Features

2017 August Feature Creating a Vibrant Public Space on the Lafitte Greenway 410

Creating a Vibrant Public Space on the Lafitte Greenway

Parks Build Community project to add several amenities to the southeast portion of the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans.

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2017 August Feature Local Officials Opinions About Local Park and Recreation Services 410

Local Officials' Opinions About Local Park and Recreation Services

Policy decisions made at the local level often have the most direct impact on a citizen’s life.

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2017 August Feature Conference Exhibit Hall at a Glance 410

2017 NRPA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Highlights

The 2017 NRPA Exhibit Hall is filled with exciting opportunities for all attendees. It is a must-see with the awesome exhibits, products and resources available from more than 400 exhibitors — plus lots of fun stuff, too!

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2017 August Feature Conference 2017 Education Highlights 410

2017 Education Highlights: The Golden Thread of Parks and Recreation

For a better understanding of the Social Equity Pillar and your role, please take some time at the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference to sit in on a few social equity-themed sessions.

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2017 August Feature Arts Unleashed Nut Job 410

Arts Unleashed: When Art Imitates Park Life

“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” animates land conservation.

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2017 August Feature Arts Unleashed 410

Arts Unleashed: Creating Successful, Lasting Arts Programs

For at-risk youth, the arts can deter truancy and delinquent behavior and increase academic performance.

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Additional Articles

2017 August NRPA Update The Outdoor Alliance for Kids Holds Capital Hill Briefing 410

The Outdoor Alliance for Kids Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

The briefing provided an opportunity for OAK members to discuss programs across the federal government that support opportunities for children, youth and families to learn, play and serve in the outdoors.

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Hot Topics

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

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2017 August NRPA Update Five Reasons to Post Your Open Position on the NRPA Career Center 410

Five Reasons to Post Your Open Position on the NRPA Career Center

Hiring is a large obstacle to tackle, but starting off right can make the process much easier.

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2017 August NRPA Update National Awards 410

Congratulations to the 2017 National Award, Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

The NRPA Awards and Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 NRPA National Awards, Diversity Scholarship, Student Scholarship and Young Professional Fellowship.

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2017 August NRPA Update Summer Camp on Capital Hill 410

Summer Camp on Capitol Hill: Play On to Protect Programming at Parks

On Thursday, June 29, congressional staffers were treated to a taste of a typical day in a park and recreation summer program as part of the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Summer Camp on Capitol Hill.

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2017 August NRPA Update Member Spotlight Laura Bauernfeind 410

Member Spotlight: Laura Bauernfeind

Laura Bauernfeind, City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Department’s golf manager.

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2017 August NRPA Update In Appreciation of David Lose 410

In Appreciation of David Lose

NRPA lost one of its much-loved members last month with the passing of David Lose of Nashville, Tennessee, who died unexpectedly at age 77 while on a trip to Ireland with his wife Betti.

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Steve Eckelberry 410

An Amazing Year

I look back on what we have accomplished and know that it is really only a beginning.

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2017 August Park Bench In Tune with the Community 410

'In Tune' with the Community

The city of Ames, Iowa, hit all the right notes this summer with the installation of two donated public pianos.

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2017 August Operations Artificial Intelligence Not Your Fathers Toolbox 410

Artificial Intelligence: Not Your Father's Toolbox

There are a number of artificial intelligence (AI) business tools that park and recreation agencies can use right now to help them run smarter and faster.

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2017 August Member to Member From Steel to Green Revitalizing Pittsburgh Through its Park System 410

From Steel to Green: Revitalizing Pittsburgh Through Its Park System

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy shares lessons learned as it celebrates 20 years.

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2017 August Law Review ADA Accessibility Rules 410

ADA Accessibility Rules for Alterations to Existing Facilities

There are two sets of rules for determining whether a public facility complies with the accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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2017 August Health and Wellness Community and Home Gardening Develop Lifelong Healthy Habits 410

Community and Home Gardening Develop Lifelong Healthy Habits

Gardens can be used to foster a love and appreciation of nature. They can bridge connections to other cultures and provide opportunities for social engagement.

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2017 August Future Leaders Empowering Youth to Care for Local Parks and Their Neighborhoods 410

Empowering Youth to Care for Local Parks and Their Neighborhoods

Students in Baltimore participate in Branches, a summer and afterschool internship program of the Parks & People Foundation, which employs youth to tend to the city’s green spaces and learn about opportunities available to them after high school.

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Gina Mullins Cohen 410

Arts and Parks: A Natural Fit

Arts and culture reflect our natural surroundings — whether it’s Ansel Adams’s photograph, “Yosemite Falls,” or the PBS documentary, “10 Parks that Changed America” — arts give us a greater appreciation of our green spaces, as well as bring awareness to environmental causes.

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2017 August Conservation Collaborating with Communities Strengthens Green Infrastructure Outcomes 410

Collaborating with Communities Strengthens Green Infrastructure Outcomes

As traditional gray stormwater management infrastructure continues to age, it often fails to adequately mitigate effects from increasingly frequent extreme weather events, as well as everyday rain events.

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2017 August Community Center Parks and Rec and BMX 410

Parks and Rec and BMX

Through community outreach programs, STEM, the Partnership for a Healthier America and Olympic Day, USA BMX works daily to reach youth and promote activity.

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2017 August Advocacy Career and Technology Education for Youth at Park and Rec Agencies 410

Career and Technical Education for Youth at Park & Rec Agencies

Providers of out-of-school time (OST) programs, whether over the summer months or after school during the school year, have the opportunity to be at the forefront of preparing youth for today's workforce, now perhaps more than ever.

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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

NRPA Live!

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 August Research Mapping Resources 410

Additional Park and Recreation Mapping and Data Resources

There are a number of resources available to the park and recreation professional when it comes to planning a new facility or assessing a community’s recreation needs.

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Park Pulse 410

Most Americans Dedicate Time Each Week to Outdoor Play

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at how much time Americans dedicate to outdoor play.

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2017 August Social Equity The Empty Bowls Soup Tale 410

The Empty Bowls Soup Tale

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, more than 130,000 residents struggle to get the food they need.

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Advice from an NRPA Annual Conference Newbie

2016 conference newbie, Sheila Runnels, shares her advice for those attending the NRPA Annual Conference for the first time.

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