Features

2017 September Feature Civic Health 410

Place-Based Design and Civic Health

New findings from the Center for Active Design’s Assembly Civic Engagement Survey

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2017 September Feature The Andrew Pete Sanchez Multipurpose Center 410

The Andrew ‘Pete’ Sanchez Multi-Service Center

The hub of New Orleans’ hard-hit Lower 9th Ward

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2017 September Feature Tennis Everyone 410

Tennis, Everyone

Adaptive tennis programs in the parks can bring future players off the sidelines and into the game

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2017 September Feature The Economic Benefit of Downtown Parks 410

The Economic Benefit of Downtown Parks

Whatever their constitution, today’s parks need to be versatile and able to be used for multiple purposes.

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2017 September Conference Content We're Headed to The Big Easy 410

We’re Headed to the Big Easy

Join us in New Orleans for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference

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2017 September Conference Content New Orleans Notable Local Places 410

New Orleans: Notable Local Places

The Local Host Committee invites you to experience New Orleans, one of America's most culturally and historically rich and diverse destination.

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2017 September Conference Content New Orleans Overachievers The 2017 Conference Program Committee 410

New Orleans Overachievers: The 2017 Conference Program Committee

Meet the members of the team who helped to recruit and select the best, most relevant education sessions for this year's conference

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2017 September Conference Content Special Events 410

NRPA Annual Conference: Special Events

Make sure these events are on your schedule

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2017 September NRPA Live 410

NRPA Live: Your Virtual Conference Experience

NRPA Live brings you 11 streamed session that you can participate in just as if you were attending in person in New Orleans.

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Additional Articles

2017 September Operations Historic Aquatic Facilities 410

The Challenge of Renovating Historic Aquatic Facilities

How the Dallas Park & Recreation Department is preserving community history and memories

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2017 September Operatioins Parks and Recreation Trendsetter 410

Become a Parks and Recreation Trendsetter

Use a hospitality mindset and choose your offerings wisely to do so

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2017 September Social Equity Whitewashing The Los Angeles River 410

Whitewashing the Los Angeles River? Gente-fication not Gentrification

Our nation was founded on the ideal that all of us are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Government agencies and recipients of public funding must distribute the L.A. River revitalization benefits and burdens fairly for all residents.

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2017 September Health and Wellness Creating Safe Routes To Parks 410

Creating Safe Routes to Parks

Measuring walking access to parks is a good starting point to link parks with public health goals.

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2017 September Conservation Quantifying Green Infrastructures Stormwater Capture Potential 410

Quantifying Green Infrastructure’s Stormwater Capture Potential

Public parks, which often contain large swaths of land, are great sites for green infrastructure stormwater management because they offer multiple opportunities for slowing and capturing the destructive force of stormwater runoff.

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2017 September Future Leaders To PhD Or Not To PhD 410

To Ph.D. or Not to Ph.D.?

The answer to this question is complicated and only appropriate for each individual to personally answer.

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2017 September Law Review State Playground Program Disqualified Religious Organizations 410

State Playground Program Disqualified Religious Programs

In Missouri, the state’s Department of Natural Resources administers a “Scrap Tire Program,” which offers reimbursement grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations that purchase playground surfaces made from recycled tires.

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2017 September Advocacy Educating The New Administration and Congress About Park and Rec Programs 410

Educating the New Administration and Congress About Park & Rec Programs

NRPA’s Public Policy team was hard at work this summer inviting politically appointed cabinet members of the new administration and members of Congress to visit park and recreation programs and see firsthand the critical impact parks have on local communities throughout the country.

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2017 September Member to Member Overcoming the Flaws of Needs Assessment 410

Overcoming the Flaws of Needs Assessments

Entire master plans are designed and executed based on the numerical data that serves to encapsulate the narrative of a community. Yet, the decisions made using such data often result in investments that might not prove to be as successful as expected.

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2017 September Member to Member Five Steps to Unlock Your Agency's Marketing and Branding Potential 410

Five Steps to Unlock Your Agency's Marketing and Branding Potential

With ever-increasing choices and competition, dedicated and specialized marketing and branding is a critical tool to an agency’s survival.

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2017 September Community Center The Parklands of Floyds Fork 410

The Parklands of Floyds Fork: Louisville's 21st Century Legacy Park

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a 20-mile, 4,000-acre addition to the Louisville Park System inspired by the belief that great parks can shape a city, grow along with a city and serve as the seedling from which a city’s best and most livable neighborhoods grow.

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2017 September NRPA Update Leadership Certificate 410

Certification: A Mark of Accomplishment

Professional development certificates represent a new and important direction for continued learning.

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2017 September NRPA Update Tune in to Our New Open Space Radio Podcast 410

Tune in to Our New ‘Open Space Radio’ Podcast

Listen to the latest park and recreation news on Open Space Radio.

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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 September NRPA Update Member Benefit 410

New Emergency Network Provider — ePACT

Replace paper medical forms, waivers and consents for families attending rec programs with ePACT.

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2017 September NRPA Update Member Spotlight Maria Nardi 410

Member Spotlight: Maria Nardi

Maria Nardi, director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

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2017 September NRPA Update National Meet Me At The Park Grant Recipients Selected 410

National ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant Recipients Selected

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide have been selected to receive grants to support projects that increase access to play spaces.

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Park Pulse 410

Park and Recreation Amenities Popular Among Vacation Goers

This month, we take a closer look at what Americans say is important to them when choosing a vacation destination.

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2017 September Research NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey Says 410

NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey Says...

As rewarding as the work is, park and recreation agencies must offer competitive compensation to attract and retain the best people.

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2017 September Park Bench Back to School 410

Back to School

A program that eases first-day jitters for kindergartners.

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Gina Mullins Cohen 410

Hate Has No Place Here

Parks should be places that unite communities, not divide them. It’s our job to create places that respect the opinions of all community members and welcome people from all walks of life.

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Barbara Tulipane 410

The Future of Community Recreation

Last month, during a planning visit to New Orleans for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference, I had the opportunity to tour the Sanchez Center.

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Calendar 410

Updated CPRP Study Materials

Announcing the release of updated study materials to coincide with the newly updated Certified Park and Recreation certification.

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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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Why Staying on Top of Parks and Rec Trends is Important (and How to Do It)

Michael J. Kalvort, CPRE, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Virginia Beach, shares how staying on top of park and recreation trends allows him and his department to best serve their community.

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