NRPA Gears Up for Earth Week

Roxanne Sutton | April 15, 2014
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22—a reminder that we’re all part of this world and we’re responsible for taking care of it. However, as park and recreation professionals know all too well, one day out of 365 isn’t enough. Park and rec pros are the green leaders in their communities, so your national association is working on being the green leader here in our community. Read more

Gwinnett County Commits to Health!

Tina Fleming, Elizabeth Radley, Lindsey Daniels | April 10, 2014
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) recently joined the National Recreation and Park Association’s Commit to Health Initiative in part because in Gwinnett County, GA more than 170,000 residents are not involved in weekly leisure time. That’s 20 percent of our residents who are not participating in any physical activity. Read more

The Mentor

Kayode Lewis, CPRP | April 8, 2014
In February 2014’s edition of Parks & Recreation Magazine, Michael Bradley highlighted the value of developing a relationship with a professional mentor. Mentorship offers professionals an opportunity to listen, question and develop innovative strategies to serve their communities while advancing the profession. NRPA Young Professional and Administrator’s Network offers NRPA members the opportunity to participate in a mentoring program. My involvement in NRPA has afforded me the opportunity to be mentored by several mentors at the forefront of the field. Read more

How Clayton County Celebrates Park and Recreation Month!

Briana Yelverton | April 2, 2014
Clayton County Parks and Recreation has been celebrating Park and Recreation Month for many years. In this guest blog, Briana Yelverton, Marketing & Communications Specialist for Clayton County Parks and Recreation, discusses the ways they have found success in engaging their community with Park and Recreation Month. Read more

NRPA Leg Forum 2014: Just Say Yes to Parks!

Kevin O'Hara | March 28, 2014
Earlier this week, over 120 NRPA advocates from 35 states descended on Capitol Hill to educate their elected officials about the good work park and recreation professionals do in their communities, and how federal programs can help them do this work.  For those of you who made the trip to an unseasonably cold Washington D.C., I want to offer my sincere thanks. Read more

Meeting Demands of our Two and Four-Legged Residents

M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks Park and Trail Planning Staff | March 20, 2014
What exactly is a dog park and what is the demand for dog parks like—especially in urban areas? Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) staff dive into the topic and discuss the issues they've faced with best serving the needs of their two-legged and four-legged residents. Read more

Legislative Forum 101

Sarah Sandquist | March 18, 2014
Attending NRPA’s Legislative Forum for the first time can be a little intimidating. However, armed with these tricks of the trade, you will look and feel like a pro in DC! Read more

Share Your Story the Three Pillars Way

Claudine Heizer | March 7, 2014
Just like many of you, every time I attend the annual NRPA Congress and Exposition, I’m inspired by the ideas and strategies that are presented throughout the week. During the conference I feverishly take notes, dreaming of implementing cutting edge practices and techniques when I return to my desk. The last day of conference feels almost like graduation – full of hope and optimism. Unfortunately, reality strikes within a week or two of returning to my office. Once again, I’m consumed with the traditional day-to-day, keep-your-head-above water tasks and my inspired plans seem to disappear as quickly as they had appeared. Read more

Your Advocacy Can Help the Federal Government Blossom

Sage Learn | March 4, 2014
Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming in the local parks and cherry blossoms will soon be out in D.C. Help plant the seeds or cultivate current ones with your congressional members. Our political leaders need to hear from you, their constituents, to know what issues are important in their communities. Join your colleges and the NRPA Public Policy team at NRPA’s Legislative Forum in D.C. on March 25 and 26 to advocate for the issues that are critical to your agency. Our team will help provide all the training and information you need to have successful meetings and become the valuable resource to Congress, which you already are. Read more

Nomination Counts: Winning a National Award Advanced My Career

Thomas Venniro | February 28, 2014
How many people can say that they have been recognized nationally for the work that they have done? My assumption is not many. At my first National Congress in Baltimore (2008) I remember being blown away by the National Awards reception. I couldn’t help but think, wow, this is so amazing to recognize fellow park and recreational professionals on this level. The faces and reactions of those who received awards were those of extreme excitement and pride. I recall wondering, how does someone go about walking on that stage? At that point, I could only hope that someday I would be fortunate and successful enough to be honored in such a way. Did I ever expect to win a National Award? I guess not; but I would have never known or had the chance if someone did not take the time to nominate me. Read more

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