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.

NRPA Advocates for Water Safety & Drowning Prevention on Capitol Hill

Bridgeport Hill Briefing 410

As pools and open-water recreation areas kick into full swing this summer, access to water safety education is critical to prevent deaths due to drowning.

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Tell Congress to Get PHIT!

2018 June Advocacy Get PHIT 410

A tax incentive strategy to get America moving

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Ag-vocating for Parks and Recreation in the 2018 Farm Bill

blog FARM act 410

Over the last decade, U.S. park and recreation agencies have helped catapult the farm-to-fork and local food movements from niche efforts to mainstream industries.

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Invite Your Members of Congress to Kids to Parks Day

2018 May Advocacy KidstoParksDay 410

May 19, 2018 is “National Kids to Parks Day,” an annual initiative organized by the National Park Trust (NPT) to connect kids of all ages to parks. Join the fun!

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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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News Stories

6.21.18Top Story

Former landfill to reopen as a park in Portland, Ore.

6.21.18Around the Country

Lincoln Park in San Antonio gets a splash pad

6.21.18Around the Country

Tenn. county will accept land donation for outdoor recreation area