Features

2021 March Feature Gathering Place for Everyone 410

Gathering Place: A Park for Everyone

One hundred years after the Greenwood District Massacre, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is employing diversity equity, inclusion and accessibility as key park design principles.

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Patch Happy

Portland Parks and Recreation launches an initiative to transform underperforming landscapes into ecologically healthy and beautiful natural spaces.

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2021 March Feature Ensuring An Equal Future for All 410

Ensuring ‘An Equal Future’ for All

Introducing a new TEDxCollegePark virtual experience for park and recreation professionals. Learn why you shouldn’t miss this FREE event.

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Additional Articles

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Park Design and Planning Should Fully Engage Our Communities

As we look to make the most of our limited resources in the coming years, let us make sure that we are staying true to universal design and ethical planning principles.

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Inspired Park Design

Park and recreation professionals recognize the importance of designing open spaces that are accessible, inclusive and inviting to all.

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2021 March We Are Parks and Rec Closing Park Roads to Cars 410

Closing Park Roads to Cars — An Idea Goes Viral

Find out how the People’s Alliance for Rock Creek (PARC) and other park advocates made the case for keeping a major road in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park closed to cars on weekdays.

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2021 March We Are Parks and Rec Remembering Park and Recreation Advocate Eric OBrien 410

Remembering Park and Recreation Advocate Eric O’Brien

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to one of NRPA's most energetic and dedicated former advocate board members and board chairs, who passed away on January 7.

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James ‘Jim’ Peterson Passes Away December 2020

On December 30, 2020, the park and recreation field lost a pioneer, who was instrumental in shaping the profession through his joint appointment at Indiana University and Purdue University.

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2021 March We Are Parks and Rec Park District General Manager Robert Doyle Retires 410

Park District General Manager Robert Doyle Retires After 47-Year Career

East Bay Regional Park District’s outgoing general manager leaves many legacies that will benefit the lives of community members.

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Member Benefit: Leading in Recovery

Recovery is top of mind in 2021. How can park and recreation professionals deliver programs safely while ensuring financial sustainability?

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2021 March Research Parks and Recreation Is an Engine of Economic Activity 410

Parks and Recreation Is an Engine of Economic Activity

NRPA's research finds that operations and capital spending at local park and recreation agencies generated more than $166 billion in U.S. economic activity and supported 1.1 million jobs in 2017.

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Parks and Recreation Provides Important Employment Opportunities

Park and recreation departments are leading providers of first-time employment opportunities for youth and young adults.

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2021 March Finance for the Field Assets Private Sector Can Bring to Park Departments 410

Assets the Private Sector Can Bring to Park Departments

While the private sector can contribute to park departments by investing funds for operation, maintenance and/or capital development, there are four additional aspects of private-sector involvement that may be even more attractive.

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2021 March Advocacy Parks Funding Communities Who Make Them Possible 410 2

Parks, Funding and the Communities That Make Them Possible

Community and elected official support help make bonds, grants and taxes possible to establish funding that supports the completion of park and recreation projects.

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2021 March Health and Wellness Inclusive Health in Parks and Recreation 410

Inclusive Health in Parks and Recreation

The movement toward inclusive health can start small and grow from simple conversations with people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in your community.

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2021 March Equity The Path Forward Equity at the Center City Park Investment 410

The Path Forward: Equity at the Center of City Park Investment

Parks will play an essential role in the economic recovery of our nation and in addressing inequities in our cities.

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2021 March Conservation Gauging the Value of the SITES Rating System 410

Gauging the Value of the SITES Rating System

In its second decade, SITES promises to use its growing influence as a municipal governance tool with the goal of codifying NRPA’s Three Pillars into local policy.

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2021 March Law Review Day Camp Suspension for Disabled Participants Threats 410

Day Camp Suspension for Disabled Participant’s Threats

The federal district court discussed threats that prompted exclusion of an individual with intellectual disabilities from continued participation from a public recreation program in New Hampshire.

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2021 March Park Bench Creating Inclusive Skate Parks 410

Creating Inclusive Skate Parks

Municipal skate park operators can find qualified skateboarding instructors the same way they do for swimming, baseball and other sports.

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