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Our Park and Recreation Story: How One Family Finds Peace in Parks — July Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 17, 2021

On the July bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with Jenna Brinkman and Craig Pattenaude of Cosumnes Community Services District and David Phommavong, the father of the child in the cover photo of the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Driving Food Access in Partnership and Power with Community

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on June 16, 2021

Whether it be partnerships to help inform strategies and offerings, assessments to delve into the wants and needs of community members, or establishing new practices and policies to ensure the voices of those who have not always had a seat at the table, community engagement and decision-making authority is key to program sustainability — and more importantly, to advancing equity and community health and wellbeing.

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Why the Essence of Equity-Centered Work Is Organizational Change — Episode 093

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 15, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mickey Fearn, who has been a park and recreation professional for more than 50 years, to discuss his extensive career in equity-related work.

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The Importance of Community-Based Workforce Development

By Ayanna Williams | Posted on June 11, 2021

NRPA recently developed two resources to help you explore what workforce development is, what it can be for the field of parks and recreation, and how we can reflect on developing or renovating equitable community-based workforce development programs. Learn about and access the resources here.

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Are We Building People — or Just Running Programs?

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on June 7, 2021

Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, believes that we can't merely insist that parks and recreation is essential, we must intentionally demonstrate it — and prove it!

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Why We Should Applaud Naomi Osaka's Mental Health Decision

By Allison Colman and Teresa Morrissey | Posted on June 3, 2021

Naomi Osaka, one of the world’s greatest tennis players, was thrust into the spotlight this past weekend during the French Open — not for her 125 mph serve, but for her decision to withdraw from the competition to prioritize her mental health and well-being.

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Why Training Park and Recreation Coaches on Social and Emotional Skills is Important

By Jon Solomon | Posted on June 2, 2021

Coaches play a vital role in creating a positive sports experience for youth. In addition to keeping kids safe on the field, coaches and other adults in a child’s life significantly impact a child’s social and emotional development.

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Creating a Culture of Transgender Inclusion in Sports — Episode 092

By Cort Jones (he/him) and Roxanne Sutton (she/her) | Posted on June 1, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Chris Mosier (he/him), a trailblazing athlete, coach and the founder of TransAthlete.com, to discuss transgender inclusion in sports and how park and recreation professionals can take action on more inclusive policies.

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BioBlitz: Making Nature More Equitable

By Katie Boughal | Posted on May 27, 2021

The Delores Fenwick Nature Center serves the City of Pearland, Texas, a small community just south of Houston. Here's how its staff are planning to make their future BioBlitz events more equitable.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 18-21 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 21, 2021

In the latest Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many more summer offerings and events will be available to communities across the country in 2021, with most agencies delivering a robust set of summer events and amenities.

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Caring for the Mental Well-Being of Our Staff and Communities — June Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 20, 2021

The June issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, “Mental Health Care in a Pandemic.”

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Past, Present and Future with New York City Parks and Hill International

By Joseph Pooler | Posted on May 19, 2021

Since 2007, Hill International, Inc. has managed hundreds of construction contracts for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to help build, enhance, restore and protect the Big Apple’s parks and public spaces.

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It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See Ya Later! — Episode 091

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 18, 2021

Today's episode of Open Space Radio is a bittersweet one, as we bid farewell to one of our co-hosts, Roxanne Sutton, before she embarks on a new adventure.

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Age-Inclusive Play for Siblings Young and Old

By Miracle® Recreation | Posted on May 17, 2021

As kids grow and develop, they play in different ways and have different abilities and limitations. For this reason, playground equipment is often designed with a specific age group in mind so it can keep kids interested and maximize safety. Age-inclusive playgrounds have equipment and features for all age groups of kids.

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The 2021 Chlorine Shortage: Be Smart, But Don’t Panic

By Rudy Stankowitz | Posted on May 17, 2021

The chlorine shortage that has been reported recently may cause some headaches for aquatics professionals, but shouldn’t lead to major disruptions. Stock up on needed supplies without overbuying and your summer should be just fine.

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How Park and Recreation Agencies Can Empower Coaches in the Return to Play

By Jon Solomon | Posted on May 12, 2021

Here are best practices from the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program on how park and recreation agencies can support coaches in ensuring youth safely return to play.

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Park Improvements That Won’t Break Your Community’s Budget

By Little Tikes Commercial | Posted on May 11, 2021

Here are seven cost-effective ways you can improve your parks and playgrounds from Little Tikes Commercial.

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How to Onboard New Volunteers Safely and Efficiently This Summer

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on May 6, 2021

Background Investigation Bureau, the exclusive background screening provider of NRPA, provides what you need to know to be efficient in your on-boarding practices and keep your community safe.

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