The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has shed an even bigger light on the essential role of local parks and recreation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation professionals swiftly mobilized to keep parks, trails and green spaces open to support physical and mental health, while delivering vital services and programs to support the community. Park and recreation professionals are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic —– and will continue to be in the months and years to come.

NRPA is dedicated to rallying park and recreation professionals, advocates and decision makers to champion the park and recreation profession and bring needed investment, recognition and dedication to sustain these spaces and services.

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Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Guidance, resources, infographics and more to help park and recreation professionals determine appropriate actions to take in their communities. Learn how park and recreation agencies can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Path to Recovery

NRPA has compiled guidance to help park and recreation professionals devise plans for reopening that prioritize public health and safety. Find guidance for creating a recovery team, meeting essential public health indicators, assessing the risk of facilities and more.

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