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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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The Latest Conservation Research All in One Place

By Kevin Roth, PhD, and Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhDc | Posted on September 19, 2017

There are many important and valuable research articles published each year related to parks and recreation. NRPA contracted with North Carolina State University’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department to review recently published papers focused on park and recreation’s role in conservation and resiliency.

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Drones in Parks: Part 1. Policy, Drone Zones and Resources for Land Managers — Episode 006

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 18, 2017

Part one of a three-part series to tackle this topic by interviewing experts in the field with three different perspectives.

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Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

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Are You Good Enough Now?

By Jessica Pettitt | Posted on September 8, 2017

The Wednesday Keynote for the NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Jessica Pettitt, shares how we can start having conversations that matter by (re)claiming our responsibility for who and how we show up in our relationships.

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Why Staying on Top of Park and Rec Trends is Important (and How to Do It)

By Michael Kalvort, CPRE | Posted on September 7, 2017

Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Virginia Beach, shares how staying on top of park and recreation trends allows him and his department to best serve their community.

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Harvey and How We Can Help — Episode 005

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 1, 2017

This week we’re discussing what’s been on top of all of our minds over the past week or so — hurricane Harvey and the devastating destruction it’s wrought on Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf Shore.

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5 Ways You Can Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Barbara Tulipane | Posted on August 31, 2017

The appeals to help support victims of hurricane Harvey in Texas and beyond can be heard everywhere. The need is great now and it won’t go away once the rains and floodwaters subside.

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Employee Engagement Boosts Community Cohesion

By Kellie May | Posted on August 22, 2017

In June, NRPA partnered with the Citi Foundation to host Global Community Day service projects at local park and recreation agencies in nine cities across the country. Citi employees, their family members and community volunteers participated in park maintenance/beautification, and other projects that helped revitalize local park spaces.

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How Cities and Local Parks are Celebrating the American Solar Eclipse — Episode 004

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 20, 2017

For the first time in 26 years, all of the US will be treated to some form of an eclipse on Monday, August 21, with a large portion being able to view a total eclipse.

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Arthritis: A Leading Contributor to Poor Health Among Older Adults

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on August 18, 2017

Nearly one in three older adults suffer from arthritis. Learn how NRPA, with the support of the CDC, is disseminating and increasing sustainable supports for evidence-based physical activity programs designed to help people with arthritis.

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Making Sense of Charlottesville Through Local Leadership

By Leon T. Andrews, Jr. | Posted on August 17, 2017

NRPA Chair-Elect Leon Andrews writes about the importance of local leadership in standing up for equity.

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Mount Airy Parks & Recreation Showcases a Community Above and Beyond The Andy Griffith Show

By Kate Sims and Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on August 15, 2017

Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) participated in a park champion event in Mt. Airy, NC where the importance of USDA meal programs — and parks and recreation's role in providing meals to youth — was demonstrated.

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Americans Are Staying Put and It’s Affecting All of Us — Episode 003

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 15, 2017

NRPA staff members share their opinions about a recent Wall Street Journal article that explores how Americans are staying put even though moving might bring them more opportunity.

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Advice from an NRPA Annual Conference Newbie

By Sheila Runnels | Posted on August 14, 2017

2016 conference newbie, Sheila Runnels, shares her advice for those attending the NRPA Annual Conference for the first time.

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