Features

2017 May Leadership Compass 410

Sustaining Leadership Greatness

In today's workplace, there are some additional qualities that are becoming important to being a successful leader.

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2017 May Cause Marketing 410

Building Better Cause-Marketing Relationships

Learning from the Special Olympics and Hooters restaurant relationship.

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Additional Articles

Calendar 410

New: Leadership Certificate Program

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 May Technology Tech and Great Outdoors 410

Technology and the Great Outdoors

How an LED sign is aiding the fight against aquatic invasive species...

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2017 May Technology Seven Ways 410

Seven Ways to Leverage Mobile Technology in Aquatics

Mobile Technology is a great way to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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2017 May Technology Finding the Right Fit 410

Finding the Right Fit

Designing trails using automatic counters in Sioux Falls.

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2017 May Technology Key Biscayne 410

Key Biscayne Parks and Recreation Protects Its Citizens from Severe Weather

Lightning protection is critical for park and recreation directors in Florida.

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2017 May Technology Parks Using Technology 410

Parks Using Technology to Engage and Inspire

There are a number of ways technology can be used to engage users with nature.

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2017 May NRPAUpdate Family Fitness Day 410

NRPA Family Health & Fitness Day

Join us to celebrate on Saturday, June 10.

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2017 May NRPAUpdate Member Spotlight 410

Member Spotlight: Jay Tryon

Jay Tryon, director of parks and recreation, Town of Indian Trail (North Carolina).

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2017 May NRPAUpdate Member Benefits Summer Hiring 410

Summer Hiring Has Never Been Easier for NRPA Members!

NRPA members can post their internships and seasonal positions on the NRPA Career Center for FREE.

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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 May NRPAUpdate Attitudes of Influential Leadership 410

Attitudes of Influential Leadership

Influential leadership is about crafting a work culture that allows employees to thrive.

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2017 May NRPAUpdate More Leadership Themes 410

More Leadership-Themed Sessions at Conference

This year's NRPA Annual Conference in New Orleans will feature more leadership- and management-themed sessions.

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2017 May NRPAUpdate Hackathon 410

Embracing the Hack Attack

Metro Parks Tacoma holds a hackathon to identify new ways technology could improve engagement with parks and recreation.

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2017 May Community Center Robert Kennicott 410

The Preservation of a Naturalist

The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History is giving Robert Kennicott a revival of sorts.

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2017 May Community Center Email Marketing 410

Email Marketing

Still the killer app to beat for park and recreation agencies.

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2017 May Member to Member Bentonville Bike Playground 410

Bentonville Gets the Country’s First-Ever Bike Playground

Bentonville Parks and Recreation provides community with a unique amenity.

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2017 May Park Bench 410

A Community Affair

Port Washington, Wisconsin's innovative approach to meeting the city's recycling bin needs.

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2017 May Operations Natural Grass Field 410

Improving Natural Grass Field Quality

By using data and focusing on five key areas, the maintenance programs for grass fields can allow them to support high use.

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Park Pulse 410

Americans Support Local Environmental Sustainability

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at how important it is to Americans that local government agencies support environmental initiatives.

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2017 May Research 410

The Story Is in the Data

Check out the 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review and accompanying interactive tools that allow you to drill down into the most comprehensive source of park and rec data.

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2017 May Social Equity Reducing Health Disparities 410

Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Health Equity

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's report, titled Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, outlines strategies to advance health equity across the country

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2017 May Health and Wellness Empowering Older Adults 410

Empowering Older Adults to Age Out Loud!

Join us in celebrating Older Americans Month, and make the commitment to empower older adults through evidence-based programming for improved health and quality of life.

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2017 May Conservation Kids in Nature 410

How Kids Learn in Nature

Some steps to help ensure every child has the chance to connect with nature

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2017 May Future Leaders Young Professional 410

From Young Professional to Respected Leader

Navigating the park and recreation career ladder

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2017 May Letters research practice 410

Why There Is a Need to Discuss the Gap Between Research and Practice

Closing the gap between research and practice may require a bit of refocusing.

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Gina Mullins Cohen 410

A Path to Leadership

NRPA has the tools to help you nurture future as well as current leaders in your organization.

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Steve Eckelberry 410

‘I Love Watching You Play’

What the best thing parents should say to their kids when the kids come off the sports field?

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2017 May Law Review Transportation Planning 410

Transportation Planning Must Mitigate Park Impacts

In light of ongoing calls for increased federal spending on infrastructure projects, parks and recreation should be familiar with the regulations and administrative process associated with Section 4(f).

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2017 May Advocacy Park Champ Toolkit 410

Introducing the New Park Champion Toolkit!

Step up for the future of parks and recreation by joining the Park Champion initiative.

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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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