NRPA advocates with and on behalf of our members in support of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. Our public policy and advocacy team raises awareness of the essential role parks and recreation plays in every community. We are committed to leading and organizing innovative advocacy campaigns that advance funding and legislation to improve equitable access to green space and recreational opportunities for all people.

To achieve our shared mission, we need your help.

Learn About Federal Policy and Legislation Impacting Parks and Recreation

As parks and recreation professionals and supporters, we have an opportunity to ensure our governments recognize and invest in our shared priorities by making our voices heard in the political process.

Review these advocacy resources to learn about the federal policies and legislation impacting parks and recreation and how you can help advance parks and recreation in your community and throughout the country.

NRPA Legislative Platform and Advocacy Resources

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NRPA advances equity, climate-readiness, community health and well-being, and more in federal government. Learn more about our priorities for this legislative session.

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Take Action

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Make your voice heard by sending messages directly to your members of Congress. Learn the status of key legislation and join the parks and recreation advocacy movement. This one-stop shop will provide you with all of the tools you need to be an effective park and recreation advocate.

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Park Champion™ Initiative

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Ready to take your advocacy to the next level? 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, social media campaigns, coalition building, and targeted public engagement events.

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Understanding Congress' Appropriations Process

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Each year, the U.S. Congress “appropriates,” or funds, certain projects and federal programs. NRPA members have opportunities to engage with and influence this process. The NRPA public policy and advocacy team helps you stay up-to-date on the appropriations process and equip you with the tools to be successful.

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News Stories

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