NRPA Update

2018 NRPA Agency Performance Review Now Available

This annual publication is a review of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States.

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CPRP/CPRE Exams Now Post-9/11 GI Bill Eligible

Did you know the Post-9/11 GI Bill can also be used for certification programs?

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Celebrate National Water Safety Month in May

Help bring awareness to the need for ongoing public education on safer water practices.

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Commit to Health Impacts Nearly 300,000 Children

Now in its fourth year, the campaign has been implemented by 1,650 park and recreation sites nationally...

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‘Meet Me at the Park’ Update

NRPA is once again partnering with The Walt Disney Company — including Disney|ABC Television and ESPN — to celebrate Earth Month by helping to fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities.

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NRPA in the Winners’ Circle

NRPA’s Marketing and Communication’s team secures several awards for marketing campaigns and Parks & Recreation magazine last month.

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Member Spotlight: Sabrina Steward

South Region Area Manager for the Chicago Park District

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Replace Paper Forms with ePACT

ePACT — a cloud-based system that lets park and recreation departments easily and securely collect critical emergency data from families attending multiple programs.

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Making Play Possible Everywhere

The recent Play Everywhere Tour, powered by Target, NRPA, KaBOOM! and Playworks, showed just how easy it can be to help increase physical activity opportunities for kids and families in communities across the country.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2018, April

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

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How Does the Private Sector View Parks & Rec?

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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The Importance of Championing Your Work

NRPA Park Champion, Valleybrook Park, invites local officials to see firsthand the ROI on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Resilience grant.

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Wildlife Explorers Program Update

In August, five agencies completed implementation of the Wildlife Explorers program...

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Park & Recreation Month Cover Contest

Photo submissions for our Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest due March 30!

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NRPA on Capitol Hill

NRPA’s goes to the Hill with national partners in support of funding for arthritis programs...

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Inspire Your Peers While Improving Your Presentation Skills

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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NRPA Career Center

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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Innovative Playground Design Trends and Fundraising Resources

Novel trends in design combined with innovative approaches to playground use and access to a variety of funding sources are making playgrounds a place to gather, play and stay.

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Networking Made Easy

Some FAQs to help you optimize your use of NRPA Connect - a members-only website where you can receive information, ask industry questions and get insight into trends in the field.

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Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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Member Spotlight: Greg Brown

Parks Superintendent for the City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts Department in Pinellas County, Florida.

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NRPA Provides Microgrant Funding

NRPA, in partnership with The Lakeshore Foundation, awarded four local park and recreation agencies $1,000 each in microgrant funding to implement an innovative, inclusive project.

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#MoveWithHeart During American Heart Month

Take the #MoveWithHeart pledge now and move more for your heart health during American Heart Month...

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NRPA Connect Networks

Grow your professional network - Join and become active in one of the NRPA Connect Networks.

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It’s Your Time to Shine

Applications for all the NRPA awards programs and scholarship and fellowships are open now through March 23.

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Money On Your Mind?

The Revenue Management and Development School takes place March 11–16 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Member Spotlight: Lucky D'Ascanio

Lucky D’Ascanio, Falmouth Parks and Community Programs director, in Falmouth, Maine, has worked with providing programming for older adults for more than 20 years.

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'I Just Got an Email About...'

NRPA resources include the accessibility practice of WT Group, formerly known as Recreation Accessibility Consultants.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out what's trending this month on NRPA Connect!

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Discover Yourself on the Cover of Parks & Recreation

Round up your top photos and get ready to submit them for the 2018 Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest.

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How to Effectively Prepare for the CPRP

Did you know that study groups are one of the most effective ways to prepare for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Certification?

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Show Off Your Innovation

Awards season for parks and recreation starts this month with applications opening for the National Gold Medal Award and the NRPA Awards, including Innovation Awards.

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Call for NRPA Board of Directors Nominations

NRPA is looking for both professional and advocate leaders who are passionate about parks, recreation and environmental conservation.

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The National Gold Medal Program

There are approximately 8,000 park and recreation agencies representing thousands of communities across the United States, but most of them do not apply for the Gold Medal Award program.

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2018 Annual Conference Speed Session Proposals

Starting February 26, 2018, we will be collecting speed session proposals for the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana!

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Member Spotlight: Calandra Barnes

Calandra Barnes has been the special events coordinator for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department in North Carolina for 11 years.

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Choosing the Right Insurance for Your Sports Program

Preparing for any sports program or activity comes with a long to-do list, and purchasing insurance can sometimes fall off the radar.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Check out some of the hottest topics on NRPA Connect this month!

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Family Volunteer Day Participants Help Spruce Up Local Parks

This year, a few NRPA Meet Me at the Park healthy living grantees decided to use Family Volunteer Day to get families in their communities involved in their Meet Me at the Park projects.

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Member Spotlight: Carol Potter

Carol Potter, who recently retired from the Department of Defense (DoD) after more than 33 years, was the assistant director of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) policy within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

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A One-Stop Shop for Arts & Crafts Supplies

Fun Express has eliminated the sometimes long and drawn out process of searching multiple websites and going store-to-store to find just the right items at just the right price for your program needs.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

Find out what hot topics have been trending on NRPA Connect!

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NRPA's Roland Richardson Among NAAEE's 30 Under 30

The NAAEE 30 Under 30 program recognizes individuals in the United States and internationally, 30 years of age or younger, who are game changers in their community.

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Taos Land Trust to Carry Out Water Restoration Project Along the Rio Grande

The Taos Land Trust recently received a $575,000 grant from NRPA, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, to support its water restoration project along a portion of the Rio Grande.

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NRPA's Board of Directors: Looking for a Few Good Candidates

The NRPA Board of Directors is seeking individuals with experience in one or more of NRPA’s Three Pillars: Health and Wellness, Conservation and Social Equity.

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TPL, NRPA and the ULI Launch a 10-Minute Walk Campaign

Through this historic parks-advocacy campaign, these organizations, in collaboration with the nation’s mayors, will work to ensure that everyone in the United States lives within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.

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2018 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

The call for presentations for next year’s conference will be released in November 2017, and we are seeking energetic and engaging facilitators to lead impactful learning experiences focused on NRPA’s Three Pillars.

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2017 Agency Performance Survey Now Open

The 2017 Agency Performance Survey is now open to accept your NRPA Park Metrics data.

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Parks for Inclusion Launches During Annual Conference

Parks for Inclusion launched last month during the annual conference in New Orleans with the goal of ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.

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