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Turning "Ugh, Another Meeting?" into "Yay, Another Meeting!" — Episode 037

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 15, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're speaking with Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom about how staff meetings don't have to be a waste of valuable time and can be places where amazing ideas are born.

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Summer Camp Safety Preparation Guide

By ePACT Network | Posted on April 10, 2019

Summer camps are some of the most popular programs for any park and recreation organization and it’s extremely important to be prepared for incidents that might come up throughout the course of a camp or activity.

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7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Month at Your Local Park

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 7, 2019

Trees are blooming, people are sneezing — spring is in the air and April is here! As we thaw out from the winter months, its easy to see why April is the perfect time to celebrate Earth.

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More Than a Meal

By Erika Tang | Posted on March 26, 2019

Lewisville Parks and Recreation in Texas is helping older adults age well and supports NRPA’s Healthy Aging in Parks Initiative in efforts to improve and maintain the health and wellness of older adults through parks and recreation.

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Community-Minded Design with Todd Lehman — Episode 036

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 25, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Todd Lehman, Cre8Play's owner and "design guy," about the benefits of keeping a community's spirit in mind when designing play spaces.

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Turn Your Passion into a Presentation

By Ben Johnson, CPRP | Posted on March 22, 2019

Presenting a Speed Session at the NRPA Annual Conference is a great professional development tool for the novice and experienced speaker alike.

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Where Are Your Bees and Butterflies?

By Brett Johnson | Posted on March 21, 2019

The spring and summertime are the perfect times to plan pollinator-based BioBlitz events to document the current pollinators and plants species found in your parks.

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A Park and Rec Program Created 500,000 Healthier Youth — Episode 035

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 18, 2019

In today’s episode, we take a moment to celebrate five years of Commit to Health and how we're making an impact nationwide.

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FY20 Presidential Budget Request: Year Three of Eliminations and Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

By NRPA Public Policy | Posted on March 14, 2019

The White House released its FY20 budget request this week, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

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President Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF

By NRPA Public Policy | Posted on March 12, 2019

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president today, and while this is a big win for our industry, the fight isn't over yet.

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Five New Features to Celebrate NRPA Connect’s 5th Birthday

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on March 1, 2019

There are a lot of reasons to celebrate NRPA Connect's 5th birthday, but here are five new features that will help make it easier and more fun to network with fellow park and recreation professionals around the country.

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Congress Passes the Natural Resources Management Act

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on February 28, 2019

Thanks in large part to the efforts of NRPA members, this package will permanently reauthorize LWCF and provide a guaranteed amount in funding for the state assistance program.

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What’s Your Park Personality?

By Audrey Fox | Posted on February 27, 2019

Answer a few key questions and we’ll match you to your perfect park!

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Walmart Foundation and NRPA: Partnering to Help Local Park and Recreation Agencies Commit to Health

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on February 26, 2019

Since 2010, grant funding from the Walmart Foundation has supported local park and recreation agencies in serving 90 million meals to nearly 5 million kids.

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Be Recognized as the Champion You Are!

By Michael W. Klitzing, CPRE | Posted on February 26, 2019

Receiving national recognition fosters a sense of pride within your organization and helps build trust and credibility with your community leaders.

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Is This the End of Recycling? — Episode 034

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 25, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking about one of NRPA’s top trends in parks and recreation for 2019 that is causing quite a stir.

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The City of the Future Is Being Built in Cary, NC

By Hilary Bird | Posted on February 22, 2019

Cary, North Carolina's smart tech program has been very successful, and it’s paving the way for cities around the U.S. to implement similar programs.

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The Community Concourse: Parks Serve as “Third Places” in NYC Neighborhoods

By Stephanie Cristino | Posted on February 22, 2019

Coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg, the term “third place” refers to places where people spend time between home (first place) and work or school (second place).

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RWJF-NRPA Award for Health Equity — A Win-Win!

By Becky Tuttle | Posted on February 19, 2019

As the 2018 recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Award for Health Equity, Becky Tuttle explains how the award has been valuable to her and her community!

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A Victory for Coastal Justice

By Robert García | Posted on February 15, 2019

A 2018 article helped diversify support for coastal justice, and opposition to a proposed settlement between wealthy, beachfront private-property owners and the state officials that excluded the public at Hollister Ranch.

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CPRP — It’s All About Mindset and Attitude!

By Kris Ammerman, CPRP | Posted on February 14, 2019

if you prepare for the CPRP exam like it’s an awesome opportunity to learn, grow, develop and gain a broader understanding of your profession and how to become a leader, you will probably enjoy studying for the exam as much as Kris Ammerman did.

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Lifeguard Shortage? What Lifeguard Shortage? — Episode 033

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 11, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, Mark Foote joins us to discuss the real need for parks and recreation to adapt to younger generations in order to attract and retain staff.

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The Counts Are In

The Annual Monarch Counts Are In...And It's Not Looking Good

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on February 6, 2019

Much more needs to be done in order to conserve this critical species. Here are a few ways you can help immediately.

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Five Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on February 5, 2019

The hiring process isn't always an easy one, but following these five tips will ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible!

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How One Man (And His Family) Changed the Culture of a Community — Episode 32

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 28, 2019

ABC Park in Baltimore, Maryland, is the site of our 2019 Parks Build Community project, but Derwin Hannah has been caring for the park as a volunteer for more than 17 years.

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3 New Year’s Goals to Prepare Your Business for Emergencies

By ePACT Network | Posted on January 17, 2019

With so much going on day-to-day, it’s common for emergency preparedness in any organization to be pushed down the priority list, so the start of a new year is a great time to set workplace resolutions, goals, or intentions, just as you would for yourselves!

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Predictions for Parks and Recreation’s Top Trends in 2019

By Rich Dolesh | Posted on January 16, 2019

One part good research, one part taking the pulse of NRPA members, one part blue-sky thinking, the Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2019 are here.

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Saving the World One Park at a Time

By Stacie Anaya | Posted on January 15, 2019

In 2018, Lewisville Parks & Recreation Department (Texas) was one of 12 recipients of the 10-Minute Walk Technical Assistance and Planning Grant, and they're moving full-steam ahead into 2019.

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Park Development Means Economic Development — Episode 031

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on January 7, 2019

In this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Ed McMahon, the senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, about the importance of placemaking and why developers should invest in parks and open space.

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