2017 April National Monuments Controversy 410

Monumental Achievements...and Controversy

President Obama's use of the Antiquities Act to preserve land for future generations has sparked controversy among lawmakers.

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2017 April Feature Magnolia Bog Map 410

A Globally Rare Ecosystem Lay Under It

Virginia's Arlington County rallied to restore a Magnolia bog, hidden under an overgrowth of invasive plants and hemmed in by urban sprawl.

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2017 April Feature Evans Parkway 410

Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management in Parks

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's retrofit of Evans Parkway demonstrates why parks are an ideal choice for green infrastructure installation.

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Additional Articles

2107 April Health and Wellness Health Benefits Small Parks 410

The Health Benefits of Small Parks and Green Spaces

Small parks and green spaces are equally as important as large parks as public health solutions in urban communities.

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Parks Recreation Crossword 410

Parks & Recreation Crossword

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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Calendar 410

Connecting Communities to Nature

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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2017 April NRPA Update Adriane Clutter 410

Member Spotlight: Adriane Clutter

Adriane Clutter, youth development manager, Montgomery County (Maryland) Recreation

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2017 April NRPA Update National Water Safety Month 410

Get Ready to Celebrate National Water Safety Month in May

Help raise awareness to the need for ongoing public education on safer water practices.

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2017 April NRPA Update Agency Performance Review 410

Now Available: The Annual Summary of Key Findings from NRPA Park Metrics

This report provides data and insights to help park and recreation professionals identify the best decisions for their agency and community.

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2017 April NRPA Update Camp Season 410

Camp Season on a Budget

Shake things up this summer with some new, fun themes for 2017 from Fun Express.

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Hot Topics 410

Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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2017 April NRPA Update Conservation MaroonBellMnt 410

Meet the NRPA Conservation Advisory Panel

This panel of seasoned park and rec professionals will offer their expertise and input on NRPA's conservation programs and initiatives.

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Park Pulse 410

Americans Want a Pre-Tax Fitness Expense Payment Option

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at the extent to which Americans support a proposal such as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act.

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Park Agencies: Contributors to Sustainability in Their Communities

Conservation and sustainability are woven throughout all facets of what it means to be a park and recreation agency.

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2017 April Community Center Career Forecasting 410

Environmental Career Forecasting

A conversation with Environmental Workforce Consultant Kevin Doyle

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2017 April Operations Beach Redesign 410

Selling a Beach Redesign Project: How to Get Municipal and Community Support

Some key steps to improving the water quality at a local swimming hole...

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2017 April Park Bench Peace Amid Chaos 410

Peace Amid Chaos

In a world increasingly divided by artificial barriers, bubbles and differences, our expansive natural parks foster inclusion and togetherness.

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Barbara Tulipane 410

Speak Up

Encourage your senators and representatives to reject the proposed cuts to environmental and community programs in the 2018 federal budget.

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Gina Mullins Cohen 410

A Threat to Our Legacy

Now, more than ever, it's important for those of us in parks and recreation to continue to draw attention to critical environmental causes, such as clean water and clean air, climate change and land conservation.

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2017 April Social Equity Public Land Access for All 410

From Sea to Shining Sea: Improving Equitable Access to Public Lands for All

In order to effectively address the underrepresentation of people of color in the outdoors, it's necessary to consider the unique barriers different communities experience.

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2017 April Law Review Park Permit for Wedding Photos 410

Park Permit for Commercial Wedding Photos

Can a city or town’s municipal ordinance regulating commercial activity, specifically commercial photography, within its parks be a violation of expressive activity protected by the First Amendment?

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2017 April Future Leaders Whitewater Kayaking 410

Bringing Whitewater Kayaking to Your Community

It's a fun way for participants to learn to respect nature and can help drive interest in parks and promote partnerships with local organizations.

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2017 April Advocacy Inside Generation 410

Turning the Tide on a Generation Left Inside

Through collective advocacy, an alliance of some 100 organizations — the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) — is working to provide youth and families with safe, readily available opportunities to connect with the outdoors.

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