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How Unlikely Hikers Is Creating Community and Belonging Outside — Episode 103

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 23, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re chatting with Jenny Bruso, founder of Unlikely Hikers, which is a diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community featuring the underrepresented outdoorsperson.

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Inspiring Others to Experience the Fullness of Their Humanity — Episode 102

By Cort Jones | Posted on November 9, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're celebrating the #HikeYourTurf campaign with Merrell ambassador Mirna Valerio, a.k.a "The Mirnavator." Tune in as she discusses her passion for running and the outdoors, as well as what compelled her to begin sharing her story through her blog, Fatgirlrunning.

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Coffee Talk Replay: Continuing to Center Equity in All We Do — Episode 101

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 26, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference with NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross.

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Coffee Talk Replay: Out-of-School Time Programs: Essential for Health and Well-Being — Episode 100

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 12, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of the Coffee Talks from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference, featuring Brodrick Clarke, vice president of programs at National Summer Learning Association; Daniel Hatcher, director of community partnerships at Alliance for a Healthier Generation; and Allison Colman, NRPA director of health.

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On a Mission to End Playspace Inequity for Good — Episode 099

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 28, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM!, an organization that unites with communities to build kid-designed playspaces that can spark joy and foster a sense of belonging for the kids who are often denied opportunities to thrive.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy in The Big Apple Through a Culture of Care — Episode 098

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 14, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Mitchell Silver, who recently wrapped up a seven-year tenure as parks commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and will be giving a keynote presentation at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Don’t Miss Coffee Talks at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference — Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 24, 2021

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, you get a sneak peek at the guests who will be joining us for this year's Coffee Talks at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Our Park and Recreation Community Poem: Everything Around You… — Episode 097

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 10, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, hear New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander read our Park and Recreation Month Community Poem — one poem comprised of your poetry submissions!

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A Podcast for Any Chapter in Your Parks and Rec Journey — Episode 096

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 27, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by two other park and recreation podcast hosts — Becky Dunlap of Let's Talk Parks and Paul Gilbert of Strategic Leadership — to discuss how the rise of podcasting and digital content is benefitting park and recreation professionals.

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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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The Genesis Project: How a Mother Is Keeping Her Son’s Spirit Alive — Episode 095

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 13, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Jennifer Holmes, who is helping to provide swim lessons and water safety education to rural areas of Charleston County, South Carolina, after her son, Genesis, tragically died in a drowning accident in 2014. We’re also joined by Gina Ellis-Strother, the chief administration officer for Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission.

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Fostering an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Environment in Parks and Recreation — Episode 094

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 29, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Peyton O’Conner, AICP, CPRE, CNP, CYSA (they/she), the parks and recreation director for Buncombe County in Asheville, North Carolina, to discuss building LGBTQ+ inclusive environments in parks and recreation.

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Our Park and Recreation Story: How One Family Finds Peace in Parks — July Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 17, 2021

On the July bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with Jenna Brinkman and Craig Pattenaude of Cosumnes Community Services District and David Phommavong, the father of the child in the cover photo of the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Why the Essence of Equity-Centered Work Is Organizational Change — Episode 093

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 15, 2021

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mickey Fearn, who has been a park and recreation professional for more than 50 years, to discuss his extensive career in equity-related work.

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Creating a Culture of Transgender Inclusion in Sports — Episode 092

By Cort Jones (he/him) and Roxanne Sutton (she/her) | Posted on June 1, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Chris Mosier (he/him), a trailblazing athlete, coach and the founder of TransAthlete.com, to discuss transgender inclusion in sports and how park and recreation professionals can take action on more inclusive policies.

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Caring for the Mental Well-Being of Our Staff and Communities — June Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 20, 2021

The June issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, “Mental Health Care in a Pandemic.”

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It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See Ya Later! — Episode 091

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 18, 2021

Today's episode of Open Space Radio is a bittersweet one, as we bid farewell to one of our co-hosts, Roxanne Sutton, before she embarks on a new adventure.

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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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