Park and recreation professionals have been challenged with a situation unlike many of us have ever witnessed with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. And, as the community heroes they are, they are stepping up and continuing to support their communities during this time — whether it be in the form of continuing to provide access to parks and open space, or, as is the case with a third of park and recreation agencies across the nation, serving meals to vulnerable youth and adults, opening their facilities to serve as emergency shelters or providing childcare for essential staff.

In March 2020, NRPA began conducting weekly Parks Snapshot surveys to learn how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide weekly data from the NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, as state and local guidance and ordinances regarding COVID-19 continue to change rapidly.

NRPA Parks Snapshot: Special Edition October Survey Results

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In this Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many park and recreation agencies are offering full or truncated offerings of their fall and winter programs.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: August 19-21 Survey Results

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In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that staff at four in five park and recreation agencies are leading park activation activities — like small group naturalist programs, virtual learning centers and drive-in movies — to promote park and open space usage.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: August 5-7 Survey Results

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In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learn that three in five park and recreation agencies are making plans to support students this fall, whether through expanded childcare offerings or by offering resources to support education efforts.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: July 22-24 Survey Results

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In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we found that three in four park and recreation agencies report receiving additional funding from a variety of sources to support their response to the pandemic and mitigate the impact of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: July 8-10 Survey Results

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In the latest Parks Snapshot, we look at how park and recreation agencies are ensuring their indoor facilities are safe for visitors and staff, as well as what plans are in place in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 at programs and facilities or among staff.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: June 24-26 Survey Results

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In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learned that 63 percent of park and recreation agencies are requiring participants to sign legal waivers that acknowledge the potential risks associated with COVID-19.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: June 10-12 Survey Results

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In the two weeks since the previous Parks Snapshot, we have seen an increased number of park and recreation professionals opening more amenities to the public.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 27-29 Survey Results

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In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we explored the increased usage of parks and trails compared to this time last year.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 20-22 Survey Results

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In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of a few additional facility types: recreation centers, senior centers and indoor gyms.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 13-15 Survey Results

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In this week's Parks Snapshot survey we saw a large increase in the number of park and recreation agencies that have made decisions regarding their swimming pools.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 6-8 Survey Results

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In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we take a look at some of the most common expense cutting measures, including hiring freezes and reducing discretionary purchases of supplies and outside services.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 29 - May 1 Survey Results

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Park and recreation leaders are developing plans for the reopening of their facilities and programs as conditions permit, with most expected to follow a phased opening strategy. In this Parks Snapshot, we explore the most commonly cited amenities and program offerings anticipated to be part of the first phase of reopening.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 22-24 Survey Results

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This week, for the first time since conducting the NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of campgrounds, as well as future plans for reopening parks and facilities.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 15-17 Survey Results

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Among the findings in this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot, nearly half of all park and recreation agencies have received requests to make cuts to their current fiscal year budget, while 31 percent of agencies are already making cuts to the next fiscal year’s budget.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 8-10 Survey Results

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Among the findings in this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot, less than half of park and recreation agencies (44 percent) continue to keep their dog parks open during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 54 percent of agencies have closed all of their dog parks.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 1-3 Survey Results

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The NRPA Parks Snapshot provides the latest data on how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings this week, 91 percent of park and recreation agencies have closed their playgrounds.

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NRPA’s Inaugural Parks Snapshot: How Parks and Recreation Is Confronting COVID-19

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NRPA recently conducted its inaugural Parks Snapshot survey to learn how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Va. county surveys residents about winter indoor options