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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.