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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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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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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

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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June 2016

The Washington Post Honors NRPA With 2016 Top Workplaces Award

For the third year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post.

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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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June 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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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

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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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