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Favorite Park and Recreation Activities According to the Data

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on November 22, 2023

In this edition of the Park Engagement blog series, we explore the different types of participation and engagement that we see within our park and recreation facilities, according to data from NRPA's Engagement With Parks Report.

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What Keeps People From Visiting Their Local Parks?

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on November 9, 2023

In the latest edition of our Park Engagement blog series, we explore what keeps people from spending time in their local parks and possible reasons why these factors have changed in the past couple of years.

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The Data Proves It: The Public Supports Park and Recreation Funding

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 26, 2023

In the latest in our Park Engagement Blog Series, we discuss the public’s support for park and recreation funding, initiatives they see as being most beneficial in their community, and their desire to be a part of the process.

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Exploring 13 Common Park and Recreation Salaries

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 18, 2023

The 2023 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey report dives into 13 of the most commonly found job titles held by full-time professionals. We look at the different responsibilities of each of these positions and how their salaries differ and have changed over the years.

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Proximity To Parks: An Opportunity for Action

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 17, 2023

In the latest edition of our Park Engagement Blog Series, we explore what proportion of U.S. residents live within walking distance from a local park or recreation facility.

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How Are People Getting to Their Local Parks?

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 6, 2023

In this blog post, we explore one component of the 2023 Engagement With Parks Report — how park users get from their homes to parks, playgrounds, open spaces or recreation centers.

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Diving Deeper: The 2023 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 2, 2023

The 2023 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey report outlines the valuable benefits that park and recreation professionals receive, such as health insurance, vacation and sick leave, retirement plans and more.

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The NRPA Engagement With Parks Report: How It Began

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on September 29, 2023

In October 2023, NRPA will once again be releasing the annual Engagement With Parks Report. Here's a little background on how this critical report began.

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The Census: The Briefest of Overviews on This 200+ Year Event

By Melissa May | Posted on January 18, 2023

At a cost of roughly $96 per household (more than $15 billion), why do census results matter? What are they used for? And what does this have to do with parks and recreation?

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4 Dimensions of Health in Parks and Recreation

By Kevin Roth and Kelby Rose | Posted on December 27, 2022

Get an overview of the four dimensions of health as considered in A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks.

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A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks

By Kevin Roth and Kelby Rose | Posted on December 5, 2022

Most often, the economic value of parks relates to property values, tax revenue, tourism revenue, and local business development. Like these contributions to the local economy, the health benefits of parks also have economic value.

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Data: The Next Frontier

By Austin Barrett | Posted on October 27, 2022

Learn more about NRPA’s new Data and Mapping Resource Library, which offers a collection of relevant, publicly available databases and visualizations curated for park and recreation professionals and advocates.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: Spring 2022 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 13, 2022

In our Spring 2022 edition of NRPA Parks Snapshot, we check on the status of park and recreation agency funding, aquatics programming and, in particular, the hiring of lifeguards.

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2021 Engagement With Parks Report: The Parent Advocate

By Melissa May | Posted on December 16, 2021

Adults in the U.S. recognize the importance of parks and recreation in their community even if they do not consider themselves park users. One group, however, is an untapped champion for parks and recreation — parents.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: 2021 Year-End Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on December 10, 2021

In our year-end edition of NRPA Parks Snapshot, we are looking at the challenges affecting park and recreation agencies as our nation continues to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — particularly those that impact funding, staffing and programming.

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Engagement with Parks Report: Looking Back to See the Future

By Austin Barrett | Posted on December 2, 2021

To glimpse the future, it’s often helpful to look back to the past. So, to understand where we — park and recreation professionals — fit, let’s take a brief stroll through our recent history.

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2021 NRPA Engagement With Parks Report Shows Support for Parks and Recreation Is Universal

By Kevin Roth | Posted on November 11, 2021

In its six years of publication, the NRPA Engagement With Parks Report has demonstrated that people in nearly every city, town and county across the U.S. place a high value on the programs and services that park and recreation professionals deliver to their local communities.

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What's Your Story?

By Daniel Espada | Posted on May 29, 2019

Story maps are a simple yet powerful way to inform, motivate and inspire people with any story you want to tell that involves a geographic component.

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