The NRPA Annual Conference has officially arrived! It is now time to set goals for the upcoming year.
Whether it’s welcoming a new CEO or embarking on a new initiative, there’s always a mixture of excitement and anxiety – embrace it.
Gina Mullins-Cohen, Editorial Director, shares her thoughts on this issue of the magazine.
In the midst of some pretty weighty issues, there are things we can and are doing to not only improve the health of our communities, but also of our environment.
Marketing and public relations are important tools to communicate the messages and impact of the diverse field of parks and recreation.
We all need to look for the ways we can help put Mother Nature in a better mood!
To live healthier lifestyles through the enjoyment of parks and recreation, we need to take it upon ourselves to help preserve our open spaces and natural habitats.
In this issue, take a closer look at the skills and courage required to be an effective leader in the field of parks and recreation.
In this issue we examine the balance park managers must strike between addressing the health and safety concerns associated with homelessness and remaining empathetic to their predicament.
In this issue we celebrate the increasing importance and prioritization of listening to community, especially when it comes to creating open spaces where all feel welcomed.
Dogs provide health benefits to their owners, so shouldn't park agencies help provide communities with parks and amenities designed especially for those canine companions?
Diversity, which has become an overused and sometimes politically charged term, doesn’t necessarily equate to inclusion.
Working together to gain an understanding of what our green spaces could look like in the near future.
Learn about two approaches to creating welcoming, functional and fun green spaces and give some solace about the push for high-density development.
Given today’s tech-obsessed world, we often find ourselves glued to our small screens, while forgetting that there’s a whole world outside waiting to be discovered.
You can’t preach what you fail to practice.
Many leaders make sacrifices and work hard to reach their goals, but they also acknowledge that they cannot be truly effective if they fail to teach, nurture and motivate their staffers to achieve their own success.
By helping children develop an early passion and appreciation for nature, you could be creating the next generation of conservationists.
When it comes to ensuring the future of our parks, one thing is for certain: neither one person nor one agency can do it alone.
As the new year unfolds, it’s not uncommon for park and recreation professionals to ask themselves: “What will the next 12 months bring?”
Time and time again, park and recreation agencies have shown their resolve by facing challenges head on, leading their communities through tough times and finding the silver lining in the wake of tragedy and adversity.
It’s the time of the year when communities around the world are in a festive, celebratory mood. From decked out neighborhoods and city streets, to parks aglow with holiday lights, there are plenty of opportunities for people to come together to ring out the old and ring in the new year.
In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, we proudly devote this month’s issue to the military.
Social equity serves a critical purpose: helping park and recreation agencies create a positive influence on the communities that they serve by emphasizing inclusion of all community members.
Parks should be places that unite communities, not divide them. It’s our job to create places that respect the opinions of all community members and welcome people from all walks of life.
Arts and culture reflect our natural surroundings — whether it’s Ansel Adams’s photograph, “Yosemite Falls,” or the PBS documentary, “10 Parks that Changed America” — arts give us a greater appreciation of our green spaces, as well as bring awareness to environmental causes.
Whether you’re a child, teen or adult, being able to engage in play in neighborhood parks and participating in fun-filled activities at local recreation facilities is essential to maintaining one’s physical and mental health.
Don’t forget to promote the importance of good health and wellness while offering fun summer programs and activities.
NRPA has the tools to help you nurture future as well as current leaders in your organization.
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.