Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options. Join NRPA in the fight to ensure that every community has a great park.


Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Rapidly Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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NRPA recently convened a group of urban park and recreation directors to discuss how the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting their cities, and how each of their lessons-learned so far could help inform each other and other park and recreation professionals to prepare and take action when needed.

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When It Comes to Advocacy, It's All About Who You Know

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Imagine how powerful it would be if NRPA staff knew about the relationships you had with members of Congress and could leverage them to create a more impactful dialogue between park and recreation professionals and legislators. Now there's a way to do just that.

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Parks and Recreation: A Powerful Economic Driver in Communities Nationwide

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Ninety-four percent of U.S. adults want their local government to make infrastructure investments that promote economic activity in their community.

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Designing Quality Play Spaces

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Find out how active play can lead to positive health outcomes for children.

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Transforming Urban Infrastructure in Lakeland, Florida

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Sasaki design firm looks at how to use conservation as a main driver of form and function, all while achieving the goals of restoring the environment, reestablishing habitat and, ultimately, connecting people to nature.

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St. Louis: A Path Toward Equitable Design

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In Part 2 of this ongoing series, explore how Chouteau Greenway’s new Framework Plan offers a blueprint for social equity and economic prosperity for residents of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Who Can Access the Greenway?

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Researchers examine whether neighborhoods with different demographic and socioeconomic statuses have equal access to greenways.

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Designing with Community in Mind

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Learn how the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Sasaki, a design firm, are flipping the script on the master planning process through the reimagining of Greenwood Park and the Baton Rouge Zoo.

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Making Corporate Partnerships Work

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Park professionals share how you can build and leverage successful corporate partnerships for your park agency.

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NRPA Park Pulse Surveys

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The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) polls U.S. residents to explore their views on topics related to the park and recreation field. Each poll targets 1,000 adults ages 18 and up, representing a cross-section of the population.

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NRPA Park Metrics

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NRPA Park Metrics is the most comprehensive source of data standards and insights for park and recreation agencies. These agency performance resources assist park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their operating resources and capital facilities.

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NRPA Facility Market Reports

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NRPA Research Facility Market Reports offer an array of data that provides your agency with a greater understanding of the residents served by the facility, with a particular focus on their habits and interests.

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Online Learning

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NRPA online learning is a cost-effective and flexible way to educate staff, provide training, and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

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Directors School

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The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive professional development opportunity designed to prepare new and potential directors of park and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.

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Park Champion™ Initiative

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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.

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News Stories

3.26.20Top Story

Officials close playgrounds to prevent coronavirus spread

3.26.20Around the Country

"Boredom bags" keep kids in Mass. busy during pandemic

3.26.20Around the Country

Conn. town parks, rec chief lauded for lifesaving actions