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.


Weeding Through the Thorny Debate on Glyphosate

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Recent litigation, media attention and growing concerns for human safety have fueled the argument surrounding this non-selective herbicide. How will your park agency kill weeds when glyphosate is banned?

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Parks and Green Infrastructure for Health

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Through this initiative, NRPA will provide P&R agencies with resources for integrating green infrastructure into park projects that address climate impact, improve community health and advance social equity in parks and green spaces.

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Addressing Social Equity Through Teen Programming

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Teen programming that focuses on developing job skills and instilling organizational values is the foundation for creating a recruitment pipeline.

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Employment Due Process Under Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy

2020 February Law Review Employment Due Process Under Zero Tolerance Drug Policy 410

A former maintenance employee of the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department sues the city in connection with his alleged wrongful termination.

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Increasing Engagement with the NRPA Community Needs Assessment Resource

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This four-step guide will give your agency the information it needs to set clear goals for the survey, gain a high response rate from your community and use the data to strengthen your agency.

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Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook Helps Get More Kids Outside

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This recently released guide shares bipartisan policy initiatives and resources to support statewide efforts to increase youth engagement in the outdoors.

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Want Better Health? Get Back to Nature

2020 February Health and Wellness Want Better Health Get Back to Nature 410

Spending time in the great outdoors may have a positive impact on your overall health, including your heart and brain.

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Challenges Faced by Small Park Districts

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Navigating the challenges of a small park district is well worth it when staff is able to experience the impact they make on their communities.

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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.

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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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

1.23.20Top Story

Calif. city offers free Wi-Fi at 2 more parks

1.23.20Around the Country

Vt. state park's upgrades are in response to high foot traffic

1.23.20Around the Country

Pocket parks flourish in Calif., Va. cities