In the words of Chicago’s Daniel Burnham, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans, aim high in hope and work….”
Learn several ways to assess how much support your elected officials give to parks and recreation.
I am very hopeful that park and recreation departments across the country can exceed expectations - step up, show up and speak up!
Sometimes we get so serious about the business of parks and recreation that we forget to celebrate the many joys that parks bring to our lives.
It's been a particularly difficult school year for many of our high school and college-age summer employees. So, how can we let them know, "We see you!"
Recreation centers are so important, even essential, to local communities. To see "community" in action on a recent visit was truly remarkable.
It is important we take the time to tell our stories and accomplishments. It reinforces the assumptions and narratives we have about who we are and what we do can change.
Who is the most important user of parks and recreation infrastructure? Mothers and children? Teens? Seniors? Millennials? Does it matter?
In the five months since becoming NRPA chair, I've had the opportunity to discuss two subjects about which I'm very passionate - park equity and the future of parks...
Becoming accredited is one of the highest benchmarks of excellence that an agency can attain.
I am looking forward to 2018 and to working with you to strengthen our knowledge and capacity to ensure parks and recreation is recognized for the significant role it plays in our cities and communities across this country.
Perhaps no other country in the world has the rich heritage of national, state and local parks that we do in America. We love our parks.
I look forward to the conversations we will have together and the opportunities to work collaboratively to fully maximize how we achieve the goals we have for this great organization and profession.
Last month, during a planning visit to New Orleans for the 2017 NRPA Annual Conference, I had the opportunity to tour the Sanchez Center.
I look back on what we have accomplished and know that it is really only a beginning.
As we celebrate Park and Recreation Month, take a moment to reflect on all the ways parks and recreation truly touches our lives
Encourage communities to push back on elected officials who continue to argue that park budgets are an easy cut.
What the best thing parents should say to their kids when the kids come off the sports field?
Encourage your senators and representatives to reject the proposed cuts to environmental and community programs in the 2018 federal budget.
At NRPA's recent Innovation Lab in Los Angeles, park and recreation professionals from around the country gathered to discuss what role our industry plays in helping the homeless.
Becoming knowledgeable about your benefit options and taking control of your future savings is your greatest and most powerful retirement tool.
Although the days are shorter and the air colder, don't stay inside all winter!
All children and families, wherever they live, deserve the benefits of parks and recreation.
The restorative power of the outdoors, especially in a beautiful park.
Social equity is the lens through which NRPA will evaluate progress in our health and conservation efforts.
Introducing NRPA's 2017-2019 strategic plan, focused on helping you, our members, meet the needs of your patrons.
How we met and exceeded every major goal of our business and strategic plans, and the groundwork that's been laid for our fiscal year 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.
What two elements combined make the most compelling case for funding parks and recreation?
It's an opportunity to connect kids to nature.
The importance of striking a balance between conserving our watersheds and connecting communities to rivers and open spaces, particularly in coastal areas.
What does it mean for parks and recreation in light of the 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors that shows the country's mayors, regardless of their city size or their political bent, rank parks fifth on their list of 12 top big-ticket priorities?
Susan K. Trautman, CPRP, Chair of NRPA's Board of Directors, celebrates the accomplishments of 2015 and encourages everyone to ensure their voices are counted in 2016.
NRPA CEO and President Barbara Tulipane, CAE, discusses why it shouldn't come as a surprise that the park and recreation industry is a major driver of a healthy economy.
Susan Trautman, CPRP, shares her thoughts upon taking the reins as the new Chair of NRPA's Board of Directors.
NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, CAE, reminisces about being a military brat and the community within a community that existed on base.
Outgoing NRPA chair, Detrick Stanford, looks beyond the fiscal impact of parks and recreation to the passion that drives what we do every day.
NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane talks about the importance of permanently reauthorizing the Land and the Water Conservation Fund.
NRPA’s Chair of the Board of Directors Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP, explores how the perception of the value of play has changed over the years.
NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane talks monarchs and what it’s going to take to help save the embattled species, as well as other essential pollinators.
NRPA’s Chair of the Board of Directors Detrick Stanford discusses how parks and recreation have a significant role to play in improving the health of the people we serve.
NRPA’s President and CEO considers what the park and recreation professional of the future will need to know to succeed in the field.
NRPA's Chair of the Board of Directors talks advocating for parks, recreation and conservation in the age of the millenial.
NRPA's president and CEO reflects on her visit to two Texas agencies and the innovative programs she found there.
NRPA Board of Directors Chair Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP, contemplates 50 years of NRPA and looks ahead to the coming decades.
NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane ponders the National Park, Recreation and Open Space Standards, and the future of data tracking in our industry.
NRPA's new Chair of the Board of Directors Detrick Stanford, CPRP, reflects on the organization's Three Pillars, with a special focus on Social Equity.
NRPA and President Barbara Tulipane, CAE, discusses the critical role that natural playscapes can have in the lives of today's children and tomorrow's leaders.
NRPA Board of Directors Chair Robert Ashcraft reflects on his service as Detrick Stanford, CPRP, prepares to take the helm of the board.
NRPA’s president and CEO shares her thoughts on how park and recreation professionals can make the most of available limited resources while continuing to inspire the communities they serve.
NRPA strives to share its message of the importance of local parks and active, healthy lifestyles.