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May 2016

Commit to Health

In an effort to help kids to be more active, eat better, and grow up healthy, NRPA’s “Commit to Health” campaign supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards at 2,000 park and recreation sites across the country. Read More
May 2016

Webinars

Stay current on the latest trends and best practices in the park and recreation field thorough NRPA webinars and virtual seminars. Read More
May 2016

Grant and Fundraising Resources for Park and Recreation Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) periodically has competitive grants available for park and recreation agencies. Read More
May 2016

Parks & Recreation Magazine Selected as Finalist for min’s Prestigious Magazine Media Awards

Parks & Recreation magazine, the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) flagship publication, was selected as a finalist for min’s Magazine Media Awards, which recognize “the very best of the best” in magazine media. The prestigious award nomination, for editorial excellence overall, signifies the magazine’s commitment to providing NRPA members, the field of parks and recreation, and community leaders with quality editorial content that covers the key issues and trends in the park and recreation field and beyond. 

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May 2016

Volunteer with NRPA

Whatever your area of interest or expertise, NRPA offers a variety of ways to make meaningful contributions through committees, task forces, and other volunteer opportunities.

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May 2016

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. This July, NRPA wants everyone talking about why parks and recreation are so important in our lives!

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May 2016

Legislative Platform

NRPA’s legislative platform will help parks and recreation advocates gain an in depth understanding and insight into effective ways to communicate messaging on Capitol Hill. Read More
May 2016

NRPA Directors School

NRPA Directors School Directors School is a two-year program designed to prepare new and potential directors of parks and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.

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May 2016

Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness

NRPA is proud to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to help build stronger communities by supporting individuals, families and neighborhoods to live active, healthy lifestyles. Read More
May 2016

Scholarships and Fellowships

The scholarships and fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to explore the operation of NRPA at our Annual Conference. A primary focus is to inspire future participation and leadership in NRPA and to develop professional contacts with leadership and members from around the nation. 

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April 2016

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification

The CPSI certification is for those certified to be able to: identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground; rank the hazards according to injury potential; and apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections and maintenance. Read More
April 2016

New Tool Gives Park and Recreation Agencies Power to Match Offerings to Community Residents

The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) new Facility Market Reports allow park and recreation agencies to examine key demographics and data related to the location of their facilities. Available exclusively to NRPA Premier Members and sponsored by Playworld, an NRPA Facility Market Report will look at an individual facility like a park, sports field or rec center, and examine the population around the facility based on specified walking or driving distance.

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March 2016

2016 NRPA Field Report Provides Look at State of the Industry for Parks and Recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) gives park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders while best serving their communities with the 2016 NRPA Field Report. This report, with its accompanying interactive and customizable online tools, is the most comprehensive resource of park and recreation data and insights in the United States.

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March 2016

Research Papers

Browse cutting-edge research papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The NRPA research papers present evidence on the important impact made by parks and recreation in local communities in America.

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March 2016

NRPA Issues Call for Sessions Proposals

Call for Session Proposals for 2016 NRPA Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More
March 2016

Certification Programs

Through national certification you join thousands of people who are committed to fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of park and recreation programs and services. Learn more about CPRP, CPRE, AFO and CPSI certification programs today! Read More
March 2016

Trojan Park Revitalization

The revitalization of Trojan Park, located in Wellston, Missouri, embraces the best of Parks Build Community by improving this important public space through park enhancements that honor the natural environment.

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February 2016

I’m a Park and Rec Kid!

I’m a Park and Rec Kid! Children who grow up utilizing their community park and recreation resources have the opportunity to thrive as both children and adults. These "Park and Rec Kids" grow up engaging with nature, learning social skills on the playground, and creating life-long healthy habits.

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January 2016

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals who want to be at the forefront of their profession. CPRP certification demonstrates your practical knowledge and that you have the current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment. Read More
January 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Study Shows Americans Are Passionate About Their Parks

Americans have a passionate and unwavering support for local and community parks according to a new study commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)and conducted by The Pennsylvania State University. They see local park and recreation services as a valuable part of their communities with 83 percent stating that they personally benefit from local parks and 92 percent stating that their communities benefit from these services.

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January 2016

2015 Gold Medal Award Grand Plaque Award Recipients Announced

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 National Gold Medal Grand Plaque Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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January 2016

North Las Vegas Community Gets Revitalized Park, New Opportunities

Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas has received a makeover thanks to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the City of North Las Vegas. Selected by NRPA for its 2015 Parks Build Community project, this park has been transformed into a stunning new space for the community living nearby who depend on it as an outdoor gathering place.

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January 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Identifies National Economic Value of Local Parks

According to preliminary findings of a new economic impact study commissioned by NRPA, the nation’s local and regional parks generate nearly $140 billion in economic activity per year and support nearly 1 million jobs.

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January 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Awarded Grant for Green Infrastructure Projects in Parks

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been awarded a two-year grant from The JPB Foundation for the Great Urban Parks Campaign to explore the social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure projects in parks, especially in underserved communities.

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January 2016

Jobs in Parks and Recreation

The NRPA Career Center is your online resource for career and internship opportunities in the parks and recreation field. 

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