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Building Better Communities: Centering Equity in Water-Based Play Spaces

By Lyndsey Younger and Kathy McKenna | Posted on October 19, 2021

Two splash pad projects in Huntington, West Virginia, and Alton, Illinois, focus not only on providing a water play experience integrated with environmental stewardship educational components, but also on ensuring these spaces are inclusive for all members of the community regardless of ability.

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American Rescue Plan Funds Now Flowing Into States and Local Communities

By NRPA Public Policy and Advocacy Team | Posted on October 15, 2021

Learn the latest on how the American Rescue Plan funds are being used and how to access them to maximize social and economic recovery in your community.

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Park Access: More Than Just Proximity

By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on October 14, 2021

Park access is not just about reducing travel distance to a park; it is a much more complex and multi-faceted issue that requires a variety of creative solutions.

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Coffee Talk Replay: Out-of-School Time Programs: Essential for Health and Well-Being — Episode 100

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 12, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of the Coffee Talks from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, featuring Brodrick Clarke, vice president of programs at National Summer Learning Association; Daniel Hatcher, director of community partnerships at Alliance for a Healthier Generation; and Allison Colman, NRPA director of health.

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On a Mission to End Playspace Inequity for Good — Episode 099

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 28, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM!, an organization that unites with communities to build kid-designed playspaces that can spark joy and foster a sense of belonging for the kids who are often denied opportunities to thrive.

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NRPA Unveils Fresh, New Logo at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference

By Catrina Belt and Cort Jones | Posted on September 21, 2021

We are proud to share the results of NRPA’s latest rebranding process and share our fresh, new logo with you, as well as give you a quick overview of the evolution of the NRPA logo.

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Take Action to Support the LGBTQIA+ Community During the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference

By Autumn Saxton-Ross | Posted on September 15, 2021

This year, at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, in support of our families, friends and colleagues, here are a few actions you can take to support the LGBTQIA+ community and LGBTQIA+ rights.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy in The Big Apple Through a Culture of Care — Episode 098

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 14, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Mitchell Silver, who recently wrapped up a seven-year tenure as parks commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and will be giving a keynote presentation at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference.

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New Resource to Help Engage the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 13, 2021

NRPA partnered with Justice Outside to create a resource that provides a process, resources, as well as case studies, to help professionals thoughtfully explore how to engage in community building work around natural resources and conservation efforts.

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Park and Recreation Mentors in ‘Advocacy August’

By Lauren Kiefert, Dan McCarthy and Elvis Cordova | Posted on August 30, 2021

Every August, MENTOR — the National Mentoring Partnership — provides education and resources to boost advocacy efforts in support of the field’s policy priorities. Known as Advocacy August, MENTOR amps up its impact by sharing ways to get educated on how to be an effective grassroots advocate, learn more about MENTOR’s legislative priorities and take action today!

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Don’t Miss Coffee Talks at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference — Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 24, 2021

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, you get a sneak peek at the guests who will be joining us for this year's Coffee Talks at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources: Keeping Kids Safe and Active During COVID-19

By Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) | Posted on August 18, 2021

Like other parks departments nationwide, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources in North Carolina canceled all of their regular sports programming for kids in the spring of 2020 because of the pandemic. But they still offered programs to help kids in their community get active — all while working to bring back athletic opportunities for the fall.

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Parks and Recreation + Public Libraries = Partners in Advancing Community Well-Being

By Allison Colman | Posted on August 11, 2021

Libraries and park and recreation agencies are increasingly leveraging their unique resources, strengths and assets to collaborate and work towards the shared goals of advancing equity, promoting health and wellness, closing the opportunity gap, and building environmental and community resiliency.

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Our Park and Recreation Community Poem: Everything Around You… — Episode 097

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 10, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, hear New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander read our Park and Recreation Month Community Poem — one poem comprised of your poetry submissions!

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Collaboration and Intergenerational Programming to Promote Wellness and Healthy Aging

By Morgyn Manzer and Jill Juris, Ph.D. | Posted on July 29, 2021

Collaborations and partnerships between organizations and universities came together during COVID-19 to provide creative and innovative solutions to safely provide recreation, nutrition education and intergenerational opportunities to 120 homebound Centra PACE older adults in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Tukwila Parks and Recreation: Keeping Community Members Active Outdoors During COVID-19

By Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) | Posted on July 27, 2021

With strict COVID-19 restrictions in place, in-person programming was virtually impossible — and on top of that, Tukwila Parks and Recreation had to let all of their part-time staff go. But this shift led to some positive changes in how the department interacts with the community.

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A Podcast for Any Chapter in Your Parks and Rec Journey — Episode 096

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 27, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by two other park and recreation podcast hosts — Becky Dunlap of Let's Talk Parks and Paul Gilbert of Strategic Leadership — to discuss how the rise of podcasting and digital content is benefitting park and recreation professionals.

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The Buzz in the Burg

By Kelly Adams, Keith Thomas and Jeremy Harold | Posted on July 21, 2021

"The Friendly City” is a motto that the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, takes to heart, and Mike Hott, the city’s landscape supervisor is helping make it friendly for pollinators, as well. Learn how they will leverage the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz in their city wide pollinators program.

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