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Communication with Stakeholders and the Public About Recreational Fields

By James Bergdoll, CSFM; Michael Goatley, Ph.D; Pamela Sherratt; and Sports Turf Managers Association | Posted on July 2, 2020

The demand for using sports fields and recreational areas, in general, will soon grow exponentially as the phases of re-opening the country progress. Here's how you can communicate your plan for field maintenance practices to both your organization’s leadership as well as the end-user.

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Mindfulness, Gratitude and Self-Affirmation: A Park and Recreation Month Activity

By Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH | Posted on June 30, 2020

If you're a park and recreation professional, you have probably spent your spring delivering meals, handing out personal protective equipment and making calls of support to older adults in your community. This article gives you a few minutes to slow down, take a deep breath and celebrate your unique skills, talents and impact.

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How Are You Safely and Creatively Engaging Your Community This Summer? — Episode 068

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 30, 2020

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we hear from some of our Instagram followers to learn about some of the creative ways park and recreation professionals are safely engaging the people they serve.

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Who You Gonna Call? Parks and Rec!

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on June 26, 2020

Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, provides a fresh perspective on funding recreation and parks as an indispensable service in a post-pandemic recovery.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: June 24-26 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on June 26, 2020

In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learned that 63 percent of park and recreation agencies are requiring participants to sign legal waivers that acknowledge the potential risks associated with COVID-19.

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How We’re Celebrating YOU This July — July Bonus Episode

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 25, 2020

The July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into the cover story, “Celebrating YOU This July” and talking all things Park and Recreation Month.

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Supporting People With Dementia and Their Care Partners to Live Well in the Community

By Meredith Hanley | Posted on June 25, 2020

Nearly six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and all sectors, including parks and recreation, play a critical role in supporting people who are impacted by dementia

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Field Maintenance Recovery Practices

By James Bergdoll, CSFM; Thomas, Ph.D.; Grady Miller, Ph.D.; Nick Christians, Ph.D.; and Sports Turf Managers Association | Posted on June 22, 2020

There are many challenges that maintenance staff may encounter with fields that have not been maintained due to COVID-19. Here's how staff can navigate those challenges.

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Solarization: An Easy, Organic and Effective Way to Prepare a Pollinator Habitat

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on June 19, 2020

One of the more difficult tasks in creating high-quality pollinator habitat is preparing the land for planting, but there is one method that is completely organic, works great, is simple to do and can be done largely with volunteers: solarization.

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The LWCF Vote in the U.S. Senate Is a REALLY Big Deal

By James E. Headley, CPRP | Posted on June 19, 2020

A monumental vote was taken in the U.S. Senate on June 17, 2020. By a vote of 73 -25, the U.S. Senate voted to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conversation Fund (LWCF).

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Tips for Virtual Engagement

By Lauren Baldwin | Posted on June 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted park and recreation agencies' ability to reach new audiences, but this Great Urban Parks Campaign grantee shares tips that have helped them virtually educate their community about the benefits of green infrastructure.

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Addressing the Stigma Associated with Substance Use Disorder — Episode 067

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 16, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Pattie Roberts, deputy director of City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department, who shares about losing her son to a heroin overdose and how it pushed her to speak up about the stigma of substance use disorder in her community.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: June 10-12 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on June 12, 2020

In the two weeks since the previous Parks Snapshot, we have seen an increased number of park and recreation professionals opening more amenities to the public.

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Health and Safety for Sports Field Maintenance Professionals

By James Bergdoll, CSFM | Posted on June 12, 2020

When the country was beginning to shut down due to COVID-19, the Sports Turf Managers Association went to work to help guide not just its members, but anyone tasked with athletic field maintenance through the pandemic.

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This Pride Month Is Different

By Allison Colman | Posted on June 3, 2020

This June, let us honor the continued journey to LGBTQ+ equality while we also confront the reality of institutionalized racism. One way we can do that is to take time to pause, listen and practice empathy.

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Podcast Blackout — Black Lives Matter

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 3, 2020

As part of the #podcastblackout, we stand firmly with all who seek justice and reform for senseless acts of racism and violence and are using our platform to protest the tragic killing of Black people and people of color across the country.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 27-29 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 29, 2020

In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we explored the increased usage of parks and trails compared to this time last year.

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May 27 Is Thank A Hunger Hero Day

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 26, 2020

Across the country, park and recreation professionals have stepped in to ensure that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families are able to still receive healthy, free meals - thank them today!

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