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 invited 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.

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

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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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Investing in the Future of Our Young People: Tell Congress to Fund Youth Mentoring Programs

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Evaluations of mentoring programs report significant increases among youth in self-confidence, self-efficacy and a positive attitude about their futures.

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Takeaways from the 2018 Midterm Elections

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It's the day after the midterm elections, and NRPA's Public Policy Team is crunching the numbers and consuming lots of coffee.

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What's Next for LWCF?

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Congress did not reauthorize the LWCF before the September 29 deadline. Members of Congress need to hear from you!

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Making Billy Ray's Dream a Reality

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When Billy Ray Shirley III was killed by gun violence in his community, his mother promised to make his dream of a community center a reality.

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How Many Mayors Does It Take to Make a Movement?

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We’re one year into the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, and we want you to know that NRPA and our partners at ULI and TPL are here to help!

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News Stories

12.6.18Top Story

Dallas to present designs for park between levees

12.6.18Around the Country

Algae bloom means big cleanup costs for Fla.

12.6.18Around the Country

Hawaii's Ala Moana Park to get playground with a splash pad, ziplines