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Take Action to Support the LGBTQIA+ Community During the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference

By Autumn Saxton-Ross | Posted on September 15, 2021

This year, at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, in support of our families, friends and colleagues, here are a few actions you can take to support the LGBTQIA+ community and LGBTQIA+ rights.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy in The Big Apple Through a Culture of Care — Episode 098

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 14, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Mitchell Silver, who recently wrapped up a seven-year tenure as parks commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and will be giving a keynote presentation at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference.

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New Resource to Help Engage the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 13, 2021

NRPA partnered with Justice Outside to create a resource that provides a process, resources, as well as case studies, to help professionals thoughtfully explore how to engage in community building work around natural resources and conservation efforts.

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Park and Recreation Mentors in ‘Advocacy August’

By Lauren Kiefert, Dan McCarthy and Elvis Cordova | Posted on August 30, 2021

Every August, MENTOR — the National Mentoring Partnership — provides education and resources to boost advocacy efforts in support of the field’s policy priorities. Known as Advocacy August, MENTOR amps up its impact by sharing ways to get educated on how to be an effective grassroots advocate, learn more about MENTOR’s legislative priorities and take action today!

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Don’t Miss Coffee Talks at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference — Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 24, 2021

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, you get a sneak peek at the guests who will be joining us for this year's Coffee Talks at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources: Keeping Kids Safe and Active During COVID-19

By Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) | Posted on August 18, 2021

Like other parks departments nationwide, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources in North Carolina canceled all of their regular sports programming for kids in the spring of 2020 because of the pandemic. But they still offered programs to help kids in their community get active — all while working to bring back athletic opportunities for the fall.

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Parks and Recreation + Public Libraries = Partners in Advancing Community Well-Being

By Allison Colman | Posted on August 11, 2021

Libraries and park and recreation agencies are increasingly leveraging their unique resources, strengths and assets to collaborate and work towards the shared goals of advancing equity, promoting health and wellness, closing the opportunity gap, and building environmental and community resiliency.

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Our Park and Recreation Community Poem: Everything Around You… — Episode 097

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 10, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, hear New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander read our Park and Recreation Month Community Poem — one poem comprised of your poetry submissions!

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Collaboration and Intergenerational Programming to Promote Wellness and Healthy Aging

By Morgyn Manzer and Jill Juris, Ph.D. | Posted on July 29, 2021

Collaborations and partnerships between organizations and universities came together during COVID-19 to provide creative and innovative solutions to safely provide recreation, nutrition education and intergenerational opportunities to 120 homebound Centra PACE older adults in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Tukwila Parks and Recreation: Keeping Community Members Active Outdoors During COVID-19

By Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) | Posted on July 27, 2021

With strict COVID-19 restrictions in place, in-person programming was virtually impossible — and on top of that, Tukwila Parks and Recreation had to let all of their part-time staff go. But this shift led to some positive changes in how the department interacts with the community.

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A Podcast for Any Chapter in Your Parks and Rec Journey — Episode 096

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 27, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by two other park and recreation podcast hosts — Becky Dunlap of Let's Talk Parks and Paul Gilbert of Strategic Leadership — to discuss how the rise of podcasting and digital content is benefitting park and recreation professionals.

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The Buzz in the Burg

By Kelly Adams, Keith Thomas and Jeremy Harold | Posted on July 21, 2021

"The Friendly City” is a motto that the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, takes to heart, and Mike Hott, the city’s landscape supervisor is helping make it friendly for pollinators, as well. Learn how they will leverage the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz in their city wide pollinators program.

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NRPA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on July 21, 2021

Hosted by the Farmers Market Coalition, National Farmers Market Week (August 1-7) is an opportunity to show how much value markets bring to communities.

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Three Toolkits to Reinvent Your Messaging

By Dan McCarthy and Cort Jones | Posted on July 20, 2021

Whether it’s inviting your elected officials to check out the spaces or programs you manage, pitching a story to your local news outlet, or celebrating Park and Recreation Month, these toolkits will help you communicate your mission to build a healthier, more resilient community.

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Enhancing Stewardship and Access to the Tennessee River — August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 15, 2021

The August 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 feature stories, titled, “A River Runs Through It.”

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The Genesis Project: How a Mother Is Keeping Her Son’s Spirit Alive — Episode 095

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 13, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Jennifer Holmes, who is helping to provide swim lessons and water safety education to rural areas of Charleston County, South Carolina, after her son, Genesis, tragically died in a drowning accident in 2014. We’re also joined by Gina Ellis-Strother, the chief administration officer for Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission.

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Trading Open Spaces for Online Spaces – How Kids Are Socializing Now

By Chris Korbelak, CPRP | Posted on July 9, 2021

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, researchers and youth shared an understanding that wellbeing is tied to a sense of belonging that extends to online spaces.

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Recreational Esports 101

By Ivy O'Shaughnessy and Greg Boehm | Posted on July 8, 2021

Looking for ways to provide an exciting, new activity to your local community? Esports provides a multitude of options for educational and recreational engagement via athletics, education and even future careers.

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