortunately for park professionals like you as well as the public, state and local parks aren’t under the financial umbrella of the federal shutdown. However, this event still has the potential to affect you.