NRPA in Action

Fully Accredited

Accreditation is the single best way to demonstrate your agency or academic program's value. These noteworthy groups achieved this high honor in 2012.

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Pugsley Medals Awarded

The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks in the United States.

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NRPA Congratulates Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

Worthy recipients were recognized for their excellence and given scholarships and fellowships at NRPA's 2012 Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, California.

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National and Network Awards

The 2012 National and Network Award recipients were honored at the Best of the Best Ceremony during NRPA’s Congress and Exposition in Anaheim.

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Professional Development with NRPA

Upcoming educational opportunities to take your knowledge to the next level.

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Archery Targets Kids and Families

Grants are available to help grow archery in your community.

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Timia Thompson

Research assistant Timia Thompson represents the next generation of park and recreation professionals well with her broad range of educational and field experiences.

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Professional Development with NRPA

Upcoming educational opportunities to take your knowledge to the next level. 

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How to Become an NRPA Board Member

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

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Call for Education Session Proposals—2013 Congress & Exposition

NRPA is looking for education session proposals for next year's Congress in Houston. Let us know what you want to see or do!

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Debut of The Young Professional Quarterly Publication

NRPA's Young Professionals Network has created a quarterly publication for future leaders in the field of parks and recreation.

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Introducing Three Aquatics Program Providers

Three aquatics program providers now offer significant savings on lifeguard training and swimming instruction programs for NRPA members.  

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Patricia Armstrong

With nearly 30 years of service in the field of parks and recreation, Pat Armstrong serves as a invaluable resource for NRPA staff and members alike.

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National Recreation Foundation Spotlight

Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefiting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

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New America’s Backyard Materials—Feedback Wanted!

If you've used the new America's Backyard toolkits to market your agency, let us know what you think!

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Rita Shue

Rita Shue, retired general manager of California's Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, shares her thoughts on staying involved in parks and recreation through her retirement years.

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Paul Jr. Coming to Congress

“American Chopper” star to appear in exhibit hall.

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Congress Keynote Address Update

A preview of economist Dr. Lowell Catlett's keynote address at NRPA's 2012 Congress & Exposition.

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Call for Education Session Proposals—2013 Congress & Exposition

Got an idea for a session you'd like to attend or present at next year's Congress? We're accepting proposals now!

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PRORAGIS at Congress

A look at PRORAGIS updates to be announced at Congress.

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National Recreation Foundation Spotlight

Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefiting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Texas, Mississippi, California, and Colorado.

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October 5 is National Visit a Park Day

Take advantage of Visit a Park Day to spark a long-lasting bond between your park and recreation facilities and your community.

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Cross-Learning in Sports

Golf can benefit from QuickStart Tennis

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David Miller

David Miller, Alexandria, Virginia's division chief of recreation services, shares his insight on the development of the park and recreation profession after more than 30 years in the field.

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Water—The Lifeblood of Parks and Recreation

A look at aquatics facilities and discounts on safety providers

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NRF Spotlight

As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Illinois, San Francisco, New York, Texas, and Connecticut.  

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Chris Nunes

Chris Nunes, who serves as chair of the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Committee, shares his advice for prospective CPRP candidates.

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Parks Build Community Project Takes Shape in Los Angeles

In conjunction with the annual Congress meeting this October in Anaheim, California, NRPA and its partners are joining community organizers in nearby LA to bring an exciting new park to a neighborhood in need of a safe place to play.

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American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

Serving the parks and recreation field with research, publications, national awards, and consulting

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CAPRA Update

CAPRA changes in schedule and hearing procedures

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APPI Energy Solutions

APPI Energy Solutions is a new membership benefit program that offers reduced energy costs.

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National Recreation Foundation Spotlight

As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Michigan, Maine, and countrywide. 

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PRORAGIS Statistics

How to use PRORAGIS data to accurately portray your agency's benchmarks.

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Judy Weiss

“Certification is the ultimate statement….” 

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National Recreation Foundation Spotlight

As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.

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Municipal golf

In working as a consultant primarily serving municipal golf courses, I learned that preserving the economic health of these vital community assets has become a constant challenge. I find more and more that the very existence of municipal golf courses is being threatened due to government budget challenges. All too often I hear the refrain, “Why are we in the golf business at all?”

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Tom Venniro

If you’ve read the Future Leaders column in this magazine, you’re familiar with some of the volunteer leadership of Tom Venniro. Venniro, chair-elect of the NRPA Young Professional Network and Young Professional Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region and Administrators’ Networks, helped establish that monthly column—and he contributes regularly to it. He is the recreation supervisor for the Town of Chili (New York) Recreation Department and specializes in recreation programming at all levels—but with a special focus on keeping youth active and connected with nature.

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Upgrade Your Membership

NRPA recently launched a new membership package, the Premiere Agency Membership, whereby a park and recreation agency/department joins and all of the agency’s full-time employees become members of NRPA. In many cases, the package price is not much different than what an agency is currently paying for NRPA membership. So now agency directors no longer have to choose among their staff as to who will be a member. Instead, they can make the Premiere choice and extend the NRPA membership benefits to all of their full-time employees.

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Wild About Parks

This July, NRPA is encouraging you and your community to GET WILD about parks and recreation and help raise the public’s awareness of the benefits and offerings of parks and recreation.

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Learn and Grow with NRPA

Upcoming educational opportunities to take your knowledge to the next level.

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National Recreation Foundation Spotlight

As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Texas.

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NRPA Legislative Forum 2012

At the recent NRPA 2012 Legislative Forum, more than 230 delegates from 45 states and the District of Columbia gathered in Washington, D.C., to advocate for a common agenda for parks and recreation funding, learn about current national legislative issues, share facts and data to support the value of parks and recreation, and network with fellow professionals and park advocates.

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Greg A Weitzel

Parks and recreation professionals constitute a national brain trust that our legislators sorely need, NRPA advocacy volunteer Greg Weitzel insists—a brain trust with the potential to shape the future of parks in this country.

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National Recreation Foundation Spotlight

This month's NRF spotlight features programs from Michigan, Texas, and New Jersey that are making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.

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Beth Miller

Although Beth Miller, a marketing and communications specialist for Ohio's Five Rivers MetroParks, does not have a background in conservation sciences or parks and recreation, she stepped forward enthusiastically as a Conservation Task Force volunteer. The experience, she says, was "illuminating."  

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COAPRT Update

The Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) has made significant changes to hearing procedures.

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