Advocacy is one of the most important services we provide to our members. Our public policy team works every day to represent the cause of public parks and recreation at the federal level by fighting for funding and legislation that improves access to open space and recreational opportunities for all people.

Learn About Federal Policy and Legislative Issues Impacting Parks and Recreation

Please take time to review these advocacy resources to learn about the federal policy and legislative issues impacting parks and recreation and what you can do to help advance the interest of parks and recreation in your community and throughout America.

  • Take Action - Send messages directly to your members of Congress, learn the status of key legislation, and take direct action to advance the parks and recreation movement.

  • Advocacy Insider - NRPA's online advocacy newsletter. Stay informed on federal legislation, national policy developments, and breaking news of importance to parks and recreation. Here you will find the most recent edition of Advocacy Insider as well as archived editions.

  • Advocacy Resource Center - From fact sheets and issue briefs, to reports and analysis, to NRPA submitted testimony and official comments, this one stop shop will provide you with all of the tools you need to be an effective advocate for parks and recreation. Learn about NRPA's Legislative Platform.

  • Park Champions - With the support of the NRPA Public Policy team, Park Champions are learning how to be effective advocates by engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, and events.

  • NRPA Summer Camp on Capitol Hill - We're inviting you to experience what a typical child experiences in a summer camp or out-of-school time program offered by local parks and recreation. You'll see firsthand how federal funding is critical to fostering healthier youth through out-of-school time. Learn more about this event.

Parks and Water: Partners for Progress

2018 April Advocacy Partners for Progress 410

No matter who we are, where we live or what we do, water connects us all. It’s our most precious resource, and the essential ingredient for prosperity, progress and the future of our communities. Now, more than ever, we need partnerships to forge positive and transformative change to secure our nation’s water future.

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Afterschool Meals: A Snapshot of Participation

Afterschool Meals

The Afterschool Nutrition Programs connect children to the food they need while also drawing them into a safe afterschool environment where they can learn, socialize and be active.

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FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill Passes

Omnibus Spending Bill Passes

Thanks to Congress for making local parks and recreation a priority.

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NRPA on Capitol Hill

2018 March NRPA Update NRPA on Capitol Hill 410

NRPA’s goes to the Hill with national partners in support of funding for arthritis programs...

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FY19 Presidential Budget Request: Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

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The White House released its FY19 budget request yesterday, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

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NRPA Asks Congress to Invest in Arthritis

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NRPA asks Congress to fund the CDC Arthritis Program at $16 million to continue its critical work to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis nationwide.

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News Stories

4.19.18Top Story

Earth Day reminds us to teach children to embrace nature

4.19.18Around the Country

Rural counties can grow if they have strong outdoor rec offerings

4.19.18Around the Country

Hasbro, TerraCycle recycle toys into playgrounds, more