LegacyBinder 410

Legacy Binders: Empowering Employees for Success

By Hannah Rathje | Posted on May 16, 2024

Hannah Rathje's recent transition into the community recreation supervisor position introduced her to a game-changing resource: the "Legacy Binder.”

Read more

410x410 Graphic for Website Episode 154

Building Belonging: Neurodivergent Perspectives in Parks and Recreation (Part 2) — Episode 154

By Cort Jones and Christina High | Posted on May 14, 2024

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Tammy Schwab, manager of education and outreach for the resource management division of Fairfax County Park Authority, and John McGovern, principal-in-charge for The WT Group, LLC Accessibility Practice.

Listen Now

Tiffany 1 410

Embracing Opportunities for Growth

By Tiffany Johnson, Ph.D., CPRP | Posted on April 26, 2024

Dr. Tiffany Johnson writes about the importance of volunteering and the great potential for growth because of it.

Read more

615 NRPA Conference 2023 Dallas

Networking Strategies for Advancing Your Career in Parks and Recreation

By Rachel Smith, MBA, CPRP | Posted on April 17, 2024

In the dynamic world of parks and recreation, building a robust network can be the key to unlocking exciting opportunities and advancing your career. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional looking for further challenges, strategic networking is an essential tool for success.

Read more


The Growing Influence of Young Professionals in Parks and Recreation

By Colton Patak | Posted on March 20, 2024

It’s important for young professionals to share their insights and ideas because they bring fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to the industry and statistics show that the number of young professionals in parks and recreation is increasing, with a growing number of individuals under the age of 35 joining the field.

Read more


NRPA Announces Million Coaches Challenge Grant to Champion Positive Youth Development

By Allison Colman and Teresa Morrissey | Posted on March 15, 2024

Through the Million Coaches Challenge, NRPA is partnering with leading national training providers to ensure park and recreation agencies have access to no-cost, high-quality training programs. These training opportunities focus on two key areas — social and emotional learning (SEL) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) — to complement and enhance existing training and ensure all people interacting with youth have essential skills to promote relationship building, leadership and teamwork, cultural humility, conflict resolution, unconscious bias, building understanding, and more.

Read more

PRS web

Park and Recreation Stories: Your Story Starts Here

By Cara Myers | Posted on March 13, 2024

NRPA's new video-storytelling project, Park and Recreation Stories, aims to capture the memories and insights of park and recreation professionals, as well as commemorate significant events experienced by NRPA members, partners and advocates. The initiative promotes the voice of the people who have dedicated their lives to the field of parks and recreation for the purpose of creating strong, healthy and vibrant communities across this country.

Read more

New Resource Diversify Recruitment 410

NRPA Offers Strategies for Inclusive Instructor Recruitment in Park and Recreation Programs

By Natalia Ospina | Posted on February 5, 2024

NRPA’s Healthy Aging Team has developed a resource, “Representation Matters: Strategies to Diversify Instructor Recruitment,” with eight strategies agencies can use to diversify instructor recruitment.

Read more

Lead Her Forward 410

Lead Her Forward: Creating a Culture of Women Coaches

By Nelson Musselman | Posted on February 1, 2024

Celebrated on February 7, National Girls and Women in Sports Day® honors the achievements of girls and women in sports, while also acknowledging that we must continue to advocate for gender equity. Here are five ways your agency can create a culture of women coaching.

Read more

Episode 149 410

Imposter Syndrome Is Real — Episode 149

By Cort Jones and Cara Myers | Posted on January 9, 2024

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, Gabby Vera, CPRP, the regional park superintendent for Maricopa County (Arizona) Parks and Recreation, shares strategies she's used to overcome imposter syndrome and more!

Listen Now

OLE 2024 410

A Personalized and Flexible Approach to Continuous Learning in 2024

By NRPA Professional Development Team | Posted on January 4, 2024

In 2024, park and recreation professionals can look forward to opportunities from NRPA to learn at their own pace and focus on areas most relevant to them.

Read more

Chandler Nobles Blog 12

Parks Providing Opportunities: A Young Professional’s Testimony

By Chandler Nobles, MS, CPRP | Posted on December 13, 2023

Chandler Nobles, athletics supervisor at Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority, shares how a career in parks and recreation has given him opportunities that he otherwise would have never had

Read more

Episode 148 410 new

Building Belonging: Neurodivergent Perspectives in Parks and Recreation (Part I) — Episode 148

By Cort Jones and Christina High | Posted on December 5, 2023

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing neurodiversity with by Kande Jones, the development director for Mulvane Recreation Commission in Kansas, and Dave McDaniel, the operations coordinator for City of Mobile Parks and Recreation in Alabama.

Listen Now

Episode147 410

We’re Stronger Together — Episode 147

By Cort Jones and Cara Myers | Posted on November 21, 2023

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Dr. Tiffany Johnson, CPRP, the deputy director of aging and disability services for City of Seattle, about her extensive career, the power of networking and more.

Listen Now

Power for All 410

Power for All: Reclaiming Power as a Manager in the New Generation

By Miranda Maloy | Posted on November 16, 2023

The concept of power isn’t something you can own and it’s not exclusive to one specific generation or level of authority — it is something that everyone can shape, share and utilize for the benefit of all, especially if they know how.

Read more

Gabby Vera 410

You’ve Got This!

By Gabby Vera, CPRP | Posted on October 27, 2023

Gabby Vera, CPRP, the regional park superintendent for Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, shares practical strategies to boost self-confidence, overcome imposter syndrome, and thrive in your leadership journey.

Read more

Episode 145 410

Preparing the Next Generation of Diverse Leaders in Parks and Recreation — Episode 145

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 24, 2023

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing the good work of the National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society with Chris Bass, CPRP, and Thamara Velasco, CYSA.

Listen Now

Staff Wellbeing Blog Post 410

Supporting Staff Well-Being

By Daniel Hatcher and Allison Colman | Posted on October 19, 2023

We explored the topic of staff well-being at the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference. Here are a few of the creative ideas to support staff well-being that attendees shared.

Read more