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Story Stroll

The Carson City Library in Nevada, in partnership with Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space, devised a unique way to promote literacy while getting children and their parents outdoors and walking in nature.

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Back to School

A program that eases first-day jitters for kindergartners.

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'In Tune' with the Community

The city of Ames, Iowa, hit all the right notes this summer with the installation of two donated public pianos.

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The Community that Soccer Built

In 2010, Portland Parks & Recreation developed Portland World Cup Soccer — a tournament designed to welcome “New Portlanders,” and celebrate cultural traditions and diversity in the community.

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Nomadic Nourishment in NorCal

Every month, Northern California foodies are drawn to Folsom City Lions Park for the Food Truck Safari.

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A Community Affair

Port Washington, Wisconsin's innovative approach to meeting the city's recycling bin needs.

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Peace Amid Chaos

In a world increasingly divided by artificial barriers, bubbles and differences, our expansive natural parks foster inclusion and togetherness.

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Who’s on First?

An innovative event hosted by the Cullman City (Alabama) Parks and Recreation helps raise fund for a city park.

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Refreshing an Entrance

The Town of Plattsburgh Park and Recreation Department devises a quick, inexpensive way to add color and interest to its town hall entrance.

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Passport to Fun!

Loudoun County (Virginia) Parks, Recreation and Community Services embarks on a year-long celebration for its 50th anniversary.

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Movable Chairs

The Minneapolis Good Chair Project aims to increase social interactions and build community simply by adding some comfortable, movable seating to outdoor spaces.

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Monarchs Visit NRPA Waystation

NRPA’s Monarch Waystation is one of more than 14,000 waystations throughout the United States.

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Scouts for Stewardship

Harnessing the energy and excitement of our young citizens for making a positive difference in their communities.

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Urban Agriculture

The city of St. Cloud (Florida) Parks and Recreation Department adds an aeroponic system to its Urban Agriculture Program.

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Weed Busters

An environmentally friendly and extremely effective way of controlling the spread of noxious weeds.

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Rooftop Oasis

A robust 4,000-square-foot garden occupies the roof of the NYC Parks Department's Five Borough Administrative Building.

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Jump in

Before jumping into pool season, some simple suggestions to help make the trip to the community pool the safe, most fun it can be.

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Of Pollinators and Partnerships

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department in partnership with Texas Discovery Gardens, supports two historic properties located within the garden grounds, including the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium.

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Pool Cool

Chilly winter temps are no match for the dozens of Auburn, Alabama, residents who for the past four years have steeled themselves for a cold shock before participating in the annual Polar Plunge.

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Having a Heart

In addition to a wide range of leisure activities, Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency in Woodstock, Georgia, offers four distinct community outreach programs throughout the year, each benefiting a different segment of its population.

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Wintertime Is for the Birds

Wintertime is a big time in the birding community to see waterfowl and even songbirds, like juncos.

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A Ribbon Runs Through It

The innovative ice ribbon skating rink at Chicago's Maggie Daley Park is celebrating it's one-year anniversary.

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Cabin Fever Reliever

As temperatures dip, many people turn to indoor park and recreation facilities, like Westerville Community Center in Central Ohio, to relieve cabin fever and stay active.

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A Garden Oasis on Chicago’s South Side

A flourishing community garden on Chicago’s South Side takes “locally grown” concept to an urban environment. 

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The (Not So) Itsy-Bitsy Spider Web

 What’s causing the huge communal spider webs appearing in the trees at Lakeside Park South, bordering Rowlett Parks and Recreation in Rowlett, Texas? 

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Child’s Play(time)

Decades ago, as today, playgrounds were inspiring young children to use their imaginations and create their own worlds through play. 

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Dreams Come True

 Four-year-old Parker Pustejovsky’s inspired vision and dogged commitment helped to rebuild a playground in West, Texas, that was destroyed in a fertilizer plant explosion in 2013. 

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Literary Expeditions

Raleigh, North Carolina’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Read and Go program combines reading with exploration and travel. 

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Heart Attack Hero

 Billy Mahaffey, maintenance supervisor at Dawson County, Georgia’s Rock Creek Park, helps to save a life and proves an unlikely hero. 

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Boston Strong

Boston Parks and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, with the help of several industry partners, built Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park in honor of the late Boston mayor.

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Maple Madness

Ohio's Malabar Farm State Park celebrates maple syrup season with its annual Maple Syrup Festival.

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Dog-gone Clever

A Seattle-area dog has found an unusual way to commute to her local dog park.

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Money in the Bank

Folks in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, discovered that investing in parks and recreation gave a big boost to the town's overall economy.

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No Fear

Pyramide USA's donation of an AquaClimb Poolside Climbing Wall at Fort Hood military base in Texas will help children and families living there develop confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem.

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Kids and Olympian Take the Single-Track Trail

An Olympic gold-medal cyclist helps develop a kid-focused mountain biking trail in Boise, Idaho.

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Childhood Wonderland

 Storybook Land and the Land of Oz at Wylie Park in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has been inspiring the imaginations of visitors for almost 40 years.   

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Go Fly a Kite

Hundreds of kids and adults in Washington state turn out annually to Chambers Creek Regional Park’s fun kite festival.

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Striking Gold

Locals near Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania are clearing space on their calendars to learn how to photograph picturesque sunsets with Regional Outdoor Recreation Coordinator George Barner.

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Out of the Past

The University of Minnesota’s Social History Welfare Archives holds a treasure trove of NRPA documents and photographs spanning the organization's lengthy history.

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Pow!-erful Fun

A comic-themed playground in Maryland invites children to use their imaginations and get creative during  playtime.

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Star Power

Arizona parks visitors experience Big Sky country in a whole new way during periodic Star Parties.

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Guts and Glory

Delaware Seashore State Park combines recreation and healthy eating with its Gilled to Grilled program.

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Downhill Adventure

West Virginia's Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground hosts a much-loved toboggan festival every winter.

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Innovative Play

A Manhattan architect designed a creative playground concept that allows kids to build the playgrounds themselves.

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Trek Into 2014

State parks across the country start their communities on the right foot in the new year with guided hikes on January 1.

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Not a Swan Song After All

A black swan from New Orleans’ City Park makes a much-awaited recovery months after a vicious attack.

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America's Hometown Thanksgiving

In Plymouth, Massachusetts, the local recreation department helps put on a huge event each year that celebrates one of America's favorite traditions.

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A Natural Twist on Halloween

Milwaukee Recreation staff use Halloween as a method to encourage young participants to learn about nature by meeting some wild but friendly creatures.

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Steadfast Survivor

The last survivor pulled from the rubble at Ground Zero stands tall today at the National September 11 Memorial

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Holiday Glow

After a two-year hiatus, the Austin, Texas, Holiday Trail of Lights is back in full force.

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