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.

Recycling Is Dead. Now What?

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Recycling as we know it is no more. Here’s what you need to know, and how we can adapt for the future.

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Our Nation’s Demographic Shift

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In a nation that is quickly becoming a majority-minority, the park and recreation industry can be a leader in establishing inclusive practices that enhance the well-being of all Americans.

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The Vision Plan for Boston’s Moakley Park

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The vision plan for Boston’s Moakley Park tackles issues of climate resiliency and social equity.

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NRPA Welcomes Its New CEO: Kristine Stratton

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Her belief that everyone has the right to clean water and a healthy environment aligns well with NRPA’s vision that everyone deserves a great park.

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What Constitutes a Resilient Park?

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Park and recreation agencies’ ability to act on and prioritize climate resilience as part of their mission largely depends on the availability of resources.

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Funding for Green Initiatives and Sustainability Programs Is Within Reach

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Funding for green initiatives can be difficult to secure. There’s a nonprofit out there that wants to help.

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Diversity Is Key to a Resilient Future Forest

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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy battles threats to its tree populations with biodiversity.

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FEMA Funding for Building Nature-Based Resilient Communities

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FEMA presents funding opportunities to parks and open spaces working to reduce long-term risk from natural disasters to their communities.

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Regenerative Land Management: Restoring Nature’s Balance

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How to create and maintain healthy and natural landscapes – without the chemicals.

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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.

Evaluate Your Agency

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

4.18.19Top Story

FEMA offers funding for parks' resiliency projects

4.18.19Around the Country

Tiger Crossroads exhibit debuts at Nashville Zoo

4.18.19Around the Country

Data help identify key habitats for migrating birds