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.

National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation

Legislative ForumHosted annually by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the National Legislative Forum is our opportunity to come together with one strong voice to shape issues and impact the legislative process. Our latest forum was held in Washington, DC March 25-26, 2014. National Legislative Forum helps to shape the future of parks and recreation, and contribute to improving the quality of life in local communities.

Learn About Federal Policy and Legislative Issues Impacting Parks and Recreation

Please take time to review this section of the website 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.

  • Policy Platform - Legislative Platform for NRPA's advocacy efforts.

  • 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 issues.

  • Urban Parks Coalition - A coalition to support urban parks and the critical role they play in building healthy, livable, and sustainable communities.

  • Contact NRPA's Public Policy Team - Contact information for the NRPA Public Policy office.

  • Advocacy Training Module - The Power of You Becoming an Advocate.