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Overcoming the Flaws of Needs Assessments

Entire master plans are designed and executed based on the numerical data that serves to encapsulate the narrative of a community. Yet, the decisions made using such data often result in investments that might not prove to be as successful as expected.

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Five Steps to Unlock Your Agency's Marketing and Branding Potential

With ever-increasing choices and competition, dedicated and specialized marketing and branding is a critical tool to an agency’s survival.

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From Steel to Green: Revitalizing Pittsburgh Through Its Park System

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy shares lessons learned as it celebrates 20 years.

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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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Bentonville Gets the Country’s First-Ever Bike Playground

Bentonville Parks and Recreation provides community with a unique amenity.

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District shares how, by developing its own internal think tank called the Future Trends Team, it's been able to get ahead of change rather than just react to it.

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‘Good’ Times in Pennsylvania

Learn how Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation, through its 'Good for You, Good for All' campaign, is working to increase the usage of local park and recreation facilities statewide.

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Year-Round, Paved-Trail Surface Maintenance

Infrared technology allows asphalt repair work in colder temperatures, even below freezing and in the snow.

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Swimming in Sustainability in Loretto

Strategic partnerships and active community engagement returned the joy of swimming to residents of a small Tennessee town.

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Yes, In My Backyard!

Columbia, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department survey elicits some surprising feedback from the owners of property adjacent to the MKT Trail.

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Minnesota's Historic Firemen's Park Provides New Play Opportunities

So, how did the Chaska Parks and Recreation Department help attract thousands of visitors from all age groups to the community's older downtown area for 12 months out of the year?

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Colorado Springs’ Comeback

How Colorado Springs Parks Department went from the shutdown of its parks and services to being ranked No. 1 park in the country by TripAdvisor.

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HEEPS of Benefits

Parks, trails and playgrounds are three of the top five most important amenities requested by those looking to buy or build new homes.

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Action Sports

Engaging, character-building programs for youth

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Mentoring 101

The steps involved in establishing a formal mentoring program.

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Making Ends Meet: It Takes a Village of Funders to Re-Make a Park

Financing assistance opportunities for park and recreation projects.

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Young Athletes: Programming for the Future

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department/Therapeutic Recreation Section pilots Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, focused on early skills development for children of all abilities under 8 years of age.

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Guiding the Way to Playground Design

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's guidebook provides regional staff with options when it comes to developing unique, appropriate and fun new playgrounds.

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Leveraging the Assets of Oregon’s Middlefield Golf Course

Children and families enjoy the added soccer/disc golf amenity, which opens up Middlefield to more members of the community.

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New First Aid and CPR Guidelines: Step in to Save a Life

The American Red Cross and American Heart Association have announced updated first-aid and resuscitation recommendations that will impact the parks and recreation field.

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Grand Prairie, Texas: Giving the Gift of Play

Grand Prairie (Texas) Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is in the process of creating a mega recreation center called The Epic.

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Licensure for Recreation Therapists: Why? Why Now?

The current economics of healthcare is driving institutions and patients to seek out insurance reimbursement to pay for quality care. What does this mean for unlicensed recreation therapists? 

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Walk It Out! Urban Walking Trails for Seniors in Harlem

 Learn how NYC Parks and Harlem Hospital Center are helping African-American seniors in Harlem enjoy a physically and socially healthier lifestyle. 

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Get Out and Get Active

 The Manager of the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use shares about the county’s role in building healthy and livable communities. 

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LGBTQ Teens in Recreation Programs

 Consider these tips and sources when programming with the LGBTQ teen community in mind. 

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Welcome to Nature

Portland, Oregon’s Westmoreland Park is now a nature-themed play oasis for area kids. 

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Safe Swimming in the Big Apple

NYC Parks is making great strides in water safety education and training for its employees and the people it serves. 

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Mud University as an Outdoor Playground

Utilizing unused or vacant land in a park to develop a unique mud obstacle run for kids can be a fun alternative to typical programmed activities.

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Public Lands Besieged by Cats

Across the nation, cat colonies are becoming commonplace in wildlife refuges, national and state parks, and other public lands.

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You Get What You Pay For

Investing in community parks and recreation can pay dividends for the future.

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Outgrowing Your Tagline

An Arizona agency reinvents its brand to encompass its broadened role in the community.

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Taming Twitter

Adding a Twitter account to your agency’s social media profile can help reach more constituents and elevate visibility for events and programs.

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Teaching Tolerance

Oakland Parks and Recreation’s zero-tolerance anti-bullying policy takes a proactive approach to teaching youth and teens respect for one another.

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Planning a New or Renovating an Old Recreation Center?

 Planning to renovate or build a new recreation center can be a daunting task, but it’s made easier with the proper preparation. 

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Making a Splash

San Diego Waterfront Park’s grand opening drives revenue for the county parks department, creates lasting memories for visitors.

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The “Other” Audit

A new sales approach helped the Bloomingdale Park District change their company culture and achieve the highest revenues seen in years.

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Education for Drowning Prevention

Every child can swim in Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s free swim lesson program.

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Playground Development Extremes

The renovation of a Missouri park adopts a free play philosophy to better tap into children’s intuitive development and sense of adventure.

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Missouri’s Mane Event

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association finds a creative way to fund continuing education scholarships for its members.

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Trails to Trails

The careful teamwork of three agencies connects trails and communities and increases family outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Reflections on Working in Different Park Systems

Judy Weiss, CPRE, the director of Arizona’s Coconino County Parks and Recreation, shares her perspective on working in large and small park systems and the variety of challenges and opportunities presented by each.

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Agriculture and Parks: It’s a Natural Fit

By collaborating with your local agricultural community, your agency can help locals connect with the food they eat, adding an extra dimension of conservation awareness to an everyday activity.

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Viking vs. Farmers

A tourism and events management student shares her take on lessons learned in advancing innovation in parks and recreation.

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Walk or Ride, Get Moving San Antonio

San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department encourages people to get active and get fit.

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Just Another Listserv?

A longtime participant of the NRPA Connect Networks shares her views on the value of this member connection tool.

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Lessons Learned at Supervisors Management School

Member Cindi Wight, CPRE, shares a book recommendation from NRPA’s schools that helped resolve a conflict at her agency.

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“Park It Forward” Initiative Promotes Park and Recreation Month for Kansas City

A citywide marketing campaign helped Kansas City (Missouri) Parks and Recreation spread the word about their Park and Recreation Month plans as well as their new website and social media platforms.

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How We Did It: Woodstock Equestrian Park

A Maryland park agency develops an equine facility that connects to the county’s historical roots.

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City Trash Becomes City Treasure

A South Dakota park agency turns a town dump into a nature park.

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