Now, more than ever, it's important for those of us in parks and recreation to continue to draw attention to critical environmental causes, such as clean water and clean air, climate change and land conservation.
Attention to detail is critical to the successful planning and execution of any project.
Find out what all awaits you in the pages of this month's Parks & Recreation magazine.
What's the key to staying mentally and physically "young" as we age?
Two communities: one celebrating renewal; the other diversity - both celebrating togetherness.
That so many of us share the impulse to serve is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
More and more, cities are being defined by the open space and public parks that connect city dwellers to nature and offer access to healthier lifestyles.
When the going gets tough, parks and recreation gets going.
In this issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, we bring to light the history of the National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial, and the ADA, which marked its 25th anniversary last year.
Parks, open natural landscapes and recreation centers have served as places where we can let down our guard and enjoy some respite and restoration during times of both peace and distress.
Connecting parks with public health as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving healthy outcomes for patients.
The variety of ways park and recreation professionals are called on to lead.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen highlights the articles that speak to the importance of conserving land, water and energy, and parks and recreation's role in those efforts.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen salutes the behind-scenes teams who plan the layout and execute the building or renovation of park and recreation facilities.
NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, a former resident of Orange County, California, provides some additional insight about the Great Park project, one of this month's feature stories, and shares news of recent awards Parks & Recreation and the Marketing Department have earned.
Park and recreation agencies and professionals are the backbone of their communities in times both challenging and tranquil.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, salutes the Morale, Welfare and Recreation professionals, experts in cutting-edge recreational opportunities for military families.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, highlights the growing popularity of arts in parks and the wealth of education and special events on tap for this year’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director Gina Mullins-Cohen agrees change is hard, but it’s also necessary.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, embraces the height of summer as one of the most important times of the year for parks and recreation.
NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen gives an overview of the recent Magazine Advisory Board meeting and a preview of this issue’s feature articles.
Parks & Recreation magazine’s editorial director considers housing equity, parks and recreation in South Dakota, and reinventing recreation centers.
NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director mulls what the massive decline in pollinators might mean for our global future.
NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publishing and editorial director muses about the future of drone use in parks and NRPA's new "I'm a Park and Rec Kid" campaign.
NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publishing, and editorial director reflects on the financial state of the parks and recreation industry and what the future holds.
Gina Mullins-Cohen, NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing, and Editorial Director, ponders this month's feature article, which examines towns that have made a direct link between excellence in parks and recreation and a booming economy.
Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director ponders the future of the field, armed with solutions and answers gleaned from examining the past and engaging current experts.
Gina Mullin-Cohen, NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publications, reflects on NRPA's recent conference and asks the membership how we can better serve our communities through our desire for change.
Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director reflects on unsupervised children in parks and social equity, while looking ahead to NRPA’s 50th anniversary.
Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director challenges readers to find the “park and rec kid” inside and give some thought to how early experiences with parks and recreation shape today’s perceptions of the industry.
Parks & Recreation Magazine’s publisher and editorial director talks about social equity, one of NRPA's three strategic pillars and the main editorial focus of the August 2014 issue.
Elizabeth Beard, managing editor of Parks & Recreation Magazine, talks about learning new things every day in her profession and how park and recreation professionals can benefit their communities best when they open up to learning from others' experiences.
Managing Editor Beth Beard talks about the difficulties cities face when considering entering a public/private partnership but cautions against losing sight of the bigger picture
Parks & Recreation's Managing Editor Beth Beard discusses the socially equitable aspects of golf that can make it a game for everyone.
Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard discusses many essential ways that water ties all parks together.
Parks & Recreation's Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard discusses the demonstrated passion people have for their parks.
Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard introduces several articles in this issue of Parks & Recreation and explores how the power of social suggestion can influence fitness, conservation, spending habits and more.
Managing Editor Beth Beard shares her thoughts on the expectations our communities have in their parks and recreation departments and introduces NRPA's new three-pillar messaging campaign.
Editor Phil Hayward discusses technologies trending in parks and recreation.
Editor Phil Hayward explains the significance of research for the future of parks and recreation.
Editor Phil Hayward shares his perspective on how the recent election might change the field of parks and recreation, and how NRPA members can take a more proactive stand.
Editor Phil Hayward shares his thoughts on the powerful role parks can play in promoting the general health and wellness of American communities.
Parks & Recreation Editor Phil Hayward introduces the cover story on park-friendly mayors and gives tips on how to bring your local elected officials around to your cause.
The editor of Parks & Recreation shares his thoughts on proactively embracing change for the future of the park and recreation industry.
What's lost in the debate about whether or not playgrounds can be too safe is whether kids are even getting enough unstructured playtime outside at all.
How park and recreation agencies innovate in a risk-averse era.
It’s a great but rare day when all goes according to plan. Dwight Eisenhower knew this well when he quipped that plans were useless for preparing for battle, while planning was indispensable. Polar explorer Roald Amundsen simplified it even more with his observation that adventure is just bad planning. But for our purposes in the field of parks and recreation, I like the advice tendered by the great civic architect Daniel Burnham: “Make no small plans.”
I have always been reluctant to get too wrapped up in generalizing about age groups. Too often we run the risk of being flat-out wrong, insulting, or both. But, when a demographic tidal wave of 72 million enters its retirement years, it’s just too large to ignore. This is especially true for the field of parks and recreation.
Reaching out to fellow agencies and private partners is the new model of park leadership, whether in creating greener communities or managing park operations. This month's feature stories on conservation leaders and public-private partnerships show the power of outreach and partnership--though in vastly different ways.
Now is the time for park and recreation agencies to leverage all the environmental good they do by embracing roles as conservation leaders in their communities.