Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance was funded at $45 million (an increase of $5 million over FY11).
Next time you read about a bill creating new authority for a park and recreation program or the annual appropriations measure to fund it, you will find yourself armed with a better understanding of the terms.
Freshkills Park was turned over to the Department of Parks and Recreation to create a park on the 2,200 acres (three times the size of Central Park) over the next 25 years.
What impact has partisan bickering in politics had on park and recreation programs?
At a time when our nation needs to maximize our federal dollars, reduce obesity, minimize traffic congestion, and reduce our carbon footprint, while also creating jobs, how can we afford to not invest in trails?
People know parks enrich their economies. They use and value their parks. And yet, they may not know exactly where the money comes from to keep them going.
The acronym “PE” holds a lot of negative associations for some people.
One of the tasks assigned to the Deficit Reduction Committee is to recommend tax reform that includes changes to the tax code to build revenue and to pay for tax credits in order to build the economy.
November 2011 marked the 20th year of Supervisors’ Management School (SMS). The program has provided 20 years of continuing education to professionals in the parks, recreation, and leisure service field.
NRPA brought high level decision makers together at a special roundtable, Financing the Future, to discuss sustainable long-term funding for public parks.
Many state and local governments already employ a biennial budgeting process.
PRORAGIS yields insights into how park leaders across the country are spinning the “straw” of basic park data into gold.
American Jobs Act could provide opportunities for parks and recreation.
The Jobs Act would provide significant investments in transportation projects that could be utilized to enhance local open space.
The renovation of Selena Butler Park, NRPA's Parks Build Community project, was completed in less than 90 days; just in time for a dedication ceremony held during the 2011 NRPA Congress.
Millennials are estimated to be in the age range of 20-35. NRPA's Young Professional Membership is targeted to professionals, 35 and younger, who work at least part-time in the parks and rec field.
How do we balance two seemingly competing priorities of cutting the deficit and stimulating the economy and where does funding for park and recreation infrastructure and programs fit into that conversation?
The most vulnerable populations in Hialeah are lucky to have a capable caregiver in the Parks and Recreation Department.
While the nation’s realtors, chambers of commerce, and park devotees recognize that parks are economic drivers, much of the rest of the country continues to regard parks as sheer expense.
Collaboration and strategic alliances/partnerships are both the future and the present for many public parks and recreation departments.
NRPA recently gathered a panel of accessibility experts from many fields for a roundtable on access to parks.
What parks and recreation academic programs may need to compete is that cool factor that journalism or parks and recreation used to have.
Greenways tend to offer a wide range of uses—walking, running, biking, and certainly the preservation of natural spaces.
PRORAGIS will evolve as park departments from all over the country enter their own important pieces of the database.
While many celebrities will come out and advocate for their local parks, few of them will step forward for parks and recreation as a national cause.
A feeding program is being combined with education about overall wellness.
NRPA urges the creation of a Conservation Construction Corps--a national employment program to put Americans back to work and revitalize local, state, and national parks in the United States.
For decades, parks and rec agencies have been the single biggest provider of summertime free meals to children in low-income areas in the United States.
Developing long-term sustainable new revenue sources for parks and recreation is still a viable proposition. It takes a time to build partnerships, secure grants, and leverage private sector funds for new sources of revenue.
All of us need to be involved to effectively fight runoff, invasive species, and pollution--including air and noise pollution, which also affect aquatic life.
Mattie Stepanek Park has it all—sports fields, dog park, memorial garden, playground, and lots of wide open green space.
Helene Mills embraced the initiative to rebuild Selena Butler Park not because she sees her calling as that of park advocate. She is championing the effort because that neighborhood park is just one of many pieces in the rich patchwork that makes up the community she loves.
Parks and Recreation and the Miracle League.
Study after study shows how parks keep the young fit and healthy and older generations fit, healthier, and younger than their non-indulging counterparts.
The Parks Build Community initiative is based on the principle that good parks create a level playing field for all community members.
Selena Butler Park, one of NRPA’s Parks Build Community projects, is an example of an urban revitalization partnership.
Teams of planners in the fields of transportation, the environment, architecture, health, education and parks are making great strides in developing livable communities.
Budget shortfalls causing park closures and cutbacks in services and programs around the country.
Businesses that partner with parks usually aim to blend corporate branding and promotion with philanthropy.
When kids are getting outside a lot for their recreation, there is usually an adult (or group of adults) helping to make sure that happens.
Two examples of what may be the new order of how things will be done in parks and recreation. It’s hard to recognize much of this innovation as it forms around us.
In 1912 when the Japanese sent a gift of over 3,000 cherry trees, which were planted on national park land around the Tidal Basin. Similar gifts brought cherry trees to New York, Philadelphia, and other U.S. cities.
Stephanie Murdock shares her efforts to build a skate park in the city of Baltimore, reflecting both her love of her sport and her commitment to the city's teens.