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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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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

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
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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November 2015

PRORAGIS, or Park and Recreation Operating Ratio and Geographic Information System, is a national database that allows park and recreation agencies to benchmark with others, develop program planning, and enhance overall community operations. Read More
July 2015

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. This mastery-level credential focuses on the practical knowledge and current real-world skills necessary in today’s changing park and recreation environment.

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