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.

Introducing the Recipients of the 2019 Congressional Park Champion of the Year Award

August 2019 Advocacy Congressional Park Champion of the Year Award 410

Four Congress members are being recognized for championing legislation that supports the work NRPA members do daily.

Read more

This August, Join the Park Champion Ranks!

2019 July Advocacy Join the Park Champion Ranks 410

Congress is not in session in August, so it’s the perfect time to invite your members of Congress to see your programs in action!

Read more

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.

Read more

‘Why NRPA, Jim Bradley?’

2019 May Advocacy Why NRPA Jim Bradley 410

Introducing NRPA’s new vice president of government affairs.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

News Stories

8.21.19Top Story

Parks and rec agencies respond to pickleball's popularity

8.21.19Public Communication and Outreach

Mich. uses TV icon to promote "Happy Little Trees" program

8.21.19Public Communication and Outreach

Parks and rec marketing requires targeting different populations