Innovation in Park Design Award

Win an Award and Recognition for Your Innovative Park Design!

By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on March 8, 2018

Does your agency manage a unique park or facility that embraces innovative technology, strategies or programs to improve your community? If so, we want you to apply for the Innovation in Park Design Award!

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10-Minute Walk: Opportunities

By Rachel Banner, MPH | Posted on February 6, 2018

At a time when our park and recreation budgets continue to be placed next to last in city budgets, we must champion mayors and city leaders that invest in parks and recreation.

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Wayfinding: Navigation and Site Planning

By Brad Done | Posted on January 30, 2018

To give visitors the best experience possible, planners have recognized the importance of implementing systems that guide visitors through parks, historic sites and urban centers in a straight-forward manner.

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How the Rise of Technology Could Help Us Reclaim Our Paradise — Episode 015

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 22, 2018

A shift in how people are getting around cities could mean a change in the future of land use in urban areas.

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50 Ways Parks and Recreation Pay Out Every Day

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on January 16, 2018

Together, our park and recreation systems contribute expansively to a healthy economy, environment and society in at least 50 tangible ways.

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Why Everyone in San Francisco Lives Within a 10-Minute Walk to a Park — Episode 014

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 8, 2018

San Francisco is the first and only city in the nation where 100 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park.

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Mayor Hillary Schieve on Why Parks and Recreation is Vital to a Thriving Reno — Episode 013

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 27, 2017

Reno is aiming to be a leader in outdoor recreation in order to attract new business and improve overall quality of life.

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Congress is Heading Home for the Holidays

By NRPA Public Policy Team | Posted on December 21, 2017

After an eventful December, Congress is heading home for the holidays with plenty of work left to be done in D.C. after the New Year.

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Americans’ View on the Role of Parks in Natural Disaster Prevention

By Melissa May | Posted on December 7, 2017

While we may never be 100 percent guarded against the forces of nature, there are many steps that our local and federal government can take to mitigate loss and increase our safety.

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Clarksville Bounces Back with Park Champion Event at CDBG-funded Valleybrook Park

By Jayni Rasmussen | Posted on December 6, 2017

Valleybrook Park received a huge revitalization, including new playgrounds, restrooms, a pavilion and more, thanks to a $477,000 federal CDBG Disaster Resilience grant.

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Community Members Transform Contaminated Land into Oasis

By Roseann Bongiovanni | Posted on November 30, 2017

Roseann Bongiovanni of Chelsea, Massachusetts' GreenRoots shares how they use community engagement to make improvements that benefit all.

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Why 3 National Orgs Came Together to Promote Proximity to Parks — Episode 010

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 13, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) came together to launch a campaign called 10-Minute Walk.

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Are You Annoying? And Other Fun Tidbits to Have Conversations that Matter: Interview with Jessica Pettitt — Episode 009

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 30, 2017

Difficult conversations can lead to great opportunities to learn and grow.

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Simple Solutions to Common Park and Recreation Problems

By Maureen Acquino | Posted on October 18, 2017

NRPA Annual Conference sessions led by some of the best park and recreation professionals in the field highlighted some answers to common issues.

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Drones in Parks: Part 3. Opportunities, Innovative Uses and the Future — Episode 008

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 17, 2017

In this third and final installment of our series on drones in parks, we speak with Rich Dolesh, NRPA’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives on the future of drones in parks.

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Parks and Recreation’s Big Picture Issues

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on October 10, 2017

Despite the many benefits of parks and recreation, our field has many hurdles to overcome both from internal and external forces if we are to reach our full potential.

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Drones in Parks: Part 2. To Fly or Not to Fly: How Park Managers Manage Drones — Episode 007

By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 2, 2017

In this episode of Open Space Radio, we continue our three-part series on drones in parks. In the second segment, I speak with Evie Kirkwood, Director of St. Joseph County Parks in Indiana.

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Greening Gary, IN from the Ground Up through Community Engagement

By Angela Larsen | Posted on September 15, 2017

The Alliance for the Great Lakes worked with community members in Gary to create meaningful Green Infrastructure projects that matter to them.

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