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 advocacy 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.

The Negative Impact of Higher Entrance Fees at National Parks

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What these proposed higher fees may mean for national parks and the communities bordering them.

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NRPA Asks Congress to Invest in Arthritis

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NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.

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NRPA’s Board of Directors Take to Capitol Hill

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Thank you to NRPA’s Board of Directors for assisting us in moving our legislative agenda forward.

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Congress Ends Government Shutdown

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Today Congress passed a temporary spending agreement to end the shutdown and fund the government through February 8.

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How the Rise of Technology Could Help Us Reclaim Our Paradise — Episode 015

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A shift in how people are getting around cities could mean a change in the future of land use in urban areas.

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Congressional Outlook for 2018

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Happy New Year from NRPA’s Public Policy Team! We look forward to continuing our work together in playing both offense and defense on policy priorities that are critical for parks and recreation.

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News Stories

2.15.18Top Story

NRPA's Tulipane notes the many benefits of accessible parks

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Report: Green design could save cities lots of money

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Upgraded playground in San Francisco features weather-themed structures