The typical park and recreation agency offers one park for every 2,277 residents served, with 9.5 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents. But park and recreation agencies are as diverse as the communities that they serve, and what works well for one agency may not be best for your agency. Therefore, you need data to best identify the best practices to optimally serve your community.
That’s where the 2016 NRPA Field Report comes in. This report is the most comprehensive resource of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States, and has 21 figures highlighting critical park and recreation metrics.
Interact with the Data
Dig deeper into the agency performance data with these interactive figures presenting detailed crosstabs of the data for every table and chart presented in the 2016 NRPA Field Report:
- Park facilities (parks and parks, indoor and outdoor facilities)
- Programming (team sports, fitness, enhancement classes; programs for children, seniors, people w/ disabilities)
- Responsibilities of Park and Recreation Agencies (spanning from operating parks and facilities to programming types)
- Staffing (typical FTE counts, key staff responsibilities)
- Budget (operating expenditures amounts and purposes)
- Agency Funding (sources of funding, cost recovery, capital spending)
Gain a greater understanding of the current state of park and recreation agencies by downloading the 2016 NRPA Field Report.
How Can This Data Be Customized For Your Agency?
The 2016 NRPA Field Report uses the wealth of data contained in NRPA Park Metrics (formerly PRORAGIS), NRPA’s benchmarking resource that assists park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their operating resources and capital facilities. This tool allows park and recreation agencies to build customized reports based upon their unique characteristics. Your agency can use this data to gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve your community. The most comprehensive park and recreation benchmark resource is NRPA Park Metrics.
You can access NRPA Park Metrics and its wealth of park and recreation data through two interactive tools:
Create a custom report of park and recreation metrics based upon agency characteristics of your choosing, including agency size and budget, jurisdiction population and geography. These reports feature median values on budgets, staffing and facilities and highlights the responsibilities and activities of peer agencies.
By entering your agency’s data in NRPA’s newly streamlined Agency Performance Survey, you gain access to a benchmark report that compares your agency to that of its peers. It is not too late to enter your agency’s 2015 data or too early to get a head start on entering 2016 data. With either option, your agency gains access to this indispensable resource while at the same time ensuring next year’s Field Report will be even more valuable.