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10 Ways To Support Mental Health This May

By Allison Colman | Posted on May 19, 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here are 10 actions park and recreation professionals can take this May to amplify their role in supporting mental health.

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West Lafayette’s Mission to Make Wellness More Inclusive – June Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 19, 2022

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 titled, “Making Wellness More Inclusive.”

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: Spring 2022 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 13, 2022

In our Spring 2022 edition of NRPA Parks Snapshot, we check on the status of park and recreation agency funding, aquatics programming and, in particular, the hiring of lifeguards.

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Supporting Healthy Aging through Parks and Recreation: A Community of Practice

By Colleen Pittard and Tiff Cunin | Posted on May 13, 2022

This Older Americans Month and Arthritis Awareness Month, NRPA is excited to share updates and news about how local parks and recreation continues to support healthy aging in communities across the country.

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Who Should You Be Screening and Why?

By Ken Monroe | Posted on May 12, 2022

Background Investigation Bureau, NRPA's exclusive background screening provider, gives you five vital reasons why screening everyone in your organization, no matter their role, is important.

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In the ADA, Is There a Difference Between Essential Eligibility and Prerequisite Skills?

By John McGovern | Posted on May 11, 2022

Two important concepts in The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II regulation govern how agencies respond to requests from people with disabilities when it comes to supporting them in programs.

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Coffee Talk Replay: How Inclusive Recreation Helps Ignacio Gallegos Find Purpose in Life — Episode 113

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 10, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying a Coffee Talk from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, when we talked with Ignacio Gallegos about the impact the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association in Illinois has had on his life, along with his grandmother, Leticia DeLaFuente.

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Engaging Your Community In a Cause: 3 Suggestions

By Kevin Penney | Posted on May 5, 2022

Park and recreation agencies can get their entire communities together to support a good cause. Learn how to inspire and engage your community with these three tips.

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Recruiting Volunteers for Youth Sports Programs: 4 Tips

By Shreya Tragad | Posted on April 26, 2022

Your youth sports program volunteers keep your programs running. Here are four effective tips to recruit qualified volunteers to help manage your programs.

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Revitalizing Communities with a Connection to Water and Nature: The Story of Youngs Creek Park

By Dana Monson | Posted on April 25, 2022

Water play spaces can rejuvenate a communities’ core, be an element to include to reimagine flood-prone areas, and reconnect the community to the benefits, fun and wonder of water play.

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Making Water Safety More Inclusive in Prince George’s County, Maryland — May Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 21, 2022

On the May bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking about centering equity and inclusion in water safety programs with Tara Eggleston Stewart, CPRE, division chief for aquatics and athletic facilities for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional: Getting the Credit I Deserved

By Kelli Beavers, CPRP | Posted on April 19, 2022

Kelli Beavers, CPRP, director of recreation, parks, and tourism for Charles County Government (Maryland), shares why obtaining her Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification has given her the credit she deserves for serving as a park and recreation professional for the last 24 years.

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Dogs at the Park: Seven Ideas for a Great Experience

By Casey Dorman | Posted on April 15, 2022

Here are seven of the most important ways you can make the most of your dog park and put it in a position to support dogs, humans and the community at large.

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You Can Be a Water Safety Champion In Your Community

By Frank Perez and Stephanie Hee-Johnston | Posted on April 14, 2022

There has never been a better time to sign up to participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, taking place on June 23, 2022. Here are some reasons it is a critical and worthwhile event.

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How Parks Play a Role in Tree Equity — Episode 112

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 12, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how trees play a critical role in building environmental resilience, cooling our neighborhoods, and improving the health of our communities with Jad Daley, president and CEO of American Forests.

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Going from CPRP to CPRE

By Carrie A. Fullerton, CPRE | Posted on April 11, 2022

Carrie A. Fullerton, CPRE, the executive director of Arlington Heights Park District in Illinois, shares her experience of going from a Certified Park and Recreation Professional to a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.

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New Resources to Support Partnerships with Healthcare Organizations

By Allison Colman | Posted on April 8, 2022

Partnerships between healthcare organizations and community-based organizations (such as parks and recreation) can have some of the greatest impacts on community health and well-being.

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One of My Best Takeaways From the COVID-19 Pandemic — Achieving the CPRE!

By Tara Eggleston Stewart, CPRE | Posted on April 7, 2022

Tara Eggleston Stewart, chief of aquatics and athletic facilities for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation, shares her journey to becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE).

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