NRPA Update

Money On Your Mind?

The Revenue Management and Development School takes place March 11–16 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Member Spotlight: Lucky D'Ascanio

Lucky D’Ascanio, Falmouth Parks and Community Programs director, in Falmouth, Maine, has worked with providing programming for older adults for more than 20 years.

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'I Just Got an Email About...'

NRPA resources include the accessibility practice of WT Group, formerly known as Recreation Accessibility Consultants.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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Discover Yourself on the Cover of Parks & Recreation

Round up your top photos and get ready to submit them for the 2018 Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest.

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How to Effectively Prepare for the CPRP

Did you know that study groups are one of the most effective ways to prepare for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification?

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Show Off Your Innovation

Awards season for parks and recreation starts this month with applications opening for the National Gold Medal Award and the NRPA Awards, including Innovation Awards.

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Call for NRPA Board of Directors Nominations

NRPA is looking for both professional and advocate leaders who are passionate about parks, recreation and environmental conservation.

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The National Gold Medal Program

There are approximately 8,000 park and recreation agencies representing thousands of communities across the United States, but most of them do not apply for the Gold Medal Award program.

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2018 Annual Conference Speed Session Proposals

Starting February 26, 2018, we will be collecting speed session proposals for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana!

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Member Spotlight: Calandra Barnes

Calandra Barnes has been the special events coordinator for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in North Carolina for 11 years.

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Choosing the Right Insurance for Your Sports Program

Preparing for any sports program or activity comes with a long to-do list, and purchasing insurance can sometimes fall off the radar.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out some of the hottest topics on NRPA Connect this month!

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Family Volunteer Day Participants Help Spruce Up Local Parks

This year, a few NRPA Meet Me at the Park healthy living grantees decided to use Family Volunteer Day to get families in their communities involved in their Meet Me at the Park projects.

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Member Spotlight: Carol Potter

Carol Potter, who recently retired from the Department of Defense (DoD) after more than 33 years, was the assistant director of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) policy within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

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A One-Stop Shop for Arts & Crafts Supplies

Fun Express has eliminated the sometimes long and drawn out process of searching multiple websites and going store-to-store to find just the right items at just the right price for your program needs.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

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

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NRPA's Roland Richardson Among NAAEE's 30 Under 30

The NAAEE 30 Under 30 program recognizes individuals in the United States and internationally, 30 years of age or younger, who are game changers in their community.

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Taos Land Trust to Carry Out Water Restoration Project Along the Rio Grande

The Taos Land Trust recently received a $575,000 grant from NRPA, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, to support its water restoration project along a portion of the Rio Grande.

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NRPA's Board of Directors: Looking for a Few Good Candidates

The NRPA Board of Directors is seeking individuals with experience in one or more of NRPA’s Three Pillars: Health and Wellness, Conservation and Social Equity.

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TPL, NRPA and the ULI Launch a 10-Minute Walk Campaign

Through this historic parks-advocacy campaign, these organizations, in collaboration with the nation’s mayors, will work to ensure that everyone in the United States lives within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

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2017 Agency Performance Survey Now Open

The 2017 Agency Performance Survey is now open to accept your NRPA Park Metrics data.

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Parks for Inclusion Launches During Annual Conference

Parks for Inclusion launched last month during the annual conference in New Orleans with the goal of ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.

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Member Spotlight: Diane Drake

Diane Drake, assistant director of evaluation and partnership development for the Recreation and Park Commission for East Baton Rouge (BREC).

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Background Screening Methodology

Is your methodology leading the way or a best practice in attracting risk?

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

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

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What It Means to Serve on the NRPA Board of Directors

Seven new members were elected to the NRPA Board of Directors during the 2017 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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Certification: A Mark of Accomplishment

Professional development certificates represent a new and important direction for continued learning.

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Tune in to Our New ‘Open Space Radio’ Podcast

Listen to the latest park and recreation news on Open Space Radio.

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Hot Topics

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

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New Emergency Network Provider — ePACT

Replace paper medical forms, waivers and consents for families attending rec programs with ePACT.

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Member Spotlight: Maria Nardi

Maria Nardi, director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

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National ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant Recipients Selected

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide have been selected to receive grants to support projects that increase access to play spaces.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

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

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The Outdoor Alliance for Kids Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

The briefing provided an opportunity for OAK members to discuss programs across the federal government that support opportunities for children, youth and families to learn, play and serve in the outdoors.

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Hot Topics

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

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Five Reasons to Post Your Open Position on the NRPA Career Center

Hiring is a large obstacle to tackle, but starting off right can make the process much easier.

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Congratulations to the 2017 National Award, Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

The NRPA Awards and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 NRPA National Awards, Diversity Scholarship, Student Scholarship and Young Professional Fellowship.

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Summer Camp on Capitol Hill: Play On to Protect Programming at Parks

On Thursday, June 29, congressional staffers were treated to a taste of a typical day in a park and recreation summer program as part of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Summer Camp on Capitol Hill.

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Member Spotlight: Laura Bauernfeind

Laura Bauernfeind, City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department’s golf manager.

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In Appreciation of David Lose

NRPA lost one of its much-loved members last month with the passing of David Lose of Nashville, Tennessee, who died unexpectedly at age 77 while on a trip to Ireland with his wife Betti.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword

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

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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

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

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Member Spotlight: Wendy Waddle

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

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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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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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Parks & Recreation Crossword

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

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Introducing the Health and Wellness Advisory Panel’s Newest Members

NRPA's Health and Wellness Advisory Panel is excited to welcome two new members.

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Play Spaces Grant Program

NRPA is excited to expand the Meet Me at the Park program and provide additional communities with increased access to play spaces in local parks.

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