We Are Parks and Recreation

Remembering 9/11: The Legacy of Flight 93

The new Flight 93 National Memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew members who perished on September 11, 2001.

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‘Not to Be Missed’ Conference Networking Events

Here are just a few of the events you won’t want to miss during the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference.

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Member Benefit: Rural Equity by Design

This month’s issue highlights the projects that park and recreation professionals have been working on and reminds us about the importance of partnerships and volunteerism.

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Outdoor Programming for Any Department

Outdoor programs not only benefit community members’ health and wellness, but also benefit the community through sharing a common experience with neighbors from other backgrounds.

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Member Benefit: Join the NRPA Young Professional Network!

A national support group of young professionals, the YPN is open to park and recreation students and young professionals ages 35 and younger.

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Remembering Sandra ‘Sandy’ MacDiarmid

On January 13, 2021, the profession lost a beloved former superintendent for the Jackson (Tennessee) Recreation and Parks Department and a dedicated champion of health and wellness.

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NRPA Introduces New Health Equity Framework

The framework provides a foundation of guiding principles that park and recreation professionals can build upon to create more equitable spaces, programs and services to advance community health and well-being.

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Leveraging Partnerships to Achieve Broader Health Equity Goals

From health departments to hospitals, experts in every community can provide insight into the roles a local park and recreation agency can play in improving the health and well-being of its residents.

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Member Benefit: Discounted Insurance for NRPA Members!

During these uncertain times, it is important to make sure you are keeping your department and employees safe and covered.

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Special Events in the Time of COVID-19

Howard County Recreation and Parks shares helpful tips for hosting special events during a pandemic.

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COVID-19 and Parks and Recreation: One Year Later

NRPA developed a suite of resources to provide the profession with a clear pathway to advance climate-readiness, equity and overall well-being through parks and recreation.

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Member Benefit: ADA in 2021 — An Old Topic That Is New Again!

Understand how to view the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

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Reclaiming Natural Habitat With the Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge

The land bridge is uniquely designed for safe passage by people and animals, connecting the previously divided halves of the 330-acre Phil Hardberger Park.

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Planting Design at NYC Parks

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation shares five design principles and considerations that guide its approach to planting.

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Former NRPA President Dianne Hoover Retires

After 45 years of service in the field of parks and recreation, Dianne Hoover, Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), is retiring to enjoy being an active outdoor participant.

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Park and Recreation Professional Dan Stencil Retires After 43 Years of Service

Reflecting on his career, Dan Stencil names some highlights of his time with the park system.

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Remembering Park and Recreation Leader Laura Wetherald

On February 19, 2021, the park and recreation field lost a dedicated professional, Laura Wetherald.

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Member Benefit: Background Screening Best Practices

Here are some things to keep in mind to help prevent risk during background screening.

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Connect Hot Topic

Members chime in with their policy suggestions regarding pool slot reservations to implement for the upcoming summer.

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Closing Park Roads to Cars — An Idea Goes Viral

Find out how the People’s Alliance for Rock Creek (PARC) and other park advocates made the case for keeping a major road in Washington, D.C.'s Rock Creek Park closed to cars on weekdays.

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Remembering Park and Recreation Advocate Eric O’Brien

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to one of NRPA's most energetic and dedicated former advocate board members and board chairs, who passed away on January 7.

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James ‘Jim’ Peterson Passes Away December 2020

On December 30, 2020, the park and recreation field lost a pioneer, who was instrumental in shaping the profession through his joint appointment at Indiana University and Purdue University.

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Park District General Manager Robert Doyle Retires After 47-Year Career

East Bay Regional Park District’s outgoing general manager leaves many legacies that will benefit the lives of community members.

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Member Benefit: Leading in Recovery

Recovery is top of mind in 2021. How can park and recreation professionals deliver programs safely while ensuring financial sustainability?

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How CAPRA Learned to Love Zoom and Maintained Continuity in the Wake of COVID-19

Hear from park and recreation agencies who experienced the first-ever virtual CAPRA visit.

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Congratulations to the Newly Certified Professionals and Executives!

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Gary Haller Leaves Major Legacy in Johnson County, Kansas

Hear from park and recreation agencies who experienced the first-ever virtual CAPRA visit.

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South Suburban Sports Complex — Building for the Future

South Suburban Park and Recreation District announces that a new 206,000-square-foot sports complex is set to open in February 2021.

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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 15 agencies and reaccreditation of 22 agencies.

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We Are Parks and Recreation: Submit Your Stories

Through the ongoing We Are Parks and Recreation campaign, NRPA is collecting photos and short stories about how a park and recreation professional has impacted you or your community.

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Member Benefit: How ePACT Supports Parks and Recreation During COVID-19

As we begin a new year, COVID-19 committees, park and recreation programmers, risk managers, and legal and IT staff members will be evaluating where they are and where they go from here.

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10 Lessons from 10 Years

A seasoned park and recreation leader reveals the 10 lessons she has gleaned from the past 10 years working in the field.

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Speak at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference

Share your park and recreation perspective and experiences by speaking at the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, September 21–23, 2021.

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Member Benefit: NRPA’s Career Center

Here are four reasons why employers should be using the NRPA Career Center.

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CPRP: Four Powerful Letters in the Park and Rec Field

An NRPA member shares her CPRP journey and explains how the experience reaffirmed her passion for the field of parks and recreation.

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Share Your Industry Expertise in Parks & Recreation Magazine

Here are some ways that you can contribute editorial ideas and content to NRPA’s award-winning magazine.

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2020 NRPA Directors School – This Year’s Unique Experience for Students

Despite an ongoing pandemic, Year One and Two students have been able to thrive in a virtual environment!

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GivingTuesday: Make a Difference on December 1!

Learn the myriad ways you can support NRPA and the park and recreation profession through charitable giving.

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Member Benefit: The Perfect Gift for Staff — Certification (at a Discount)

With NRPA group certification discount packages, you can provide your employees with the opportunity to earn CPRP and/or CPRE certifications at a discounted rate.

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Welcoming the 2020-2021 NRPA Board of Directors

This year, we are excited to welcome five new members to the 2020-2021 NRPA Board of Directors.

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NRPA Parks Build Community Project Wins National Award

Urban Land Institute has announced that Trojan Park in Wellston, Missouri, the 2016 NRPA Parks Build Community project, has been awarded its 2020 Urban Open Space Award.

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Daniel L. Dustin, Ph.D., to Receive 2020 Pugsley Award

On October 20, 2020, Daniel L. Dustin, Ph.D., will be awarded the prestigious Cornelius Armory Pugsley Medal from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

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Autumn Saxton-Ross Joins NRPA as Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer

Several years ago, Autumn Saxton-Ross fell in love with parks and recreation. Now all her passions and experiences are intersecting as she takes on the new role of NRPA vice president of education and chief equity officer.

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Arts and Culture in Parks and Recreation

Johnson County (Kansas) Park and Recreation District's art exhibitions program aims to celebrate the diversity and rich culture of the county and create thought-provoking exhibitions that encourage a new perspective of Johnson County's place within the global community.

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Connect Hot Topics

An NRPA member asks the community to share ideas about hosting traditional holiday events during a pandemic.

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Member Benefit: NRPA-Sponsored Insurance Programs for Members

During these uncertain times, it is important to make sure you are keeping your department and employees safe and covered.

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Great Expectations: Financially Balancing Quality Programming and Equity

Using business acumen coupled with a cost recovery plan, the services park and recreation professionals provide can be equally accessible and available to all people.

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