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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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Connect Hot Topics

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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NRPA Life Trustee Eugene Young Passes Away

From working as a summer camp counselor to the longest-serving superintendent in East Baton Rouge Parish in history, Young spent 57 years working to make life better through parks and recreation.

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2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience

Not only will the virtual conference bring park and recreation professionals and advocates together as a community, but it will also serve as a platform for networking and exchanging ideas in new and imaginative ways.

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Connect Hot Topics

An NRPA Member asks the community to share ideas on special events during the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep their community engaged and safe.

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Member Benefit: Technology's Role in Safer Recreation

Working as a complement to registration systems, ePACT was ready to take on the rapidly changing, complex challenges organizations would face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Parks and Freedom of Speech

On June 6, 2,000 marchers peacefully exercised their First Amendment Rights by expressing their outrage at injustice and racism in our society at Algonkian Regional Park in Northern Virginia.

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Cullman Achieves CAPRA Accreditation

In 2020, the team at Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism (CPRST) succeeded in becoming the first park and recreation agency in the state of Alabama to reach accreditation.

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Civil Rights Icon Robert García Passes Away

Park and recreation field mourns the death of Robert García, the fierce champion of social justice and defender of parks and recreation.

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Fighting Vandalism at Recreational Facilities

Vandalism is not just a nuisance; it is also costly and dangerous. Learn simple ways to prevent vandalism and protect park and recreation property.

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Member Benefit: Background Screening Best Practices

BIB and NRPA’s partnership was created to help park and recreation agencies do background screenings better. Learn a few things to keep in mind to help prevent risk.

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Tennis, Anyone?

Learn how tennis is primed to serve a central role in the recovery of communities across the United States.

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Feeding Glenview

Glenview Park District staff are providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding upon Historic Wagner Farm’s normal functions to include increased food production.

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Remembering Barry S. Tindall

NRPA lost one of its longest serving staff members in the history of the association on May 10, 2020.

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Renowned Public Health Expert Chris Kochtitzky Passes Away

Kochtitzky was a tenacious public health professional who pursued his work with vigor, charm, wisdom and intelligence.

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Member Benefit: The ADA and COVID-19

CDC leads the fight against the pandemic and acknowledges that discrimination on the basis of disability violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Community Engagement: The Key to Understanding Local Perspectives

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s mixed-method approach to community engagement is key to understanding local perspectives and priorities while building trust.

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Engaging Youth Through Mentorship

NRPA and Elizabethton Parks and Recreation have partnered to implement and expand evidence-based mentoring practices for at-risk and high-risk youth in Carter County, Tennessee.

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Industry Mourns the Passing of Pugsley Award Winner Maxwell D. Ramsey

A well-respected professional and advocate, Ramsey worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority while serving as a Board of Trustees member with NRPA from 1981 to 1983.

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Path to Recovery

NRPA’s Path to Recovery framework includes comprehensive guidance, tools and resources focused on lifting restrictions and reinstating operations.

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Transforming Citizens into Pollinator Lovers

Bioblitz events allow park professionals and park visitors to gain a deeper understanding, better connection to and feeling of ownership of their park.

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Reimagining Parks, Health and an Entire Small Town

The city of College Park, Kentucky, is working with the community to re-examine the current amenities and imagining a future park system that provides broader access.

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Managing Up

With these guidelines, learn to shift your perspective to bring upper management on board and develop a productive working relationship.

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Member Benefit: Learning, Training and Professional Development

NRPA offers members a variety of learning opportunities to help you gain knowledge and fast track your career development.

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A Park Planner's Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn what L.A. County’s park planning and development professionals are doing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPRA Can Take an Agency from Good to Great

City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation submitted CAPRA paperwork and is confident that they are ready for their upcoming site visit.

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2020 NRPA Annual Conference Education Programming Overview

John Prue, Conference Program Committee chairperson, shares how the CPC selects the best, most relevant educations sessions to serve peers and support NRPA’s Three Pillars.

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LSPR Honors Tom Lovell with Community Center Dedication

“Tom Lovell was the driving force behind the successes and accomplishments of LSPR for 38 years,” says Joe Snook, current administrator of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation.

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Member Benefit: NRPA Career Center Resources

Whether you are a job seeker or an employer who is looking to hire qualified individuals, the NRPA Career Center is here to help.

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Are You Selecting the Right P&R Candidate?

When it comes time to recruit and hire someone new into your organization, there is no need to fret over the impending process. However, it may help to keep a few things in mind as you figure out who is the right fit for your P&R team.

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Reflecting Our Values in the Community

The American Water Charitable Foundation has partnered with NRPA for the past seven years to bring nature-based and water-play amenities to communities across the country through its Building Better Communities Grant Program.

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North Port's CAPRA Accreditation Journey

The Florida-based park agency shares what its team learned from the experience.

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Industry Pioneer Dr. Joe Frost Passes Away on Feb. 17

The ‘Contemporary Father of Play Advocacy’ devoted his career to play and child development research.

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NRPA Connect Hot Topics

This month, NRPA members are discussing rental fee waivers or reductions for community groups.

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Member Benefit: Five Tips for Using NRPA Connect

NRPA Connect is an online networking platform that makes it easy to communicate with an experienced network of nearly 65,000 peers ready to share best practices.

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Keeping the Hearth of Parks and Recreation Glowing Through Mentorship

Learn how relationships sustain connection and support professional development.

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Directors School - Definitely Worth It

Directors School gives you the space and time needed to embrace the next steps of your park and recreation journey.

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Remembering Harry 'Hal' G. Haskell Jr.

Dedicated park and recreation professional passes away on January 16, 2020, at age of 98.

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Member Benefit: Summer Camp Safety Solutions

NRPA member discount programs can help you safely prepare for your camps and save you money.

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