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August 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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September 2016

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) is the national standard for all parks and recreation professionals. 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
September 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
September 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
August 2016

Research Papers

Browse cutting-edge research papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

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August 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
September 2016

Volunteer with NRPA

There are many benefits to volunteering for NRPA – networking with fellow members, making connections, developing technical and/or leadership skills, and more!

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September 2016

New Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) Certification

The Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative and executive parks and recreation professionals.

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August 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
September 2016

NRPA Awarded Grant by CDC to Expand Arthritis Intervention Programs at Local Park and Recreation Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association, a network of more than 52,000 park and recreation professionals and advocates, was awarded nearly $2 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in support of the expansion and delivery of arthritis-appropriate, evidence based interventions (AAEBIs) at local park and recreation agencies.

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September 2016

NRPA Announces Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program Grant Recipients

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce its Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program grant recipients.

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September 2016

ABC Collaborates with the National Recreation and Park Association to Recycle at the 68th Emmy® Awards

Disney|ABC Television Group and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) worked together to recycle plastic bottles at the 68th Emmy Awards.

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September 2016

NRPA Issues Position Statement on Tobacco Consumption in Parks

A new position statement issued by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the leading voice of park and recreation advocates nationwide, calls for a ban on the consumption and use of tobacco products at all public parks and recreation centers across the country.

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September 2016

National Recreation and Park Association Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Increase the Number of Meals Served to Youth through Commit to Health Program

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is one of 11 organizations that share the commitment to fight hunger with Walmart and the Walmart Foundation and were selected to receive grant funding to increase the number of healthy meals served to youth at park and recreation sites through NRPA’s Commit to Health program.

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August 2016

Children’s Physical Activity Opportunities Lacking, Survey Finds

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that nearly all Americans agree children need more opportunities for physical activity — acknowledging local parks and recreation centers as part of the solution.

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August 2016

NRPA Announces New Board of Directors

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce its new 2016–2017 Board of Directors.

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August 2016

Olympics Inspire Americans to Get Active, Survey Finds

A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that more than half of all Americans are motivated to be more active when watching athletes compete in the Olympics.

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August 2016

Graton Resort & Casino Presents Outdoor Fitness Course to Rohnert Park

Graton Resort & Casino has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and CBS EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program to donate and install the first and brand-new outdoor fitness path for the Rohnert Park community at Dorotea Park.

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August 2016

Out-of-School Time Survey Results

Based on survey results from 396 park and recreation professionals, this study explores the scope and missions of out-of-school time programs.

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July 2016

American Water Charitable Foundation Awards $290,000 to Support Local Water-Based Play Spaces

The American Water Charitable Foundation, today announced it is awarding two grants to underwrite local water- and  nature-based play spaces. The grants are being administered as part of the Foundation’s partnership with NRPA, for the Building Better Communities signature grant program. 

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June 2016

Fourth of July Celebrations Among Most Popular Community-Based, Summertime Events in America

During the summer, many Americans participate in events and festivals organized by their local communities — often by their local park and recreation departments. A recent online survey conducted by NRPA found that the most popular community-based, summertime events include Fourth of July celebrations, farmers markets and outdoor movies/concerts.

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June 2016

America Celebrates the Super Powers of Parks and Recreation

July is the ideal time to take advantage of the valuable benefits local park and recreation facilities provide, including opportunities to increase physical activity, connect to nature and gather with family, friends and neighbors. This July, during Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) challenges everyone to discover their super powers at their local park and recreation facilities.

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June 2016

NRPA Awarded Youth Wellness Grant by Target to Support Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program

NRPA announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) for $100,000 as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts. The grant money will be used to help fund NRPA’s Commit to Health Youth Ambassador Program.

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July 2016

Magic Island Park Unveils New Community Splash Pad

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) and the City of Charleston, W.Va., are proud to announce the opening of a new splash pad at Magic Island Park in Charleston. Part of the Building Better Communities initiative, the new nature-themed play area provides a fun, interactive place for children to connect with nature and learn about the importance of water stewardship and conservation.

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June 2016

Work Begins on New St. Louis Area Community Park

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Great Rivers Greenway are excited to announce that construction is underway on Trojan Park, a new community park being built in Wellston, Mo., along the St. Vincent Greenway.

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