Are You Attending NRPA’s Green School?
Are you attending NRPA's Green School? Mike Trigg, Superintendent of Parks for the Waukegan Park District, Waukegan, Illinois did, and highly recommends it to all park professionals. Read why he says so and about the award-winning results attendance at the school had for his agency.
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 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?
Everyone Communicates - Few Connect: A Speed Session Preview
Here it is, your last Speed Session preview before the NRPA Congress and Exposition in Houston, TX! In this blog, David Carter of Carter Consulting Group previews his session on effective communication. Seemingly an easy thing to do, David explains why communication can be so tough and how what you’ll learn in his Speed Session on Wednesday, October 9, can help you improve your communication skills.
Ways to Celebrate Visit a Park Day on October 4 2013
Have you heard that October 4, 2013 is National Visit a Park Day? This is something that NRPA and the Young Professionals Network (YPN) have celebrated over the last couple of years to help promote the wonders of our natural and treasured resources out there – local parks. The Young Professionals have put together some great ideas on how to celebrate Visit a Park Day and want to encourage park and recreation agencies, community leaders, civic groups, schools and other organizations to come together and participate!
The Career Center, a Hidden Gem at NRPA's Congress
Congress is a little over a month away and many of us are planning what education sessions to attend, which networking events we will go to, and what vendors we will meet with and visit in the Exhibit Hall. Did you know though, that amongst the thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of square feet of floor space lays a “Hidden Gem” of Congress? The Career Center. Young Professionals Network member Nathaniel Jaramillo, from Clark County Parks and Recreation, tells you all about the Career Center and why this spot is a “must visit” during your time at Congress.
What is a Trail? What is an Accessible Trail?
Trails across the United States help connect people to nature, inspire healthy activities, and by their very nature, help protect natural places - making communities more livable and connected.
Recently there has been a lot of chatter about accessible trails and coming regulations. Maybe you’ve heard about it, maybe you haven’t. Either way, since we all strive to ensure all people have access to the benefits of parks and recreation, like trails, it is critically important to be aware of what is currently in place around trails accessibility and what’s to come in the next few years.
Accessibility expert, John McGovern, J.D., authors this two-part blog series on accessible trails. In this first part, he clears up the confusion about what is currently a requirement at this point in time.
The Bench With the View: A Business Lesson for Parks and Recreation
What’s a park bench have to do with business models for parks and recreation? In this blog Jeff Price, Business Manager for the City of Everett Parks and Recreation Department in Washington tells how pricing differentiation on memorial benches was a win/win business decision for the agency and how this can be just one of many business models that work for parks and recreation.
Enhance Your Career Forever: Volunteer
The NRPA Young Professional Network continues with their professional development series of blog and vlog (video blog) posts. Jay Tryon, CPRP, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, writes this blog post sharing how volunteering at NRPA’s Congress and Exposition had a positive impact on his career and how it can do the same for you too.
Hey Parks and Rec, Let’s Get People Walking
On June 25th, the U.S. Surgeon General, representatives from CDC, America Walks, and other members of an expert panel met to formally support walking and walkability as a way for Americans to become more active. One of the sectors identified to make it easier for Americans to walk was Parks, Recreation, Fitness and Sports.