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.

Stewards of the Environment: An Expectation Worthy of Our Time and Attention

2018 April Research Stewards of Environment 410

In its role as the place where the public reconnects with nature, parks and recreation plays a significant part in educating communities to help them better understand how they impact the environment and how they can make a meaningful, positive change.

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Parks and Water: Partners for Progress

2018 April Advocacy Partners for Progress 410

No matter who we are, where we live or what we do, water connects us all. It’s our most precious resource, and the essential ingredient for prosperity, progress and the future of our communities. Now, more than ever, we need partnerships to forge positive and transformative change to secure our nation’s water future.

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2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review Now Available

2018 April NRPA Update Agency Performance Review 410

This annual publication is a review of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States.

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Developing a Park Prescription Program for Your Community

2018 April Health and Wellness Park Prescription 410

Park Prescription or “Park Rx” programs are gaining in popularity and helping to motivate people to be active in our parks. These programs encourage physicians to “prescribe” physical activity in park settings to their patients.

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Coyotes Have Moved into Parks Across the United States — Now What?

2018 April Feature Coyote on roof 410

Coyotes have been present in the American West and Southwest for a long time. In recent years they have spread eastward and southward throughout the country. They are so widespread now that they can be found in every large metropolitan area in North America. So, what should we do?

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Take It Outside: The Key to Engaging Young Children with Nature

2018 April Feature Children in Nature 410

It’s been clinically proven to enhance children’s growth and development, their cognitive, creative and problem-solving abilities, as well as help with their physical health, social relationships, selfdiscipline and reducing stress levels. It’s free and it’s right outside your door — It’s nature!

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City Farmer’s Market Vendor Religious Freedom Claim

2018 April Law Review City Farmers Market Vendor Religious Freedom Claim 410

A look at discrimination, civil rights, first amendment and religious freedom case studies as claims can impact local governments.

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How to Green Special Events

2018 April Operations How to Green Special Events 410

Parks often organize or host community events, so it’s important for them to think about the impact of these events, not only on the infrastructure of the park, but also on the environment.

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Afterschool Meals: A Snapshot of Participation

Afterschool Meals

The Afterschool Nutrition Programs connect children to the food they need while also drawing them into a safe afterschool environment where they can learn, socialize and be active.

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NRPA Park Pulse

Park Pulse 410

With this month’s poll, we asked Americans if they want inclusive play options at community playgrounds.

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News Stories

4.19.18Top Story

Earth Day reminds us to teach children to embrace nature

4.19.18Around the Country

Rural counties can grow if they have strong outdoor rec offerings

4.19.18Around the Country

Hasbro, TerraCycle recycle toys into playgrounds, more