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Quiet Hour: Helping Visitors Feel Inner Peace Outside

Quiet Hour is a unique way to serve current visitors or attract new ones by helping them enjoy the stress-relief benefits of being quietly present in natural settings.

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Creating Barrier-Free Websites

Just like our parks and open spaces, our websites should be places that are welcoming, engaging, easy to navigate, well-maintained and allow for a wide range of activities.

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Announcing the Newly Accredited and Reaccredited CAPRA Agencies

NRPA and the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) are proud to announce the accreditation of 11 agencies and the reaccreditation of 26 agencies.

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Member Benefit: How Will Using ePACT Impact My Recreation Organization?

Learn how ePACT supports park and recreation agencies in the collection and management of information.

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Tips for Your In-Person Certified Playground Safety Inspector Class

Learn how following simple tips can help you properly prepare for the in-person CPSI class.

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Skate Parks Benefit All

A well-designed skate park will encourage participation from people of all ages and all levels of development.

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Using Technology to Engage Your Community

Using technology to engage with residents to get their feedback can be extremely effective and turn a normal city experience into a great one.

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Member Benefit: Monthly Virtual Learning Subscription

Take advantage of your NRPA membership by getting started with the monthly virtual learning subscription.

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NRPA Welcomes Four New Members to 2022-2023 Board of Directors

We are excited to introduce the 2022-2023 NRPA Board of Directors officers.

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Houston, We Have an Employment Problem

Learn why park and recreation agencies across the country are facing staffing challenges.

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Does Your Staff Resemble the Community You Serve?

The American Academy of Park and Recreation Administrators’ JEDI Committee has been tackling the question of how to diversify the park and recreation workforce during the “Great Resignation.”

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Equity and Health: A Community-Driven Venture in Tukwila, Washington

City of Tukwila Parks and Recreation applied and is a recipient of the NRPA Parks as Community Wellness Hubs grant.

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Member Benefit: Check Out the New NRPA Connect

NRPA Connect is an online networking platform that makes it easy to communicate with an experienced network of nearly 60,000 peers.

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Oceanside Harbor

A member learns the value of joining NRPA and obtaining CPRP designation.

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Creating Dynamic Community Hubs Through Tennis

The United States Tennis Association is creating new and innovative community hubs throughout the country.

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Member Benefit: NRPA Member Discount Programs

NRPA members get immediate access to many valuable benefits.

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Play in the Time of COVID-19

Using a framework is one way to think through many alternatives when making ethically challenging decisions about access to public spaces.

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Remembering David Barth: Park and Recreation Thought Leader

An expert facilitator and strategic planner, Barth developed park and recreation system master plans for many communities.

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Member Benefit: Join an NRPA Network

Networks deliver enhanced opportunities for collaborative discussions and the chance to speak with professionals across the country.

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Rec the Halls

Altus Parks and Recreation brings esports to its Oklahoma community.

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Leveraging the Local University to Create New Programming

In Indianapolis, youth camps are happening without the use of park employees and at no cost to the park.

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Member Benefit: Fun Express

Learn how your NRPA membership can earn you a product discount.

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Mindfulness for Balance Over Burnout

Learn how to combat stress by tending to your mental fitness.

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Promoting Equity in Recreation

A look at inequities in recreation by the numbers.

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Introducing NRPA’s New Business Council

The council focuses on advancing park and recreation solutions in four key areas: relationship building, advocacy, innovation and research.

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Green Star Awards®

The Professional Grounds Management Society® is collaborating with the National Association for Olmsted Parks for a new awards category.

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Inclusive Recreation: A Pathway Toward Friendship

Recreational settings offer an ideal opportunity to foster friendships.

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Recruiting the Next Generation of Park and Recreation Professionals

How can we encourage kids, high schoolers and young adults to pursue careers in parks and recreation?

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Belonging – Making Parks Relevant to a Diverse Population

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) hosted four Black history events in three counties.

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Member Benefit: Background Screening Best Practices

Here are a few things to keep in mind to help prevent risk.

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How a Stormwater Park Is Revitalizing a Historic Atlanta Neighborhood

Learn how City of Atlanta addressed Vine City’s complex social, environmental and economic challenges.

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A Successful Flood Mitigation Project Benefits Urban and Rural Communities

Members of several agencies collaborated on the Steele Brook streambank stabilization project.

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Member Benefit: NRPA-Sponsored Insurance Programs at a Discount

NRPA offers its members insurance discount programs provided by K&K Insurance.

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To Relate: Indigenous Views on Native American Historical Events in Texas

This digital exhibit tells the stories of Native Americans who first lived on the land now known as Austin, Texas.

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See the Vision: Improved Way-Finding Access in Broward County Parks

A way-finding app helps individuals who are blind or have low vision to navigate through parks.

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Eastway Regional: Mecklenburg County's First Regional Recreation Experience

The Eastway Regional buildout has been a part of discussions, planning, advocacy and construction for the past 20 years.

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Lisa and Douglas Goldman Tennis Center

A tennis complex in Golden Gate Park reaffirms a commitment to equity, youth development and democratizing the sport.

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Peaks to Plains: A Colorado Trail Experience

The trail is multiuse and welcomes a variety of recreational activities, from cycling and walking to fishing and gold panning.

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Member Benefit: NRPA Career Center

The Career Center offers employer resources to help your job posting stand out and attract top candidates.

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Remembering Dirk Richwine: Park and Recreation Leader, Advocate and Mentor

On December 19, the field of parks and recreation lost one of its most dedicated and passionate leaders, mentors and advocates.

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The Path to CAPRA Accreditation

Milwaukee Recreation becomes nation’s first school district-run agency to receive CAPRA accreditation.

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Lessons Learned From Settlement Regarding Accessible Playground Surfacing

In June 2020, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the Iowa City (Iowa) Community School District.

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Earn Recognition With an NRPA Award

Now through March 25, 2022, NRPA is accepting applications for its 2022 Awards Program.

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40 Years of Law Review

Get to know James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D., author of the monthly column.

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Transforming Fair Park in Dallas

The Community Park within Fair Park is the first step to putting the green back in the park.

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Parks & Recreation Wins Gold in 2021 TRENDY Awards

NRPA's magazine take top honor for “Best Monthly Trade Association Magazine.”

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