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.

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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‘Hey, Can I Advocate?’

2019 February Advocacy Can I Advocate 410

Learn why your knowledge of how parks and recreation impacts the community you serve can inform decision makers about making better public policy.

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Federal Money: Funding for Park and Recreation Projects of all Sizes

2019 January Advocacy Federal Money 410

Review highlights from a few departments of various sizes and some of the federal money they have received for park and recreation projects.

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Park Champion of the Year: Mount Airy’s Darren Lewis

2018 December Advocacy Park Champion Darren Lewis 410

Darren Lewis hosted Congresswoman Virginia Foxx at the ribbon-cutting of a new pocket park, followed by an afterschool snack served from the agency’s meal van.

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News Stories

3.21.19Top Story

How green space, equitable cities correlate

3.21.19Around the Country

Riverfront park in Eugene, Ore., expected to cost $14M

3.21.19Around the Country

Duluth, Minn., considers selling its golf courses