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.

 

Henrietta Lacks Park Inspires Bright Future for Baltimore Community

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With the help of NRPA’s Great Urban Parks Grant, the green infrastructure transformation of Henrietta Lacks Education Park in Baltimore is inspiring community involvement in parks and recreation.

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How Parks and Recreation Can Support Mental Health Initiatives

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Learn about some of the ways park and recreation agencies are working with mental health experts to provide programs and services for individuals in need.

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Privacy and Inclusion

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How can you create welcoming public facilities that truly serve?

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NRPA Park Metrics Replaces NRPA Areas and Facilities Standards

2019 November Research NRPA Park Metrics Replaces Outdated NRPA Areas and Facilities Standards 410

NRPA Park Metrics is the most comprehensive source of data benchmarks and insights for park and recreation agencies.

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Parks and Recreation as Community Health and Wellness Hubs

2019 November Health and Wellness Parks and Recreation as Community Health and Wellness Hubs Standards 410

Local park and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to serve as health and wellness hubs in communities across the country.

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CAPRA: A Tangible Guidepost for the City of Fort Collins

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Fort Collins used the CAPRA Accreditation process strategically as a roadmap to examine, assess and improve its operations.

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ADA Accommodation Claim by Terminated Recreation Employee

2019 November Law Review ADA Accommodation Claim by Terminated Recreation Employee 410

In this case, the defendant claimed that the plaintiff was “unable to perform the essential function of leading recreation programs.”

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The Fit2Lead Program

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This program, spearheaded by Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, has seen great results in reducing youth violence in the community.

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NRPA Park Pulse Surveys

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The National Recreation and Park Association 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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Advocacy Insider

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Advocacy Insider, NRPA's Public Policy newsletter, highlights legislative updates and advocacy news.

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News Stories

12.5.19Top Story

NYC parks and rec now in charge of Hart Island cemetery

12.5.19Around the Country

Wash. city to move homeless from park tents to tiny houses

12.5.19Around the Country

Denver reiterates plans to cull Canada geese