Even though parks and open space are vital to every community, many parks are being converted to non-park uses. In some cases, the conversions of these parks are for other valuable public purposes, such as schools or roads, but the net effect is the same — the parks are lost.
Investment in civic assets that creates social and economic change is urgently needed, and Value Capture in the Commons offers tools for parks leaders across the country to consider how the value from public asset investment can benefit us all.
Montgomery Parks and Pepco breathe new life into unused open space under utility transmission lines to create trails in Maryland.
Holiday celebrations can make healthy choices less than easy, but here are eight ideas to help you get started on your wellness resolutions - BEFORE the new year!
Evaluations of mentoring programs report significant increases among youth in self-confidence, self-efficacy and a positive attitude about their futures.
Learn more about the speakers for the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series live Q&A session on December 5.
NRPA's Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education Grant Program, supported by Southwest Airlines, allowed the city of Boston to develop and test an innovative engagement strategy around green stormwater infrastructure.
We would lose scores of other delicious and essential things without pollinators, but their job is so much bigger than making food.
The city of Gaithersburg, Maryland, joined the Maryland Municipal League and other local municipalities in the “Go Purple” movement to raise awareness about substance use and the opioid crisis.
November is National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about diabetes — the seventh leading cause of death in the country — and its impact on millions of Americans.
A presenter from the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference shares their experience and encourages you to submit your education session ideas for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore!
With their 2017 Meet Me at the Park play spaces grant, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation proved that the best things really do come in small (or, tiny) packages.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide science-based guidance to help all people ages 3 years and older improve their immediate and long-term health through regular physical activity.
November 15 is National Rural Health Day — an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural.”
It's the day after the midterm elections, and NRPA's Public Policy Team is crunching the numbers and consuming lots of coffee.
The panel provides feedback and subject matter expertise for NRPA’s conservation programs and initiatives and serves as a sounding board for new ideas and practices that help to provide guidance to the NRPA staff.
On our 25th episode, we asked you to let us know some of the things that you deal with in your career in parks and recreation that really annoy you, and you answered the call.
With 80 percent of U.S. residents living in urban areas, neighborhood parks offer a unique opportunity to be a part of the solution to America's activity deficit.
The 10 selected grantees demonstrate their commitment to ensuring green stormwater infrastructure projects not only address local environmental issues, but also provide the community a sense of ownership over the project.
When Billy Ray Shirley III was killed by gun violence in his community, his mother promised to make his dream of a community center a reality.
Cooperative purchasing, which combines the requirements of public entities and access to leading suppliers, can be the key to making the most of parks and recreation resources.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk about how our public built environments impact health behaviors such as physical activity and recreation, and the environment where we spend most of our time, such as work, school and sleep, has an effect on our leisure time physical activity.
Becoming a speaker is a wonderful way to give back to the profession. Submit your session proposals by Friday, November 30, 2018 for a chance to win a free full-package registration to the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.
If you've been considering becoming a CPRP, check out these tips to assist you in your studies (hint: they're from someone who recently took the exam!).
Awareness in your city or town can be a big problem, especially if you are a smaller department, but here are some tips and tricks to help you improve your social media presence.
Monte Vista Kids Connection was one of ten rural park and recreation agencies who received grant funds from the Walmart Foundation and NRPA to increase access to healthy food and nutrition education in their out-of-school-time programs.
This fall is the perfect time for local parks, recreation departments and nature centers to plan ahead for Screen-Free Week 2019.
Today is World Arthritis Day. People around the world are encouraged to to work towards increasing awareness about arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. NRPA is accepting applications for a grant opportunity which trains local park and recreation staff as instructors to offer an evidence-based physical activity program in their community.
This week, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released the annual Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation report.
The role parks and recreation agencies can play in the prevention of opioid overdose is key, especially with the number of youth enrolled in out of school time programs.
As the end of the September has come and gone, so has the deadline to reauthorize the Land and Water Conversation Fund.
How the city of Detroit is using its Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education Grant from NRPA and Southwest Airlines.
An overview of NRPA's Health and Wellness Team and their initiatives and priorities.
In this episode of Open Space Radio, we caught up with Becky Dunlap from the "Becky Talks Parks" podcast at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference.
Afterschool and summer learning programs, including those offered by local parks and rec agencies, are well positioned to support youth in developing the in-demand skills and competencies sought by employers.
Secretary Ryan Zinke announced this year’s Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations this week at Acadiana Park Nature Station in Louisiana.
In this episode, we chat about why universal recreation is important and how it can improve all aspects of parks and recreation.
The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conversation Fund.
Neuro-Splash has become more than just exercise, for some participants it’s become a support network and given a new outlook on life
The dockless bike and scooter revolution is making a play to enter many metropolitan areas and may be headed to your city next.
A gender pronoun reflects who a person is, how they identify and how they would like to be referred to by others.
In Tunica, Mississippi, community leaders and organizations are working together to make changes that will provide better food access and improve health across the community.
We are seeing the fruits of our labor in our NRPA pollinator garden — monarch caterpillars!
To celebrate the 25th episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing the things we love about park and recreation professionals.
The House and Senate are currently working to reconcile the differences in each of their versions of the 2018 Farm Bill to pass a final, unified bill before the September 30 deadline.
To help you plan, we’ve put together a list of some of the stellar conservation-focused education sessions offered at the NRPA Annual Conference.
This summer, NRPA staff conducted site visits to rural grant recipients to see what Commit to Health funding and resources look like in action.
At a time when the older adult population is growing at such a rapid rate, it’s no surprise that park and recreation agencies are playing their part to serve the needs and desires of this growing population.
Unstructured, hands-on, risk play is making a comeback, and it can teach kids lessons and skills that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.
Check out this preview of all the sessions at the upcoming NRPA Annual Conference that can help agencies improve park access.
What is “social equity” and what does it mean for your park agency?
The City Project, GreenLatinos and California LULAC oppose an unfair settlement agreement and support equal access to the California coast.
Find out what one conference attendee does to stymie the post-conference letdown.
Passage of the PHIT Act in the House represents an increased support for physical activity as a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle.
Pool Safely is a national public education campaign that works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings and entrapment in swimming pools and spas.
Peter Kageyama, one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference, discusses why he loves parks.
Here are our top choices for sessions that will help you engage your community, partners and stakeholders in your health and wellness offerings.
If you have an exciting summer program, ribbon cutting, park dedication or special summer event, don’t forget to invite your members of Congress.
Tualatin Riverkeepers is a community-based organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River system.
Susan Mong, Finance Analyst for Johnson County Park and Recreation District, on the things that stood out in her first year working in parks and recreation.
July 12 was National Summer Learning Day!
Health information is considered personally identifiable information, and can have negative consequences if it’s used or managed improperly.
Ticks are an outdoor hazard with perhaps one of the highest yuck factors of any biting or stinging insect in nature.
July is Park and Recreation Month! On this episode, we chat with the Waukegan Park District in Illinois about how they're celebrating and all the great events they have planned.
Here are some tips on making the most of your time at the NRPA Annual Conference.
Community gardens are a wonderful way to not only green up the neighborhood, but also to bring neighbors together.
NRPA will work over the summer to encourage passage of the Senate version of the WRDA bill and ask the House and Senate to include green infrastructure in their final package.
East Orange Recreation and Cultural Affairs kicked off their summer meal program and second-annual Park Champion event with a bang and a bouncy house in Rowley Park.
As pools and open-water recreation areas kick into full swing this summer, access to water safety education is critical to prevent deaths due to drowning.
June 9 was Family Health & Fitness Day!
As one of the largest providers of meals during out-of-school times, park and recreation agencies are making significant impacts in their communities.
Out of a truly unlimited series of possibilities, consider trying one of these fun, inexpensive activities to get up and moving.
In this episode, we speak with Mr. Joe Trevino, a 93-year-old veteran, and Irma Yepez-Perez, a Senior Management Analyst at the City of Fresno PARCS department.
Over the last decade, U.S. park and recreation agencies have helped catapult the farm-to-fork and local food movements from niche efforts to mainstream industries.
Infrastructure Week 2018 brought together infrastructure advocates from across the political spectrum to discuss the need for the country to address our infrastructure needs.
Encourage older adults to reignite their nutrition routine by learning a new recipe, trying out new fruits and vegetables, taking a cooking class or food shopping in a new grocery store.
Since 2013, NRPA has been working through local parks and recreation to help people with arthritis manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Whether you are a repeat NRPA Annual Conference attendee or a newbie, you probably want to know a little more about the event before (or after) you register. Here is a preview to help you plan.
Foxes have a reputation for stealth and cunning, but for many years, a far more dangerous predator was at work in Foxstone Park in Vienna, Virginia.
The story about a baby owl who fell from its nest and, after the heroic acts of Ted Mattingly, NRPA's resident hero and Director of Facilities and Administrative Services, was returned to safety.
Since 1963, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to their communities.
In their Green Machine Challenge, ABC, Freeform, Disney Channel and Disney XD are putting your favorite actors’ park knowledge to the test.
On National Park Rx Day, Sunday, April 29, communities across the country will celebrate in local and national parks with events such as Walk with a Doc, Zumba in the Park and Tai Chi to recognize the impact parks have on our health, particularly in combating preventable disease.
By teaching conservation through fun, hands-on activities, parents and teachers can introduce complex concepts in age-appropriate, easy-to-understand ways.
Here are five tips to get you started with Park and Recreation Month and celebrate "A Lifetime of Discovery" in July!
We asked kids to design their dream park at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and you're going to want to hear about some of these creations!
With the summer fast approaching, it's a great time to review your screening policy!
While the field of parks and recreation is often associated with fun and games, it should also be known for how it is advancing health and wellness.
The Afterschool Nutrition Programs connect children to the food they need while also drawing them into a safe afterschool environment where they can learn, socialize and be active.
Thanks to Congress for making local parks and recreation a priority.
Whether heading to the local park or enjoying an adventure in your own backyard, you can turn playtime into learning!
NRPA's Awards Committee Chair shares insight on what she looks for in an award-winning application.
Does your agency manage a unique park or facility that embraces innovative technology, strategies or programs to improve your community? If so, we want you to apply for the Innovation in Park Design Award!
The National Recreation and Park Association was honored with six awards in the 2018 Association Trends All Media Contest.
The Pool Safely Campaign and the Pool Safely Grant Program offer funding and free resources to prevent drownings and drain entrapment in pools and spas.
Our Commit to Health campaign continues to expand well beyond programming related to nutrition and physical activity.
No matter if your agency serves a town of 500 or 500,000 — we want to hear from you.
In this episode, we're taking a look at public interest and attitudes toward digital solutions for park and recreation services.
Passing the CPRP exam is no easy feat, but these five tips will help you prepare with confidence.
Anniston Parks and Recreation won the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association 2017 Innovative Program of the Year for their Commit to Health programs, and is excited for their shot at NRPA's Innovation in Health Award!
The White House released its FY19 budget request yesterday, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.
February gives us two great reasons to recognize and promote inclusion through parks and recreation — Black History Month and North American Inclusion Month.
NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.
At a time when our park and recreation budgets continue to be placed next to last in city budgets, we must champion mayors and city leaders that invest in parks and recreation.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is largely preventable by taking certain steps.
Since 2014, over 300,000 children have gained access to healthier meals and snacks, additional opportunities to be physically active, evidence-based nutrition education and outdoor play through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign.
Thank you to NRPA’s Board of Directors for assisting us in moving our legislative agenda forward.
To give visitors the best experience possible, planners have recognized the importance of implementing systems that guide visitors through parks, historic sites and urban centers in a straight-forward manner.
As young professionals it is important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages to moving positions, and when moving, know the “why?”
Mount Airy Parks and Rec invited the new chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. Virginia Foxx, for Hero Day in the local Riverside Park.
Today Congress passed a temporary spending agreement to end the shutdown and fund the government through February 8.
A shift in how people are getting around cities could mean a change in the future of land use in urban areas.
Nancy Desmond felt stuck in her career. Learn how the CPRP certification helped her change her career path for the better.
Many older adults don’t realize they have a wealth of information and activities waiting to be discovered in their own hometown.
On June 3, 2017, East Goshen Township Parks and Recreation brought history to life for 3,500 residents and elected officials, including Congressman Ryan Costello, at the East-West Goshen Bicentennial Celebration.
Together, our park and recreation systems contribute expansively to a healthy economy, environment and society in at least 50 tangible ways.
In just two years, Lynly Grider, in collaboration with the Mustang Parks and Recreation Department, elected officials and community groups, designed, funded and built Brittany’s Play Adventure — Mustang’s first all-inclusive park.
Erin Hughes of the U.S. Marine Corps shares how MCCS Okinawa encouraged healthier behavior through a 12 Days of Christmas Food Log Challenge
San Francisco is the first and only city in the nation where 100 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park.
Part tongue-in cheek musing and part fearless prognostication, here are NRPA’s Top Trends for 2018.
NRPA is proud to welcome Kyle Simpson, Senior Government Affairs Manager, to our public policy team.