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.

Summer (Meals) Time!

2019 June Advocacy Summer Meals Time 410

This summer, Congress is reviewing the federal programs that help NRPA members provide the food for the bodies and minds of the kids we serve.

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‘Why NRPA, Jim Bradley?’

2019 May Advocacy Why NRPA Jim Bradley 410

Introducing NRPA’s new vice president of government affairs.

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FEMA Funding for Building Nature-Based Resilient Communities

2019 April Advocacy FEMA Funding for Building Nature Based Resilient Communities 410

FEMA presents funding opportunities to parks and open spaces working to reduce long-term risk from natural disasters to their communities.

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FY20 Presidential Budget Request: Year Three of Eliminations and Deep Cuts to Park and Rec Priorities

FY20 Presidential Budget Request

The White House released its FY20 budget request this week, kicking off debate for the next budget cycle.

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President Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF

President Signs Lands Package 410

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president today, and while this is a big win for our industry, the fight isn't over yet.

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Congress Passes the Natural Resources Management Act

Congress Passes Lands Package 410

Thanks in large part to the efforts of NRPA members, this package will permanently reauthorize LWCF and provide a guaranteed amount in funding for the state assistance program.

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News Stories

6.13.19Top Story

Farmers markets flourish with help from parks and rec agencies

6.13.19Around the Country

Seattle asks whether golf courses are the best use of space

6.13.19Around the Country

Wash. city park's aquatics center to undergo expansion