NRPA Update

Participate in a New Decade of Data Collection

The deadline for contributing your agency’s 2019 data through the NRPA Park Metrics Agency Performance Survey is approaching.

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NRPA, Coca-Cola and Others Take on the Plastic Pollution Problem in Atlanta

NRPA has partnered with The Coca-Cola Company, the city of Atlanta and others to tackle the problem in Atlanta’s Proctor Creek watershed.

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Member Spotlight: Shane Wampler

The recreation supervisor for City of Omaha (Nebraska) Parks and Recreation discusses his experience with pickleball and shares his thoughts on the sport.

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Applications Open January 6 for the 2020 NRPA Awards

Applications open in January 2020 for the NRPA Innovation Awards, Spotlight Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships, and the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame.

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The Stories Behind the Latest Park and Rec Products

NRPA’s new Product Spotlight video series features interviews with leading park and recreation product developers that tell the story behind the design and inspiration of their products.

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Connect Hot Topics

An NRPA member asks for suggestions regarding mobile rec units. Log in to NRPA Connect to join the discussion.

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Member Benefit: Three Reasons to Eliminate Paper Medical and Emergency Forms

ePACT's system saves time, money and effort, controls authorized access to data, and improves the accuracy and accessibility of critical participant information.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2020, January

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

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Meet Me at the Park Surpasses Goal

More than one million children and families now have increased access to play and physical activity at a result of the campaign.

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NRPA and American Water Partner on the Building Better Communities Program

Read about the water-inspired play area projects planned in two grantee communities.

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NRPA Awards Grant to Support Equitable Access to Parks

Ten communities will receive 10 Minute Walk grant funding to help increase access to quality parks close to home.

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Exhibitors Donate Materials After 2019 Conference

Following the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, many exhibitors generously donated materials to help local organizations in need.

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NRPA Award Applications Open in January

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to validate the great work you do and show decision makers the intrinsic value of your work with an NRPA Award.

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First Day Hikes

This annual program connects state park visitors with guided hikes to inspire a connection with nature at a time of year not typically associated with outdoor recreation.

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Member Benefit: Protect Yourself — NRPA Insurance Discount Programs through K&K Insurance

The NRPA offers members risk management solutions through NRPA-sponsored insurance programs.

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Connect Hot Topics

Several NRPA members provide thoughtful suggestions to a college senior seeking advice on finding an entry level job in parks and recreation.

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Member Spotlight: Jende Smith, CPRP, AFO

Parks & Recreation recently spoke with Smith to learn about her career in aquatics and how she keeps up with the field.

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Professional Development Calendar

Registration is currently open for several upcoming partner schools, which offer high-level education and networking experiences at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2019, December

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

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CAPRA: A Tangible Guidepost for the City of Fort Collins

Fort Collins used the CAPRA Accreditation process strategically as a roadmap to examine, assess and improve its operations.

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Announcing the Newly Accredited and Reaccredited CAPRA Agencies

These agencies have earned this national accreditation for park and recreation agencies — a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community.

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Congratulations to the 2019 Gold Medal Award Winners

And remember, it’s never too early to start gathering the information needed to apply for the 2020 Gold Medal Awards!

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NRPA's New Product Spotlight Video Series

This new video series tells the story behind the design and development of some of the newest park and recreation products. Discover what makes these products unique.

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Introducing the Sustainability Institute

NRPA, in conjunction with Oglebay’s National Training Center and North Carolina State University, introduces this new one-year school to teach students how to create a sustainability plan for agencies.

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Connect Hot Topics

NRPA members share their experiences with hosting events for mothers and sons.

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Member Benefit: Ready for the Holiday Event Season?

NRPA members have access to a 20 percent discount on the thousands of new items for the holiday season!

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Member Spotlight: Katy Keller, CPRP, AFO

Keller helped to launch a new agency and to develop more than 200 acres of parkland.

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2019, November

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

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Professional Development Calendar

Apply today to attend the upcoming one-day Playground Maintenance Course Instructor workshop on December 5, 2019.

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Improving Community Access to Nutritional Food

Learn how three agencies that received innovation cohort funding through the Increasing Access to Healthy Meals at Parks grant have turned innovative strategies into action.

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Allen Parks and Recreation's Growth Through CAPRA Accreditation

What were some of the challenges and takeaways for the agency from going through the CAPRA accreditation process?

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Speaking Opportunities at the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference

Submit your unique presentation ideas for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, October 27–29, 2020.

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Member Spotlight: Rafael Payan, Ph.D.

Get to know Dr. Payan, general manager of Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.

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Connect Hot Topics

Members chime in with their policy suggestions regarding bounce house inflatables

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Member Benefit: ADA Compliance

Has your agency completed an access audit and transition plan, and are you aware of ADA requirements and what they mean for your organization?

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2019, October

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

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Professional Development Calendar

Prepare for the next aquatics season with an NRPA aquatics certificate.

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The 2019 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey

This survey is a good starting place for park and rec salary examinations.

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Philip Wu, M.D., Joins the NRPA Board of Directors

NRPA welcomes Philip Wu, M.D., a retired pediatric obesity specialist, to the 2019–2020 NRPA Board of Directors.

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NRPA's Dolesh a 2019 Pugsley Medals Recipient

This award, bestowed by the AAPRA, recognizes the outstanding contributions by an individual to the promotion and development of public parks and conservation in the United States.

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Developing Community-Integrated Health Strategies

NRPA guide outlines steps to implementing electronic health record referral process

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Parks & Recreation Crossword: 2019, September

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

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Supporting Farmers Markets and CSAs in Park and Recreation Spaces

Park and recreation spaces can become the venues that deliver nutritious foods from local farms to communities.

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NRPA Waives CAPRA Application Fee

This fall is the best time to start the accreditation process because NRPA is waiving the $100 CAPRA application fee from October 1 to December 13, 2019.

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Member Spotlight: Denise Johnson-Caldwell

Johnson-Caldwell shares about her role as a design planner for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

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Connect Hot Topics

This month’s Connect Hot Topic is dogs on ball fields.

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Member Benefit: Are You Taking Advantage of Your NRPA Member Discount Programs?

Check out some of the special discounts on products and services and valuable benefits NRPA members enjoy.

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Professional Development Calendar

Can’t make it to Baltimore for the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference? Attend virtually via NRPA Live!

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Member Spotlight: Attiyya Atkins

Meet Attiyya Atkins, public communications specialist for Broward County Parks in Florida.

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Call for Photos

Tell us why parks matter in your community by posting a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #NRPAConference.

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