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Drones in Parks: It’s All About Perspective

Park and recreation professionals are determining how to regulate drones and accommodate public recreation flying in a way that is safe and productive.

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Dog Parks

While dog parks are certainly welcomed by dog owners, the value and benefits of these spaces extend far beyond the dog community.

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Raleigh, North Carolina's Dog Park Study

The city of Raleigh undertook an in-depth study, and through a community needs assessment, it became clear that dog parks are an important park use with an unmet need.

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Milwaukee Recreation: Weaving Equity into All It Does

As social equity becomes more entwined in parks and rec, Milwaukee Recreation intentionally has focused on ensuring that resources and opportunities are also allocated based on need.

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Communicating Inclusion Through Images

Images play a powerful part in communicating. Learn how one agency is using images to communicate inclusion.

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Restoring Native Habitat, Helping to Mitigate Flooding in Houston

This project will substantially improve the quality of life for everyone in Greater Houston by helping to mitigate the risk and impact of future floods.

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Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center

A unique renovation allows Vincennes, Indiana, to continue to enjoy its 80-year-old pool.

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Leadership Changes at NRPA

NRPA president and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, CAE, recently announced her retirement. Board of Directors welcomes new chair along with three new board members.

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NRPA Hosts Oklahoma City Innovation Lab

In May, NRPA convened its 10th Innovation Lab, which brought together leaders inside and outside of parks and recreation to explore how the field impacts regional economic competitiveness and quality of life.

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Let’s Get ‘Ag-vocating’

From gardening programs to a program that has a red barn as a logo, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is “ag-vocating” for the field of agriculture and the role it plays in the community.

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Conservation in California’s San Diego County

For the past 20 years, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has worked to preserve undeveloped land through its Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP).

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You Have My Word on It: Signage in City Parks

An analysis of hundreds of park signs revealed seven basic categories...

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‘Go Green With Us’

Tennessee State Parks’ sustainable practices program...

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‘Tripping’ with the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association

How Western DuPage Special Recreation Association provides adults with disabilities a unique opportunity for growth and independence...

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Senior Center vs. Community Center

Administrators and city councils recognize that as their residents age, the need for recreation opportunities for older adults becomes more important, and the question becomes how to deliver these services efficiently and cost effectively.

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Creating a Showplace and Destination Park for Marshalltown, Iowa

Mega-10 Park was recently selected by the Marshalltown Times-Republican newspaper as one of the town’s best places to visit.

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Thinking Strategically About Your Agency's Recreation Programming

Tips on creating a comprehensive programming performance evaluation.

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The San Diego Park and Recreation's Veterans Program: A New Battlefield

San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel, with some 95,000 veterans. Since there is a large military presence, the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) wanted to provide recreational opportunities for injured service members/veterans.

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Overcoming the Flaws of Needs Assessments

Entire master plans are designed and executed based on the numerical data that serves to encapsulate the narrative of a community. Yet, the decisions made using such data often result in investments that might not prove to be as successful as expected.

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Five Steps to Unlock Your Agency's Marketing and Branding Potential

With ever-increasing choices and competition, dedicated and specialized marketing and branding is a critical tool to an agency’s survival.

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From Steel to Green: Revitalizing Pittsburgh Through Its Park System

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy shares lessons learned as it celebrates 20 years.

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A Coordinated Approach to Handling Homeless Encampments

The January 2017 Point-in-Time Count, conducted by Snohomish County, Washington, estimated that 515 individuals were experiencing chronic homelessness in and around Everett, which is located 30 miles north of Seattle.

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Bentonville Gets the Country’s First-Ever Bike Playground

Bentonville Parks and Recreation provides community with a unique amenity.

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District shares how, by developing its own internal think tank called the Future Trends Team, it's been able to get ahead of change rather than just react to it.

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‘Good’ Times in Pennsylvania

Learn how Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation, through its 'Good for You, Good for All' campaign, is working to increase the usage of local park and recreation facilities statewide.

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Year-Round, Paved-Trail Surface Maintenance

Infrared technology allows asphalt repair work in colder temperatures, even below freezing and in the snow.

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Swimming in Sustainability in Loretto

Strategic partnerships and active community engagement returned the joy of swimming to residents of a small Tennessee town.

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Yes, In My Backyard!

Columbia, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department survey elicits some surprising feedback from the owners of property adjacent to the MKT Trail.

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Minnesota's Historic Firemen's Park Provides New Play Opportunities

So, how did the Chaska Parks and Recreation Department help attract thousands of visitors from all age groups to the community's older downtown area for 12 months out of the year?

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Colorado Springs’ Comeback

How Colorado Springs Parks Department went from the shutdown of its parks and services to being ranked No. 1 park in the country by TripAdvisor.

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HEEPS of Benefits

Parks, trails and playgrounds are three of the top five most important amenities requested by those looking to buy or build new homes.

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Action Sports

Engaging, character-building programs for youth

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Mentoring 101

The steps involved in establishing a formal mentoring program.

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Making Ends Meet: It Takes a Village of Funders to Re-Make a Park

Financing assistance opportunities for park and recreation projects.

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Young Athletes: Programming for the Future

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department/Therapeutic Recreation Section pilots Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, focused on early skills development for children of all abilities under 8 years of age.

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Guiding the Way to Playground Design

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's guidebook provides regional staff with options when it comes to developing unique, appropriate and fun new playgrounds.

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Leveraging the Assets of Oregon’s Middlefield Golf Course

Children and families enjoy the added soccer/disc golf amenity, which opens up Middlefield to more members of the community.

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New First Aid and CPR Guidelines: Step in to Save a Life

The American Red Cross and American Heart Association have announced updated first-aid and resuscitation recommendations that will impact the parks and recreation field.

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Grand Prairie, Texas: Giving the Gift of Play

Grand Prairie (Texas) Parks, Arts and Recreation Department is in the process of creating a mega recreation center called The Epic.

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Licensure for Recreation Therapists: Why? Why Now?

The current economics of healthcare is driving institutions and patients to seek out insurance reimbursement to pay for quality care. What does this mean for unlicensed recreation therapists? 

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Walk It Out! Urban Walking Trails for Seniors in Harlem

 Learn how NYC Parks and Harlem Hospital Center are helping African-American seniors in Harlem enjoy a physically and socially healthier lifestyle. 

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Get Out and Get Active

 The Manager of the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use shares about the county’s role in building healthy and livable communities. 

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LGBTQ Teens in Recreation Programs

 Consider these tips and sources when programming with the LGBTQ teen community in mind. 

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Welcome to Nature

Portland, Oregon’s Westmoreland Park is now a nature-themed play oasis for area kids. 

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Safe Swimming in the Big Apple

NYC Parks is making great strides in water safety education and training for its employees and the people it serves. 

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Mud University as an Outdoor Playground

Utilizing unused or vacant land in a park to develop a unique mud obstacle run for kids can be a fun alternative to typical programmed activities.

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Public Lands Besieged by Cats

Across the nation, cat colonies are becoming commonplace in wildlife refuges, national and state parks, and other public lands.

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You Get What You Pay For

Investing in community parks and recreation can pay dividends for the future.

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Outgrowing Your Tagline

An Arizona agency reinvents its brand to encompass its broadened role in the community.

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Taming Twitter

Adding a Twitter account to your agency’s social media profile can help reach more constituents and elevate visibility for events and programs.

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