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A Park and Rec Program Created 500,000 Healthier Youth — Episode 035

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 18, 2019

In today’s episode, we take a moment to celebrate five years of Commit to Health and how we're making an impact nationwide.

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Is This the End of Recycling? — Episode 034

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 25, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking about one of NRPA’s top trends in parks and recreation for 2019 that is causing quite a stir.

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Lifeguard Shortage? What Lifeguard Shortage? — Episode 033

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 11, 2019

On this episode of Open Space Radio, Mark Foote joins us to discuss the real need for parks and recreation to adapt to younger generations in order to attract and retain staff.

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How One Man (And His Family) Changed the Culture of a Community — Episode 32

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 28, 2019

ABC Park in Baltimore, Maryland, is the site of our 2019 Parks Build Community project, but Derwin Hannah has been caring for the park as a volunteer for more than 17 years.

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Park Development Means Economic Development — Episode 031

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on January 7, 2019

In this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Ed McMahon, the senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, about the importance of placemaking and why developers should invest in parks and open space.

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Help! We're Losing Our Parks! — Episode 030

By Cort Jones | Posted on December 21, 2018

Even though parks and open space are vital to every community, many parks are being converted to non-park uses. In some cases, the conversions of these parks are for other valuable public purposes, such as schools or roads, but the net effect is the same — the parks are lost.

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What Are Your Park and Rec Pet Peeves? — Episode 029

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 6, 2018

On our 25th episode, we asked you to let us know some of the things that you deal with in your career in parks and recreation that really annoy you, and you answered the call.

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Does Our Built Environment Impact Our Health Behaviors? — Episode 028

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 22, 2018

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk about how our public built environments impact health behaviors such as physical activity and recreation, and the environment where we spend most of our time, such as work, school and sleep, has an effect on our leisure time physical activity.

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What Does It Take to Raise the Bar in Parks and Rec? — Episode 027

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 2, 2018

In this episode of Open Space Radio, we caught up with Becky Dunlap from the "Becky Talks Parks" podcast at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Universal Recreation: Meh or Magnificent? — Episode 026

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 18, 2018

In this episode, we chat about why universal recreation is important and how it can improve all aspects of parks and recreation.

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Celebrating Our 25th Episode: Why We Love Park & Rec Pros — Episode 025

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 4, 2018

To celebrate the 25th episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing the things we love about park and recreation professionals.

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How Risk Play Can Benefit Kids — Episode 024

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 20, 2018

Unstructured, hands-on, risk play is making a comeback, and it can teach kids lessons and skills that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

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Parks and Rec Brings the Fun — Episode 023

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 31, 2018

Peter Kageyama, one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference, discusses why he loves parks.

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Celebrating "A Lifetime of Discovery!" — Episode 022

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 29, 2018

July is Park and Recreation Month! On this episode, we chat with the Waukegan Park District in Illinois about how they're celebrating and all the great events they have planned.

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How Parks and Rec Served Over 85 Million Meals — Episode 021

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 5, 2018

As one of the largest providers of meals during out-of-school times, park and recreation agencies are making significant impacts in their communities.

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Parks and Rec is Transforming the Lives of Older Adults (and Vice Versa) — Episode 020

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 28, 2018

In this episode, we speak with Mr. Joe Trevino, a 93-year-old veteran, and Irma Yepez-Perez, a Senior Management Analyst at the City of Fresno PARCS department.

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The Great NRPA Owl Rescue — Episode 019

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 7, 2018

The story about a baby owl who fell from its nest and, after the heroic acts of Ted Mattingly, NRPA's resident hero and Director of Facilities and Administrative Services, was returned to safety.

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What Do Dream Parks Look Like to Kids? — Episode 018

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 9, 2018

We asked kids to design their dream park at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and you're going to want to hear about some of these creations!

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