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2017 November Feature Warrior Games 410

The 2017 DoD Warrior Games Invade Chicago

The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games, a Paralympic-style sports competition for seriously wounded, ill or injured post-9/11 service members and veterans, took place this summer in Chicago, Illinois.

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2017 November Feature Healthy Military Families 410

Healthy Military Families

Recognition of the challenges that families experience during the deployment of their loved ones who are in the military led to collaborative research on how participating in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) activities at Fort Riley, Kansas, can promote resilience in spouses of deployed military members.

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2017 November Feature Conference Wrap Up 410

Inspiration in the Big Easy

Nearly 8,000 park and recreation professionals gathered in the Big Easy in September for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference, and it was one for the record books!

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Additional Articles

2017 November Social Equity Reimagining Conservation The Next 100 Years 410

Reimagining Conservation: The Next 100 Years

The Next 100 Coalition seeks green justice in the neighborhoods where people of color and low income live, learn, work, play, pray and age.

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Park Pulse 410

Recreation Centers Play an Important Role in Communities Nationwide

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at the various nontraditional services Americans would like to see offered by their recreation centers.

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2017 November Research NRPA Americans Engagement With Parks Survey Report Released 410

NRPA's Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey Report Released

The latest edition of this report paints a robust picture of the role parks and recreation plays in our communities and highlights the most important priorities Americans place on their local agencies.

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Barbara Tulipane 410

Because Everyone Deserves a Great Park!

Perhaps no other country in the world has the rich heritage of national, state and local parks that we do in America. We love our parks.

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2017 November Park Bench Hooping for Heart 410

Hooping for Hearts

Each year, the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) sponsor their annual Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart fundraising events.

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2017 November Operations Naval Station Guantanamo Bay 410

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

Given its unique location, providing recreational activities at NSGB comes with challenges in facilities management, training and programming.

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2017 November Health and Wellness Improving Military Readiness 410

Improving Military Readiness Through Physical Activity

Physical activity provides many health and fitness benefits, such as improved body composition, aerobic and muscular fitness, balance and flexibility, which can contribute to military readiness.

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2017 November Community Center A Place To Heal 410

A Place to Heal

When a local landscaper awoke the morning after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, still struggling with emotions about the tragedy, he had the idea of a pop-up park as a memorial.

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2017 November NRPA Update Professional Development Calendar 410

Conference Sessions Available Online

The NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans is now over, but the concepts that were shared during the conference live on.

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2017 November NRPA Update Member Spotlight Carol Potter 410

Member Spotlight: Carol Potter

Carol Potter, who recently retired from the Department of Defense (DoD) after more than 33 years, was the assistant director of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) policy within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

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2017 November NRPA Update One Stop Shop for Arts and Crafts Supplies 410

A One-Stop Shop for Arts & Crafts Supplies

Fun Express has eliminated the sometimes long and drawn out process of searching multiple websites and going store-to-store to find just the right items at just the right price for your program needs.

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Hot Topics 410

NRPA Connect Hot Topics

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

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2017 November NRPA Update Roland Richardson NAAEE 30 Under 30 410

NRPA's Roland Richardson Among NAAEE's 30 Under 30

The NAAEE 30 Under 30 program recognizes individuals in the United States and internationally, 30 years of age or younger, who are game changers in their community.

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2017 November NRPA Update Taos Land Trust 410

Taos Land Trust to Carry Out Water Restoration Project Along the Rio Grande

The Taos Land Trust recently received a $575,000 grant from NRPA, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, to support its water restoration project along a portion of the Rio Grande.

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2017 November NRPA Update NRPAs Board of Directors Looking For A Few Good Candidates 410

NRPA's Board of Directors: Looking for a Few Good Candidates

The NRPA Board of Directors is seeking individuals with experience in one or more of NRPA’s Three Pillars: Health and Wellness, Conservation and Social Equity.

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2017 November NRPA Update 10 Minute Walk Campaign 410

TPL, NRPA and the ULI Launch a 10-Minute Walk Campaign

Through this historic parks-advocacy campaign, these organizations, in collaboration with the nation’s mayors, will work to ensure that everyone in the United States lives within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

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2017 November Member To Member San Diego Parks and Recreation Veterans Program 410

The San Diego Park and Recreation's Veterans Program: A New Battlefield

San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel, with some 95,000 veterans. Since there is a large military presence, the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) wanted to provide recreational opportunities for injured service members/veterans.

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2017 November Law Review Park Permit for Location Based Pokemon Go Games 410

Park Permit for Location-Based 'Pokémon Go' Games

Pokémon Go arrived on the scene in July 2016 and, across the country, the unanticipated popularity drew thousands of visitors to public parks and places to play the game.

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2017 November Future Leaders Advice to Young Professionals 410

Advice to Young Professionals on Creating a Successful Department

Taking over a new department or an underachieving one can be challenging for young professionals. However, following these tips will at least help better prepare you to embark on your journey as a future leader in our industry.

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Gina Mullins Cohen Standing Pond 410

Thank You for Your Service

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, we proudly devote this month’s issue to the military.

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2017 November Conservation Making Stormwater Great 410

Making Stormwater Great - for the First Time

In the world of stormwater, the search continues for a simple solution to its management. That solution will no doubt include partnerships with state and municipal parks.

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2017 November Community Center I Am A Park And Rec Kid 410

I Am a Park & Rec Kid!

The experiences and trainings from working in parks and recreation were all very valuable life skills, and recently, the value of one of those skills was realized during a very critical situation.

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2017 November Community Center Single Marine Program 410

The Single Marine Program

In 1995, the Marine Corps established the Single Marine Program (SMP), which was designed to address concerns that many young, single Marines were unhappy with overall Marine Corps life.

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2017 November Advocacy A Park Champions Smackdown 410

A Park Champions Smackdown

This month, we’re highlighting the amazing finalists who tapped into the Park Champion initiative to invite their members of Congress to an event highlighting their parks and programs.

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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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Lauren Belle Blog

What to Expect as a First-Time Speaker at the NRPA Annual Conference

As a first-time speaker at 2017 NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans I learned what it takes to make an impact on the audience and how rewarding it can be.

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