NRPA in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-Minute Walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America.
The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive two-year professional development opportunity that prepares new and potential park and recreation directors to be effective leaders. Directors School will be held August 26-31, 2018 in Oak Brook, IL. Register today!
The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification program provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. If you've been thinking about becoming a CPSI, check out our Online Prep Course, which will help prepare you for the CPSI certification exam.
Registration is now open for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis! Join us for energetic networking activities, inspirational education sessions and an inside look at the latest products for the field. Register now.
NRPA's Promoting Parks and Recreation's Role in Economic Development report explored the role that quality park amenities play in 21st century regional economic development. Based on conversations with more than 70 park and recreation professionals, economic development practitioners and site-location consultants, this report highlights the important supporting role parks and recreation in recruiting and retaining businesses and skilled workers. Read the report.
Explore the difference between Transactional Leadership and Transformational Leadership.
The Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation provides insight on how community partners can work together to transform the city and the lives of its residents, one park at a time.
Recreation centers are so important, even essential, to local communities. To see "community" in action on a recent visit was truly remarkable.
Many leaders make sacrifices and work hard to reach their goals, but they also acknowledge that they cannot be truly effective if they fail to teach, nurture and motivate their staffers to achieve their own success.
An NRPA Facility Market Report (FMR) can give your agency answers about surrounding population, resident demographics and potential reach.
Children’s Access to Community Gardens Important
Community participation in park planning is all the rage: it’s in our legislation, our policies and our thoughts as a cornerstone to modern park management. But is it enough?
Experts agree play is a crucial component for a healthy childhood, yet in many places play based learning is on the decline, but not at SUPER School 19.
May 19, 2018 is “National Kids to Parks Day,” an annual initiative organized by the National Park Trust (NPT) to connect kids of all ages to parks. Join the fun!
Removal of Confederate monuments and statutes from parks and public spaces has generated much public debate and controversy.
Mentorship it is a relationship in which a professional inspires a mentee to explore new ideas, take risks and never stop learning.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation monitors bat populations in its urban park/nature preserve system.
The concept of “Play Streets” has emerged as a way to promote outdoor play and physical activity for children in neighborhoods without access to safe, well-maintained parks and playgrounds.
Since public parks typically are free and easily accessible, they represent a great means of bridging the digital divide.
Family Health & Fitness Day, held on June 9, promotes the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy.
How to justify your trip to the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference
More than 30 education session at this year's conference will be devoted to cover the latest in leadership principles that will take you and your agency to the next level.
The 2018 NRPA Directors School will feature an updated curriculum and will be held at a new location — the beautiful Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Children design their own parks at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held at the Washington, DC Convention Center.
NRPA partnered with the Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) to help park and recreation agencies screen better.
Manager, Golf Enterprises, at Fairfax County Park Authority in Fairfax, Virginia.
Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!
Professional Development Opportunities
Skateboarding will make its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and interest is likely to grow. Is your agency ready?
Safety is always top of mind, not only for workers, but also for the manufacturers of mowing equipment.
In the past decade, improvements in LED technology, as well as in panel efficiency, have allowed solar lighting to be more effective.
Being able to communicate your exact whereabouts on a trail can be critical, should an emergency arise.