Conference Reflections: It’s About Building Community

Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP | October 21, 2016
Kirk W. Kincannon, CPRP, AAPRA, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority, reflects on his time spent at the 2016 NRPA Annual Conference and how the lessons learned can be brought home to make a positive transformation in our communities. Read more

Coastal Justice Brings California Coastal Commission Closer to Serving All Californians

Robert García | September 29, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, Governor Jerry Brown signed a coastal justice law that amends the California Coastal Act. This law explicitly requires compliance with and enforcement of civil rights and environmental justice laws. Read more

What Parks and Recreation Can Do About Equity

Kevin O'Hara | August 22, 2016
Portland's city and parks department has recognized that addressing racial disparities is the single largest equity challenge facing their increasingly diverse city. Read more

Outlook Unclear for Policy Priorities as Congress Adjourns Until September

David Tyahla | August 2, 2016
We’re in the heart of another hot and humid summer in Washington, DC. These conditions are sure to produce one thing — Congress leaving for its summer break. Read more

Keeping California’s Beaches Open For All

Robert García | February 1, 2016
California has the largest and most diverse system of state parks and cultural sites in the nation. For 40 years, the California Coastal Act has helped ensure beach access is open to all. Read more

5 Key Takeaways from Park Support Study

Kevin Roth | January 19, 2016
NRPA's recent research report shows that Americans are passionate about their local parks. Read more

The Heartwarming Truth Behind Those Big Numbers

Roxanne Sutton | December 22, 2015
In our annual report, we highlight the accomplishments made by NRPA members through our partnerships and programs. This report shows the collective impact parks and recreation makes across the country. Read more

A Win for LWCF and more in the Congressional Spending Package

NRPA Public Policy Team | December 18, 2015
Congress passed its year-end spending package—keeping the government funded through September 30, 2016. We’ve pulled the highlights that impact parks and recreation. Read more

What the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking Means for Parks and Recreation

Rachel Banner, MPH | September 11, 2015
Living an active lifestyle is one of the steps people can take to improve their health. The U.S. Surgeon General recently released a Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled Step it Up! Read more

The Community Action Poverty Simulation as an Educational Resource

Heidi Lucas | September 2, 2015

One powerful educational tool that can be used to start conversations about poverty is the Community Action Poverty Simulation.

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It's More Than a Meal

Oliver Spurgeon | August 3, 2015
Short-sighted thinking about child hunger threatens the health, wellness and academic success of our children. Read more

Parks and Rec Ending Summer Learning Loss One Meal at a Time

Oliver Spurgeon | July 29, 2015
Thanks to the work of park and recreation employees across the country, millions of kids who receive summer meals will return from summer vacation healthier and better prepared for school. Read more

Three Ways You Can Advocate for Summer Nutrition

Jamie Nash, Kellie May | April 8, 2015
Providing a nutritious meal to hungry kids is an important way to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential both in and out of school. Read more

The Magic of Local Parks and Recreation

Jessica Culverhouse | April 1, 2015
This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative. Read more

Playing in the Streets

March 2, 2015
In 2014, Kevin O’Hara continued his duties as serving as a member of the Open Streets Network of Champions by taking a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience ViaRecreActiva. Read more


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