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Parks and Public Health: Working Together to Advance Health and Wellness

By Clement Lau, AICP | Posted on April 2, 2018

While the field of parks and recreation is often associated with fun and games, it should also be known for how it is advancing health and wellness.

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FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill Passes

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on March 23, 2018

Thanks to Congress for making local parks and recreation a priority.

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Grant Opportunity to Fund Community Coalitions Preventing Substance Use Among Youth

By Cassie Pais and Kate Clabaugh | Posted on February 28, 2018

Our Commit to Health campaign continues to expand well beyond programming related to nutrition and physical activity.

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FY19 Presidential Budget Request: Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 13, 2018

The White House released its FY19 budget request yesterday, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

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NRPA Asks Congress to Invest in Arthritis

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on February 7, 2018

NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.

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Make 2018 the Year of Healthy Out-of-School Time!

By Allison Colman | Posted on February 1, 2018

Since 2014, over 300,000 children have gained access to healthier meals and snacks, additional opportunities to be physically active, evidence-based nutrition education and outdoor play through NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign.

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New National Poll Finds Widespread Opposition to NPS Fee Increases

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 22, 2017

Results of a new poll found that 68 percent of respondents were opposed to the raise in fees.

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Congress is Heading Home for the Holidays

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 21, 2017

After an eventful December, Congress is heading home for the holidays with plenty of work left to be done in D.C. after the New Year.

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Clarksville Bounces Back with Park Champion Event at CDBG-funded Valleybrook Park

By Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on December 6, 2017

Valleybrook Park received a huge revitalization, including new playgrounds, restrooms, a pavilion and more, thanks to a $477,000 federal CDBG Disaster Resilience grant.

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Proposal to Double or Triple Daily Entrance Fees at National Parks — A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on November 17, 2017

The Department of Interior recently issued notice they will significantly raise daily entrance fees for 17 iconic national parks and has requested public comment.

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Hey Congress, If the Budget Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

By Public Policy Team | Posted on November 2, 2017

Congress has passed the FY2018 budget framework, but spending levels for individual programs have not been finalized.

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Is Healthy Aging a Major Priority for Your Agency?

By Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on October 27, 2017

Why should we place a priority on serving older adults? Several reasons!

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Afterschool Funding Saved

By Allison Colman and Kate Sims | Posted on September 21, 2017

Thanks to great efforts on Capitol Hill and local advocacy efforts from out-of-school time (OST) providers like yourself all summer long, congress voted just last week to restore the funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.

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Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

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Hot Topics: Pokémon Go is Back in the News, Recreation Fees and Cool Streets — Episode 002

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 7, 2017

Today’s episode covers three trending topics that have been in the news lately — Pokémon Go and augmented reality games in parks, recreation fees for public land use and cool streets.

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Building Relationships to Foster Engagement in the Environment

By Rosie Santos | Posted on July 28, 2017

The NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign Community Engagement grant program offered us an opportunity to pilot a work study program to arm young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to address real issues in our community.

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Federal Funding Sustained for Arthritis Program

By Kate Sims and Lesha Spencer-Brown | Posted on July 26, 2017

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill for FY18, which includes $11 million for the CDC’s Arthritis Program.

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Senate Healthcare Repeal Bill Released: Park and Rec Priorities Fare Worse than in House Bill

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on June 22, 2017

Today the Senate released its healthcare repeal bill, the details of which are deeply troubling for park and recreation priorities.

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