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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

Mike Hott, the landscape supervisor for City of Harrisonburg, Virginia, has created a comprehensive pollinator program in the city.

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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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American Rescue Plan: New Guidance for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on July 7, 2021

An update on new guidance from the Department of the Treasury, which details allowable uses for the “Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds” — the $350 billion in funding for cities, counties and states to help blunt the economic impact of the pandemic and assist those most impacted.

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Five Storytelling Activities From the New Self-Care Summer Toolkit

By Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH | Posted on July 2, 2021

The new Alliance for a Healthier Generation Self-Care Summer Toolkit includes simple ways to prioritize health this season. In celebration of Park and Recreation Month and the theme of "Our Park and Recreation Story," here are five storytelling activities from the toolkit.

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Fostering an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Environment in Parks and Recreation — Episode 094

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 29, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Peyton O’Conner, AICP, CPRE, CNP, CYSA (they/she), the parks and recreation director for Buncombe County in Asheville, North Carolina, to discuss building LGBTQ+ inclusive environments in parks and recreation.

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A Pathway to Trans Inclusion in Youth Sports

By Teresa Morrissey and Allison Colman | Posted on June 25, 2021

Following a record-breaking year of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, park and recreation professionals have a unique opportunity to positively influence norms, practices and policies to create a youth sports culture that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

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Supporting Inclusive Health Through Parks and Recreation

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on June 22, 2021

In partnership with Special Olympics, NRPA has developed three key resources specifically detailing ways in which park and recreation professionals can ensure that facilities and programs are inclusive and welcoming to all, especially those with intellectual disabilities.

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Our Park and Recreation Story: How One Family Finds Peace in Parks — July Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 17, 2021

On the July bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with Jenna Brinkman and Craig Pattenaude of Cosumnes Community Services District and David Phommavong, the father of the child in the cover photo of the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Driving Food Access in Partnership and Power with Community

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on June 16, 2021

Whether it be partnerships to help inform strategies and offerings, assessments to delve into the wants and needs of community members, or establishing new practices and policies to ensure the voices of those who have not always had a seat at the table, community engagement and decision-making authority is key to program sustainability — and more importantly, to advancing equity and community health and wellbeing.

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Why the Essence of Equity-Centered Work Is Organizational Change — Episode 093

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 15, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mickey Fearn, who has been a park and recreation professional for more than 50 years, to discuss his extensive career in equity-related work.

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The Importance of Community-Based Workforce Development

By Ayanna Williams | Posted on June 11, 2021

NRPA recently developed two resources to help you explore what workforce development is, what it can be for the field of parks and recreation, and how we can reflect on developing or renovating equitable community-based workforce development programs. Learn about and access the resources here.

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