Advocacy

Spotlight on STEM

How NRPA Envisions a STEM approach to our Three Pillars - Health and Wellness, Conservation, and Social Equity.

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A Park Champions Smackdown

This month, we’re highlighting the amazing finalists who tapped into the Park Champion initiative to invite their members of Congress to an event highlighting their parks and programs.

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Park Champion of the Year: Portland's Som Subedi

Promoting equity and inclusion while ensuring congressional support for parks and recreation.

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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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Career and Technical Education for Youth at Park & Rec Agencies

Providers of out-of-school time (OST) programs, whether over the summer months or after school during the school year, have the opportunity to be at the forefront of preparing youth for today's workforce, now perhaps more than ever.

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The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA)

For those of us who closely follow the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program, there’s very important news regarding funding for this critical conservation and recreation priority.

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Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Educational Funding

As the budget debate continues this summer, educating members of Congress on the use of these funds locally will be critical.

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Introducing the New Park Champion Toolkit!

Step up for the future of parks and recreation by joining the Park Champion initiative.

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Turning the Tide on a Generation Left Inside

Through collective advocacy, an alliance of some 100 organizations — the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) — is working to provide youth and families with safe, readily available opportunities to connect with the outdoors.

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Elements of a Blueprint for ACA Replacement

Five elements from an old ACA reform bill that may serve as a blueprint for ACA replacement.

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Replacing the Affordable Care Act

Rather than allowing the federal government to decide what benefits and services all insurers must cover, many existing Republican ideas for replacing the ACA would cede this authority to states.

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Public Policy and Advocacy Outlook for 2017

There will be lots of changes coming out of our nation's capital and your participation will be more important than ever.

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Advocacy Through Storytelling

Park Champions are making a difference, one event at a time...

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Smoke-Free Parks: Why Park and Recreation Departments Should Lead the Effort

NRPA Board of Directors adopts statement encouraging tobacco-free facilities.

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Park Funding for All!

Park, environmental and other public funds should benefit all people equitably and without discrimination.

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Summertime and OST Programming Is Hot!

Why the Public Policy Team continues to push for passage of reliable and dependable supplemental education funding that supports out-of-school time programming.

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Advocating for Parks and Healthy Populations

The Park Champions initiative embraces a show-and-tell approach to advocacy.

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Curbing the Spread of the Zika Virus

Congress needs to properly fund CDC efforts to study and eradicate the Zika virus. 

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2016: The Year of Park Champion Advocacy

Following up on the success and lessons learned from last summer's launch of the Park Champion advocacy initiative, NRPA's Policy Team declares 2016 the year of Park Champion advocacy, expanding the initiative to a year-round movement.

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2015 Year in Review

NRPA’s public policy team provides a look back at what was an extremely eventful 2015.

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Parks, Recreation and Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure approaches are not new to many enterprising agencies, but the recognition of parks as players in the discussion on how we as a nation manage our water resources is new and fast expanding.

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Life After LWCF

The Land and Water Conservation Fund expired September 30. NRPA is committed to, and still needs your help in getting, a permanently reauthorized LWCF.

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Safe Routes to School National Partnership: Working to Make Underserved Communities Safer for Walking and Biking

Fatality rates are twice as high for people walking in low-income versus upper-income metro areas. Safe Routes to School National Partnership sheds light on why and how we can make walking and biking safer in these areas.

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Your Help Is Needed to Secure Permanent LWCF Reauthorization

NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager urges members to tell their elected officials about the importance of permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, due to expire September 30. 

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The Summer of Park Champion Advocacy

Less than a year in and through our revamped Parks Champion advocacy efforts, we’re seeing some innovative and creative ways members are using to engage their local legislators. 

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King v. Burwell: An Explainer

NRPA’s Government Affairs Manager gives an overview of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the Affordable Care Act and what it means for NRPA members. 

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Stamping Out Childhood Hunger

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act is up for renewal this September, and failure to pass this key legislation could mean empty stomachs for thousands of children across the U.S. 

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The Case for LWCF Reform

Rep. Rob Bishop, representing Utah’s first district, talks federal and local land management in terms of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

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Healthy Innovations Make the Case for Parks and Recreation

NRPA’s first Innovation Lab, held in Miami, Florida, aimed to get a closer look at an agency with a mission to integrate health and wellness into every aspect of its programming and initiatives.

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Park Champions: Bringing Capitol Hill to a Park Near You

By serving as Park Champions, NRPA members will be year-round ambassadors of their agencies, building strong, lasting relationships with their elected officials.

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Embracing New Opportunities

NRPA’s VP of urban and government affairs reflects on the significance of a recent Troops for Fitness event.

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New Year, New Congress, New Resolutions

2015 presents a fresh opportunity to advocate for parks and recreation on Capitol Hill.

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Looking Forward to 2015

Check out this update about the federal legislation on NRPA's radar for 2015 and how you can help tell the parks and recreation story to elected officials.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund Turns 50

As LWCF turns 50 years old, NRPA's senior government affairs manager takes a look back at its highlights and outlines parameters necessary for its continued success.

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Preparing for the November Election

 As Election Day approaches, familiarize yourself with some key political issues and races that can affect your agency. 

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A Fresh Approach to Advocacy

NRPA’s Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs details changes to our advocacy efforts and how members can get involved in the new plan. 

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Advocacy: A Recipe for Success

Putting together an active group of advocates and a successful advocacy campaign requires an intentional and direct approach.

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Supporting Youth Sports in Congress

Rep. Mike McIntyre is the leading advocate for youth sports on Capitol Hill.

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The State of Transportation in Congress

An Oregon congressman invested in federal transportation initiatives shares his insight on the current status of relevant legislation and what the future holds.

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Your Voice Was Heard

#NRPALegForum attendees made their case for park and recreation advocacy through Capitol Hill visits and social media.

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Ensuring Opportunities for All in Park Programs

Park and recreation professionals may be interested in participating in the President’s Council on Fitness, sports and Nutrition’s “I Can Do It, You Can Do It!” program for individuals with disabilities.

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The Voice for Parks and Recreation in Our Nation’s Capital

NRPA’s 2014 Legislative Platform provides guidance for members advocating at Legislative Forum and elsewhere throughout the year.

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Legislative Forum: Tips and What to Expect

Make the most of your time in Washington with these tips from NRPA’s Public Policy team on how to prepare for a successful trip. 

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Make The Choice to Be The Voice for Parks and Recreation… Join Us at Legislative Forum

NRPA members are the most powerful voice for parks and recreation, and the Legislative Forum is the perfect opportunity to meet with elected officials and have your voice heard.

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The PHIT Act is an Investment in Health

A new federal legislation opportunity would provide tax incentives for fitness.

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New Infrastructure Bill Offers Possibilities

The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act may provide green assistance.

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Opportunities and Threats in Washington

Recent developments in Congress, including the pending government shutdown, the introduction of H.R. 2727 and the threat to eliminate the Land and Water Conservation Fund, are likely to have major impacts for park and recreation agencies in the coming months.

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Municipal Bond Interest Tax Exemption at Risk

Park and recreation capital projects could face funding difficulties in the face of upcoming tax reform

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Innovative Financing Legislation for Park Infrastructure

The proposed PIFIA bill may provide much-needed funds for your next park project

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