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Parks as Community Nutrition Hubs: Expanding Access to Healthy Foods

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 4, 2020

With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is working to support local park and recreation agencies in their efforts to serve as community nutrition hubs. But what is a community nutrition hub?

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Looking Forward: NRPA’s Strategic Plan with Kristine Stratton — Episode 070

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on July 28, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re speaking with NRPA President and CEO Kristine Stratton about what NRPA wants to achieve in the months and years ahead and how we’re going to get there.

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Building Better Communities Through Water and Nature-Based Play — August Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on July 23, 2020

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into one of the features of the August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, "Restoring Nature's Playground."

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Happy Birthday, Ada! How Parks and Recreation Is Celebrating Access and Inclusion and the Americans with Disabilities Act

By John McGovern | Posted on July 23, 2020

In a way, this most unusual summer is the 30th birthday of the ADA. So how are park and recreation agencies celebrating this aspect of diversity?

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Parks Aren’t Public Unless Black Kids Belong

By Sianna Simmons-Afari | Posted on July 23, 2020

Reckoning with racial exclusion in parks and spaces for play.

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July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on July 16, 2020

As park and recreation leaders and community members, it’s vital to recognize and acknowledge inequities and work towards advancing access to mental health care and positive mental health outcomes for all.

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Breaking Down Barriers with Abundant Life Adventure Club — Episode 069

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on July 14, 2020

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re thrilled to be joined by Dr. Kim and Claude Walker — the founders of the Nashville-based Abundant Life Adventure Club.

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Re-Opening: The Big Picture and Practical Realities for Afterschool

By Ursula Helminski | Posted on July 10, 2020

This year, out-of-school time programs will be relied on more than ever to support continued learning, build social connections, provide nutritious snacks and meals, get kids moving, and address the trauma and mental health challenges from COVID-19.

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It Will Take Community to Design Safe, Equitable Parks

By Colby Takeda | Posted on July 9, 2020

As cities re-open or expand pedestrian space for the long haul, we have a chance to rethink public park design.

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Greener Parks for Health: Ensuring Equitable Access to Inclusive and Resilient Green Spaces

By Karl Schrass | Posted on July 9, 2020

This Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate the essential work park and recreation professionals do to help create communities that are vibrant, healthy and strong, we should also look to the future and ask ourselves, “What changes should be made in order for our society to be more equitable and just?”

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Staying at Home, Staying Engaged: Connecting Young and Old When We Can’t Be Together

By Emily Patrick | Posted on July 8, 2020

In a time of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders, when social isolation is a grave reality for so many, communities are faced with the pressing challenge of building cross-age connections from afar.

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New Signage Tools Available to Support Safe Playground Use

By Allison Colman | Posted on July 7, 2020

In collaboration with local public health and government officials, and with new playground reopening guidance available from KABOOM! and NRPA, agencies are reopening thoughtfully and with additional safety measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

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Supporting People With Dementia and Their Care Partners to Live Well in the Community

By Meredith Hanley | Posted on June 25, 2020

Nearly six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and all sectors, including parks and recreation, play a critical role in supporting people who are impacted by dementia

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Addressing the Stigma Associated with Substance Use Disorder — Episode 067

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 16, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Pattie Roberts, deputy director of City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department, who shares about losing her son to a heroin overdose and how it pushed her to speak up about the stigma of substance use disorder in her community.

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This Pride Month Is Different

By Allison Colman | Posted on June 3, 2020

This June, let us honor the continued journey to LGBTQ+ equality while we also confront the reality of institutionalized racism. One way we can do that is to take time to pause, listen and practice empathy.

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Podcast Blackout — Black Lives Matter

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 3, 2020

As part of the #podcastblackout, we stand firmly with all who seek justice and reform for senseless acts of racism and violence and are using our platform to protest the tragic killing of Black people and people of color across the country.

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May 27 Is Thank A Hunger Hero Day

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 26, 2020

Across the country, park and recreation professionals have stepped in to ensure that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families are able to still receive healthy, free meals - thank them today!

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Staying Socially Connected While Physical Distancing: Parks and Recreation Continues to Make its Mark on Older Adults

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 21, 2020

May is Older Americans Month, and there have been so many great stories showcasing the great ways park and recreation senior services staff have been continuing to make their mark on older adults in communities across the country, even during a pandemic.

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