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Coffee Talk Replay: Park Equity and Racial Justice — Episode 083

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 26, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual), "Park Equity and Racial Justice," featuring Glenn Harris of Race Forward and NRPA's Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross.

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Celebrating Parks and Recreation’s Inaugural 30 Under 30 — February Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 21, 2021

On the February bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Michael Biedenstein, past chair of the NRPA Young Professional Network, and Hayley Herzing, NRPA’s senior member of membership, to talk about the inaugural 30 Under 30 program, which recognizes the 30 best and brightest park and recreation professionals under 30 years old.

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Play and Recreation Spaces — Vital Places in Our Communities

By Sarah Lisiecki | Posted on January 15, 2021

Play, playgrounds and recreation areas remain crucial to both personal and community development and we need more of them. With a new year upon us, let’s plan to explore even more and advocate for the spaces that are always there for us.

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How a Group of Teens Is Bringing a Skatepark To Their Community — Episode 082

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 12, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by three teenagers who saw a need in their community for a safe, legal place to participate in their favorite activity - skateboarding. They took it upon themselves to start a grassroots movement to create a skatepark, and the results will inspire you!

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January is National Mentoring Month!

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on January 8, 2021

January is National Mentoring Month, a time to recognize the value and impact that mentors have on our youth.

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Intergenerational Nutrition: Community Members of All Ages Can Join the Fun!

By Dr. Danielle Hollar | Posted on January 8, 2021

What types of intergenerational fun can be had that promotes good nutrition and healthy eating? Here are some ideas to help get the creative juices flowing!

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Good News in Parks – A Show that Celebrates YOU

By Anne-Marie Spencer | Posted on January 6, 2021

Anne-Marie Spencer of PlayCore shares how the show "Good News: in Parks" is bringing park and recreation professionals together, sharing good news and offering an opportunity to learn from one another.

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Advancing Community Health and Well-Being — A Greater Role for Parks and Recreation in 2021

By Allison Colman | Posted on December 29, 2020

In 2021, park and recreation professionals should focus efforts in these areas as we recover from the pandemic and other challenges, so we can ensure all people can thrive.

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2020 Reflections and Looking Ahead to 2021 — Episode 081

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 29, 2020

On our final episode of Open Space Radio of the year, we’re looking back at some of the conversations we’ve had on the podcast, discussing the lessons we’ve learned, and looking ahead at some of our hopes and goals for 2021.

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Maximizing Meal Distribution During the Holidays and COVID-19

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on December 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has extended all child nutrition COVID-19 waivers through the 2020-2021 school year, set to expire June 30, 2021. While these waivers are beneficial to meal programs, there are some additional practices that can help maximize meal service.

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Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation — January Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 17, 2020

On the January bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying the full session of our “Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation” Coffee Talk from the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) this past October.

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How Farmers Markets Benefit the Whole Community — Episode 80

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 15, 2020

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the farmers markets are helping farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor, increasing access to fresh, local produce for consumers, and helping communities regain a figurative “town square.”

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How to Make Your Outdoor Gyms Appealing to Everyone

By Allison Abel | Posted on December 14, 2020

Outdoor gyms are unique in their ability to promote activity in parks in such a way that appeals to a wide variety of demographics. What do they hold for the often-passive park visitors, and how can we design them to get the highest return on our investment on the space?

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Expanding Recreational Opportunities to Underinvested Communities

By Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa | Posted on December 7, 2020

This past October, the newly formed Black Players for Change — comprised of more than 170 MLS players, coaches and staff — announced a new endeavor to remove systemic barriers to the sport of soccer for Black youth.

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Two New Resources to Support Park and Recreation Professionals in the Fight Against Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on December 4, 2020

NRPA is proud to announce the release of two new resources addressing stigma and prevention efforts related to substance use and mental health disorders.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: Special Edition December Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on December 4, 2020

In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that 7 in 10 park and recreation leaders envision their agency supporting post-pandemic community mental health and well-being in some way.

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COVID-19: Remaining Vigilant this Winter

By Allison Colman (she/her) | Posted on December 2, 2020

The promising news of an effective coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine these past few weeks has been encouraging to all, but with the unsettling rise in COVID-19 cases recently, it is important that we remain vigilant.

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Reflection and the Path Forward: Highlights from My First NRPA Annual Conference

By Tiff Cunin (they/them) | Posted on December 2, 2020

Tiff Cunin, NRPA's senior program manager for health, reflects on what they learned at their very first NRPA Annual Conference.

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