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Proposal to Double or Triple Daily Entrance Fees at National Parks — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on November 17, 2017

The Department of Interior recently issued notice they will significantly raise daily entrance fees for 17 iconic national parks and has requested public comment.

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You Came, You Saw, You Conferenced

By Melissa May | Posted on November 17, 2017

As our work lives return to normal following the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference, we would like to take a moment to share some of the feedback you passed on to us about your experience in New Orleans. Thank you for sharing your opinions!

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Parks and Rec: Joining the Fight Against Diabetes

By Heather Williams | Posted on November 16, 2017

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As part of this nationwide initiative, NRPA is calling attention to the role parks and rec plays in keeping people active and healthy, even those affected by diabetes.

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Why 3 National Orgs Came Together to Promote Proximity to Parks — Episode 010

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 13, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) came together to launch a campaign called 10-Minute Walk.

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What to Expect as a First-Time Speaker at the NRPA Annual Conference

By Lauren Belle | Posted on November 7, 2017

As a first-time speaker at 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans I learned what it takes to make an impact on the audience and how rewarding it can be.

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Hey Congress, If the Budget Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

By Public Policy Team | Posted on November 2, 2017

Congress has passed the FY2018 budget framework, but spending levels for individual programs have not been finalized.

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Are You Annoying? And Other Fun Tidbits to Have Conversations that Matter: Interview with Jessica Pettitt — Episode 009

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 30, 2017

Difficult conversations can lead to great opportunities to learn and grow.

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Is Healthy Aging a Major Priority for Your Agency?

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on October 27, 2017

Why should we place a priority on serving older adults? Several reasons!

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Looking to Get More Involved with the Profession? Here’s How

By Tom Crosley | Posted on October 27, 2017

Looking to become more involved in the profession? Speaking at the NRPA Annual Conference is a great way to inspire your fellow park and recreation professionals and make a name for yourself. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Tax Reform Debate Opens a Window of Opportunity to Get the PHIT Act Done

By Kate Sims | Posted on October 26, 2017

Tax reform is a logical piece of legislation where the language of the PHIT Act can be included.

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Combining Therapy with Nature and Walking is a Winning Combination

By Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C | Posted on October 24, 2017

Clinical Social Worker Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C shares how she discovered the benefits of combining walking, therapy and nature together to help those with mental illness.

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Amazon HQ2 – Will Parks and Public Spaces Be the Determining Factor?

By Rachel Banner | Posted on October 20, 2017

Yesterday was the official deadline for cities to compete for the new Amazon Headquarters. Will parks and rec play a role?

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Simple Solutions to Common Park and Recreation Problems

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on October 18, 2017

NRPA Annual Conference sessions led by some of the best park and recreation professionals in the field highlighted some answers to common issues.

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Drones in Parks: Part 3. Opportunities, Innovative Uses and the Future — Episode 008

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 17, 2017

In this third and final installment of our series on drones in parks, we speak with Rich Dolesh, NRPA’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives on the future of drones in parks.

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Parks and Recreation’s Big Picture Issues

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on October 10, 2017

Despite the many benefits of parks and recreation, our field has many hurdles to overcome both from internal and external forces if we are to reach our full potential.

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Drones in Parks: Part 2. To Fly or Not to Fly: How Park Managers Manage Drones — Episode 007

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 2, 2017

In this episode of Open Space Radio, we continue our three-part series on drones in parks. In the second segment, I speak with Evie Kirkwood, Director of St. Joseph County Parks in Indiana.

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Afterschool Funding Saved

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on September 21, 2017

Thanks to great efforts on Capitol Hill and local advocacy efforts from out-of-school time (OST) providers like yourself all summer long, congress voted just last week to restore the funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

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Parks and Rec: Contributing Before the Storm…and After

By Samuel R. Metott, CPRE and NRPA Editors | Posted on September 20, 2017

The recent natural disasters – from Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria to wildfires, earthquakes, power outages and more – have brought devastation to millions of people. Within every disaster though, bright lights appear. Many of these bright lights are our public service employees – park and recreation employees among them.

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