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  • Infographic on Physical Distancing in Parks and Trails (To copy or share the image, click on it to open the full size in a new tab, then right click the image and choose “save as” or copy and paste into a document.)

COVID-19 Social Distancing Infographic

  Download Public Parks Infographic | Spanish Version (Web JPG)     Download Public Trails Infographic | Spanish Version (Web JPG)
  Download Public Parks Infographic | Spanish Version (Print JPG)     Download Public Trails Infographic | Spanish Version (Print JPG)


Image Credit: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) www.nrpa.org

Note, we've updated our language to say "physical distancing" instead of "social distancing" as it is a more accurate description and is the term recommended by the World Health Organization. Keeping physical distance is essential for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean we have to socially disconnect from one another.


Aquatics Resources

How Parks and Recreation Are Engaging Their Communities  


Additional Resources

Countries, territories or areas with COVID-19 cases reported in the last 7 days, 30 March 2020. Source: World Health Organization.

Map: Areas with reported confirmed cases of COVID-19. Source: World Health Organization.


NRPA Response to COVID-19

NRPA is following the CDC employer response recommendations for our offices as well as NRPA-sponsored events. We have eliminated non-essential travel through May 31 and our staff is teleworking for the time being.

  • The deadline for NRPA Awards and National Gold Medal Awards is pushed back to April 10, 2020. NRPA and AAPRA continue to assess the impact on the awards programs due to COVID-19. 
  • CPSI and AFO Courses have been cancelled through May 10, 2020.
  • We are adopting a flexible cancellation policy for scheduled trainings through May 31, and will reassess trainings after May 31, as we approach that date, and as federal guidance from the CDC evolves.