Kristine Stratton, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued a statement regarding the recent incidents of racism in communities across the country.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared this statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. To date, more than 1,000 organizations have signed on to voice support.
After evaluating concerns from leading health experts along with federal, state and local government officials, warning against hosting large, in-person gatherings, and NRPA determined that cancelling the event is the only prudent decision that protects the health of our community.
In March 2020, NRPA began conducting weekly Parks Snapshot surveys to learn how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide weekly data from the NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, as state and local guidance and ordinances regarding COVID-19 continue to change rapidly.
While the decision regarding summer youth programs is an agency by agency decision and should be made in collaboration with local health officials to ensure state and local guidelines are followed, CDC has provided guidance to help make an informed choice.
NRPA continues to monitor developments as well as federal, state and local responses to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are following the CDC employer response recommendations for our offices as well as NRPA-sponsored events. This webpage will contain the most up-to-date information on our response and resources as we have them available.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically has competitive grants available for park and recreation agencies.