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.


A Tool to Help Measure Green Infrastructure Benefits

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The Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework is a set of downloadable tools and research-informed text to help measure the benefits of green infrastructure projects.

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Connecting Communities Through Outdoor Play Enhances Eight Local Parks

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Read about the grant, made possible by the Target Corporation, which provides funds to transform local parks to improve access to physical activity, social connection and create more resilient communities for low-income youth and families.

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The 2019 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey

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See how your agency compares salary-wise with this report that provides a snapshot of salary data for 10 common park and recreation professions.

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Overtime Work Racial Discrimination Claim

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Was the plaintiff denied opportunities to work overtime because he is African American?

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Libraries and Parks and Recreation Come Together to Tackle Food Insecurity

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The new national toolkit released by the Collaborative Summer Library Program encourages libraries to become summer meal sites or partner with existing sites, such as park and recreation agencies.

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Creating Equitable Access to Parks and Recreation: NRPA’s Community Engagement Resource Guide

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This resource guide is designed to provide park and recreation professionals the tools to conduct community engagement, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.

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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 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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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

8.21.19Top Story

Parks and rec agencies respond to pickleball's popularity

8.21.19Public Communication and Outreach

Mich. uses TV icon to promote "Happy Little Trees" program

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Parks and rec marketing requires targeting different populations