Recreating Like It’s 1985

Roxanne Sutton | March 6, 2015
The 1980s. Big hair. Neon colors. Great music. Awesome dance moves. Throwing it back to the 80s is fun on its own, but it also ties in perfectly with this year’s Park and Recreation Month as we celebrate 30 years of honoring parks and recreation in July. To get you ready, here are some ideas for 1980s programming. Read more

4 Questions (and Answers) about CAPRA Accreditation

Jay Tryon, CPRP | December 16, 2014
Whether you are a new professional to the field of parks and recreation or a seasoned veteran, you have probably heard of CAPRA. But what exactly is CAPRA and what does it mean for you and your department? Here are four common questions and answers to help you learn more about this distinguished accomplishment. Read more

Why Crumb Rubber is in the News

Caroline Smith, CPSI | December 11, 2014
If you are a playground owner or operator you already know that your choice of playground surfacing is one of the most important decisions you will make. You may have read that roughly 70 percent of playground injuries are due to falls to unsafe surfaces. You probably considered whether the surfacing was impact attenuating, whether or not it was accessible and what you would need to do to maintain the surfacing, as well as a number of other factors. Among those factors, did surfacing health risks for your users come to mind? Read more

Are You Ready if Disaster Strikes?

Sarah Thompson, MA | December 22, 2014
On a given work day, 69 million children are in child care programs or school, separated from their families. Perhaps many of them are with you, at their local parks and recreation. We may not like to think about it, but if a disaster should strike your community are you prepared to protect those that may be in your care? The Atlanta Parks and Recreation recently worked with Save the Children to host a Prep Rally to help children and families prepare for emergencies. Read more

You Won’t Believe What Happened After I Attended Event Management School

Melanie Scoggins, CPRP | November 19, 2014
I have been in the field of parks and recreation for about 15 years (wow!), with most of my work focusing on special event management. One of my key goals was to get to the Event Management School. I was able to attend as a first year student in January 2014. While attending, I was looking for ways to increase attendance at a festival that was moving locations. You won't believe what happened to our festival after I came back from Event Management School... 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

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

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

Why Certify Youth Sports Coaches

Ronald Strickler, Jr, CPRP | May 14, 2014
Offering organized sports, especially for youth, is a significant part of what community park and recreation departments do to help kids stay healthy, bring a community closer and make a positive impact on the quality of life for so many.  To make the programs a success, many park and recreation departments rely on volunteers and parents to help with coaching, organizing and inspiring the children involved. These programs are often a child’s first interaction with a team sport so it is important to know you have qualified and prepared coaches. The NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) is back with their latest vlog (video blog) with information on the importance of training and certification for youth sports coaches and even the parents in the stands. Read more

Fridays are for Facebooking

Roxanne Sutton | May 2, 2014
Ah, Friday afternoons. Time for thinking about happy hours, weekend plans and Facebook posts. Wait. Facebook posts? Roxanne Sutton, NRPA’s Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist and honorary social media maven, has the latest scoop on a new analysis reported on in Time that uncovers some interesting findings about Facebook and the best time to post to get the most visibility. And she offers ways for you to take advantage of this new information. Read more

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

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

MWR Internships Provide Fresh Look at Career Opportunities

Jason Tryon;John Prue;Samantha Bartram | February 21, 2014
Exciting internship opportunities for young park and recreation professionals abound in the world of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), even if you don’t have your sights set on a career serving the military. Contributors Jay Tryon and John Prue discuss the benefits of these programs in a recent NRPA Open Space vlog. Read more

“Parke Diem”— Mobilizing Grassroots to Support Your Parks

Nick Hardigg | February 13, 2014
In the February issue of Parks & Recreation (“Seizing the Day”), we shared the story of “Parke Diem” — a grassroots campaign for volunteering and raising awareness of park needs. With a small staff and limited funds, we built a citywide coalition of 50 park-supporting groups for two days of stewardship. More than 1,400 volunteers came out for 73 projects. Read more

What the heck are hashtags!?

Roxanne Sutton | January 31, 2014

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve asked and been asked this question. So, I’ve decided it’s time to break it down and explain what hashtags are and how parks and recreation can use them with a good ol’ who, what, when, where, why and how. You don’t have to be a social media genius to use them and they are definitely applicable for parks and recreation.

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