Features

2017 July Feature Parks Build Community is Headed to New Orleans 410

Parks Build Community Is Headed to New Orleans!

This year, NRPA is headed to New Orleans, and a portion of the Lafitte Greenway will undergo renovations to provide a public space where residents can gather and play.

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2017 July Feature Get Your Play On 410

Get Your Play On!

Over the past three years, competition for the coveted July Parks & Recreation cover has gotten stiffer and stiffer, and this year’s focus on play took it to another level.

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2017 July Feature How Can Neighborhood Parks Attract More Users 410

How Can Neighborhood Parks Attract More Users?

The RAND Corporation recently conducted the first national study of neighborhood parks — a special project sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

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2017 July Conference Content You Do Not Know

You Don't Know What You Don't Know

A few highlights of some of the exciting new features and “back-by-popular-demand” standards you can expect in New Orleans for this year’s annual conference.

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2017 July Conference Content Justifying Your Trip to the 2017 Annual Conference 410

Justifying Your Trip to the 2017 Annual Conference

We want to see all of you in New Orleans this year, so we have put together some tips on how you can talk with your employer about the value of attending as well as some best practices when traveling to the conference.

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2017 July Conference Content Host of American Ninja Warrior to Keynote NRPA Annual Conference 410

Host of American Ninja Warrior to Keynote NRPA Annual Conference

This September, Matt Iseman will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference, and he couldn’t be more excited to meet with park and recreation professionals in the Big Easy.

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Additional Articles

Calendar 410

Supervisors' Management School November 5-9

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Park Pulse 410

Most Americans Walk for Fun

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at where Americans like to walk for leisure or pleasure.

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2017 July NRPA Update Player Use And Abuse Of Facilities 410

Player Use and Abuse of Facilities

NRPA-sponsored insurance programs for members is provided by K&K to help keep you safe and insured.

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Hot Topics 410

Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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2017 July NRPA Update Member Spotlight Wendy Waddle 410

Member Spotlight: Wendy Waddle

Wendy Waddle, special populations supervisor, Rock Hill (South Carolina) Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

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2017 July NRPA Update Congratulations to the 2017 Gold Medal Award Finalists 410

Congratulations to the 2017 Gold Medal Awards Finalists

Excitement is building as the 28 Gold Medal Finalists prepare for the Grand Award announcement during the September 26, 2017 Opening General Session at NRPA’s 2017 Annual Conference.

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2017 July NRPA Update NRPA Innovation Lab 410

NRPA Innovation Lab Explores How Communities Are Connecting Youth to Nature

The Austin Innovation Lab addressed the challenges youth and adults face and attendees gained valuable knowledge and lessons learned from their peers.

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2017 July Social Equity Stop The Interior Departments Monumental Mistake 410

Stop the Interior Department's Monumental Mistake

Under the Trump administration’s executive order to review national monuments designated since 1996, the U.S. Department of the Interior identified 27 monuments that could be scaled back or even eliminated.

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2017 July Research Parks and Recreation Serving a Growing Older Population 410

Parks and Recreation: Serving a Growing, Older Population

NRPA is releasing a new research report that takes a look at how park and recreation agencies throughout our nation are serving this growing and increasingly important population.

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Steve Eckelberry 410

The 'Circle' of Life

As we celebrate Park and Recreation Month, take a moment to reflect on all the ways parks and recreation truly touches our lives

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2017 July Park Bench The Community That Soccer Built 410

The Community that Soccer Built

In 2010, Portland Parks & Recreation developed Portland World Cup Soccer — a tournament designed to welcome “New Portlanders,” and celebrate cultural traditions and diversity in the community.

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2017 July Operations The Lowdown on LED Sports Lighting 410

The Lowdown on LED Sports Lighting

Here are the five most common questions LED manufacturers hear from municipalities trying to understand how LED lighting can work for them.

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2017 July Operations Blue Green Algae and Recreational Waters 410

Blue-Green Algae and Recreational Waters

Warmer temperatures, increased nutrient deposition, poor circulation and low water levels have led to an increase in cyanotoxin algae blooms throughout the United States in the last decade. 

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2017 July Member to Member A Coordinated Approach to Handling Homeless Encampments 410

A Coordinated Approach to Handling Homeless Encampments

The January 2017 Point-in-Time Count, conducted by Snohomish County, Washington, estimated that 515 individuals were experiencing chronic homelessness in and around Everett, which is located 30 miles north of Seattle.

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2017 July Letters 410

In Solidarity with New Portlanders

Following the May 26 tragedy on the MAX, Portland’s public transportation system, Som Subedi, who heads Portland Parks & Recreation’s Parks for New Portlanders program, shared the following post on the agency’s Facebook page.

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2017 July Law Review Crash On Challenging Mountain Bike Trail 410

Crash on Challenging Mountain Bike Trail

Negligence liability is more likely when one’s conduct falls below that which would generally be considered reasonable care under the circumstances.

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2017 July Health And Wellness Mobile Recreation Programs 410

Mobile Recreation Programs

In neighborhoods where activities for youth are lacking, mobile programs step in to fill a significant void.

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2017 July Future Leaders When Leadership is Green 410

When Leadership Is 'Green'

Young professionals sometimes learn to lead by doing.

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Parks Recreation Crossword 410

Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Gina Mullins Cohen 410

Beyond Child's Play

Whether you’re a child, teen or adult, being able to engage in play in neighborhood parks and participating in fun-filled activities at local recreation facilities is essential to maintaining one’s physical and mental health.

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2017 July Conservation Natures Ability To Foster Growth 410

Nature's Ability to Foster Growth

Traditionally, treatments for childhood ADHD have focused heavily on the use of prescription medications, but an emerging body of research indicates that nature-based interventions could be an effective alternative to the use of pharmaceuticals.

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2017 July Advocacy Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act 410

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA)

For those of us who closely follow the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program, there’s very important news regarding funding for this critical conservation and recreation priority.

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