Senior Centers Reopening blog 410

Senior Centers and The Big Question: Do We Open or Remain Closed?

By Colleen Pittard and Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on October 21, 2020

Here are some tips and recommendations for how you might start to navigate this big question as you try to meet the needs and demands of the older adult population you serve, as well as ensure you are adhering to public health guidelines and doing your part to keep those you serve safe.

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How to Center Equity in All That We Do — Episode 076

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 20, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA's Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer, Autumn Saxton-Ross, to learn more about her vision for NRPA and the field of parks and recreation when it comes to centering equity in all that we do.

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Parks Snapshot October blog 410

NRPA Parks Snapshot: Special Edition October Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on October 16, 2020

In this Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many park and recreation agencies are offering full or truncated offerings of their fall and winter programs.

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BOKS blog 410

The Importance of Physical Activity During a Global Pandemic

By The BOKS Team | Posted on October 8, 2020

 BOKS is a free physical activity program designed to reverse this health crisis by getting kids active and establishing a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.  

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BioBlitz Blog 410

This Year’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Was a Success!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on October 7, 2020

Like so many activities forced to adapt this year due to the pandemic, the NRPA Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, which was planned to run in June for Pollinator Month, was rescheduled for September to ensure agencies and their communities could participate safely.

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Oregon Wildfires blog 410

Wildfire Implications for Conservation, Equity and Health

By Cindy Mendoza | Posted on October 6, 2020

The wildfires in the western part of the U.S. and the conditions caused by their blazes pose a major threat to park spaces and recreation facilities, as well as raised questions about how natural disasters like these impact health and wellness, equity and conservation.

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How Action Sports Can Build More Equitable Communities — Episode 075

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 6, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Selema Masekela, best known for his work on the ESPN X Games, to talk about how sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing are great outlets for physical activity, as well as tools for social connection and fostering creativity and self-expression.

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Glenn Harris blog 410

Why Conversations About Racial Equity Matter for Parks and Recreation — October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 24, 2020

On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're having a conversation about racial equity with Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and keynote speaker for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual).

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GI blog 2020 410

Join Us for the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training

By Rebecca Rehr | Posted on September 23, 2020

NRPA is partnering with Climate for Health to offer park and recreation professionals the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training to better understand the links between climate and health, the spectrum of climate solutions, how to speak to others effectively on the topic of climate change, and opportunities to act and advocate.

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Episode074 blog 410

The Great American Outdoors Act is Law, Part II — Episode 074

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on September 22, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio — part two of our Great American Outdoors Act coverage — we talk with Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), two of our Congressional champions who helped pass this historic legislation.

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Public Pressure blog 410

Prioritizing Public Health Under Growing Public Pressure

By Allison Colman | Posted on September 15, 2020

Despite drastic numbers and warnings grounded in science and data, we recognize that park and recreation professionals are facing mounting public pressure to “get back to normal” and are continuing to face difficult decisions on a daily basis.

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Wildfires Blog 410

Parks and Recreation Feels the Impact of Wildfires Ravaging the West

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 11, 2020

Our hearts are with everyone who is currently impacted by some of the worst wildfires in history that continue to burn uncontained in Oregon, California, Washington and many other states in the western part of the country. Here are some ways you can help right now.

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PAD in Motion blog 410

Parks After Dark in Motion: Meeting Community Needs in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on September 9, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is unable to offer its highly popular, award-winning Parks After Dark (PAD) program this year, but it has initiated the PAD in Motion program, in which it closes off park-adjacent streets for community members to safely walk and ride.

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The Great American Outdoors Act Is Law, Part I — Episode 073

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 8, 2020

In part one of our Great American Outdoors Act double-header episodes of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Allegra “Happy” Haynes, the executive director of parks and recreation for the City and County of Denver, about what full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means for her community and the country.

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SEPAFilmmakerShowcase 410 blog

Lights, Camera, Action…Coronavirus, Revisited

By Jason Lang, MS, CPRE | Posted on September 2, 2020

August 17 came and the curtain went up; the 2020 SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase was underway — and was successful even in the face of a pandemic.

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Pollinator Field Day 410

Restoring an Urban Prairie

By Betty Blockinger and Rosalie Hendon | Posted on August 26, 2020

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio received a $20,000 Parks for Pollinators grant through NRPA and The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation, which has funded the restoration of the Whetstone Prairie, as well as helped provide education on pollinators for local children and families.

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Meal Service COVID 19 blog 410

Access to Reliable, Quality Meals Is More Essential Than Ever

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 26, 2020

As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, our professionals and partner organizations who have stepped up to serve meals during COVID-19, and our families that have benefited from these quick actions, are facing their next challenge.

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Celebrating Three Years of Open Space Radio — Episode 072

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 25, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re celebrating our birthday! We started Open Space Radio a little over three years ago, and while many of you may have heard us talk about the early days of finding our podcasting groove, we like to invite you — our listeners — in every once in a while to reflect back on some of our favorite Open Space Radio moments.

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