Publications and Research

NRPA is an ultimate resource for best practices, case studies and comprehensive data that demonstrate how local park and recreation agencies are leaders in conservation, health and wellness and social equity. Our research offerings and publications are the standards for park and recreation insights


NRPA Research develops the data and key insights that promote park and recreation to local communities throughout the United States. NRPA Research focuses its efforts in two areas:

  • Development of performance Benchmarks and Critical Metrics that help park and recreation professionals to more effectively and efficiently deliver offerings to the public.
  • Key data and insights that Make the Case for expanded agency funding by establishing how Americans embrace their local parks and recreation offerings, and demonstrating how park and recreation is a partner and solution to many of the challenges facing our communities.


NRPA offers printed and digital publications on every aspect of parks and recreation.

Parks & Recreation Magazine
NRPA's monthly member magazine informs, motivates, and inspires professionals, civic leaders and citizens to elevate the value of parks and recreation as a public service. View the latest edition of Parks and Recreation.

NRPA SmartBrief
Created specifically for leaders and advocates in our community, NRPA SmartBrief is a twice weekly snapshot of park and recreation news from around the country. To begin receiving this free email publication every Tuesday and Thursday, sign up here.

NRPA Express
The NRPA Express is a monthly membership publication, which delivers the latest news and information about upcoming events, research projects, educational opportunities, grants, and initiatives about NRPA and the parks and recreation community.

NRPA Top Five
The NRPA Top Five is a weekly membership publication with timely news and notes you need to know.

For questions about how to subscribe to or advertise in NRPA's electronic newsletters, contact Roxanne Sutton at 703.858.2166.

NRPA Books and Products
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Journals and Annual Publications

  • Journal of Leisure Research - a quarterly journal devoted to original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of leisure studies.
  • Therapeutic Recreation Journal - a quarterly research journal devoted to publishing scholarly and substantive manuscripts in the field of therapeutic recreation.
  • Schole - an official refereed publication which aims to disseminate knowledge related to park and recreation courses, curricula and teaching.