People for Parks

The Health Benefits of a Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail

Improved health is just one of the health benefits of the city of Carrollton, Georgia's bicycle-pedestrian GreenBelt trail.

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Grassroots Park Stewardship: A Force of Change

Equipping community members, organizations and local governments with the skills and tools to transform neighborhood parks and green spaces into dynamic community assets.

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Tennis, Everyone!

Across America, park and recreation departments are teaming up with local tennis enthusiasts to help benefit communities and change lives

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Love for Leo

The authors fulfilled their promise to their son, Leo, who died before the trio could embark on a planned trip to visit national parks in California and Utah.

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GirlTrek’s Moving Meditation

The walking group for African-American women supports health while promoting solidarity

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Tech Edition: Edward Krafcik

Edward Krafcik, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Soofa.

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An Early Innovator

Over the course of her 37 year career, Mary Scheurer increased Portland's park and recreation facilities threefold and created the 8-mile Riverwalk trail that encircles the city.

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Part Two: Marielle Anzelone Plans a PopUP Forest

Part two of Parks & Recreation's conversation with Urban Ecologist, Marielle Anzelone about her plans to install a PopUP Forest in New York City's Times Square.

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Part One: Marielle Anzelone Plans a PopUP Forest

An artistic rendering of the temporary PopUP Forest installation Urban Ecologist Marielle Anzelone is planning for Times Square in 2017.

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‘Jerry Gergich’ Shares a Moment With Lawrence Parks and Rec

Staff members of the Lawrence, Kansas, Parks and Recreation Department were surprised and excited to have Jim O’Heir, who played Jerry Gergich on the television show “Parks and Recreation,” stop by to present the agency's 2015 Gold Medal Award nomination plaque.

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Small-Sided Soccer — A Leap of Faith

Small-sided soccer, a fast growing sport in the United Kingdom, offers an ideal setting in which to teach children the basic skills of the sport.

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Is the Pope for Parks?

He’s informal, witty and personable, but does Pope Francis really like parks? 

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Dallas Dedication

From her home base deep in the heart of Texas, former NRPA Board Chair Lois Finkelman has established herself as a lifetime friend of parks and recreation.

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Stellar Supervisor

 Greece, New York, Supervisor Bill Reilich’s efforts to revamp his town’s parks and recreation department is paying major dividends. 

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The Doctor is Out(side in Her Local Park)

Dr. Lillian Rivera views parks as yet another tool for health in her medical bag. 

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Teresa Baker: A Park Champion for Diversity

Teresa Baker has made a mission of expanding diversity in national parks and beyond. 

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Mighty Mowers

Tom Nardone and the Detroit Mower Gang volunteer their time and effort to maintain the financially troubled city's overgrown parks and playgrounds.

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Transforming Travis Park

Revitalization efforts at a small Texas park inspired a local businessman to spearhead programming designed to build stronger community ties.

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Better Living Through Conservation

Jill Erickson has made conservation her life’s mission, and with the Heartland Conservation Alliance, she’s well-prepared to tackle one of the country’s largest urban watersheds.

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Tom Norquist: A Pioneer for Play

Tom Norquist, senior vice president of product development and design at PlayCore’s GameTime, has made a career out of his love for play.

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Buffalo, New York’s Byron Brown

Buffalo Mayor Byron talks about the state of parks and recreation in his town and why a robust park system is so important to his constituency. 

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Meet the Mayor: Hialeah, Florida’s Carlos Hernandez

Hialeah, Florida, Mayor Carlos Hernandez discusses the importance of parks and recreation in his adopted home town.

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A Brotherly Bond Builds a Park

The mother of two young boys whose passion for outdoor activity garnered international attention talks about their family and their new all-access park.

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Top Dog

The president of the newly formed National Dog Park Association shares her motivations and plans for uniting canines and parks.

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Meet the Mayor: Knoxville, Tennessee’s Madeline Rogero

Knoxville, Tennessee’s Mayor Madeline Rogero is a dedicated supporter of her city’s parks and works with a variety of partners to ensure that Knoxvillians have access to the many natural resources the city provides.

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Tribute to Karla Henderson, Ph.D.

The field of parks and recreation honors the career of contributions that Karla Henderson, Ph.D., has given the field. She will retire after 35 years as a park and recreation researcher and faculty member at the end of the spring 2014 semester.

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Park Gym Paralympian

Jennifer French’s ongoing journey from tragedy to mobility benefits from an adaptive outdoor gym.

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Meet the Mayor: Jacksonville, Florida’s Alvin Brown

Parks & Recreation Magazine catches up with Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Alvin Brown, who highlights kayaking and other forms of outdoor recreation as significant priorities for his administration.

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Gifting Golf

A Boise, Idaho, businessman donates an 18-hole championship golf course to his hometown.

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Meet the Mayor: Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie

Parks & Recreation Magazine catches up with Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie to talk about his passion for recreation as well as his environmental stewardship plans for his city. 

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Gone in a Flash

An Idaho high school student uses laser technology to remove graffiti from city parkland.

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Bringing Books to the People

Volunteer bike librarians support reading for everyone.

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Little Guy, Big Dreams

A 4-year-old who lost his father in the West, Texas, explosion raises more than $100,000 to rebuild the destroyed city park in his honor

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Meet the Mayor: Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden

The mayor of Louisiana's capital city relies on the local parks and recreation department to promote community health and wellness, prevent juvenile deliquency and more

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Safe and Engaged

A Florida police chief uses parks and recreation programs to help at-risk youth.

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

San Francisco's leader has a passion for innovation and investment in parks.

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