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A Post-Pandemic Increase in Older Adult Programming

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on May 21, 2024

The Supporting Older Adults Through Parks and Recreation report highlights briefly how park and recreation professionals dealt with the lingering impacts of COVID-19 on older adults’ participation.

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The Healing Power of Parks: Regenerating Landscapes and Communities

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on May 17, 2024

By restoring damaged landscapes, providing valuable green spaces, and fostering environmental education and awareness, parks can play a significant role in healing the land and building more sustainable and resilient communities.

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Legacy Binders: Empowering Employees for Success

By Hannah Rathje | Posted on May 16, 2024

Hannah Rathje's recent transition into the community recreation supervisor position introduced her to a game-changing resource: the "Legacy Binder.”

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Benefits of Older Adult Programming at Parks and Recreation

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on May 16, 2024

Learn more about NRPA's recently-released Supporting Older Adults Through Parks and Recreation report.

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The Vital Role of Parks and Recreation in Enhancing Family Health & Well-Being

By Cina Makres | Posted on May 15, 2024

This May, we are recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month and the ways in which parks and recreation promotes mental health and well-being. Excitingly, in June, we will continue to lift up the power of parks and recreation in promoting community wellness as we celebrate Family Health & Fitness Day!

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Building Belonging: Neurodivergent Perspectives in Parks and Recreation (Part 2) — Episode 154

By Cort Jones and Christina High | Posted on May 14, 2024

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Tammy Schwab, manager of education and outreach for the resource management division of Fairfax County Park Authority, and John McGovern, principal-in-charge for The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice.

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NRPA Launches Workforce Development Community of Practice

By Barbara Kapustin | Posted on May 10, 2024

The Workforce Development CoP is a funded opportunity for rural agencies that currently provide workforce development programming through their out-of-school time (OST) services to youth (ages 14-21). The CoP will allow agencies to connect and learn from peers, problem-solve challenges, and receive assistance from cohort peers and industry experts.

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Why Parks and Greenspaces are Integral to our Mental Health

By Charissa Hipp | Posted on May 8, 2024

In our technology-driven world filled with constant demands and stimuli, it’s more important than ever to access the healing and restorative benefits of nature. Research shows that when we are in nature our brain behaves differently. Parks and greenspaces are more than just a place to recreate and play — they provide access to nature which has profound health benefits like lowering stress and preventing chronic illness.

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 1, 2024

This May, we’re recognizing the 75th annual Mental Health Awareness Month. For the past 75 years, this national movement has highlighted the importance of eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering education and advocating for the well-being of those affected by mental illness.

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Embracing Opportunities for Growth

By Tiffany Johnson, Ph.D., CPRP | Posted on April 26, 2024

Dr. Tiffany Johnson writes about the importance of volunteering and the great potential for growth because of it.

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Volunteering Cultivates Community and Belonging

By Edward Matthews, MLS, CPRP, AFO | Posted on April 26, 2024

Volunteering is a cornerstone of promoting societal well-being, fostering connections, building communities and enriching lives. NRPA stands as a beacon, advocating for the significance of volunteering and offering avenues for individuals to improve their communities.

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Help Older Adults Get Moving With Five Strategies From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report

By Katrina Piercy, Alison Vaux-Bjerke, Malorie Polster and Bianca Macias | Posted on April 24, 2024

As older adults continue to make up a growing share of the U.S. population, physical activity is a vital tool for helping them manage and improve their health. The Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults (Midcourse Report) highlights what works to increase physical activity among older adults. Park and recreation professionals can use these five strategies from the Midcourse Report to help older adults in their communities get moving.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week

By Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE | Posted on April 23, 2024

Michael Kalvort explores the importance of volunteering and lists some ways to get involved right away.

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Networking Strategies for Advancing Your Career in Parks and Recreation

By Rachel Smith, MBA, CPRP | Posted on April 17, 2024

In the dynamic world of parks and recreation, building a robust network can be the key to unlocking exciting opportunities and advancing your career. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional looking for further challenges, strategic networking is an essential tool for success.

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NRPA Niagara Refresh Project Impacts Youth Across the Country

By Rukmini Kalamangalam | Posted on April 10, 2024

In celebration of the Niagara 60th anniversary in 2023, Niagara Bottling and NRPA tested a new model — a supplementary investment in parks that had previously been supported by grants. This past year, eight parks across the United States have received funding from Niagara to refresh their outdoor play space.

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Creating a World Where Humanity Stands Out — Episode 153

By Cort Jones and Cara Myers | Posted on April 9, 2024

On today’s episode, we’re talking with someone who has been making a big impact in the larger outdoor industry for a while now. Teresa Baker, founder of In Solidarity Project, is an outdoor enthusiast focusing on community engagement, creating events that encourage people to venture outdoors responsibly, and learning about our open spaces and what it takes to protect them.

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This Earth Month Let’s Celebrate Park and Recreation Professionals as Climate Heroes

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on April 4, 2024

April is Earth Month — the perfect time to engage community members in park cleanups and park improvement projects. Whether it’s planting trees or creating pollinator habitats, hosting outdoor activities to connect communities to nature, or fostering community engagement through environmental initiatives, park and recreation professionals are the driving force behind transformative change in our public spaces.

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Revitalizing Houghton Park: A Community-Led Transformation

By Rukmini Kalamangalam | Posted on March 22, 2024

Before receiving a park improvement grant from The Bobcat Company, community members removed the trash they could on their own—routinely bringing vehicles into the park and leaving with mattresses, tires, and other liftable debris. However, with backing from the partnership between Bobcat and NRPA, community members have been able to rely on BNRLT and Bobcat of Buffalo to facilitate the removal of dangerous and heavy debris.

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