This health crisis has renewed our sense of nature and open spaces. It’s reminded us to truly appreciate our outdoor environment and understand how it contributes to our mental and physical health.
Our country is facing many challenges, and park and recreation professionals stand out as a beacon of hope for the progress that can be made to overcome these challenges.
Parks & Recreation magazine’s new executive editor, Vitisia “Vi” Paynich, reflects on the June issue and the challenges the field is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Research shows that some populations are more impacted by COVID-19 than others, both by the disease itself and by the economic fallout. This imbalance of burden-bearing remains true for many of the issues the world faces today and will face in the coming months and years.
Public parks serve as the ultimate equalizer by welcoming people — regardless of culture, race, age, abilities or income level — to recreate, experience and learn.
This month’s issue focuses on the ways park and recreation professionals can lead the conversation, the actions that advance our mission and enhance the quality of life for all as we navigate this new decade and the challenges in front of us.
We are excited to start the new year by continuing to celebrate the exceptional profession and people we serve, the good work you have accomplished and all the great things you have yet to do.
At the core of our design process should always be the questions, “Who is this for?” and “How am I helping?”
Publishing editorial director, Gina Cohen, reflects on the November issue of Parks & Recreation.
This year’s Social Equity issue focuses on the importance of making shared spaces welcoming and inclusive for all.
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.