Research Update

Parks and Recreation: Meeting Community Fitness Needs at All Levels

Providing quality facilities and services is not the only way park and recreation agencies improve the health of their community...

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Park Agencies: Contributors to Sustainability in Their Communities

Conservation and sustainability are woven throughout all facets of what it means to be a park and recreation agency.

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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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Introducing NRPA Park Metrics

The streamlined, interactive performance database formerly known as PRORAGIS

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Stay on Your Smartphone!

Social media messages that connect youth with nature

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Public Park Usage: Motives and Challenges

Results from the inaugural NRPA Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey.

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Park and Rec Out-of-School Time Programs Provide Essential Support to Communities

Sharing your agency's OST program stories can help broaden your community's view of the critical offerings parks and recreation provide.

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NRPA Research Has Its Finger on the ‘Pulse’ of the Nation

The NRPA Research team launches a new monthly poll of Americans that's focused on park and recreation issues.

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Creative Strategies for Financing Parks and Recreation

Creative financing strategies from several financially successful departments of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.

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Outdoor Smoke-Free Policy Development

A survey of Illinois park and recreation agencies reveals the steps needed in developing a smoke-free policy for your agency.

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Freedom to Fail, Space to Grow

Research suggests that recreation professionals should be providing children in sports programs with praise and encouragement for their effort, problem-solving ability and persistence and determination — for having a "growth mindset" — instead of simply for their innate ability. But, exactly what is a growth mindset and how is it nurtured?

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Evaluating Day Camps Using the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery

Being able to effectively evaluate camp programs is essential to help with funding, to inform stakeholders and to provide evidence of what youths gain from the experience. 

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Research Update: Evidence-Based Programs and Practice

Resources, equity and why parks and recreation should move in this direction.

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More Than a Feeling

How and why emotional connections with wildlife contributes to effectively managing parks and open space.

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Combating Staff Burnout

Actively combating staff burnout by promoting wellness programs and civility can make a world of difference for overworked employees.

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Conscious Choices

The value of education as a leisure component

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More than Horsing Around

New research looks into the motivations and conflicts for horseback riders in Minnesota, and explores the often overlooked health and tourism benefits of this recreational activity.

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GLBT Sports Economic Impact

Parks and recreation departments are searching for sources of revenue. Interestingly, some communities have turned down revenue sources from a particular portion of society, a demographic considered “recession-resistant” and willing to spend its money even in tough times. This portion of society is the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) community, which continues to travel nationally and internationally to play in various sports tournaments, providing income to host communities. 

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