Perspectives

Innovation Labs: Opportunities to Share Ideas and Solutions

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.

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Controlling Your Future Savings

Becoming knowledgeable about your benefit options and taking control of your future savings is your greatest and most powerful retirement tool.

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Get Yourself Outside This Winter

Although the days are shorter and the air colder, don't stay inside all winter!

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Rural Park and Recreation Agencies Struggle to Find Funding

All children and families, wherever they live, deserve the benefits of parks and recreation.

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Restoration and Renewal

The restorative power of the outdoors, especially in a beautiful park.

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Social Equity: What It Means for Parks and Recreation

Social equity is the lens through which NRPA will evaluate progress in our health and conservation efforts.

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Thinking Strategically

Introducing NRPA's 2017-2019 strategic plan, focused on helping you, our members, meet the needs of your patrons.

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Firmly Grounded, Looking to the Future

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.

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Healthy Data Trends

What two elements combined make the most compelling case for funding parks and recreation?

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Enhancing Our Ecosystems

The importance of striking a balance between conserving our watersheds and connecting communities to rivers and open spaces, particularly in coastal areas.

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Mayors Place Parks High on Their Priority Spending List

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?

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A Banner Year

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.

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Expressing Our Value

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.

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Getting Back to Our Roots

Susan Trautman, CPRP, shares her thoughts upon taking the reins as the new Chair of NRPA's Board of Directors.

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Communities Within Communities

NRPA President and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, CAE, reminisces about being a military brat and the community within a community that existed on base.

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Seeing the Big Picture

Outgoing NRPA chair, Detrick Stanford, looks beyond the fiscal impact of parks and recreation to the passion that drives what we do every day. 

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Why the Land and Water Conservation Fund Still Matters Today

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane talks about the importance of permanently reauthorizing the Land and the Water Conservation Fund. 

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The Value of Play

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. 

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Parks for Monarchs

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. 

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Health and Wellness: Lives Depend On It

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. 

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What the Park and Recreation Professional of the Future Needs to Know

NRPA’s President and CEO considers what the park and recreation professional of the future will need to know to succeed in the field. 

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Conservation and the Millennials…Continuing the Movement

NRPA's Chair of the Board of Directors talks advocating for parks, recreation and conservation in the age of the millenial.

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Just Because You Build It Doesn't Mean They'll Come

NRPA's president and CEO reflects on her visit to two Texas agencies and the innovative programs she found there.

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50 Years: The Next Big Thing

NRPA Board of Directors Chair Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP, contemplates 50 years of NRPA and looks ahead to the coming decades.

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Standard-Bearers

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane ponders the National Park, Recreation and Open Space Standards, and the future of data tracking in our industry.

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Promises to Keep

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.

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Healthy Play Outdoors Means Healthy Kids

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.

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Reflections of Service

NRPA Board of Directors Chair Robert Ashcraft reflects on his service as Detrick Stanford, CPRP, prepares to take the helm of the board.

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The Passion for Parks and Recreation

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.

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Sharing Our Message

NRPA strives to share its message of the importance of local parks and active, healthy lifestyles.

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Aiming to Put NRPA Out of Business

NRPA’s president and CEO shares an unusual strategy — to make NRPA so successful that it’s no longer needed.

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Unplugged Connections

NRPA’s chair of the board of directors gives his thoughts on how parks can renew spirits and how NRPA’s Congress can similarly rejuvenate park and recreation professionals.

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Lifting Cities through Parks

NRPA’s president and CEO discusses collaborative learning and stories of urban success that she learned at NRPA’s recent roundtable on “The Role of Parks in Shaping Successful Cities.”

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Anecdotal Influence

NRPA’s chair of the board of directors highlights the power of stories from our park and recreation departments as the catalysts for future progress in the field.

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Making New Connections

NRPA Connect offers new opportunities for members.

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Our Collective Impact

Each month, NRPA’s leaders share insight on the direction of the association. This month’s column by Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D., NRPA’s chair of the Board of Directors, highlights the unified power the membership holds. 

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Park Privatization Issues Challenge Public Parks

Barbara Tulipane, NRPA's president and CEO, discusses the benefits and challenges park agencies face when they accept private money for public parks.

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Customer Service Hall of Fame

Steve Thompson, NRPA's outgoing chair of the board of directors, shares his thoughts on the role the association's impeccable customer service has on its success and approval rating among its members.

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Smart Growth

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane shares her thoughts on the role parks and recreation can play in the revolution of metropolitan areas

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The Value of Student Members

Steve Thompson, NRPA's Chair of the Board of Directors, shares his thoughts on student recruitment

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Sally Jewell’s Top Four Park Priorities

NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane discusses her meeting with new Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and reports good promise for the new departmental administration.

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Why Should You Attend NRPA's Congress?

Steve Thompson, NRPA's Chair of the Board of Directors, offers a few suggestions for why you should go to Congress.

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New Map, New Destinations

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane details the challenges and opportunities presented with the new 2014-2016 Strategic Plan.

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Your 2014-16 Strategic Plan: What’s Ahead?

Steve Thompson, chair of the Board of Directors, shares insight into NRPA's three-year strategic plan and explains where we go from here.

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2013 Buyers Guide

Goods and services for park and recreation professionals

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Our Priorities for the New Secretary of the Interior

As REI CEO Sally Jewell assumes the role of Secretary of the Interior, NRPA CEO Barbara Tulipane shares her wishes for the new secretary's term of office.

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Board Governance: Thriving, Not Just Surviving

Steve Thompson, NRPA's Chair of the Board of Directors, shares new developments in internal governance on the board.

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