A Bountiful Year for Farmers Markets in Parks and Recreation
By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on December 28, 2022
As we begin our second year of the three-year USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, we are excited to share some incredible impacts made during this first year.
4 Dimensions of Health in Parks and Recreation
By Kevin Roth and Kelby Rose | Posted on December 27, 2022
Get an overview of the four dimensions of health as considered in A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks.
RWJF-NRPA Award for Health Equity Celebrates Seven Years of Success — January Bonus Episode
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on December 22, 2022
Maureen Neumann, NRPA Senior Health Program Manager, shares where some of the previous RWJF-NRPA Award for Health Equity winners are now and what winning the award meant to them.
Ways to Advance Your Youth Mentoring Programs This Winter
By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on December 20, 2022
During the winter months, it is not always possible to be outside or utilize typical park and recreation assets and programming. Here are some fun and creative ways to continue supporting and engaging youth in your community year-round.
Conservation Reimagined: Los Angeles County’s 30x30 Plan
By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on December 15, 2022
On December 6, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 2022 Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+) Final Report as the county’s 30x30 plan. 30x30 refers to the goal of conserving 30 percent of lands and coastal waters by 2030 to address climate change and protect biodiversity.
5 Steps to Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks
By Kevin Roth and Kelby Rose | Posted on December 15, 2022
A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes walks park practitioners through five steps to arrive at an appraisal of their park system’s equitability and economic value. It also provides tips to translate those findings into action.
Enhancing Resilient Park Access in Toledo, Ohio — Episode 125
By Cort Jones | Posted on December 13, 2022
On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Karen Ranney Wolkins, the commissioner of parks and recreation and community enrichment for City of Toledo, Ohio, to discuss how the city is prioritizing community and equity in their plans to build more parks.
Activating Parks, Trails and Greenways for Physical Activity
By Allison Colman and Teresa Morrissey | Posted on December 12, 2022
Parks, trails and greenways play a vital role in keeping people active and healthy. Learn more about the Active Parks! Implementation Guide to explore effective strategies you can implement to increase physical activity in your community.
Is Being a CAPRA Review Team Member Right for Me?
By Sharon Bousquet, CPRE, CPSI | Posted on December 7, 2022
As a CAPRA volunteer since 2013, Sharon Bousquet has been able to travel to all different parts of the country, meet some outstanding professionals in our field, learn hundreds of new ways to accomplish goals, and help other agencies through the CAPRA process.
A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks
By Kevin Roth and Kelby Rose | Posted on December 5, 2022
Most often, the economic value of parks relates to property values, tax revenue, tourism revenue, and local business development. Like these contributions to the local economy, the health benefits of parks also have economic value.
What Does It Mean To Be a CAPRA Volunteer?
By Bob Bierscheid | Posted on December 2, 2022
Bob Bierscheid, the retired director of Saint Paul (Minnesota) Parks and Recreation. shares why participation in the CAPRA process has been one of the highlights of his 50-plus professional years.
Featured Data Resource: Social Vulnerability Index
By Austin Barrett | Posted on December 1, 2022
The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) is a valuable tool to identify communities that will most likely need support before, during and after a public health emergency. More broadly, SVI is an indicator of which areas of a community are considered “at risk” and most in need of investment to reduce vulnerability and increase overall health.