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.
How NRPA Envisions a STEM approach to our Three Pillars - Health and Wellness, Conservation, and Social Equity.
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.
Promoting equity and inclusion while ensuring congressional support for parks and recreation.
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.
Providers of out-of-school time (OST) programs, whether over the summer months or after school during the school year, have the opportunity to be at the forefront of preparing youth for today's workforce, now perhaps more than ever.
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.
As the budget debate continues this summer, educating members of Congress on the use of these funds locally will be critical.
Step up for the future of parks and recreation by joining the Park Champion initiative.
Through collective advocacy, an alliance of some 100 organizations — the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) — is working to provide youth and families with safe, readily available opportunities to connect with the outdoors.
Five elements from an old ACA reform bill that may serve as a blueprint for ACA replacement.
Rather than allowing the federal government to decide what benefits and services all insurers must cover, many existing Republican ideas for replacing the ACA would cede this authority to states.
There will be lots of changes coming out of our nation's capital and your participation will be more important than ever.
Park Champions are making a difference, one event at a time...
NRPA Board of Directors adopts statement encouraging tobacco-free facilities.
Park, environmental and other public funds should benefit all people equitably and without discrimination.
Why the Public Policy Team continues to push for passage of reliable and dependable supplemental education funding that supports out-of-school time programming.
The Park Champions initiative embraces a show-and-tell approach to advocacy.
Congress needs to properly fund CDC efforts to study and eradicate the Zika virus.
Following up on the success and lessons learned from last summer's launch of the Park Champion advocacy initiative, NRPA's Policy Team declares 2016 the year of Park Champion advocacy, expanding the initiative to a year-round movement.
NRPA’s public policy team provides a look back at what was an extremely eventful 2015.
Green infrastructure approaches are not new to many enterprising agencies, but the recognition of parks as players in the discussion on how we as a nation manage our water resources is new and fast expanding.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund expired September 30. NRPA is committed to, and still needs your help in getting, a permanently reauthorized LWCF.
Fatality rates are twice as high for people walking in low-income versus upper-income metro areas. Safe Routes to School National Partnership sheds light on why and how we can make walking and biking safer in these areas.
NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager urges members to tell their elected officials about the importance of permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, due to expire September 30.
Less than a year in and through our revamped Parks Champion advocacy efforts, we’re seeing some innovative and creative ways members are using to engage their local legislators.
NRPA’s Government Affairs Manager gives an overview of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the Affordable Care Act and what it means for NRPA members.
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act is up for renewal this September, and failure to pass this key legislation could mean empty stomachs for thousands of children across the U.S.
Rep. Rob Bishop, representing Utah’s first district, talks federal and local land management in terms of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
NRPA’s first Innovation Lab, held in Miami, Florida, aimed to get a closer look at an agency with a mission to integrate health and wellness into every aspect of its programming and initiatives.
By serving as Park Champions, NRPA members will be year-round ambassadors of their agencies, building strong, lasting relationships with their elected officials.
NRPA’s VP of urban and government affairs reflects on the significance of a recent Troops for Fitness event.
2015 presents a fresh opportunity to advocate for parks and recreation on Capitol Hill.
Check out this update about the federal legislation on NRPA's radar for 2015 and how you can help tell the parks and recreation story to elected officials.
As LWCF turns 50 years old, NRPA's senior government affairs manager takes a look back at its highlights and outlines parameters necessary for its continued success.
As Election Day approaches, familiarize yourself with some key political issues and races that can affect your agency.
NRPA’s Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs details changes to our advocacy efforts and how members can get involved in the new plan.
Putting together an active group of advocates and a successful advocacy campaign requires an intentional and direct approach.
Rep. Mike McIntyre is the leading advocate for youth sports on Capitol Hill.
An Oregon congressman invested in federal transportation initiatives shares his insight on the current status of relevant legislation and what the future holds.
#NRPALegForum attendees made their case for park and recreation advocacy through Capitol Hill visits and social media.
Park and recreation professionals may be interested in participating in the President’s Council on Fitness, sports and Nutrition’s “I Can Do It, You Can Do It!” program for individuals with disabilities.
NRPA’s 2014 Legislative Platform provides guidance for members advocating at Legislative Forum and elsewhere throughout the year.
Make the most of your time in Washington with these tips from NRPA’s Public Policy team on how to prepare for a successful trip.
NRPA members are the most powerful voice for parks and recreation, and the Legislative Forum is the perfect opportunity to meet with elected officials and have your voice heard.
A new federal legislation opportunity would provide tax incentives for fitness.
The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act may provide green assistance.
Recent developments in Congress, including the pending government shutdown, the introduction of H.R. 2727 and the threat to eliminate the Land and Water Conservation Fund, are likely to have major impacts for park and recreation agencies in the coming months.
Park and recreation capital projects could face funding difficulties in the face of upcoming tax reform
The proposed PIFIA bill may provide much-needed funds for your next park project