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Attracting Diverse Visitors Improves Your Community

By Bridget Marquis | Posted on October 3, 2022

Since 2016, Memphis, Tennesee, has been working on transforming its Mississippi Riverfront from miles of underutilized public space into a series of connected parks, gathering places and civic spaces that are both vibrant and welcoming.

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Introducing NRPA’s Equity in Practice Program – October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 29, 2022

On the October bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross and NRPA Director of Learning Philip Silva to discuss NRPA's new Equity in Practice initiative.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Parks and Rec — Episode 121

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 20, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Edwin Rivera-Guzman, CPRP, to discuss Hispanic Heritage Month and how park and recreation professionals can celebrate in their communities.

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On the Pulse of Innovation, Inclusion and Next Practices — Episode 120

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 13, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Neelay Bhatt, founder and CEO of Next Practice Partners — and this year's Best of the Best ceremony emcee — about innovation, inclusion and next practices in parks and recreation.

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Data-Driven Effort to Advance Park Equity Expands

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on September 12, 2022

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation's Parks Needs Assessment Plus contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural recreation needs, especially in the most vulnerable communities.

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Becoming a Better Mentor: Strategies to Be There for Young People

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on September 1, 2022

MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, recently launched a series of resources that benefits anyone looking to support a young person and includes real-world advice, plus tangible, evidence-based strategies for mentors.

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Providing Opportunities for Those Who Think Differently — September Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 18, 2022

On the September bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're chatting with 2022 NRPA Annual Conference speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist, animal behaviorist, advocate for autism and author.

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Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Take Action Now

By Asia Simms | Posted on August 16, 2022

NRPA strongly urges the passage of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, and with it, a robust Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) that supports youth and their families.

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On a Mission to Make Aquatics More Equitable — Episode 118

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 16, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Kate Connell, CPRP, the aquatics program supervisor for Iowa City Parks and Recreation and creator of Equitable Aquatics. She is also a recipient of the 2022 NRPA Young Professional Fellowship!

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Book Recommendation: Invisible Women

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on August 12, 2022

Tim Herd, CPRE, the CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, shares his recommendation for "Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men" by Caroline Criado Perez.

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Back to School: 5 Ways To Integrate Social and Emotional Learning Into Your Out-of-School Time Programs This Year

By Allison Colman | Posted on August 10, 2022

As we enter a new school year, here are some ways park and recreation professionals can consider how their programs can more intentionally integrate social and emotional learning to advance positive youth outcomes across their community.

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Easy Way to Connect with Your Community? Host a BioBlitz!

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on August 8, 2022

The countdown to September’s BioBlitz is on! In only a few short weeks, communities across the country will celebrate our fourth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz. Here are a few tips for hosting your own BioBlitz in your community.

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New Resources to Increase Youth Sports Registrations

By Teresa Morrissey | Posted on August 5, 2022

To support park and recreation professionals looking to recruit more families into their youth sports programming, NRPA has developed a suite of family-facing resources that showcases what sets park and recreation youth sports apart from the rest.

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New SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit to Support Community Wellness Hubs in Parks and Recreation

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 22, 2022

NRPA’s SNAP and WIC Outreach Toolkit provides information for park and recreation professionals on how to provide SNAP/WIC outreach directly to community members, connecting them to enrollment and retention assistance for increased access to affordable and healthy foods.

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How Parks and Recreation Can Support People Experiencing Homelessness – August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 21, 2022

The August 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, titled, “Homelessness: How Can I Help?”

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Celebrating Latino Conservation Week — Episode 117

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 19, 2022

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how Montgomery County, Maryland, is celebrating Latino Conservation Week with Michelle Ramirez, the public outreach specialist for Montgomery Parks.

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Using the Inclusive Healthy Places Companion Guide for Park and Recreation Professionals

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 22, 2022

This resource is an opportunity for your agency to center the community in its decision-making and create systemic change that will lead to more equitable, inclusive, healthy and resilient park spaces.

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Paving the Way for Gender Equity in Youth Sports – Episode 115

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 21, 2022

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by 10-year-old Evangeline Iarossi, who wrote a letter to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor about the inequities between girls' and boys' sports, as well as Heather Wolf-Erickson and Sherisha Hills of City of Tampa Parks and Recreation, who are helping to address these inequities.

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