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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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