Explore how NRPA's new online tool, combined with reports, provides data from a health and wellness perspective, demonstrating that parks and recreation is essential.
Each month, through a poll of 1,000 U.S. residents focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse helps tell the park and recreation story. Questions span from the serious to the more lighthearted.
Learn more about NRPA Park Metrics and how to get involved.
Check out the latest research that shows significant support for nature-based solutions.
Explore this in-depth look at research showing the significance of parks in the daily lives of people living the United States.
Research shows support for the need for parks and recreation close to home.
Diversity, equity and inclusion starts with park and recreation leaders focusing on their ability to affect their communities.
See what the research shows about what community members want from their parks and recreation departments.
Familiarize yourself with NRPA's vast Data and Mapping Resource Library.
Take a detailed look at research that shows the importance of parks and recreation programming for older adults.
Learn the importance of competitive compensation when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best available talent in parks and recreation.
Learn what NRPA's research says about how parks and recreation creates community connections.
The NRPA Research team partnered with researchers to understand the pandemic's legacy on parks and recreation.
Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe it is important to have access to recreation areas.
The 2023 NRPA Agency Performance Review summarizes key findings of more than 1,000 unique park and recreation agencies across the United States on varying topics.
Survey results that show the importance of making investments in safe and inclusive playgrounds.
NRPA Facility Market Reports offer key data and insights about the residents served by your agency's facilities.
Eighty-eight percent of U.S. adults support their local park and recreation agency implementing sustainability initiatives.
Insight into the amount of economic activity generated by local park and recreation agencies.
Park and recreation agencies are leading providers of sports opportunities for all.
An explanation of what was found in the NRPA’s most recent survey regarding sustainability.
A significant portion of U.S. adults look toward indoor activities provided by park and recreation agencies as a way to stay in shape.
Five steps can help you to assess the health impacts of parks and their economic impacts.
Nearly three in five people are very or extremely interested in these opportunities.
Park Pulse results highlight the wide variety of programming, offerings and amenities that make up parks and recreation.
Nearly three in four U.S. adults plan to attend a holiday-themed event in their communities this year.
From now through the end of January, the NRPA Research team is conducting its annual campaign to encourage you to complete the Agency Performance Survey.
Eighty-eight percent of U.S. adults want their local park and recreation agencies to provide adaptive and inclusive recreation programing so persons of all abilities may participate.
Nine in 10 U.S. adults agree parks and recreation is an important service provided by their local governments.
Park and recreation professionals provide important offerings for youth when school is not in session.
The 2022 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey report features detailed base salary and bonus data for 10 typical park and recreation agency positions.
More than one in four U.S. adults say it is not easy or they are unsure how to access locally-grown food.
NRPA's The Economic Impact of Local Parks report emphasizes how parks and recreation drive significant economic activity in communities across the nation.
More than three in five U.S. adults are likely to vote for a political candidate who makes park and recreation funding a key priority.
Local park and recreation agencies have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people.
Eighty-six percent of U.S. adults believe it is helpful to have access to the outdoors and nature during stressful times.
Beyond benchmarking, data can paint a broader picture of the field’s impact.
Eighty-one percent of U.S. adults want park and recreation agencies to ensure their practices and policies are inclusive.
This annual study summarizes the key findings from NRPA Park Metrics.
Eighty-eight percent of U.S. adults agree it is important that the public has access to first-aid training and certification opportunities.
The Health Benefits of Parks and their Economic Impacts: A Review of the Literature offers some key findings.
More than three in four U.S. adults agree it is extremely or very important for children and young adults to learn about the environment.
NRPA has developed five statements that highlight how parks and recreation is essential.
Nearly all (98%) U.S. adults agree it is important to provide youth with equitable access to sports opportunities.
As recently as October, employers reported having more than 11 million open positions.
Ninety-six percent of U.S. adults say that teenagers and young adults benefit from their first jobs or volunteer experiences.
Park and recreation agencies are competing with private-sector employers for enthusiastic and qualified workers.
Ninety-four percent of U.S. adults have health and wellness goals for 2022.
In December, NRPA will release the results from its latest survey on OST programs.
More than three in four U.S. adults plan to purchase gifts associated with outdoor activities this holiday season.