The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) award-winning Parks & Recreation magazine is distributed to more than 60,000 people via print and digital magazines and helps park and recreation professionals serve the public by providing cutting-edge content, exclusive research, innovative “case-study” solutions and commentary from high-profile government and civic leaders within the fields of health, conservation and equity. Parks & Recreation magazine is in the unique position of bringing NRPA members together, while providing a much-needed voice to a field where the workers devote countless hours ensuring kids of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds have safe places to gather, play and make memories. The magazine is considered one of the best in the industry with 92 percent of readers saying it is the leading publication in the field of parks and recreation.
NRPA members and students will find print copies of Parks & Recreation magazine in the mail monthly — subscription is included as part of NRPA member dues. NRPA Premier Members may consult with their internal membership coordinator to find copies of the magazine delivered to their agencies. Subscriptions for non-members are available for $46 per year in the United States; $56 per year elsewhere. To learn more or obtain a subscription, email NRPA Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gina Mullins-Cohen joined NRPA in March 2013 and serves as vice president of communications and chief marketing officer. Mullins-Cohen brings with her more than 18 years of communication and publication management experience. She has launched and managed numerous publications in several diverse industries, as well as owned and directed a media-communications firm. As founder of Eclipse Media Partners LLC, she was able to work with and report on the achievements within park systems in Southern California. Prior to Eclipse Media Partners, Mullins-Cohen held the post of executive vice president of Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), where she oversaw the communications, publishing and education divisions. Her consumer publication, Edible Orange County, was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Publication in 2011. Her work in B2B publishing and communications has been the recipient of four Maggie Awards from the Western Publishing Association. Mullins-Cohen lives in Lansdowne, Virginia.
Vitisia “Vi” Paynich, executive editor of Parks & Recreation magazine, print and online content, has been covering the field of parks and recreation as a freelance writer for Parks & Recreation magazine since 2016. As an editor, writer, blogger and director of content, Vi has been working in digital and print publishing for more than 20 years. In July 2004, she joined the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), a nonprofit serving the direct response marketing industry, as editor-in-chief to launch its monthly publication. After serving seven years on the magazine, Vi transitioned into the content manager role at ERA — leading the educational programming for its annual conferences. She also oversaw editorial for ERA’s blog, e-newsletter and other digital projects. Prior to that, she worked as an editor for both B2B and consumer magazines. Vi earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from California State University at Long Beach.
Lindsay Collins, associate editor of Parks & Recreation magazine, joined NRPA in March 2018 as the board liaison before joining the magazine staff in April 2019. Prior to NRPA, Collins worked for the Federal Protective Service, where she provided support for the explosive detection canine training program. Before moving to Virginia, Collins attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a bachelor’s degree in legal studies and political science. Collins currently lives in Warrenton, Virginia, where she enjoys hiking with her dog Romeo and practicing photography.
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Parks & Recreation Magazine Advisory Board
Parks & Recreation magazine regularly works with our Advisory Board — an expansive, nationwide alliance that includes high-level entrepreneurs, park and recreation professionals, architects and academics — to make each issue as thoughtful, informative and useful for NRPA members as possible. These partners lend their time, voice and insights to keep Parks & Recreation at the cutting edge of news and trends affecting our industry. Below, meet the members.