Advocacy is one of the most important services we provide to our members. Our public policy team works every day to represent the cause of public parks and recreation at the federal level by fighting for funding and legislation that improves access to open space and recreational opportunities for all people.

Learn About Federal Policy and Legislative Issues Impacting Parks and Recreation

Please take time to review these resources to learn about the federal policy and legislative issues impacting parks and recreation and what you can do to help advance the interest of parks and recreation in your community and throughout America.

  • Advocacy Resource Center- From fact sheets and issue briefs, to reports and analysis, to NRPA submitted testimony and official comments, this one stop shop will provide you with all of the tools you need to be an effective advocate for parks and recreation.
  • Advocacy Action Center - Send messages directly to your members of Congress, learn the status of key legislation, and take direct action to advance the parks and recreation movement.
  • Advocacy Insider - NRPA's online advocacy newsletter. Stay informed on federal legislation, national policy developments, and breaking news of importance to parks and recreation. Here you will find the most recent edition of Advocacy Insider as well as archived editions.
  • Urban Parks Coalition - A coalition to support urban parks and the critical role they play in building healthy, livable, and sustainable communities.
  • Congressional Visit Toolkit - Invite your senator or representative to visit your USDA summer or after school feeding programs. The resources in this toolkit can help you prepare for the visit, craft a message and follow up with your members of Congress after the visit.

News Stories

12.7.16Parks and Recreation Update

Decatur, Ill., picks 2 parks for priority upgrades

12.7.16Public Communication and Outreach

Iowa city prioritizes parks as part of 3-year action plan

12.7.16Public Communication and Outreach

Trust for Public Land to launch ParkService tool