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.
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.
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.
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!
January is National Mentoring Month, a time to recognize the value and impact that mentors have on our youth.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
NRPA is proud to announce the release of two new resources addressing stigma and prevention efforts related to substance use and mental health disorders.
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.
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.
Tiff Cunin, NRPA's senior program manager for health, reflects on what they learned at their very first NRPA Annual Conference.