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Summer 2021: Safe, Fun, Healthy and Family-Friendly Activities in Parks and Rec

By NRPA Programs and Partnerships Team | Posted on April 21, 2021

We asked NRPA's Conservation, Health and Park Access teams for some summer activity recommendations — check out a few of their ideas highlighting fun ways you can spend time together as a family and make new memories this summer.

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New Research Brief: The Evidence Base for Afterschool and Summer

By Nikki Yamashiro | Posted on April 20, 2021

As the country now looks to reopening and recovery, afterschool and summer programs, which decades of research have shown are able to help meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students, will continue to be a valuable resource.

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Addressing Issues at the Intersection of Climate and Health — Episode 089

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 20, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the Climate for Health Ambassador Training, taking place this June in partnership with Climate for Health, will benefit park and recreation professionals at all experience levels.

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Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Celebrates Earth Month

By Betty Blockinger | Posted on April 16, 2021

When the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department began planning what Earth Day would look like in 2021, they decided to take a new approach. What if they planted pollinator habitats instead of trees?

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Equity-Centered Planning Is About More Than Just Metrics — May Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 15, 2021

On the May bonus episode of the podcast, we’re talking with Clement Lau, AICP, a departmental facilities planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, about park and recreation planning with equity at the center.

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Planning for Summer Meals Success

By Clarissa Hayes | Posted on April 14, 2021

To support continued meal access during COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended key nationwide waivers that will allow park and recreation professionals across the country to adapt and adjust operations to provide meals to children in a variety of ways.

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Free Earth Day Concert and Programming with MISTER G

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 9, 2021

This Earth Month we’re excited to be working with MISTER G to promote a series of online workshops and a livestream virtual concert for kids of all ages. You are invited to register for the workshops and concerts for free and utilize them in your childcare and out-of-school time programs or however you see fit.

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New Resource Aims to Build a Fairer, Healthier World

By Alyia Gaskins and Tiffany Pertillar | Posted on April 7, 2021

NRPA's new resource, Elevating Health Equity Through Parks and Recreation: A Framework for Action, guides local park and recreation professionals in applying an equity lens when designing, implementing and evaluating programs and services.

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What Inclusion and Accessibility Mean to a Special Olympian — Episode 088

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 6, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Abby Hirsch, an athlete for Special Olympics Minnesota, to learn about her story and what inclusion and accessibility mean to her.

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Conducting a Regional and Rural Parks Needs Assessment

By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on March 24, 2021

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is starting a community engagement and outreach process to develop a needs assessment to address regional recreation, beaches, rural areas and open space.

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Time-Sensitive Federal Funding Notice: Local Community Project Funding (Earmarks)

By Elvis Cordova | Posted on March 23, 2021

As Congress begins to consider funding for the fiscal year 2022, the House Committee on Appropriations — the committee overseeing this process — has announced “Community Project Funding,” which is a revised version of “earmarks,” or federal funding for congressional district-specific projects.

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From Experiencing Homelessness to Becoming a Community Leader — Episode 087

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 23, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Dr. Samose Mays, the director of Bryan County Parks and Recreation and the Georgia Recreation and Park Association district two commissioner, to learn more about his story of adversity, resilience and how parks and recreation saved his life.

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COVID-19: What Can We Expect for Summer Camp 2021?

By Allison Colman | Posted on March 22, 2021

Recent conversations with the CDC, American Camp Association and other national out-of-school time organizations, as well as newly released studies highlighting the effectiveness of multi-layered prevention measures in camp and childcare settings, have confirmed that while summer camp programs will continue to have significant prevention and mitigation strategies in place this year, they can safely operate (yay!).

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Case Study: How One Successful Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Led to Another

By Della Killeen | Posted on March 22, 2021

Learn about the successes of a Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz in Peoria, Arizona, and join us to raise awareness of pollinators nationwide by hosting a Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz in your community this September and you could win one of three $1,000 prizes or one of three Scotts Miracle-Gro prize packs to help with your pollinator habitats or programs!

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: March 16-19 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on March 19, 2021

Park and recreation professionals continue to play a vital role in the community when it comes to testing and vaccination distribution. In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we find 82 percent of park and recreation agencies across the country supporting these efforts.

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The Importance of Amplifying Contemporary Indigenous Voices — April Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 18, 2021

The April issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of the podcast, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s cover stories, “Protecting the Land and Its History.” We're joined by Sara Sinclair and Stephanie Lozano about the importance of land acknowledgment and amplifying Indigenous voices.

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How the American Rescue Plan Will Help Parks and Recreation

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on March 12, 2021

To help park and recreation agencies maximize the economic relief opportunities provided by the American Rescue Plan, NRPA's public policy and advocacy team has prepared a summary of the relevant provisions of the bill.

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How Park and Recreation Departments are Reimagining Themselves During COVID-19

By Jon Solomon | Posted on March 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on just how essential parks and recreation is to our communities and has forced agencies to get creative – to adapt and reimagine programming and other offerings as we all adjust to new norms following the pandemic.

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