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Celebrating and Growing Our Public Sector Workforce

By Sara Agate, MPH, Esq. | Posted on May 31, 2023

Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first week of May since 1985, honors the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees.

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How Parks and Playgrounds Prepare the Next Generation for Sports Participation

By Nelly Musselman | Posted on May 26, 2023

Viewing parks and playgrounds as early sports development hubs for the next pro, college, high school or recreation league athletes really paints the picture of how important and necessary these resources are.

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Youth Sports Equity Grant: Exciting Selection Announcement!

By Nelson Musselman | Posted on May 18, 2023

With support from Musco Lighting, NRPA is providing funding and in-kind support to local park and recreation agencies to increase opportunities for physical activity that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

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How to Engage Your Community Through Product Fundraising

By Debbie Salat | Posted on May 17, 2023

Product fundraisers can bring funds and support to your park and recreation department. Follow these steps to engage your community through product fundraising.

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Celebrating How Parks and Recreation Keeps Communities Healthy and Connected — Episode 136

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 16, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we discuss Family Health & Fitness Day coming up on Saturday, June 10, with Cina Makres, an NRPA program specialist, and Daniel Hatcher, the senior director of strategic partnerships at Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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HUD Community Development Block Grant: Funding for Parks

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on May 9, 2023

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

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4 Tips to Improve Pet Behaviors at Community Events

By Casey Dorman | Posted on May 8, 2023

Whether you’re planning an outdoor fundraiser at your park or hosting an educational event for kids, it takes a lot of planning to run a successful community event. Including pets in these activities adds another layer of factors you need to consider.

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The Importance of Data Visualization and Storytelling in Parks and Recreation

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on May 4, 2023

While data collection and analysis are certainly important, we must also be intentional and thoughtful in how we present and tell our stories using data.

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Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing in Action

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 3, 2023

We know that while the concept of a Community Wellness Hub may seem innovative, the work and ideas that contribute to a hub are happening every day. Here are some ideas for advancing each of the seven dimensions of wellbeing in your everyday practices.

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A Doomscroll Break: Parks and Recreation on Social Media — Episode 135

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 2, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with NRPA Marketing Coordinator Christina High about all things social media, why your agency should be using it, and how parks and recreation can be a positive corner of the internet.

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Aging Unbound: 5 Tips for Supporting Older Adults in Your Community

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on May 1, 2023

In celebration of Older Americans Month, NRPA's Supporting Healthy Aging through Parks and Recreation (SHAPR) grantees developed a short list of tips for supporting older adults in your community.

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New Study Shows Benefits Exceed Park Costs

By Austin Barrett and Kevin Roth | Posted on April 28, 2023

While telling the story of your local park and recreation agency is vital to advocacy, so is having solid research to rely on. The good news is that there is growing evidence of parks and recreation’s economic power.

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How to Build a Culture of Safety — May Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 27, 2023

On the May bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we dive deeper into one of this month's feature stories with Dr. William Ramos, a member of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and associate professor at Indiana University School of Public Health, and Nichole Bohner, the aquatics division manager for City of Round Rock, Texas, Parks and Recreation.

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Anti-LGBTQIA+ Legislation Doesn’t Reflect Parks and Recreation’s Values

By Allison Colman, Autumn Saxton-Ross and Kyle Simpson | Posted on April 26, 2023

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 734, a federal ban on transgender and intersex sports, challenging the very mission, vision and core values of NRPA.

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Make the Most Out of Your Time With Youth This Summer!

By Kent Hunt, CPRP | Posted on April 25, 2023

As we move closer to the summer camp season, here are some simple ideas that can be easily integrated into the trainings, programs and activities that you are already doing to enhance youth development within your programs.

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Reaching Your Community: Awareness Strategies for Your Park

By Aidan Augustin | Posted on April 25, 2023

Reaching out to your community may seem challenging, but there are several strategies you can use to get messages across. Learn more about these outreach tips.

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Why Branding Matters for Your Agency’s Website Design

By Murad Bushnaq | Posted on April 19, 2023

By branding your agency’s website, your organization will be able to boost its credibility and expand its reach. Explore these key benefits and tips in depth.

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Celebrating Earth Month with Merrell and Marion, Iowa — Episode 134

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 18, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Regina Hill, the CSR marketing manager for Merrell, and Mike Cimprich, the city arborist for the Marion Parks and Recreation Department in Iowa.

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