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.

Spotlight on STEM

2017 December Advocacy How NRPA Envisions a STEM Approach 410

How NRPA Envisions a STEM approach to our Three Pillars - Health and Wellness, Conservation, and Social Equity.

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UPDATED: Tax Reform and Federal Budget

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As everyone begins their Holiday preparations, Congress is hard at work in two principal areas with deadlines fast approaching.

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A Park Champions Smackdown

2017 November Advocacy A Park Champions Smackdown 410

This month, we’re highlighting the amazing finalists who tapped into the Park Champion initiative to invite their members of Congress to an event highlighting their parks and programs.

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Hey Congress, If the Budget Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

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Congress has passed the FY2018 budget framework, but spending levels for individual programs have not been finalized.

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Tax Reform Debate Opens a Window of Opportunity to Get the PHIT Act Done

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Tax reform is a logical piece of legislation where the language of the PHIT Act can be included.

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Park Champion of the Year: Portland's Som Subedi

2017 October Advocacy Park Champion of the Year Portlands Som Subedi 410

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

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News Stories

12.14.17Top Story

NRPA partners on guide for park flood-control strategies

12.14.17Around the Country

Report: State parks put $1.1 billion into Ore. economy in 2016

12.14.17Around the Country

Mich. city could get downtown pop-up park