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Why Conversations About Racial Equity Matter for Parks and Recreation — October Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 24, 2020

On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're having a conversation about racial equity with Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and keynote speaker for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual).

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The Great American Outdoors Act is Law, Part II — Episode 074

By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on September 22, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio — part two of our Great American Outdoors Act coverage — we talk with Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), two of our Congressional champions who helped pass this historic legislation.

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Prioritizing Public Health Under Growing Public Pressure

By Allison Colman | Posted on September 15, 2020

Despite drastic numbers and warnings grounded in science and data, we recognize that park and recreation professionals are facing mounting public pressure to “get back to normal” and are continuing to face difficult decisions on a daily basis.

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Parks After Dark in Motion: Meeting Community Needs in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on September 9, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is unable to offer its highly popular, award-winning Parks After Dark (PAD) program this year, but it has initiated the PAD in Motion program, in which it closes off park-adjacent streets for community members to safely walk and ride.

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The Great American Outdoors Act Is Law, Part I — Episode 073

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 8, 2020

In part one of our Great American Outdoors Act double-header episodes of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Allegra “Happy” Haynes, the executive director of parks and recreation for the City and County of Denver, about what full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means for her community and the country.

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Access to Reliable, Quality Meals Is More Essential Than Ever

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 26, 2020

As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, our professionals and partner organizations who have stepped up to serve meals during COVID-19, and our families that have benefited from these quick actions, are facing their next challenge.

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Celebrating Three Years of Open Space Radio — Episode 072

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 25, 2020

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re celebrating our birthday! We started Open Space Radio a little over three years ago, and while many of you may have heard us talk about the early days of finding our podcasting groove, we like to invite you — our listeners — in every once in a while to reflect back on some of our favorite Open Space Radio moments.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: August 19-21 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on August 21, 2020

In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that staff at four in five park and recreation agencies are leading park activation activities — like small group naturalist programs, virtual learning centers and drive-in movies — to promote park and open space usage.

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How to Embrace Change and Lead During Challenging Times — September Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 20, 2020

On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Roslyn Johnson, director of Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, about the challenges of starting a new role with a new department just before COVID-19, supporting her community during tough times and the ongoing need for true equity in parks.

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Planning for the Next Normal in Out-of-School Time Programs

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 6, 2020

This new action guide from Kaiser Permanente provides guidance on the challenges faced during COVID-19, recommendations for addressing each challenge, and action items for moving ahead.

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An Epidemic: How Parks and Recreation Can Play a Role in Addressing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on August 6, 2020

Serving as providers of and connection points to public health services, parks and recreation plays a vital role in the ongoing opioid and substance use epidemic. We're proud to announce the release of Parks and Recreation: A Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis.

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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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