Features

2021 April Feature Parks and Recreation Fends Off Wildfire 410

Parks and Recreation Fends Off Wildfires

Park and recreation professionals across the United States protect local land and communities from wildfire.

Learn More

2021 April Feature Born on the Bayou 410

Born on the Bayou

Find out how a golf course was repurposed into the world-class Houston Botanic Garden.

Learn More

2021 April Feature Protecting the Land and Its History 410x410

Protecting the Land and Its History

Sara Sinclair and Stephanie Lozano share insights about tribal nations and land acknowledgement in North America.

Learn More


Additional Articles

Michael P

Conservation, All of Our Duty

NRPA’s organizational mission calls for us to serve as catalysts of positive change for equity, climate-readiness and overall well-being.

Learn More

Vi Paynich 410

Make Earth Day Count

To celebrate April 22, encourage your community members to do their part by reducing their own carbon footprint.

Learn More

2021 1 April We Are Parks and Rec Reclaiming Natural Habitat With the Robert L

Reclaiming Natural Habitat With the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge

The land bridge is uniquely designed for safe passage by people and animals, connecting the previously divided halves of the 330-acre Phil Hardberger Park.

Learn More

2021 April We Are Parks and Rec Planting Design at NYC Parks 410

Planting Design at NYC Parks

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation shares five design principles and considerations that guide its approach to planting.

Lean More

2021 April We Are Parks and Rec Former NRPA President Dianne Hoover Retires 410

Former NRPA President Dianne Hoover Retires

After 45 years of service in the field of parks and recreation, Dianne Hoover, Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), is retiring to enjoy being an active outdoor participant.

Learn More

2021 April We Are Parks and Rec Park and Recreation Professional Dan Stencil Retires 410

Park and Recreation Professional Dan Stencil Retires After 43 Years of Service

Reflecting on his career, Dan Stencil names some highlights of his time with the park system.

Learn More

2021 April We Are Parks and Rec Remembering Park and Recreation Leader Laura Wetherald 410

Remembering Park and Recreation Leader Laura Wetherald

On February 19, 2021, the park and recreation field lost a dedicated professional, Laura Wetherald.

Learn More

Hot Topics 410

Connect Hot Topic

Members chime in with their policy suggestions regarding pool slot reservations to implement for the upcoming summer.

Learn More

2021 April We Are Parks and Rec Member Benefit Background Screening Best Practices 410

Member Benefit: Background Screening Best Practices

Here are some things to keep in mind to help prevent risk during background screening.

Learn MOre

2021 April Research Workforce Development Helps Prepare Future Park and Recreation Leaders 410

Workforce Development Helps Prepare Future Park and Recreation Leaders

NRPA highlights some key findings from its research report, Workforce Development and Career Exploration at Parks and Recreation.

Learn More

2021 April Park Pulse Parks and Recreation Leaders of Vital Environmental Initiatives 410

Parks and Recreation: Leaders of Vital Environmental Initiatives

Six in seven U.S. adults support their local park and recreation agency’s environmental efforts.

Learn More

2021 April Finance for the Field Public Private Partnership Models 410

Public-Private Partnership Models

In public-private partnerships, both a park and recreation department and its partner bring assets to a collaboration that make it a viable proposition.

Read more

2021 April Advocacy The Case for Local Relief 410

The Case for Local Relief

Local governments and their park and recreation departments need to receive more attention and funding from the federal government as we continue to recover from the coronavirus.

Learn More

2021 April Health and Wellness Can Parks Leverage Libraries 410

Can Parks Leverage Libraries?

Understand how park and recreation agencies can enhance services by working smarter with libraries.

Learn More

2021 April Equity Using Virtual Volunteering to Engage Diverse Communities 410

Using Virtual Volunteering to Engage Diverse Communities

Park professionals and land managers from across the country are beginning to turn to virtual volunteer activities to connect diverse audiences to their public land sites.

Learn More

2021 April Law Review Due Process Notice COVID 19 Sweeps at Homeless Encampment 410

Due Process Notice for COVID-19 Sweeps at a Homeless Encampment

An advocacy group and several people experiencing homelessness filed a class-action lawsuit against the City and County of Denver and several of their officials.

Learn More

2021 April Operations Portland Sustainable Park Pathway Lighting Efforts 410

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Sustainable Park Pathway Lighting Efforts

The park and recreation agency recently completed a landmark energy efficiency project to improve lighting at many sites while lowering the agency’s costs and maintenance needs.

Learn More

2021 April Park Bench Finding BLISS in Northeast Baltimore City 410

Finding BLISS in Northeast Baltimore City

This 10-acre land reclamation project is a Black-led environmental education and justice hub designed to reflect, preserve and celebrate Black, brown and Indigenous perspectives of the human-nature connection.

Learn More