Park and recreation agencies are increasingly challenged to produce solutions to solve new problems and meet new challenges that come from a rapidly changing world. Demographic, social, technological, and economic changes are forcing park and recreation agencies to adapt quickly and embrace change at a pace for which they may not be well-prepared.

NRPA's Innovation Labs bring together some of the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, and better serve the public.


Past Innovation Labs and Resources


Innovation Lab: Resilient Parks, Miami, FL

Resilient Parks

Miami, Florida
January 2019
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Innovation Lab CA Los Angeles

Homelessness in Parks

Los Angeles, California
January 2017
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Innovation Lab PA Philadelphia

Cross Agency Collaboration

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 2015
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Innovation Lab FL Miami

How Parks Create Healthier Communities

Miami, Florida 
March 2015
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NRPA will be hosting the Innovation Labs in different cities throughout the year. Future sites will be announced soon.

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