Features

2019 December Feature Adventure Parks Breaking the Fear Factor 410

Adventure Parks: Breaking the Fear Factor

Park and recreation agencies can bring developmental and cognitive benefits to their communities by incorporating adventure elements into their systems.

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2019 December Feature Greening Without Gentrification 410

Greening Without Gentrification

Learn about recommendations for greening communities without displacing vulnerable residents.

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Additional Articles

Jack Kardys 410

Innovation Requires Vision and Forethought

As park planners, we need to bring our residents, community stakeholders and elected officials to the table for broader conversations about wants, needs and challenges.

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Gina Mullins Cohen 410

The Importance of Conscious Design

At the core of our design process should always be the questions, “Who is this for?” and “How am I helping?”

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2019 December Research NRPAs Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework 410

NRPA's Green Infrastructure Evaluation Framework

This online resource gives park professionals the tools and information they need to evaluate the community benefits of their GSI projects in parks.

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2019 December Member to Member Anatomy of a Great Fireworks Display 410

Anatomy of a Great Fireworks Display

Agencies should take full control of their fireworks displays to ensure a successful event for their community. Learn how!

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2019 December Advocacy Federal Transportation Bill on Tap 410

Federal Transportation Bill on Tap

Safe Routes to Parks’ top two congressional funding priorities include active transportation routes and safety.

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2019 December Law Review Gender and Age Discrimination Claim in Park Promotion 410

Gender and Age Discrimination Claim in Park Promotion

In this month’s Law Review, the plaintiff was denied a promotion and claims discrimination based on age and gender.

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2019 December Health Wellness Keeping It Real A Different Approach to Discussing the Social Determinants of Health 410

Keeping It Real: A Different Approach to Discussing the Social Determinants of Health

Get to the heart of what “social determinants of health” really means, and what role parks and recreation can play.

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2019 December Conservation Can a Walk in the Park Put You in a Holiday Mood 410

Can a Walk in the Park Put You in a Holiday Mood?

Twitter study shows the greener the urban green space, the more cheerful people become.

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2019 December Social Equity Community Engagement Best Practices 410

Community Engagement Best Practices

These NRPA resources help agencies increase engagement, equity and inclusion.

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2019 December NRPA Update Meet Me at the Park Surpasses Goal 410

Meet Me at the Park Surpasses Goal

More than one million children and families now have increased access to play and physical activity at a result of the campaign.

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2019 December NRPA Update NRPA and American Water Partner on the Building Better Communities Program 410

NRPA and American Water Partner on the Building Better Communities Program

Read about the water-inspired play area projects planned in two grantee communities.

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2019 December NRPA Update NRPA Awards Grant to Support Equitable Access to Parks 410

NRPA Awards Grant to Support Equitable Access to Parks

Ten communities will receive 10 Minute Walk grant funding to help increase access to quality parks close to home.

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2019 December NRPA Update Exhibitors Donate Materials After 2019 Conference 410

Exhibitors Donate Materials After 2019 Conference

Following the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, many exhibitors generously donated materials to help local organizations in need.

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2019 December NRPA Update NRPA Award Applications Open in January 410

NRPA Award Applications Open in January

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to validate the great work you do and show decision makers the intrinsic value of your work with an NRPA Award.

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2019 December NRPA Update First Day Hikes 410

First Day Hikes

This annual program connects state park visitors with guided hikes to inspire a connection with nature at a time of year not typically associated with outdoor recreation.

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2019 December NRPA Update Member Benefit Protect Yourself Insurance Discount Programs 410

Member Benefit: Protect Yourself — NRPA Insurance Discount Programs through K&K Insurance

The NRPA offers members risk management solutions through NRPA-sponsored insurance programs.

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2019 December NRPA Update Connect Hot Topics 410

Connect Hot Topics

Several NRPA members provide thoughtful suggestions to a college senior seeking advice on finding an entry level job in parks and recreation.

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2019 December NRPA Update Member Spotlight Jende Smith 410

Member Spotlight: Jende Smith, CPRP, AFO

Parks & Recreation recently spoke with Smith to learn about her career in aquatics and how she keeps up with the field.

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Calendar 410

Professional Development Calendar

Registration is currently open for several upcoming partner schools, which offer high-level education and networking experiences at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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2019 December Operations Using Grant Funding for Your Aquatic Facilitys AOP Sanitation 410

Using Grant Funding for Your Aquatic Facility's AOP Sanitation

Utility providers offer grants that incentivize aquatic facilities to switch to more energy efficient solutions.

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Parks Recreation Crossword 410

Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2019, December

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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2019 December Park Bench Friendship Bench 410

Friendship Bench

This ThriveNYC program invites anyone to sit down on a public bench to talk about whatever’s weighing on their mind in order to improve mental health.

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