Unlikely Hikers 410

How Unlikely Hikers Is Creating Community and Belonging Outside — Episode 103

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 23, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re chatting with Jenny Bruso, founder of Unlikely Hikers, which is a diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community featuring the underrepresented outdoorsperson.

Listen Now

Homelessness Blog 1 410

Understanding Homelessness: The Extent, Causes and Local Solutions

By Austin Barrett and Allison Colman | Posted on November 12, 2021

Given the unique role that public parks play, it is important that park and recreation professionals understand the extent of homelessness, its root causes, how they can approach the issue with empathy and be a contributor to local solutions.

Read more

Engagement Report blog 2 410

2021 NRPA Engagement With Parks Report Shows Support for Parks and Recreation Is Universal

By Kevin Roth | Posted on November 11, 2021

In its six years of publication, the NRPA Engagement With Parks Report has demonstrated that people in nearly every city, town and county across the U.S. place a high value on the programs and services that park and recreation professionals deliver to their local communities.

Read more

Youth Sports Planning 410

Youth Sports Program Planning

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on November 10, 2021

Youth sports planning can come in many forms and most all plans are open and customizable to how your agency operates. Here are some tips on different plans you should have in place within your youth sports programs.

Read more

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 410

Breaking Down the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on November 9, 2021

On Friday, November 5, Congress passed a historic investment in our nation's infrastructure via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. These are some of the provisions that may be of interest to NRPA members.

Read more

Mirna 410

Inspiring Others to Experience the Fullness of Their Humanity — Episode 102

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 9, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're celebrating the #HikeYourTurf campaign with Merrell ambassador Mirna Valerio, a.k.a "The Mirnavator." Tune in as she discusses her passion for running and the outdoors, as well as what compelled her to begin sharing her story through her blog, Fatgirlrunning.

Listen Now

HikeYourTurf blog 410

It’s Time to Hike Your Turf!

By Cassie Pais and Lauren King | Posted on November 8, 2021

This November, NRPA is thrilled to once again partner with Merrell for the second annual Hike Your Turf campaign. All month long, NRPA and Merrell are working together to encourage folks to redefine “hiking” and “the great outdoors” by simply getting outside in their local community.

Read more

bioblitz 2021 410

Third Annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Reaches 3,000 People in 25 States

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on November 2, 2021

Our profession faced a new normal during the past year and a half and programs like the Parks for Pollinator BioBlitz proved extremely helpful in getting our communities outside to experience nature safely.

Read more

Engagement Report blog series 410

Diving Deeper Into NRPA’s 2021 Engagement With Parks Report

By Melissa May | Posted on October 28, 2021

Each year, NRPA conducts an annual survey of 1,000 U.S. adults focusing on the general public’s interaction with and opinions of parks and recreation, resulting in the Engagement With Parks Report. This is the first in a blog series exploring the results of the 2021 Engagement With Parks Report.

Read more

Episode 101 410

Coffee Talk Replay: Continuing to Center Equity in All We Do — Episode 101

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 26, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference with NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross.

Listen Now

huntington 410

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.

Read more

american rescue plan 410

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.

Read more

Park Access More Than Just Proximity 410

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.

Read more

Episode 100 410

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.

Listen Now

Episode 99 Lysa Ratliff 410

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.

Listen Now

NRPA New Logo 2021 410

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.

Read more

lgbtq conference 410

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.

Read more

Episode 98 410

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.

Listen Now