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Increasing Access to Nature in The Motor City — Episode 124

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 29, 2022

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, I’m joined by staff from City of Detroit Parks and Recreation, which was one of seven agencies that received NRPA's Resilient Park Access grant.

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The State of Inclusivity in the Outdoors: Six Ways You Can Help — Episode 123

By Regina Hill | Posted on November 22, 2022

Our partners at Merrell conducted a study of cross-cultural perceptions and experiences in the outdoors to better understand how race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation and income affect how welcome people feel outside. Learn more about the report and hear from Merrell CSR Marketing Manager Regina Hill.

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New Mentoring Resources for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on November 18, 2022

NRPA is thrilled to announce additional resources that expand our suite of mentoring and youth development offerings, including a family engagement guide and closure of the mentoring relationship.

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What To Do if a Volunteer Fails a Background Check

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on November 17, 2022

Good volunteers can be hard to find as the work often comes with a lack of recognition or thanks. But, that doesn’t mean an organization should happily accept whatever help is offered.

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Planning Indoor Events for Your Park and Recreation Agency

By Jeff Porter | Posted on November 16, 2022

It can be a challenge for park and recreation departments to change modes, focusing on indoor activities, especially during those cold winter months or particularly stormy days.

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Creating a More Sustainable, Eco-Friendly World – Episode 122

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 15, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're celebrating America Recycles Day with Manuela Barón, a Colombian-American sustainability activist, artist and founder of The Girl Gone Green, an inclusive community that fosters social and environmental change and encourages people to live more consciously.

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Ensuring Equitable Access to Parks Through Systems Change

By Justin Taylor | Posted on November 8, 2022

NRPA and Children and Nature Network partnered to dive into the importance of systems change perspectives and application with a workshop for NRPA’s Resilient Park Access grantee cohort prior to the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Tech-Savvy Park Planning

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on November 1, 2022

Nothing can replace the connections and opportunities for relationship-building that in-person meetings and other activities provide. However, there are tools that can help make virtual meetings more engaging, interactive and even fun.

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Highlighting the 2022 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Winners

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on October 28, 2022

This September, NRPA hosted its fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz. This year, we had many agencies join us again, while welcoming new agencies who hosted a BioBlitz for the first time.

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Data: The Next Frontier

By Austin Barrett | Posted on October 27, 2022

Learn more about NRPA’s new Data and Mapping Resource Library, which offers a collection of relevant, publicly available databases and visualizations curated for park and recreation professionals and advocates.

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Post-Event Surveys: How Feedback Can Improve Park Events

By Kerry McCreadie | Posted on October 25, 2022

Park and recreation agencies can benefit greatly from collecting post-event feedback from the community. Learn why and how to use surveys with this quick guide.

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Adopting a Mentoring Mindset

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on October 21, 2022

One in three young people in the United States are growing up without a mentor. To help adults be more intentional when interacting with young people, the “mentoring mindset” outlines four ways adults can support youth.

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5 Tips for Supporting Adults with Arthritis in Your Community

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on October 12, 2022

In celebration of World Arthritis Day this October 12, NRPA's Tiff Cunin shares five tips for supporting adults with arthritis in your community.

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Environmental Email: Digitally Share Eco-Friendly Practices

By De’Yonté Wilkinson | Posted on October 5, 2022

The world has gone completely digital. This means it is important to use digital media to share eco-friendly practices so that people remember to take care of the world around them - especially the rising generation.

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Attracting Diverse Visitors Improves Your Community

By Bridget Marquis | Posted on October 3, 2022

Since 2016, Memphis, Tennesee, has been working on transforming its Mississippi Riverfront from miles of underutilized public space into a series of connected parks, gathering places and civic spaces that are both vibrant and welcoming.

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Introducing NRPA’s Equity in Practice Program – October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 29, 2022

On the October bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross and NRPA Director of Learning Philip Silva to discuss NRPA's new Equity in Practice initiative.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Parks and Rec — Episode 121

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 20, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Edwin Rivera-Guzman, CPRP, to discuss Hispanic Heritage Month and how park and recreation professionals can celebrate in their communities.

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White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition: Parks and Recreation Day of Action Toolkit

By Asia Simms and Dan McCarthy | Posted on September 19, 2022

Here are some ideas on the types of events you could host to raise awareness and drive action in partnership with the White House Conference on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition.

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On the Pulse of Innovation, Inclusion and Next Practices — Episode 120

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 13, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Neelay Bhatt, founder and CEO of Next Practice Partners — and this year's Best of the Best ceremony emcee — about innovation, inclusion and next practices in parks and recreation.

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Data-Driven Effort to Advance Park Equity Expands

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on September 12, 2022

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation's Parks Needs Assessment Plus contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural recreation needs, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

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Making "Next Practice" a Reality

By Neelay Bhatt | Posted on September 7, 2022

Neelay Bhatt shares a recap of the differences between "Best Practices" and "Next Practices," as well as introduces his new endeavor, Next Practice Partners, which will help park and recreation agencies prepare for what's next through planning, training and technology services.

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Creating a Safe Space for Youth and Teens — Episode 119

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 6, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Sydney Elliott, MBA, CPRP, the youth and business coordinator for City of DeSoto Parks & Recreation, to discuss the importance of engaging teens in park and recreation programming.

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Becoming a Better Mentor: Strategies to Be There for Young People

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on September 1, 2022

MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, recently launched a series of resources that benefits anyone looking to support a young person and includes real-world advice, plus tangible, evidence-based strategies for mentors.

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How Hosting a BioBlitz Improved Five Communities’ Pollinator Protection

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 1, 2022

Agencies who have participated in NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz program share how it has positively impacted their agency’s work to support pollinators and native habitat, as well as engage their community members.

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CDC Releases Updated Monkeypox Guidance for Professionals Serving Youth

By NRPA Health Team | Posted on August 26, 2022

As one of the largest providers of out-of-school time programs for youth and families, park and recreation professionals can look to the CDC’s updated guidance to help navigate their response to the monkeypox outbreak.

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Get Outside! Four Ideas for Outdoor Fundraisers

By Brad Dowhaniuk | Posted on August 24, 2022

Park and recreation agencies can unite with their community for a cause. These four outdoor fundraising ideas get your supporters outside while fundraising.

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Providing Opportunities for Those Who Think Differently — September Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 18, 2022

On the September bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with 2022 NRPA Annual Conference speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist, animal behaviorist, advocate for autism and author.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Take Action Now

By Asia Simms | Posted on August 16, 2022

NRPA strongly urges the passage of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, and with it, a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) that supports youth and their families.

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On a Mission to Make Aquatics More Equitable — Episode 118

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 16, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Kate Connell, CPRP, the aquatics program supervisor for Iowa City Parks and Recreation and creator of Equitable Aquatics. She is also a recipient of the 2022 NRPA Young Professional Fellowship!

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Book Recommendation: Invisible Women

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on August 12, 2022

Tim Herd, CPRE, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, shares his recommendation for "Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men" by Caroline Criado Perez.

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Back to School: 5 Ways To Integrate Social and Emotional Learning Into Your Out-of-School Time Programs This Year

By Allison Colman | Posted on August 10, 2022

As we enter a new school year, here are some ways park and recreation professionals can consider how their programs can more intentionally integrate social and emotional learning to advance positive youth outcomes across their community.

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Easy Way to Connect with Your Community? Host a BioBlitz!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on August 8, 2022

The countdown to September’s BioBlitz is on! In only a few short weeks, communities across the country will celebrate our fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz. Here are a few tips for hosting your own BioBlitz in your community.

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New Resources to Increase Youth Sports Registrations

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on August 5, 2022

To support park and recreation professionals looking to recruit more families into their youth sports programming, NRPA has developed a suite of family-facing resources that showcases what sets park and recreation youth sports apart from the rest.

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What To Know About the Monkeypox Outbreak

By Allison Colman | Posted on July 27, 2022

Due to a recent rise in cases, the World Health Organization declared the spreading monkeypox outbreak a global public health emergency on Saturday, July 23. Here's what you should know.

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We Rise Up by Telling Our Stories

By Clement Lau, FAICP, DPPD | Posted on July 26, 2022

With July being Park and Recreation Month and this year’s theme being “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation,” Clement Lau, a departmental facilities planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, shares one way for park and recreation professionals to rise up: telling our stories.

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New SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit to Support Community Wellness Hubs in Parks and Recreation

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 22, 2022

NRPA’s SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit provides information for park and recreation professionals on how to provide SNAP/WIC outreach directly to community members, connecting them to enrollment and retention assistance for increased access to affordable and healthy foods.

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How Parks and Recreation Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness – August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 21, 2022

The August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, titled, “Homelessness: How Can I Help?”

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Celebrate Community Health During National Farmers Market Week!

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 20, 2022

National Farmers Market Week, taking place August 7-13, is an annual celebration hosted by Farmers Market Coalition that highlights the vital role farmers markets play in the national food system.

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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week — Episode 117

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 19, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how Montgomery County, Maryland, is celebrating Latino Conservation Week with Michelle Ramirez, the public outreach specialist for Montgomery Parks.

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How to Rise Up for Parks and Recreation This July — Episode 116

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 5, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we map out all the resources you need to have a successful Park and Recreation Month this July.

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Take Action Now: White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

By Dan McCarthy | Posted on June 23, 2022

After more than 50 years, the White House will once again convene a national Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022. Here's how you can get involved and make your voice heard.

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Using the Inclusive Healthy Places Companion Guide for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 22, 2022

This resource is an opportunity for your agency to center the community in its decision-making and create systemic change that will lead to more equitable, inclusive, healthy and resilient park spaces.

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Paving the Way for Gender Equity in Youth Sports – Episode 115

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 21, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by 10-year-old Evangeline Iarossi, who wrote a letter to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor about the inequities between girls' and boys' sports, as well as Heather Wolf-Erickson and Sherisha Hills of City of Tampa Parks and Recreation, who are helping to address these inequities.

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How Phoenix Is Honoring the Life of Lori Piestewa — July Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 16, 2022

On the July bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into the story behind our Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest and discussing how Phoenix is honoring Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to her lose her life in combat while serving in the U.S. military.

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Community Wellness Hubs: A Public Health Solution

By Allison Colman | Posted on June 15, 2022

We are thrilled to share a new resource, Community Wellness Hubs: A Toolkit for Advancing Community Health and Well-Being, which provides guidance on how to create your own Community Wellness Hub.

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In the Face of Hate, We Persevere

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 14, 2022

Whether this is the first year your community is hosting a Pride event or its fifty-second, it is essential to keep the tradition going, because parks are at the heart of community and they’re at the heart of Pride.

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Tampa Athletics Director Heather Wolf-Erickson Fights for the Full Promise of Title IX

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on June 14, 2022

This June as we honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, NRPA celebrates our park and recreation professionals who continue to fight until the full promise of Title IX becomes real: so all girls and women have access to and benefit from sports equally.

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Starting the Conversation About Cyberbullying Between Parents and LGBTQ+ Youth

By Stand for the Silent | Posted on June 9, 2022

As we observe June's annual Pride Month, a month where the LGBTQ+ community celebrates in many different ways, the issue of cyberbullying for youth takes on particular urgency.

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Racism, Systemic Racism and White Supremacy. What’s the Difference?

By Shalini Mirpuri | Posted on June 8, 2022

These three terms are ever-present in our country’s discourse, and they’re often used interchangeably. But do they really mean the same thing? We’ve created this Quick Read to break down each of these definitions to help you determine which word is best to use in different contexts.

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Environmental Restoration for Parks and Recreation

By Clement Lau, FAICP, DPPD | Posted on June 8, 2022

The restoration of degraded lands is of great importance and a matter of environmental justice in Los Angeles County, where numerous underserved communities are plagued with environmental burdens.

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How Mentoring Supports Youth Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic – Episode 114

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 7, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing a youth mentoring program in Berwick, Maine, which is designed to support youth impacted by the opioid epidemic.

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Balance Over Burnout: Find Your Mental Fitness Routine

By Katie Garrett, CPRP | Posted on May 31, 2022

To round out Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some suggestions on how to find your mental fitness routine from Katie Garrett, CPRP.

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What the Data Says About Playspace Inequity

By Kevin Paul | Posted on May 27, 2022

A team of experts partnered with KABOOM! to summarize what the research has to say about equitable access to quality playspaces in Colorado and nationwide. What they found was insightful.

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Playspaces Can Help Address the Youth Mental Health Crisis

By Kevin Paul | Posted on May 23, 2022

The health and well-being of our kids is deeply connected to the places where they live and play. As the world nears the two-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids, much like adults, need outlets that relieve stress and provide social connection more than ever.

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10 Ways To Support Mental Health This May

By Allison Colman | Posted on May 19, 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here are 10 actions park and recreation professionals can take this May to amplify their role in supporting mental health.

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West Lafayette’s Mission to Make Wellness More Inclusive – June Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 19, 2022

The June issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories titled, “Making Wellness More Inclusive.”

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: Spring 2022 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 13, 2022

In our Spring 2022 edition of NRPA Parks Snapshot, we check on the status of park and recreation agency funding, aquatics programming and, in particular, the hiring of lifeguards.

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Supporting Healthy Aging through Parks and Recreation: A Community of Practice

By Colleen Pittard and Tiff Cunin | Posted on May 13, 2022

This Older Americans Month and Arthritis Awareness Month, NRPA is excited to share updates and news about how local parks and recreation continues to support healthy aging in communities across the country.

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Who Should You Be Screening and Why?

By Ken Monroe | Posted on May 12, 2022

Background Investigation Bureau, NRPA's exclusive background screening provider, gives you five vital reasons why screening everyone in your organization, no matter their role, is important.

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In the ADA, Is There a Difference Between Essential Eligibility and Prerequisite Skills?

By John McGovern | Posted on May 11, 2022

Two important concepts in The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II regulation govern how agencies respond to requests from people with disabilities when it comes to supporting them in programs.

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Coffee Talk Replay: How Inclusive Recreation Helps Ignacio Gallegos Find Purpose in Life — Episode 113

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 10, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying a Coffee Talk from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, when we talked with Ignacio Gallegos about the impact the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association in Illinois has had on his life, along with his grandmother, Leticia DeLaFuente.

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Engaging Your Community In a Cause: 3 Suggestions

By Kevin Penney | Posted on May 5, 2022

Park and recreation agencies can get their entire communities together to support a good cause. Learn how to inspire and engage your community with these three tips.

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Recruiting Volunteers for Youth Sports Programs: 4 Tips

By Shreya Tragad | Posted on April 26, 2022

Your youth sports program volunteers keep your programs running. Here are four effective tips to recruit qualified volunteers to help manage your programs.

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Revitalizing Communities with a Connection to Water and Nature: The Story of Youngs Creek Park

By Dana Monson | Posted on April 25, 2022

Water play spaces can rejuvenate a communities’ core, be an element to include to reimagine flood-prone areas, and reconnect the community to the benefits, fun and wonder of water play.

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Making Water Safety More Inclusive in Prince George’s County, Maryland — May Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 21, 2022

On the May bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking about centering equity and inclusion in water safety programs with Tara Eggleston Stewart, CPRE, division chief for aquatics and athletic facilities for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional: Getting the Credit I Deserved

By Kelli Beavers, CPRP | Posted on April 19, 2022

Kelli Beavers, CPRP, director of recreation, parks, and tourism for Charles County Government (Maryland), shares why obtaining her Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification has given her the credit she deserves for serving as a park and recreation professional for the last 24 years.

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Dogs at the Park: Seven Ideas for a Great Experience

By Casey Dorman | Posted on April 15, 2022

Here are seven of the most important ways you can make the most of your dog park and put it in a position to support dogs, humans and the community at large.

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You Can Be a Water Safety Champion In Your Community

By Frank Perez and Stephanie Hee-Johnston | Posted on April 14, 2022

There has never been a better time to sign up to participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, taking place on June 23, 2022. Here are some reasons it is a critical and worthwhile event.

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How Parks Play a Role in Tree Equity — Episode 112

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 12, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how trees play a critical role in building environmental resilience, cooling our neighborhoods, and improving the health of our communities with Jad Daley, president and CEO of American Forests.

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Going from CPRP to CPRE

By Carrie A. Fullerton, CPRE | Posted on April 11, 2022

Carrie A. Fullerton, CPRE, the executive director of Arlington Heights Park District in Illinois, shares her experience of going from a Certified Park and Recreation Professional to a Certified Park and Recreation Executive.

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New Resources to Support Partnerships with Healthcare Organizations

By Allison Colman | Posted on April 8, 2022

Partnerships between healthcare organizations and community-based organizations (such as parks and recreation) can have some of the greatest impacts on community health and well-being.

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One of My Best Takeaways From the COVID-19 Pandemic — Achieving the CPRE!

By Tara Eggleston Stewart, CPRE | Posted on April 7, 2022

Tara Eggleston Stewart, chief of aquatics and athletic facilities for The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation, shares her journey to becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE).

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Federal Funding Opportunities: Congressional Appropriations (Earmarks) Are Back!

By Elvis Cordova | Posted on April 4, 2022

As Congress begins the appropriations process for the federal fiscal year (FY) 2023, your NRPA public policy and advocacy team is here to help you make sense of it all.

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Is Your Background Screening Methodology Leading the Way or a Best Practice in Attracting Risk?

By Ken Monroe | Posted on March 31, 2022

Are your hiring practices — specifically regarding your background check process — safeguarding your park and recreation agency and community?

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Celebrating Women in Parks and Recreation — Episode 111

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 29, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're revisiting a previous episode featuring the founders of Women in Parks and Recreation, which began as a Facebook group and has grown into a into a 501(C)3 nonprofit charitable organization with a goal of strengthening women in the field through networking, collaboration and learning.

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Fifth Grader’s Passion Project Inspires More Kids To Get Outside

By Adam Levine | Posted on March 18, 2022

Eleven-year-old Adam Levine knows how important it is for kids to get outside and be active, and he wants to let other kids know how important getting outside and being active is for them.

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Diving in and Staying Afloat: My Journey to Becoming a CPRP

By Amber Moore, CPRP | Posted on March 17, 2022

Amber Moore, CPRP, the aquatics supervisor for Brigham City Corporation (Utah), shares why becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) was worth it for her — and why it's worth it for you!

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Celebrating Earth Day With Parks and Recreation — April Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 17, 2022

On the April bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Ayanna Williams, MSW, NRPA director of community and environmental resilience, to discuss all the ways park and recreation professionals are celebrating Earth Day with their communities.

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Five Takeaways for Parks and Recreation from the Just Released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on March 16, 2022

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations has issued an updated report, which contains several implementable strategies to improve the climate resilience of people and nature that park and recreation professionals may find insightful.

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When Does Your Park Need a Waiver? Three Things to Consider

By Daryl McCarl | Posted on March 16, 2022

Parks are built for visitors to have fun and enjoy themselves. However, some activities carry a degree of risk, which means that your park might need waivers.

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Morale, Welfare and Recreation: Serving Those Who Serve — Episode 110

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 15, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking all things Morale, Welfare and Recreation, also known as Armed Forces Recreation, with NRPA's incoming Armed Forces Recreation Network chair, John Prue, as well as Caité Kendrick and Kiersten Warren.

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Resiliency and Recreation at Lower Manhattan’s New Battery Playscape

By Christopher A. Miller | Posted on March 10, 2022

The recently completed Battery Playscape in New York City offers an example of how to make resiliency a key component of a project while delivering a new and unique playground.

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The CPRE Isn’t That Scary After All

By Myla Neal, CPRE | Posted on March 9, 2022

Myla Neal, CPRE, the assistant director for Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services in Virginia, shares her experience with taking the Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) exam, as well as some helpful tips.

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Four Tips for Planning an Engaging Community Workshop

By Olivia Mode-Cater | Posted on March 8, 2022

As a park and recreation professional, you might be looking to plan an exciting workshop that engages community members and invites them to take advantage of community services. This guide offers a few tips to help you plan your next engaging community event.

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Exploring Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on March 2, 2022

In continuing to provide learning opportunities and resources that may be beneficial to NRPA members — including various federal resources — we wanted to share information on the Department of Defense (DoD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program.

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Building Community Through Access to Skateparks — Episode 109

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 1, 2022

On today’s episode, we're chatting with Alec Beck, the manager of public education for The Skatepark Project, formerly known as the Tony Hawk Foundation, as well as Cecely Todacheenie, a local skateboarder from Gallup, New Mexico, who was a strong advocate and youth ambassador for a skatepark project in her community.

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Planning Your Camp Programs

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on February 28, 2022

Planning is the cornerstone of any well-run camp, and it is extremely important in coordinating any high-level park and recreation program. Here are some tips and guidelines on planning your camp programs.

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Three Challenges We Often Hear When Encouraging Inclusion

By Shalini Mirpuri | Posted on February 23, 2022

This blog post outlines the three most common challenges NRPA has received in response to our push for diversity, equity and inclusion in parks and recreation, along with our perspectives on each.

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Advancing Access to Mountain Biking in Bristol — March Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 17, 2022

The March issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of the podcast we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, titled, “Blazing a Trail in Bristol, Connecticut.”

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Gender Equity in the Spotlight as 50 Years of Title IX Approaches

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on February 16, 2022

Tennis icon Billie Jean King, a pioneer for the fair and equal treatment of women in sports, conducted the coin toss at Super Bowl LVI with an important message for viewers at home: with June 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of Title IX legislation, let’s celebrate the wins, but double down on the urgent need to advance gender equity in sports now.

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Recreation.gov Outdoor Adventure Writing Contest is Open: Sharing Messages of Gratitude

By Recreation.gov | Posted on February 10, 2022

Building on the success of the 2021 contest, this year’s Share Your Story contest from Recreation.gov launched January 5 and runs through April 30, 2022. Amateur writers can recap their experiences on federal public lands and waters for a chance to win great prizes and have their story featured on Recreation.gov!

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The Time for Gender Equity in Sports Is Now

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on February 1, 2022

February 2, 2022, was National Girls and Women in Sports Day — a moment to celebrate female athletes and to take action to ensure women and girls have equitable access to opportunities for physical activity.

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Coffee Talk Replay: Breaking Down Barriers to Outdoor Recreation — Episode 108

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 1, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying our Coffee Talk from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference with Dr. Kim and Claude Walker, the founders of Abundant Life Adventure Club.

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Tips for Managing Youth Sports Volunteers

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on January 28, 2022

For many park and recreation agencies, volunteers are going to be the face of your youth sports programs and leagues. Here are some tips to manage your volunteers and keep them coming back!

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January Is National Mentoring Month

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on January 26, 2022

January is National Mentoring Month and shines light on the importance of mentoring and social connection, especially during times of hardship and uncertainty. Here are some resources and ways you can celebrate.

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Marketing and Promoting Your Recreation Programs

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on January 24, 2022

Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE, shares some ways to help you market and promote your programs to your local community.

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It’s Time to Talk About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on January 21, 2022

Introducing NRPA's Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Language Guide, a resource developed to help park and recreation professionals to address, communicate, and effectively serve all individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.

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Celebrating Parks & Recreation’s 30 Under 30 — February Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 20, 2022

On the February bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re having a conversation with two of this year's 30 Under 30, Rosie Santos and Hashim Taylor, as well as NRPA Volunteer and Awards Manager Michael Biedenstein.

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Shaping the Future With Next Practices in Parks and Recreation — Episode 107

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 18, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Neelay Bhatt, vice president and principal of PROS Consulting, to discuss what the future of parks and recreation may look like in terms of programming, placemaking, financing and more.

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Solutions to Homelessness — The Role of Parks and Recreation

By Allison Colman and Austin Barrett | Posted on January 10, 2022

On November 12, 2021, NRPA released the first blog in this series, Understanding Homelessness: The Extent, Causes and Local Solutions. This second post delves into additional support and resources available, as well as outlines potential solutions and a path forward.

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New NRPA Toolkit Helps Park and Recreation Agencies Secure Funding for Health and Wellness Programs

By Elesha Kingshott, MSW, MPH | Posted on January 7, 2022

This new toolkit was designed to provide community-based organizations with insights, tips and resources to help secure funding for health and wellness programs.

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Planning Mental Health Programs at Your Rec Center for Gen-Z

By Joseph Oriente | Posted on January 7, 2022

Mental health is an increasingly important issue, especially among young generations. Learn how staff at your agency can help support mental health.

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2022 New Year's Resolutions From FreeWill and NRPA

By FreeWill and NRPA Development Team | Posted on January 6, 2022

The new year is a time for resolutions, but yours do not need to be challenging. Here are some easy resolutions you can make for 2022.

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Harnessing Our Power to Create Space and Positive Change — Episode 106

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 4, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Dani Reyes-Acosta, a mountain athlete and storyteller rewriting the narrative of who plays outside and how we build community with others on this planet.

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