Features

2017 December Feature Urban Music Festivals Considered 410

Urban Music Festivals, Considered

Examining the outdoor music festival and its role as the bellwether of public security in parks.

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2017 December Feature The 10 Minute Walk Campaign 410

The 10-Minute Walk Campaign

A Conversation with TPL President and CEO Will Rogers.

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2017 December Feature Open Streets ICT 410

Open Streets ICT Brings Wichitans Together!

Open Streets, a movement that is prevalent in cities across the United States, is a free community-building event that calls for closing a street to traffic and opening it for biking, walking, running, dancing, arts, culture-related activities and more!

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2017 December Feature Parks Build Community 410

Parks Build Community: Helping to Revitalize Lafitte Greenway

This year’s NRPA Parks Build Community project is located along the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Additional Articles

2017 December Social Equity Protect People Wildlife Places and Values Stop the Border Wall 410

Protect People, Wildlife, Places and Values, Stop the Border Wall

The U.S.-Mexico border wall threatens marginalized communities and endangered species, and embodies hate and divisiveness.

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2017 December Reflections on a Historic 2017 410

Reflections on a Historic 2017

I am looking forward to 2018 and to working with you to strengthen our knowledge and capacity to ensure parks and recreation is recognized for the significant role it plays in our cities and communities across this country.

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2017 December Research The 2107 Year in Research 410

The 2017 Year in Research

A look back at the past year's Park Pulse findings.

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Park Pulse 410

Americans Turn to Parks and Recreation When Advised to Increase Physical Activity

In this month’s Park Pulse poll, we ask Americans where they’d turn to when advised to be more physically active by a doctor or other healthcare provider.

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2017 December Park Bench The Wow Factor 410

The 'Wow' Factor

Lake County Forest Preserve at Fort Sheridan is a magical place, just a short drive north of Chicago.

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2017 December Operations How to Build a Culture of Guest Service Excellence 410

How to Build a Culture of Guest Service Excellence

There will always be a newer park, a swankier facility, a cooler event or a cheaper program, but there will never be a replacement for a positive and memorable customer experience.

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Calendar 410

2018 Annual Conference Speed Session Proposals

Starting February 26, 2018, we will be collecting speed session proposals for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana!

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2017 December NRPA Update Member Spotlight Calandra Barnes 410

Member Spotlight: Calandra Barnes

Calandra Barnes has been the special events coordinator for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in North Carolina for 11 years.

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2017 December NRPA Update Member Benefit 410

Choosing the Right Insurance for Your Sports Program

Preparing for any sports program or activity comes with a long to-do list, and purchasing insurance can sometimes fall off the radar.

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Hot Topics 410

NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out some of the hottest topics on NRPA Connect this month!

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2017 December NRPA Update Conservation Resource Guide 410

NRPA's New Conservation Resource Guide Now Available

NRPA is pleased to announce the release of A Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks.

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2017 December NRPA Update NRPAs Jayni Rasmussen Advocacy Award 410

NRPA's Jayni Rasmussen Receives Professional Women in Advocacy Award

Jayni, NRPA’s advocacy and outreach manager, was recently awarded the Professional Women in Advocacy Award for Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Advocate.

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2017 December NRPA Update Family Volunteer Day 410

Family Volunteer Day Participants Help Spruce Up Local Parks

This year, a few NRPA Meet Me at the Park healthy living grantees decided to use Family Volunteer Day to get families in their communities involved in their Meet Me at the Park projects.

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2017 December Member to Member Thinking Strategically About Your Agency's Rec Programming 410

Thinking Strategically About Your Agency's Recreation Programming

Tips on creating a comprehensive programming performance evaluation.

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2017 December Law Review Adverse Possession Claims in Parkland 410

Adverse Possession Claims in Parkland

In many instances, the boundaries between public parkland and surrounding private property are not clearly delineated.

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2017 December Health and Wellness The Culture of Health 410

The Culture of Health

Creative placemaking in parks for healthy communities.

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2017 December Future Leaders You Are Awersome 410

You Are Awesome - NRPA Can Help You Stay That Way

You work crazy hours and handle crazy situations. Here’s how NRPA can help you prepare to handle those challenges.

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2017 December Editors Letter 410

A Time for Celebration

It’s the time of the year when communities around the world are in a festive, celebratory mood. From decked out neighborhoods and city streets, to parks aglow with holiday lights, there are plenty of opportunities for people to come together to ring out the old and ring in the new year.

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2017 December Conservation Zero Waste Events 410

Zero-Waste Events

Making a big splash with a small footprint. There are straightforward steps planners and hosts can take to move toward a zero-waste event.

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2017 December Community Center First Day Hikes 410

First Day Hikes: A Natural Way to Start the New Year

This year, on January 1, record numbers of “First Day Hikers” are expected to flock to parks around the country.

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2017 December Advocacy How NRPA Envisions a STEM Approach 410

Spotlight on STEM

How NRPA Envisions a STEM approach to our Three Pillars - Health and Wellness, Conservation, and Social Equity.

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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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2017 December Imagination Guide Greenfields 410

Bixby Park Trail

Greenfields’ Trail Package 1 was carefully designed not only to enhance the fitness benefits of trails, but also to promote socialization within diverse communities.

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2017 December Imagination Guide Playcore 410c

The Center for Outreach, Research and Education

Playcore's mission and purpose is building communities through play and recreation.

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2017 December Imagination Guide Bona 410

Hardwood Floor Care

Built to be beautiful and durable, hardwood gym floors are often the central gathering point for many facilities.

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2017 December Imagination Guide Turf 410

The Hustler® Maximum Duty Vehicle™

Designed for work applications, the new Maximum Duty Vehicle (MDV) from Hustler Turf Equipment features LeveLift™, a patented, labor-saving cargo box.

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2017 December Imagination Guide Horicon Marsh 410

Leaving a Memorable Impression

Twenty years ago, Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore, authors of The Experience Economy, taught us the importance of “staging experiences to leave a memorable — and lucrative — impression” for customers.

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2017 December Imagination Guide NJPA 410

O’Fallon Family Sports Park Scores Big

Turning O’Fallon into a competition destination means more people coming to the area and increased spending at area hotels and restaurants.

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2017 December Imagination Guide LSI 410

Play Creates a Whole Child

In a poll conducted by Landscape Structures Inc., more than half of parents responded that they think children today have fewer opportunities for play than children 20 years ago

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2017 December Imagination Guide Shade Systems 410

Stunning Shade Systems Canopies Highlight New Waterfront Park

Shade Systems is proud to have provided the shade structures at Sullivan Park for the city of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

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2017 December Imagination Guide Sense Tour 410

The Sense Tour

A plant education program for memory care patients and the partially sighted.

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2017 December Imagination Guide Bobcat 410

The Ultimate in Versatility

Any day. Any job. That’s the powerful approach to the Toolcat™ utility work machines from Bobcat.

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