As the school year draws to a close across the country, parks and recreation is preparing for what’s certain to be a very active — sometimes, demanding — three months.
The more park and recreation professionals shift their thinking about emergency readiness, the more community members and local elected officials will see you for what you truly are — first responders.
Engage with your own constituents, invite them into the climate change conversation, and discuss ways for making your communities more environmentally resilient.
As stewards of the land and champions for public health and well-being, park and recreation professionals can create a world that is more equitable, inclusive and resilient.
When it comes to community leadership, parks and recreation sets a very high bar.
The new year is a chance for thought leaders who have their finger on the pulse of emerging trends to share what they’ve gleaned.
I am optimistic that this strong sentiment and affection for parks will continue long after this pandemic ends.
Research and evaluation enable us to make more informed decisions, especially when investing in parks and recreation.
Today’s park and recreation projects challenge us to think differently about how we plan and design our open spaces.
Seeing diversity, equity and inclusion up close and across the park and recreation community is both inspiring and noteworthy.
This month’s issue highlights the projects that park and recreation professionals have been working on and reminds us about the importance of partnerships and volunteerism.
This month’s Park and Recreation Month issue had Executive Editor Vi Paynich reflecting on her own personal connection to the field.
How can we, as park and recreation professionals, help community members maintain their overall health if we ignore our own health needs?
As you market to local constituents, also consider promoting your park and recreation agency and community to a national audience.
To celebrate April 22, encourage your community members to do their part by reducing their own carbon footprint.
Park and recreation professionals recognize the importance of designing open spaces that are accessible, inclusive and inviting to all.
Our seasoned professionals have dedicated their careers to mentoring the next generation of park and recreation leaders.
While it is clear that P&R agencies have been forced to alter their operational practices during this global pandemic, what’s not clear is what the “new normal” will look like for the field.
In this special 2020 NRPA Annual Conference issue, you'll find details about NRPA Virtual - from fun, interactive virtual events to engaging keynote speakers.
Park and recreation professionals advocate for their community members by bringing attention to racial, economic and health inequities that exist in their communities.
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?”