We Are Parks and Recreation

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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Member Benefit: Solving Access and Inclusion Issues

NRPA members receive a discount on all accessibility audits and services provided by WT Group LLC.

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Pandemic Empowered: Creative Solutions in a COVID-19 World

Park and recreation professionals reveal how they have navigated their way through these unique times.

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Creative Minds at Home

Designed for children ages 1 to 3 and their families, this program incorporates multilingual songs, hands-on activities and special events.

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Introducing parkrun

This safe and inclusive event has many people taking part for the motivational, community and social aspects.

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Hitting Field Maintenance Out of the Park

City of Hastings, Nebraska, follows a three-pronged plan for maintaining its parks and athletic fields.

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Best Ways to Preserve Nature While Hiking

Here are five ways for hikers to preserve nature while they hike.

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Announcing the Newly Accredited and Reaccredited CAPRA Agencies

Congratulations to the newly accredited and reaccredited agencies!

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Member Benefit: Give the Gift of Certification (at a Discount)

Help your park and recreation staff advance their career by becoming a certified professional.

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AAPRA Honors 2021 Pugsley Medal Recipients

Discover which prominent park and recreation leaders were recognized.

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It’s All About Play

A new revision to the Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (F1487) playground standard references additional surfacing standards.

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A Journey to Accreditation and Excellence

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services reflects on its path toward CAPRA accreditation.

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Giving Tuesday: Join the Generosity Movement on November 30

Express your passion and love for parks and recreation by visiting nrpa.org/Donate.

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NRPA’s Brenda Camacho Named a DCA Live Non Profit CFO Star of 2021

This recognition honors CFOs in the Washington, D.C., area who have made extraordinary contributions to the growth and health of their organizations these past 12 months.

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Meet the 2021-2022 NRPA Board of Directors’ Executive Committee

We are excited to introduce the 2021-2022 NRPA Board of Directors officers.

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Jack Kardys Leaves NRPA Board After Seven Years of Service

The former chair of the NRPA board has made numerous contributions to the field.

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Park and Recreation Pioneer Leaves a Legacy in South Carolina

Conservationist and philanthropist Anne Springs Close passed away in August 2021.

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