NRPA Connect Hot Topics

June 1, 2015, Department, by Hayley MacDonell

It’s almost officially summer and that means the weather is heating up — and so are the conversations on NRPA Connect! Below is a preview of some of the latest trends in parks and recreation that your colleagues are discussing:

Little Free Library: Local parks are being approached by Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops about installing free library boxes. Professionals share their experiences, including maintenance, usage and vandalism. 

Policy on Inflatables in Parks: With increasing requests to bring in bounce houses and other inflatables to special events, it is important to make sure you are equipped to handle your community’s wishes. Visit this discussion for ideas on implementing your own policy. 

Food Truck Thursdays: Participants in this discussion share their ideas regarding food truck events.  How much do you charge vendors? Do you keep a consistent vendor list or change it weekly? Read this post to have these and other questions answered. 

Inclement Weather Notifications:  Looking for new and innovative procedures to put in place for inclement weather notifications? Your colleagues discuss their current processes, including a calling system, social media, apps and website updates. 

It’s easy to join the conversation! Visit to learn more about the latest hot topics in parks and recreation. Don’t forget you can connect anywhere! NRPA Connect is 100 percent responsive on all devices. 

Hayley MacDonell is NRPA’s Membership Programs Manager.