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Connecting Communities Through Outdoor Play

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on May 22, 2019

This year, park and recreation agencies across the country had the opportunity to take advantage of the Connecting Communities Through Outdoor Play grant, thanks to support from the Target Corporation. Here's how Phoenix Parks and Recreation used their grant funding to improve their community.

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Find Your Park and Recreation Unicorn

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on May 21, 2019

We know finding the right fit for your job openings can difficult, but what if I told you that you can find the perfect employee with all the qualities that you are looking for?

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Answering Your Marketing and Communications Questions (And Whether or Not YOU Should Have a Podcast) — Episode 039

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on May 20, 2019

We're taking a deeper dive into some of the questions we received during a recent webinar alongside our friend, colleague and NRPA’s Senior Manager of Public Relations, Heather Williams.

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Reducing Hunger Among Older Adults in Mount Vernon, New York

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 16, 2019

For many older adults in Mount Vernon, New York, the threat of hunger is a stark reality.

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The 2019 NRPA Annual Conference Preview

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on May 13, 2019

Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.

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Meaningful Community Engagement: NRPA Resource and Conference Training

By Jared Mummert | Posted on May 10, 2019

We have created a Community Engagement Resource Guide to ensure that equitable and inclusive community engagement is incorporated throughout the planning, design, maintenance and activation of neighborhood parks and park-system plans.

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Growing Food and Community: Garden for All Ages

By Kerstin Martin Ams | Posted on May 9, 2019

The Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC) Community Garden, entering its fifth season, is a gathering place for community members of all ages.

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National Prevention Week

By Allison Colman, Cassie Pais and Lauren Kiefert | Posted on May 7, 2019

Each year for National Prevention Week, communities and organizations nationwide come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

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Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 3, 2019

May is Older Americans Month, and we're celebrating the adults age 60 and older who are making a positive impact in communities across the country.

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A Farewell Interview with Barbara Tulipane and How Parks Will Save the World — Episode 038

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 1, 2019

On this episode, we’re chatting with Barbara Tulipane, NRPA’s president and CEO, about the incredible 11 years she has spent helping transform NRPA into what it is today. But we can’t help being saddened that we’re having this discussion because of her upcoming retirement in June.

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NRPA BioBlitz: How We Found 123 Species in Two Hours

By Michele White | Posted on April 29, 2019

We love pollinators here at NRPA and to celebrate Earth Week, we held a pollinator BioBlitz at our headquarters. Our BioBlitz, focused on pollinators and plants, took a snapshot of the pollinators that can be found here and the local flora that is available to support them.

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Let NRPA Digital Badges Help You Stand Out

By Julie A. Boland, CPRE, CAE | Posted on April 24, 2019

Accredited Agencies, Certified professionals, Directors School Graduates and Spotlight Award-winners have already put in the time and effort to accomplish great things, but now they can add to that recognition with NRPA Digital Badges.

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4 Vital Reasons You Should Be Screening Everyone, Even If They Don’t Work with Kids

By Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) | Posted on April 23, 2019

Background checks do more than protect people, they help protect other vulnerabilities in your organization, such as your resources and your reputation.

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Turning "Ugh, Another Meeting?" into "Yay, Another Meeting!" — Episode 037

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 15, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're speaking with Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom about how staff meetings don't have to be a waste of valuable time and can be places where amazing ideas are born.

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Summer Camp Safety Preparation Guide

By ePACT Network | Posted on April 10, 2019

Summer camps are some of the most popular programs for any park and recreation organization and it’s extremely important to be prepared for incidents that might come up throughout the course of a camp or activity.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month at Your Local Park

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 7, 2019

Trees are blooming, people are sneezing — spring is in the air and April is here! As we thaw out from the winter months, its easy to see why April is the perfect time to celebrate Earth.

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More Than a Meal

By Erika Tang | Posted on March 26, 2019

Lewisville Parks and Recreation in Texas is helping older adults age well and supports NRPA’s Healthy Aging in Parks Initiative in efforts to improve and maintain the health and wellness of older adults through parks and recreation.

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Community-Minded Design with Todd Lehman — Episode 036

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 25, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Todd Lehman, Cre8Play's owner and "design guy," about the benefits of keeping a community's spirit in mind when designing play spaces.

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