On a Cross-Country Mission to Advocate for Trans Rights — Episode 132
By Cort Jones | Posted on March 21, 2023
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Cal Dobbs (he/they), a transgender endurance athlete running across the country — from California to Florida — to fight for the inclusion of transgender people in sports and access to gender-affirming healthcare.
Afterschool Program Provider Survey Reveals Three Key Stressors Preventing a Return to Normal
By Nikki Yamashiro | Posted on March 20, 2023
While afterschool providers are increasingly reporting that they have been able to return to pre-COVID capacity limits, there are still nearly 1 in 4 providers (23 percent) who say they have not been able to return to their regular operational capacity.
Going Virtual: Common Free Online Survey Tools
By Austin Barrett | Posted on March 16, 2023
Park and recreation agencies commonly use surveys to get feedback from their communities. In our increasingly digital world, the need for online survey tools has expanded. Here is an overview of some online tools that are available.
Field of Nightmares: Helping You Rest Easy About Your Event
By Josh Taylor, CMP, CPRP | Posted on March 15, 2023
Josh Taylor, the events manager for City of Trussville, Alabama, shares how your events can be transformed from the source of your insomnia into community traditions.
$70 Million to Support Environmental Justice Through EPA
By Miriam Lamoreaux | Posted on March 14, 2023
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new funding opportunity to support park and recreation agencies and their community partners in their critical efforts to combat the impacts of climate change.
Sports Tourism: What Does It Mean for You and Your Community?
By Chandler Nobles, MS, CPRP | Posted on March 13, 2023
Sports tourism generated over $90 billion dollars in economic impact across the US in 2021. Here's what that could mean for parks and recreation.
Integrating Mentoring Into Park and Recreation Programming
By Austin Barrett | Posted on March 9, 2023
Here are perspectives on what some of NRPA's youth mentoring grantees have learned from their experiences establishing and running their youth mentoring programs.
Mentoring: Adding Stars to Youth’s Solar Systems
By Austin Barrett | Posted on March 9, 2023
Read about NRPA's youth mentoring grantees and how their youth mentoring programs have improved outcomes in their communities.
Finding Purpose With Morale, Welfare and Recreation
By Gregory M. Dunn | Posted on March 8, 2023
Gregory M. Dunn, a recreation specialist for City of Murphy, Texas, shares about the opportunities with morale, welfare and recreation, also known as armed forces recreation.
Continuing a Legacy of Service to Create a Better World — Episode 131
By Cort Jones | Posted on March 7, 2023
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Norma Edith García-Gonzalez, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, to discuss how she's leading with equity, as well as L.A. County's recently adopted 30x30 plan.
Improving the Youth Sports Experience
By Charnon Barnes | Posted on March 2, 2023
As park and recreation professionals, many of us interact with young people in our facilities and programs. Whether it’s through soccer, basketball or other physical activity programs, we all want to provide the best experiences for youth.
Play Like a Girl: Keeping Girls Active for a Lifetime
By Nikki Taylor, CPRP | Posted on March 1, 2023
Making athletics a safe space for girls is vital to keeping them involved. It is essential to look at the big picture of how an active lifestyle contributes to a woman's overall health and well-being — not just a single game or season.
How Lifeguarding Provided a Foundation for a First Responder — March Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones | Posted on February 23, 2023
The March issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s articles, “From Lifeguard to First Responder” with Cole Munsey and Craig Pattenaude of Cosumnes Community Services District.
Advancing Physical Activity and Health Equity Through Active Parks! — Episode 130
By Cort Jones | Posted on February 21, 2023
On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing the Active Parks! Implementation Guide with Ken Rose, who leads CDC’s Physical Activity and Health branch and oversees national efforts to increase physical activity.
Summer Camp Planning: 3 Themed Ideas to Keep Campers Engaged
By Olivia Mode-Cater | Posted on February 16, 2023
Your summer camp needs exciting themes to keep campers engaged and returning year after year. Explore this list of themed ideas to kickstart your planning.
Better Together: The Value of Partnerships with Community Organizations in Parks and Recreation
By Chris McGregor | Posted on February 15, 2023
In 2018, the closure of the only full-service grocery store in the southside of Peoria, Illinois, placed a strain on the people living in some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the community. Here's how a partnership is helping to meet the health and wellness needs of community members.
On a Journey to Spread Good Vibes and the Healing Power of Nature — Episode 129
By Cort Jones | Posted on February 14, 2023
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Merrell ambassador Will "Akuna" Robinson, about his outdoor recreation journey, which began in 2016 when he attempted to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail to help with PTSD from his previous military service.
CAPRA Volunteers: Together We Grow Parks and Recreation — Episode 128
By Cort Jones | Posted on February 7, 2023
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Rod Tarullo, the director of parks, recreation and golf for City of Golden, Colorado, and Christi Giles-Reed, the community program coordinator for City of Dallas, Texas, about their experience serving as CAPRA volunteers.