In 2015, parks and recreation continued to serve their communities to the fullest—providing them safe places to get healthy, enjoy nature and come together.
In our annual report, we highlight the accomplishments made by NRPA members through our partnerships and programs. This report shows the collective impact parks and recreation makes across the country.
Congress passed its year-end spending package—keeping the government funded through September 30, 2016. We’ve pulled the highlights that impact parks and recreation.
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Manager William (David) McGuaghey, shares how NRPA's Park and Recreation Maintenance Management School has impacted his career.
Recently, Congress approved a five-year reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act (MAP-21). The new law is known as the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
NRPA recently released the results of the first economic impact study capturing the nationwide contribution that thousands of local and regional parks make to the U.S. economy.
NRPA started a tradition with our Thanksgiving-themed blog posts that we hope you look forward to just as much as you do that special pie or side dish at your Thanksgiving feast!
Has your agency started to think about hiring and filling open positions? We've put together five tips to help you make the best use of the NRPA Career Center.
Sequestration has wreaked havoc on state and local budgets and has threatened important investments in parks and recreation that keep Americans healthy and protect the integrity of our air, land and water.
NRPA has been accepted into the Monarch Joint Venture, a partnership of national and regional organizations, universities, and governmental agencies all working to protect and conserve the monarch.
Recently, action has been taken involving two of NRPA’s policy priorities – the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and continued federal funding for active transportation options.
There is something about being a “park and rec kid” that many of those experiences stick with you as you get older and continue through your life.
More than 1,200 people evaluated, ranked and commented on their experience at the NRPA Annual Conference in an online survey. Here are some of the highlights.
Learn more about the status regarding Child Nutrition Reauthorization and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Living an active lifestyle is one of the steps people can take to improve their health. The U.S. Surgeon General recently released a Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled Step it Up!
Here are seven things that helped attendees navigate the NRPA Annual Conference like a pro.
One powerful educational tool that can be used to start conversations about poverty is the Community Action Poverty Simulation.
The Young Professional Network organized a virtual “road trip” out West, making “stops” at COAPRT accredited schools. The final stop was at Arizona State University.
Colorado Springs Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services shared how receiving a Healthy Out-of-School Time grant from NRPA and the Walmart Foundation has impacted their community.
Learn about the recent update to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations and what it means for parks and recreation.
It is important to look at what’s important to millennials, and from there we can see what they think makes a great park and recreation experience.
The NRPA Annual Conference is quickly approaching and the Young Professional Network (YPN) is very excited to bring you another blog to help you get ready for the event.
I was a major Parks and Rec kid. Today, I work at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation reliving the glory days of my summer recreation past every day.
NRPA interviewed Jim Peterson, NRPA's first program chair.
NRPA interviewed Robert Toalson, NRPA's 24th president.
NRPA interviewed Tony Mobley, the youngest NRPA president.
NRPA interviewed R. Dean Tice, NRPA's most-traveled executive director.
As part of NRPA's 50th Anniversary, we challenged ourselves to come up with a list of 50 ways members can get engaged and take full advantage of NRPA membership.
Short-sighted thinking about child hunger threatens the health, wellness and academic success of our children.
Thanks to the work of park and recreation employees across the country, millions of kids who receive summer meals will return from summer vacation healthier and better prepared for school.
The Energy and Natural Resources Committee introduced a broad, 350-page energy reform bill which included permanent reauthorization of the LWCF.
Today city residents are looking for a more social experience from parks, with formal programming like yoga, movie nights and lawn games.
For parks and recreation, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. Here are just some of the ways you can celebrate Park and Recreation Month in July!
By taking a more proactive role in environmental protection, parks and recreation can serve our communities better, and our world.
Limiting screen time in your park and recreation summer and out-of-school time programs ensures that if screen time is used, it is balanced with physical activity time.
NRPA being awarded the title of Top Workplace means even more to us because it is based solely on employee surveys.
When a network of 50,000 park and recreation professionals came together along with our supplier community, big things happened for a park.
The United Nations spent the last three years identifying the most pressing issues affecting the planet; in particular, the human element of the planet.
NRPA recently sat down with two Congressional staffers to for some tips on getting the attention of federal elected officials.
The Young Professional Network organized a virtual “road trip” out West, making “stops” at COAPRT accredited schools. This blog focuses on the Texas State University.
Monarch butterfly conservation resources are available, and your park and recreation agency should look for opportunities to utilize them to expand efforts in conservation, education and research.
NRPA reached 50,000 park and recreation members in our 50th year.
Memorial Day means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For parks and recreation, it can mean a weekend filled with parades, events and pool openings.
To fuel my desire to learn about being a park and recreation director, I attended the NRPA Directors School five years ago.
Hiring your next park and recreation employee can take a lot of time, energy and resources but it doesn’t have to if you have one simple tool.
The Young Professional Network organized a virtual “road trip” out West, making “stops” at COAPRT accredited schools. This blog focuses on the University of Missouri.
PRORAGIS is a powerful tool to help you compare your agency to others. As part of our annual analysis of the data in PRORAGIS, we identified five trends that will impact the future of parks and recreation.
Parks have the ability to bring together communities to experience a plethora of health and wellness activities! How are your community members getting to your parks?
Being a first-time attendee and a young professional at the NRPA Annual Conference could be a scary thing. This video interview gives you insight into what to expect.
Earth Day is the day dedicated to creating awareness for a healthier and more sustainable environment. So just how do park and recreation agencies participate in Earth Day every day?
The NRPA Annual Conference features hundreds of education sessions that covers topics including leadership and management, recreation programming, and much more.
Parks play a huge role, every week to protect natural resources and encourage conservation practices. Learn five ways you can get involved during Earth Week.
The NRPA Young Professional Network (YPN) members have been in your shoes and put together a really helpful video that will help you get your membership and career started on the right foot.
Finding the right person to fit in with the culture at your organization is critical. Use these 5 tips to attract the right people.
The Young Professional Network has organized a virtual “road trip” out West, making “stops” at COAPRT accredited schools.
Providing a nutritious meal to hungry kids is an important way to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential both in and out of school.
NRPA Student Member Rebecca Lackey shares her experience after receiving an NRPA Student Scholarship in 2014. Hint: Things are looking good for the future!
This Earth Month, NRPA is thrilled to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company on an expansion of our Parks Build Community initiative.
Snapchat. With over 100 million users who are primarily ages 16-24, it could be a good platform to engage with this elusive audience.
Leaders at Miami-Dade County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS), shared concepts of place-making through strategic policies, programs and partnerships at NRPA’s first Innovation Lab.
March Madness! It’s the time of year to apply for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, our very own version of the Final Four!
NRPA's Park and Recreation Month marked 30 years of honoring parks and recreation in July. Here are some ideas for Park and Rec Month programming.
In 2014, Kevin O’Hara continued his duties as serving as a member of the Open Streets Network of Champions by taking a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience ViaRecreActiva.
NRPA is committed to help improve the health and wellness of our nation’s youth by implementing a set of standards in out-of-school time programs at park and recreation sites across the country.
NRPA’s Awards team put together the top four tips for a stellar National Awards submission.
NRPA is excited to announce the availability of $1.8 million to local park and recreation agencies to support their out-of-school time programs thanks to the Walmart Foundation.
Arlington County is balancing its size with its green building initiatives and its status as one of the fastest-growing areas in Virginia.