Research

Stewards of the Environment: An Expectation Worthy of Our Time and Attention

In its role as the place where the public reconnects with nature, parks and recreation plays a significant part in educating communities to help them better understand how they impact the environment and how they can make a meaningful, positive change.

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NRPA Park Pulse

Each month, through a poll of Americans that is focused on park and recreation issues. This month we asked Americans: How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement — promoting pollinator health should be a conservation priority across the US.

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The Economic Power of Local Parks and Rec

NRPA's 2018 Economic Impact of Local Parks study empowers park and recreation professionals and advocates to speak with authority about the economic benefits of parks and recreation.

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NRPA Park Pulse

With this month’s poll, we asked Americans if they want inclusive play options at community playgrounds.

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NRPA Park Pulse

This month’s poll looks at Americans' favorite place to take healthy eating or cooking classes.

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Inclusion in Parks and Recreation

We recently surveyed agencies across the United States about what they do to ensure all their community members can enjoy parks and recreation.

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Favorite Holiday Events Sponsored by Parks and Rec

In this month’s poll, we asked Americans about their favorite holiday events sponsored by parks and recreation.

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Park Metrics: A Little Investment of Time for a Wealth of Information

It is that time of the year when the simple act of setting aside 15–30 minutes of your time can have a positive impact on our industry.

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The 2017 Year in Research

A look back at the past year's Park Pulse findings.

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Americans Turn to Parks and Recreation When Advised to Increase Physical Activity

In this month’s Park Pulse poll, we ask Americans where they’d turn to when advised to be more physically active by a doctor or other healthcare provider.

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Recreation Centers Play an Important Role in Communities Nationwide

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at the various nontraditional services Americans would like to see offered by their recreation centers.

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NRPA's Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey Report Released

The latest edition of this report paints a robust picture of the role parks and recreation plays in our communities and highlights the most important priorities Americans place on their local agencies.

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Americans Overwhelmingly Agree the Right to Assemble Peacefully in Public Spaces Is Important

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at Americans' views on assembling peacefully in public spaces.

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What Drives Public Officials' Budget Priorities?

Having a better understanding of what drives public officials’ budget priorities can help arm park and recreation professionals with the tools needed to get greater and more stable funding.

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Park and Recreation Amenities Popular Among Vacation Goers

This month, we take a closer look at what Americans say is important to them when choosing a vacation destination.

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NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey Says...

As rewarding as the work is, park and recreation agencies must offer competitive compensation to attract and retain the best people.

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Additional Park and Recreation Mapping and Data Resources

There are a number of resources available to the park and recreation professional when it comes to planning a new facility or assessing a community’s recreation needs.

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Parks and Recreation: Serving a Growing, Older Population

NRPA is releasing a new research report that takes a look at how park and recreation agencies throughout our nation are serving this growing and increasingly important population.

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Americans Support Local Environmental Sustainability

This month's Park Pulse poll takes a closer look at how important it is to Americans that local government agencies support environmental initiatives.

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The Story Is in the Data

Check out the 2017 NRPA Agency Performance Review and accompanying interactive tools that allow you to drill down into the most comprehensive source of park and rec data.

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Wild and Wonderful: Making a Case for Undeveloped Open Spaces

More than four in five Americans agree that local government should set aside land to preserve the natural landscape.

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Park Pulse: Staying Active and Fit During Winter

How do Americans stay active and fit during the winter?

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Rising Pension Liabilities

The commitment tied to many defined benefit pension plans is putting extreme financial pressures on local government budgets.

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NRPA Park Pulse

This month's poll takes a closer look at how much Americans planned to spend in 2016 on holiday gifts associated with outdoor activities.

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Laying the Groundwork for Park Metrics

A few minutes of your time is all that's needed to help us provide you with one of the industry's most sought-after research reports.

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NRPA Park Pulse

Each month, through a poll of Americans that is focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse will help to tell the park and recreation story.

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NRPA Research Year in Review

A look back at the resources and tools released by NRPA Research in 2016.

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NRPA Park Pulse

Each month, through a poll of Americans that is focused on park and recreation issues, NRPA Park Pulse will help to tell the park and recreation story.

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Introducing NRPA Park Metrics

The streamlined, interactive performance database formerly known as PRORAGIS

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Embracing Data in Operational Decision-Making

Using data as a key element in strategic and day-to-day operational decision-making.

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How Much Do You Know About Your Agency’s Facilities?

NRPA's new Facility Market Reports offer you more detailed insights about the constituents you serve.

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Americans Continue to Show Widespread Support for Parks and Recreation

Most Americans, spanning across virtually every demographic group including age, income and political affiliation, share a deep love of public parks.

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