Community Garden Tips 410

Five Tips for Getting Your Community Garden Growing

By Karen Weeks | Posted on June 21, 2018

Community gardens are a wonderful way to not only green up the neighborhood, but also to bring neighbors together.

Read more

Advocating for Green Infrastructure 410

Advocating for Green Infrastructure in the Water Resources Development Act

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on June 19, 2018

NRPA will work over the summer to encourage passage of the Senate version of the WRDA bill and ask the House and Senate to include green infrastructure in their final package.

Read more

Park Champion blog 410

Kicking Off Summer Park Champion-Style in the Big Orange

By Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on June 18, 2018

East Orange Recreation and Cultural Affairs kicked off their summer meal program and second-annual Park Champion event with a bang and a bouncy house in Rowley Park.

Read more

Bridgeport Hill Briefing 410

NRPA Advocates for Water Safety & Drowning Prevention on Capitol Hill

By Megan Phillippi | Posted on June 14, 2018

As pools and open-water recreation areas kick into full swing this summer, access to water safety education is critical to prevent deaths due to drowning.

Read more

Family Health and Fitness Day 410

Top Five Reasons to Celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day

By Heather Williams | Posted on June 8, 2018

June 9 is Family Health & Fitness Day!

Read more

chicago summer meals 410

How Parks and Rec Served Over 85 Million Meals — Episode 021

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 5, 2018

As one of the largest providers of meals during out-of-school times, park and recreation agencies are making significant impacts in their communities.

Listen to Podcast

Active Aging and the Outdoors

Active Aging & The Outdoors: Four Ways to Get Mobile

By Nicole Kennedy | Posted on May 29, 2018

Out of a truly unlimited series of possibilities, consider trying one of these fun, inexpensive activities to get up and moving.

Read more

Older Adults Episode 020 blog 410

Parks and Rec is Transforming the Lives of Older Adults (and Vice Versa) — Episode 020

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 28, 2018

In this episode, we speak with Mr. Joe Trevino, a 93-year-old veteran, and Irma Yepez-Perez, a Senior Management Analyst at the City of Fresno PARCS department.

Listen to Podcast

summer camp

Five Summer Hiring Tips for Park and Rec. Agencies

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on May 24, 2018

Summer can be the busiest time of year for park and recreation agencies, which means more job openings to fill. But seasonal hiring can be a challenge, as most agencies need to execute their hiring decisions quickly to get staff trained. These five tips will help you create a smooth and easy seasonal hiring process.

Read More

blog FARM act 410

Ag-vocating for Parks and Recreation in the 2018 Farm Bill

By Wes King & Reana Kovalcik | Posted on May 23, 2018

Over the last decade, U.S. park and recreation agencies have helped catapult the farm-to-fork and local food movements from niche efforts to mainstream industries.

Read More

Infrastructure Week 410

It's Time to Build

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on May 23, 2018

Infrastructure Week 2018 brought together infrastructure advocates from across the political spectrum to discuss the need for the country to address our infrastructure needs.

Read more

healthy eating 410

Tips to Engage Older Americans in Better Nutrition and Active Living

By Ucheoma Akobundu, PhD, RD | Posted on May 17, 2018

Encourage older adults to reignite their nutrition routine by learning a new recipe, trying out new fruits and vegetables, taking a cooking class or food shopping in a new grocery store.

Read More

Arthritis Awareness Month 410

National Arthritis Awareness Month: Arthritis Management through Parks and Recreation

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 16, 2018

Since 2013, NRPA has been working through local parks and recreation to help people with arthritis manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Read more

2018 Conference Teaser

The 2018 NRPA Annual Conference Preview

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on May 11, 2018

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.

Read More

Foxstone 410

Fairfax County’s Spy Park Featured at New Spy Museum

By Carol Ochs | Posted on May 9, 2018

Foxes have a reputation for stealth and cunning, but for many years, a far more dangerous predator was at work in Foxstone Park in Vienna, Virginia.

Read more

The Great NRPA Owl Rescue   410

The Great NRPA Owl Rescue — Episode 019

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 7, 2018

The story about a baby owl who fell from its nest and, after the heroic acts of Ted Mattingly, NRPA's resident hero and Director of Facilities and Administrative Services, was returned to safety.

Listen to Podcast

Older Americans Month

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 1, 2018

Since 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to their communities.

Read more

Blog MMATP Green Machine 410

Your Favorite Actors Test Their Park Knowledge

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 26, 2018

In their Green Machine Challenge, ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel and Disney XD are putting your favorite actors’ park knowledge to the test.

Read More