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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Year in Review: A Listen Back at Your Favorite Open Space Radio Episodes of 2021 — Episode 105

By Cort Jones | Posted on December 21, 2021

On the final episode of Open Space Radio for the year, our host Cort Jones reflects on the 13 most-downloaded episodes from 2021 and shares inspiring messages from guests of each episode.

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Third Annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Reaches 3,000 People in 25 States

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on November 2, 2021

Our profession faced a new normal during the past year and a half and programs like the Parks for Pollinator BioBlitz proved extremely helpful in getting our communities outside to experience nature safely.

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Building Better Communities: Centering Equity in Water-Based Play Spaces

By Lyndsey Younger and Kathy McKenna | Posted on October 19, 2021

Two splash pad projects in Huntington, West Virginia, and Alton, Illinois, focus not only on providing a water play experience integrated with environmental stewardship educational components, but also on ensuring these spaces are inclusive for all members of the community regardless of ability.

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New Resource to Help Engage the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on September 13, 2021

NRPA partnered with Justice Outside to create a resource that provides a process, resources, as well as case studies, to help professionals thoughtfully explore how to engage in community building work around natural resources and conservation efforts.

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The Buzz in the Burg

By Kelly Adams, Keith Thomas and Jeremy Harold | Posted on July 21, 2021

"The Friendly City” is a motto that the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, takes to heart, and Mike Hott, the city’s landscape supervisor is helping make it friendly for pollinators, as well. Learn how they will leverage the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz in their city wide pollinators program.

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Enhancing Stewardship and Access to the Tennessee River — August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 15, 2021

The August 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, “A River Runs Through It.”

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BioBlitz: Making Nature More Equitable

By Katie Boughal | Posted on May 27, 2021

The Delores Fenwick Nature Center serves the City of Pearland, Texas, a small community just south of Houston. Here's how its staff are planning to make their future BioBlitz events more equitable.

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Coffee Talk Replay: Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change — Episode 090

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 4, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from last year's NRPA Virtual, when we were joined by Kenny Weigandt from Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Oregon,  and John DiSpaldo, a regional preparedness liaison for FEMA, to discuss being prepared for disasters due to a changing climate.

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New Toolkit to Assess Climate Threats and Park-Specific Strategies

By Jenny Cox | Posted on April 29, 2021

Climate.Park.Change. is a pilot toolkit created by Sasaki in partnership with NRPA. This toolkit compiles data on how climate change is affecting park and recreation spaces and offers physical design and community engagement solutions to address climate impacts and other challenges.

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Summer 2021: Safe, Fun, Healthy and Family-Friendly Activities in Parks and Rec

By NRPA Programs and Partnerships Team | Posted on April 21, 2021

We asked NRPA's Conservation, Health and Park Access teams for some summer activity recommendations — check out a few of their ideas highlighting fun ways you can spend time together as a family and make new memories this summer.

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Addressing Issues at the Intersection of Climate and Health — Episode 089

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 20, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the Climate for Health Ambassador Training, taking place this June in partnership with Climate for Health, will benefit park and recreation professionals at all experience levels.

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