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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Park Champions - With the support of the NRPA Public Policy team, Park Champions are learning how to be effective advocates by engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, and events.

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

Park Champion of the Year: Portland's Som Subedi

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Promoting equity and inclusion while ensuring congressional support for parks and recreation.

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Afterschool Funding Saved

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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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Educating the New Administration and Congress About Park & Rec Programs

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NRPA’s Public Policy team was hard at work this summer inviting politically appointed cabinet members of the new administration and members of Congress to visit park and recreation programs and see firsthand the critical impact parks have on local communities throughout the country.

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Making Sense of Charlottesville Through Local Leadership

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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

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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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Prevention Fund Protected in Latest Healthcare Repeal Vote

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Park and recreation agencies nationwide are working to prevent and manage symptoms related to chronic diseases locally, but we know this work would not be possible without the support from the PPHF and the CDC.

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News Stories

10.19.17Top Story

Historic Philly green space connects with residents in multiple ways

10.19.17Around the Country

S.C. county looks at uses for greenbelt fund

10.19.17Health and Wellness

Study offers ways parks can draw visitors, improve public health