The National Recreation and Park Association polls U.S. residents to explore their views on topics related to the park and recreation field. Each poll targets 1,000 adults ages 18 and up, representing a cross-section of the population.

 

Featured Park Pulse

October 2020: Strong Support for Park and Recreation Funding

Strong Support for Park and Recreation Funding

October 2020: U.S. adults want their local government to dedicate funds through revenues, taxes and levies that directly support parks and recreation.

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Recent Park Pulse Findings

August 2020: Take a Vacation at Your Local Parks

Equitable Access to Parks and Recreation

September 2020: Fair and just access to high-quality park and rec programs, services and facilities create healthy, resilient and economically vibrant communities.

August 2020: Take a Vacation at Your Local Parks

Take a Vacation at Your Local Parks

August 2020: More than half to the U.S. are planning their summer vacation close to home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 2020: Essential Summertime Activities

Essential Summertime Activities

July 2020: Adults want children to have access to the summertime programs and services like those provided by local park and recreation agencies.

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Park Pulse: June 2020: Virtual Recreation Resources Available

Virtual Recreation Resources Available

June 2020: Local park and recreation professionals and their agencies offer a wide variety of virtual classes and courses geared to people of all ages and abilities. 

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Park Pulse: May 2020: The Essential Need for Parks

The Essential Need for Parks

May 2020: Local parks, trails and open spaces are more important than ever to our mental and physical health.

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Park Pulse: April 2020: Conservation Efforts at Any Age

Conservation Efforts at Any Age

April 2020
Park and recreation professionals play a vital role in teaching conservation efforts to children. Learning to reduce waste through recycling, reusable bags, composting and limiting single-use products is a top priority conservation effort for all children to learn.

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Park Pulse: March 2020: Economic Benefits Found in Park and Recreation Investments

Economic Benefits Found in Park and Recreation Investments

March 2020
Local government investments in parks and recreation promote economic activity.

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Park Pulse: February 2020: Park and Recreation Professionals Work to Provide Nutrition Assistance to the Most Vulnerable

Park and Recreation Professionals Work to Provide Nutrition Assistance to the Most Vulnerable

February 2020
The public supports local government providing resources for nutrition assistance to low-income families.

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Park Pulse: January 2020: Don’t Let Your Activity Level Dip with the Temperatures

Don’t Let Your Activity Level Dip with the Temperatures

January 2020
Stay active this winter at your local parks and recreation center.

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Park Pulse: December 2019: A Season Filled with Events for Everyone

A Season Filled with Events for Everyone

December 2019
Park and recreation agencies sponsor holiday events that can be enjoyed by all members of the community.

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Park Pulse: November 2019: Volunteer Opportunities in Parks

Volunteer Opportunities Available in Parks

November 2019
Local parks are a popular spot for people of all ages to volunteer.

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Park Pulse: October 2019: Parks and Recreation: The Leaders in Before- and After-School Care

Parks and Recreation: The Leaders in Before- and Afterschool Care

October 2019
An overwhelming majority of people find before- and afterschool programs hosted by park and recreation agencies important.

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Park Pulse: September  2019: Parks Come Alive at Night

Parks Come Alive at Night

September 2019
Ninety-one percent of residents are interested in attending nighttime park activities.

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Park Pulse: August 2019: Keeping Up with Revitalization Projects

Keeping Up with Revitalization Projects

August 2019
Eighty-five percent of Americans want their local government to fund park and rec improvement projects.

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Park Pulse: July 2019: Americans Top Outdoor Recreation Activities

Who Doesn’t Like a Good Picnic?

July 2019
Nine in 10 Americans find their favorite outdoor recreation activities hosted by their park and recreation agencies.

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Park Pulse: June 2019: Recreation and Community Centers Enhance the Community

Recreation and Community Centers Enhance the Community

June 2019
Park and recreation agencies deliver easy access to low/no-cost fitness and educational opportunities.

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About NRPA Park Pulse

NRPA commissions Wakefield Research to survey approximately 1,000 adults ages 18 and up, on topics related to the park and recreation field. Each month, NRPA will release a new Park Pulse poll result. If you have a suggestion for a Park Pulse poll question, please send it to Kevin Roth.

 

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