Have a great Fourth of July weekend!
Happy early 4th of July from your friends at NRPA! I'm heading back to my ancestral homeland of Minnesota for some rest and relaxation with friends and family centered around time on a lake. We've been going to the same place my entire life — it's nothing fancy but it's a special place. Our time is peppered with loon calls, eagle swoop bys, mosquito swatting, sandcastle building (my drip technique is improving) and kayak rides around the bay. We'll chase kids, grill brats, sit around a fire and, weather permitting, swim and get in a few games of dockball (we made it up, basically volleyball but the ball has to bounce off the dock). This is truly one of my happy places.
So wherever your happy place is, here's hoping that your firework shows are showy, your barbeques are barbequey, your beach is beachy, the sun is sunny and that your beverage of choice is ice cold.
Take Care, 
Kevin O'Hara
Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs
We've opened registration for our next Innovation lab, a small gathering and discussion around the role of parks and rec agencies in creating resilient communities. We'll be focusing on how the city of New Orleans is moving the needle in their parks and asking you all to help us understand how resilience initiatives are shaping or reshaping your city and parks.
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NRPA, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Mississippi, is conducting a research project to study the current state of park and recreation professional development and to determine opportunities for improvements. To complete this research, we need insight from all types of professionals — no matter your years of experience, the size of your agency or your level of education. We are giving away two $50 Amazon gift cards and 20 $20 Amazon gift cards to 22 randomly selected participants who complete the survey by 11:59 p.m. EDT today.
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