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 Parks InsiderPublished biweekly, Urban Parks Insider aims to provide you with a tailored view of the current hot topics and articles related to parks and urban environments.

The Youth Vaping Epidemic

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This nationwide crisis has prompted park agencies across the country to partner with their public health agencies to sound the alarm about youth vaping.

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Measles: The Childhood Scourge Is Back

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Today, the United States is seeing the greatest number of measles cases since it was declared eradicated in 2000.

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Keep America Beautiful® 'Cigarette Litter Prevention Program'

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Take a look at how this initiative is changing littering behaviors and read a few of the success stories.

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From Dream to National Treasure: The Great American Rail-Trail

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The Great American Rail-Trail™ aims to create a multi-use path across the country and a legacy for generations of Americans. At more than 3,700 miles, it will be separated from roads for its entirety.

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Summer (Meals) Time!

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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.

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Growing Urban Conservationists

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City leaders are working to ensure that outdoor experiences aren’t limited only to people who own land, can travel easily or whose neighborhoods abound with nature-rich parks.

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Connecting Communities Through Farmers Markets

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Our most recent research study looks at the role of farmers markets hosted by park and recreation agencies in local communities.

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Parks and Recreation and Healthcare Partnerships

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In many communities, parks and recreation is leading community-integrated health strategies by formally (and informally) partnering with healthcare entities to improve community health.

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Protect Your Parks and Your People

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Local park and rec departments are now asking themselves how they would react if a mass shooting event were to occur in a public park or facility.

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How Accessibility Is Impacting Fitness Trends — Episode 040

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On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we have an inspiring conversation with 2012 Paralympic Games Silver Medalist, Jennifer French, and Greenfields Outdoor Fitness CEO, Sam Mendelsohn.

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NRPA Park Pulse Surveys

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The National Recreation and Park Association polls Americans 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 Americans.

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NRPA Park Metrics

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NRPA Park Metrics are 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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NRPA Innovation Labs

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NRPA's Innovation Labs bring together some of the sharpest minds both in and outside the field of parks and recreation to explore how innovative thinking can meet emerging challenges, reduce costs, and better serve the public.

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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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NRPA is excited to change up the way we do advocacy with the Park Champions initiative. NRPA is leading the pack of associations like ours by empowering our members to serve as year-round ambassadors for their community to their elected officials. Sign the Park Champion pledge today!

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Urban Parks Insider

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This biweekly newsletter aims to provide you with a tailored view of the current hot topics and articles related to parks and urban environments.

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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

6.13.19Top Story

Farmers markets flourish with help from parks and rec agencies

6.13.19Around the Country

Seattle asks whether golf courses are the best use of space

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Wash. city park's aquatics center to undergo expansion