Our Three Pillars

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On any given day, someone is being positively affected through parks and recreation – whether they are taking a walk on a trail or fitness class at the community center, getting a nutritious meal or just reaping the benefits of clean air and water because of preserved open space.

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Advocacy

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NRPA's 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

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Grant and Fundraising Resources

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The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically has competitive grants available for park and recreation agencies.

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Awards

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The National Recreation and Park Association recognizes that our members and supporters work hard to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that advance the quality of life for all people. Our awards programs highlight the efforts of those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the community.

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Parks Build Community

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NRPA's Parks Build Community is a national initiative demonstrating the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America.

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Partnerships

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NRPA’s Partnership and Business Development department works with partners to make an impact through local parks across three pillars: conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.

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Success Stories

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NRPA’s Success Story Database is a collection of community-level stories from local park and recreation agencies across the country that have implemented successful strategies to improve the communities in which they live, work and play.

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Volunteer with NRPA

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Whatever your area of interest or expertise, NRPA offers a variety of ways to make meaningful contributions through committees, task forces, and other volunteer opportunities.

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I'm a Park and Rec Kid!

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Everyone has their own Park and Rec Kid story. What’s yours? Share with #ImAParkAndRecKid.

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Promotional Partnerships

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NRPA partners with innovative organizations that advance and support positive change in communities through parks and recreation. When you partner with NRPA, you will work with a respected non-profit organization that has expansive reach into nearly every community across America.

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Urban Parks

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Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options. Join NRPA in the fight to ensure that every community has a great park.

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