National Rural Health Day Blog 410

Highlighting the "Power of Rural"

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on November 13, 2019

National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 21 — a day to highlight the “Power of Rural,” showcasing the unique assets and needs of rural communities.

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Commit to Health videos 410

Setting the Stage for Healthy Communities

By Jennifer Nguyen | Posted on October 31, 2019

Over the summer, NRPA visited three agencies to see how they are using transportation, farmers markets and intergenerational programming to improve access to healthy food.

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Heart Your Park Volunteer blog 410

Building Resilient Communities Through Volunteerism

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on October 30, 2019

Last year, NRPA partnered with Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department to host four volunteer events in each city to improve their local parks.

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One Million Kids blog 410

Meet Me at the Park Reaches More Than 1 Million Children and Families

By Jennifer Stromberg | Posted on October 23, 2019

In 2017, NRPA and Disney set a goal through the Meet Me at the Park Play Spaces grant program to improve access to inclusive play spaces for one million children and families. We are excited to announce that we reached this goal.

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Outdoor Recreation Episode 51 410

Providing Outdoor Recreation in the Big City — Episode 051

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 22, 2019

We sat down with Molly Gallant and Bob Wall of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference to talk about the importance of outdoor recreation opportunities in urban environments.

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Conference Community Engagement Training 410

NRPA’s Community Engagement Training: Delving Into Equity and Inclusion

By Jennifer Nguyen | Posted on October 10, 2019

On September 23, before the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference officially began, 36 professionals took part in a lively, engaging discussion on community engagement, inclusion and equity.

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Safe Routes to Parks blog 410

Five Ways to Create an Inclusive, Equitable Safe Routes to Parks Initiative

By Margaux Mennesson | Posted on October 9, 2019

Improving safe park access requires thoughtful assessment and inclusion of strategies aimed at overcoming injustices in each stage of a community’s Safe Routes to Parks efforts.

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Burlington blog 410

Connecting Generations in Burlington, Vermont

By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on August 16, 2019

Even in a picturesque city like Burlington, Vermont, food insecurity and social isolation are ongoing challenges.

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Park Access Sessions blog 410

Addressing Equitable Park Access One Session at a Time

By Rachel Banner | Posted on August 8, 2019

We've picked a few equitable park access sessions that you won't want to miss at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Little Rock blog 410

‘Little’ but Mighty in Little Rock, a City with Big Solutions

By Allison Colman | Posted on July 25, 2019

In Little Rock, Arkansas — like so many other U.S. cities — one of the biggest challenges many residents face is having access to reliable, consistent and safe transportation.

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El Cajon Blog

El Cajon Plans Pocket Parks to Help ‘Underparked’ Areas

By Frank Carson | Posted on July 19, 2019

With a five percent increase in population in the past decade, the city of El Cajon, California, has become very diverse in a short period of time and residents are clamoring for more outdoor opportunities.

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ACEs blog 410

Adverse Childhood Experiences

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on July 2, 2019

Out-of-School Time programs provide a variety of protective factors that lower a child’s chance of experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences.

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Trauma Informed Care Blog 410

Trauma-Informed Care

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on June 26, 2019

From an organizational perspective, Trauma-Informed Care emphasizes respecting and appropriately responding to the effects of trauma at all levels.

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Chanute Blog 410

Chanute Recreation Commission Serves as Resilient Partner in Wake of Flooding

By Julie Aikens | Posted on June 25, 2019

Chanute Recreation Commission used its Increasing Access to Healthy Meals at Parks grant to create a space to serve as a community feeding center and shelter in the case of a community crisis or natural disaster.

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Seattle Rainbow Recreation 410

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s “Rainbow Recreation” Program: Serving Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Older Adults

By Cheryl Brown | Posted on June 18, 2019

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a track record of working collaboratively with the community to make Seattle a more inclusive place to live.

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June Community Engagement Guide Blog 410

Creating Equitable Access to Parks and Recreation: NRPA’s Community Engagement Resource Guide

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 17, 2019

This resource guide is designed to provide park and recreation professionals the tools to conduct community engagement, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.

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LGBTQ Inclusion Podcast 410

LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Finding Community in Parks and Recreation — Episode 041

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on June 10, 2019

In celebration of Pride Month, we're talking about LGBTQ+ inclusion in parks and recreation on the latest episode of Open Space Radio with Jason Shriner, marketing manager for the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Pride blog 410

Pride in Parks: The Role of Parks in the Pride Movement and Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community

By Jared Mummert | Posted on June 6, 2019

It was at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that the gay pride movement was born — and right at the center of it all was a park.

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