Accreditation is the single best way to demonstrate your agency or academic program's value. These noteworthy groups achieved this high honor in 2012.
The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks in the United States.
Gold Medal Grand Plaque Recipients
Worthy recipients were recognized for their excellence and given scholarships and fellowships at NRPA's 2012 Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, California.
The 2012 National and Network Award recipients were honored at the Best of the Best Ceremony during NRPA’s Congress and Exposition in Anaheim.
Grants are available to help grow archery in your community.
Research assistant Timia Thompson represents the next generation of park and recreation professionals well with her broad range of educational and field experiences.
NRPA is looking for both professional and citizen leaders who are passionate about parks, recreation, and environmental conservation.
NRPA is looking for education session proposals for next year's Congress in Houston. Let us know what you want to see or do!
NRPA's Young Professionals Network has created a quarterly publication for future leaders in the field of parks and recreation.
Three aquatics program providers now offer significant savings on lifeguard training and swimming instruction programs for NRPA members.
With nearly 30 years of service in the field of parks and recreation, Pat Armstrong serves as a invaluable resource for NRPA staff and members alike.
Team up with your local teen Key Club to offer track and field.
Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefiting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.
Make the most of your NRPA membership.
If you've used the new America's Backyard toolkits to market your agency, let us know what you think!
Rita Shue, retired general manager of California's Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, shares her thoughts on staying involved in parks and recreation through her retirement years.
“American Chopper” star to appear in exhibit hall.
A preview of economist Dr. Lowell Catlett's keynote address at NRPA's 2012 Congress & Exposition.
Got an idea for a session you'd like to attend or present at next year's Congress? We're accepting proposals now!
A look at PRORAGIS updates to be announced at Congress.
Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefiting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Texas, Mississippi, California, and Colorado.
Take advantage of Visit a Park Day to spark a long-lasting bond between your park and recreation facilities and your community.
Golf can benefit from QuickStart Tennis
David Miller, Alexandria, Virginia's division chief of recreation services, shares his insight on the development of the park and recreation profession after more than 30 years in the field.
A look at aquatics facilities and discounts on safety providers
As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Illinois, San Francisco, New York, Texas, and Connecticut.
NRPA now partnering with LexisNexis
Chris Nunes, who serves as chair of the Certified Parks and Recreation Professional Committee, shares his advice for prospective CPRP candidates.
In conjunction with the annual Congress meeting this October in Anaheim, California, NRPA and its partners are joining community organizers in nearby LA to bring an exciting new park to a neighborhood in need of a safe place to play.
Serving the parks and recreation field with research, publications, national awards, and consulting
CAPRA changes in schedule and hearing procedures
APPI Energy Solutions is a new membership benefit program that offers reduced energy costs.
As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Michigan, Maine, and countrywide.
How to use PRORAGIS data to accurately portray your agency's benchmarks.
“Certification is the ultimate statement….”
As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.
In working as a consultant primarily serving municipal golf courses, I learned that preserving the economic health of these vital community assets has become a constant challenge. I find more and more that the very existence of municipal golf courses is being threatened due to government budget challenges. All too often I hear the refrain, “Why are we in the golf business at all?”
If you’ve read the Future Leaders column in this magazine, you’re familiar with some of the volunteer leadership of Tom Venniro. Venniro, chair-elect of the NRPA Young Professional Network and Young Professional Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region and Administrators’ Networks, helped establish that monthly column—and he contributes regularly to it. He is the recreation supervisor for the Town of Chili (New York) Recreation Department and specializes in recreation programming at all levels—but with a special focus on keeping youth active and connected with nature.
NRPA recently launched a new membership package, the Premiere Agency Membership, whereby a park and recreation agency/department joins and all of the agency’s full-time employees become members of NRPA. In many cases, the package price is not much different than what an agency is currently paying for NRPA membership. So now agency directors no longer have to choose among their staff as to who will be a member. Instead, they can make the Premiere choice and extend the NRPA membership benefits to all of their full-time employees.
This July, NRPA is encouraging you and your community to GET WILD about parks and recreation and help raise the public’s awareness of the benefits and offerings of parks and recreation.
As part of an ongoing series on the National Recreation Foundation, Parks & Recreation highlights grant recipients for the foundation’s program benefitting at-risk youths. This month features programs from Texas.
At the recent NRPA 2012 Legislative Forum, more than 230 delegates from 45 states and the District of Columbia gathered in Washington, D.C., to advocate for a common agenda for parks and recreation funding, learn about current national legislative issues, share facts and data to support the value of parks and recreation, and network with fellow professionals and park advocates.
Parks and recreation professionals constitute a national brain trust that our legislators sorely need, NRPA advocacy volunteer Greg Weitzel insists—a brain trust with the potential to shape the future of parks in this country.
This month's NRF spotlight features programs from Michigan, Texas, and New Jersey that are making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth.
Although Beth Miller, a marketing and communications specialist for Ohio's Five Rivers MetroParks, does not have a background in conservation sciences or parks and recreation, she stepped forward enthusiastically as a Conservation Task Force volunteer. The experience, she says, was "illuminating."
The Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) has made significant changes to hearing procedures.