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“Where You Belong” Online: Increasing Web Equity and Accessibility for All

By Kaitlyn Kaufman | Posted on July 24, 2024

As of April 2024, the Department of Justice released updated regulations for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This new rule requires all state and local government web and mobile content to meet certain Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Here's what you need to know.

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Inclusive Adventures: Building Belonging Through Adaptive Recreation — Episode 157

By Christina High and Cort Jones | Posted on July 23, 2024

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we learn about the Charlottesville (Virginia) Adaptive Recreation Department from Caitlin Marcotte, the operations specialist IV adaptive manager, and Sarah Kyriacopoulos, a program participant and member of the Charlottesville community.

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Decarbonization and the Role of Local Park Agencies

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on July 22, 2024

Decarbonization is a critical component of global efforts to combat climate change and its associated impacts. Local park agencies, through their stewardship of parkland, promotion of sustainable practices, and engagement of communities, play an important role in advancing decarbonization at the local level.

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Parks and Recreation: Is It Like the Show?

By Rebecca Ortiz | Posted on July 17, 2024

Rebecca Ortiz, the athletics and rentals coordinator for City of Irving (Texas) Parks and Recreation Department, explores the question many park and recreation professionals receive: "Is working in parks and recreation like the show?"

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My Story at the NRPA Annual Conference: Where You Belong and Where You Grow

By Eric López, CPRE | Posted on July 16, 2024

Eric López, CPRE, the district superintendent for City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department, shares how the NRPA Annual Conference has played a critical role in some of his most important professional decisions since attending for the first time in 2018.

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Beyond Green Spaces: Parks as Catalysts for Equity and Inclusion

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on July 10, 2024

Have you ever wondered about the power you hold in parks and recreation, and how you can use that power as a catalyst for moving towards greater equity in your community? If so, I think you are ready to apply for NRPA’s Equity in Practice Certificate Program!

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Fostering Belonging Through Community Theater — Episode 156

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

On today's episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with this year's Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest winner, Rachel Kohler, a recreation coordinator for cultural arts and community engagement for The Majestic Theatre, part of Corvallis Parks & Recreation in Oregon.

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Transforming Oil Fields Into Parks: A Cornerstone of Just Transition

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on June 27, 2024

In the era of climate change and environmental degradation, the concept of a "just transition" has gained prominence. One notable example is the transformation of oil fields into parks and open space where and when appropriate as determined through a stakeholder engagement process.

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Creating a Brighter Future Through Equitable Access to Youth Sports

By Teresa Morrissey and Maureen Neumann | Posted on June 26, 2024

Through the Youth Sports Equity Grant Program, NRPA and Musco Lighting are excited to partner with local park and recreation agencies to increase equitable access to youth sports, especially for youth of color, girls, LGBTQ+ youth, youth from low-income homes and youth with disabilities.

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Celebrating Pride: The Power of Partnership and Allyship — Episode 155

By Christina High and Cort Jones | Posted on June 25, 2024

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we discuss an important partnership in Nevada that provides safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community to recreate outdoors, build a relationship with nature and build a sense of belonging.

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5 Tips for Building a Teen Leadership Program

By Cassie Paddock, CPRP | Posted on June 18, 2024

Starting a teen leadership program is a chance to equip the next generation with skills, confidence and a sense of responsibility. Here are five practical tips to help you create a successful teen leadership program.

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Are You Taking Advantage of NRPA’s Volunteer Opportunities?

By Jay Tryon, CPRP | Posted on June 7, 2024

Jay Tryon, CPRP, the deputy director for City of Concord Parks & Recreation, shares how NRPA's various volunteer opportunities have impacted his career.

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Transforming the Lives of Older Adults Through Park and Recreation Programs

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on June 3, 2024

The final blog post in this series highlights the transformative impact of parks and recreation on the physical, mental and social well-being of the valued older adults in our communities.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Recreation

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on May 30, 2024

Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, reflects on a provoking thought exercise with his counterparts from other states in which they attempted to develop an alternate term for “recreation and parks.”

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Parks and Recreation Stays Committed in its Support of Older Adults

By Allie Ziegler | Posted on May 24, 2024

Despite agency challenges such as navigating budget constraints, managing facility issues, addressing the remaining impacts of COVID-19 and promoting engagement across various communities, park and recreation agencies uphold their commitment to providing meaningful support and programming for community members of all ages.

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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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