There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll in your community’s downtown area during the holiday season and feeling like a kid again as you bask in the glow of the lights and decorations.
Lake County Forest Preserve at Fort Sheridan is a magical place, just a short drive north of Chicago.
Each year, the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) sponsor their annual Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart fundraising events.
The Carson City Library in Nevada, in partnership with Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space, devised a unique way to promote literacy while getting children and their parents outdoors and walking in nature.
A program that eases first-day jitters for kindergartners.
The city of Ames, Iowa, hit all the right notes this summer with the installation of two donated public pianos.
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.
Every month, Northern California foodies are drawn to Folsom City Lions Park for the Food Truck Safari.
Port Washington, Wisconsin's innovative approach to meeting the city's recycling bin needs.
In a world increasingly divided by artificial barriers, bubbles and differences, our expansive natural parks foster inclusion and togetherness.
An innovative event hosted by the Cullman City (Alabama) Parks and Recreation helps raise fund for a city park.
The Town of Plattsburgh Park and Recreation Department devises a quick, inexpensive way to add color and interest to its town hall entrance.
Loudoun County (Virginia) Parks, Recreation and Community Services embarks on a year-long celebration for its 50th anniversary.
The Minneapolis Good Chair Project aims to increase social interactions and build community simply by adding some comfortable, movable seating to outdoor spaces.
NRPA’s Monarch Waystation is one of more than 14,000 waystations throughout the United States.
Harnessing the energy and excitement of our young citizens for making a positive difference in their communities.
The city of St. Cloud (Florida) Parks and Recreation Department adds an aeroponic system to its Urban Agriculture Program.
An environmentally friendly and extremely effective way of controlling the spread of noxious weeds.
A robust 4,000-square-foot garden occupies the roof of the NYC Parks Department's Five Borough Administrative Building.
Before jumping into pool season, some simple suggestions to help make the trip to the community pool the safe, most fun it can be.
The Dallas Park and Recreation Department in partnership with Texas Discovery Gardens, supports two historic properties located within the garden grounds, including the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium.
Chilly winter temps are no match for the dozens of Auburn, Alabama, residents who for the past four years have steeled themselves for a cold shock before participating in the annual Polar Plunge.
In addition to a wide range of leisure activities, Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency in Woodstock, Georgia, offers four distinct community outreach programs throughout the year, each benefiting a different segment of its population.
Wintertime is a big time in the birding community to see waterfowl and even songbirds, like juncos.
The innovative ice ribbon skating rink at Chicago's Maggie Daley Park is celebrating it's one-year anniversary.
As temperatures dip, many people turn to indoor park and recreation facilities, like Westerville Community Center in Central Ohio, to relieve cabin fever and stay active.
A flourishing community garden on Chicago’s South Side takes “locally grown” concept to an urban environment.
What’s causing the huge communal spider webs appearing in the trees at Lakeside Park South, bordering Rowlett Parks and Recreation in Rowlett, Texas?
Decades ago, as today, playgrounds were inspiring young children to use their imaginations and create their own worlds through play.
Four-year-old Parker Pustejovsky’s inspired vision and dogged commitment helped to rebuild a playground in West, Texas, that was destroyed in a fertilizer plant explosion in 2013.
Raleigh, North Carolina’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Read and Go program combines reading with exploration and travel.
Billy Mahaffey, maintenance supervisor at Dawson County, Georgia’s Rock Creek Park, helps to save a life and proves an unlikely hero.
Boston Parks and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, with the help of several industry partners, built Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park in honor of the late Boston mayor.
Ohio's Malabar Farm State Park celebrates maple syrup season with its annual Maple Syrup Festival.
A Seattle-area dog has found an unusual way to commute to her local dog park.
Folks in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, discovered that investing in parks and recreation gave a big boost to the town's overall economy.
Pyramide USA's donation of an AquaClimb Poolside Climbing Wall at Fort Hood military base in Texas will help children and families living there develop confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem.
An Olympic gold-medal cyclist helps develop a kid-focused mountain biking trail in Boise, Idaho.
Storybook Land and the Land of Oz at Wylie Park in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has been inspiring the imaginations of visitors for almost 40 years.
Hundreds of kids and adults in Washington state turn out annually to Chambers Creek Regional Park’s fun kite festival.
Locals near Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania are clearing space on their calendars to learn how to photograph picturesque sunsets with Regional Outdoor Recreation Coordinator George Barner.
The University of Minnesota’s Social History Welfare Archives holds a treasure trove of NRPA documents and photographs spanning the organization's lengthy history.
A comic-themed playground in Maryland invites children to use their imaginations and get creative during playtime.
Arizona parks visitors experience Big Sky country in a whole new way during periodic Star Parties.
Delaware Seashore State Park combines recreation and healthy eating with its Gilled to Grilled program.
West Virginia's Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground hosts a much-loved toboggan festival every winter.
A Manhattan architect designed a creative playground concept that allows kids to build the playgrounds themselves.
State parks across the country start their communities on the right foot in the new year with guided hikes on January 1.
A black swan from New Orleans’ City Park makes a much-awaited recovery months after a vicious attack.
In Plymouth, Massachusetts, the local recreation department helps put on a huge event each year that celebrates one of America's favorite traditions.