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Tips from Montgomery County Recreation's Healthy Holiday Celebration

By Tiffany Nelson | Posted on February 7, 2018

The “Excel Beyond the Bell Healthy Holiday Celebration” focused on healthy eating, physical activity, and community engagement. The event, held Tuesday Jan. 9 at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland, served over 100 students and 35 adult guests, including parents, school personnel and recreation professionals.

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West Fork Park Playground Invites Everyone to Play

By Tina Stanton-Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted on January 22, 2018

In 2017, Green Township, Ohio issued a request for proposals to create an accessible and stimulating playground at West Fork Park. The end result was a playground that was appropriate for all ages and abilities and included eight play zones.

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2017 Commit to Health Healthy Out of School Time Grantees Share Their Successes

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 10, 2018

In 2017, 41 local park and recreation agencies received grant funding from NRPA, with support from the Walmart Foundation, to implement the Commit to Health program in their out-of-school time programs. Agencies have shared inspiring stories of kids excited to try new fruits and vegetables, thanks to the Foods of the Month curriculum, and who are energized by increased physical activity opportunities.

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Partnerships Create New Recreation Space in Spartanburg

By Laura Ringo | Posted on December 6, 2017

One of Spartanburg's most popular recreation and physical activity destinations is the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. This two-mile rail-to-trail conversion is a wheelchair accessible recreation and activity hub that parallels two major roads and connects many neighborhoods to downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Lakewood, Colorado, Commits to Park and Play for All!

By Jayna Lang | Posted on November 7, 2017

Carmody Park is an incredibly special place, because it is Lakewood’s first universal playground, offering kids of all ages and abilities the chance to play, without limits, alongside each other.

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Partnering Up to Map Park Walkability, Connectivity and Safety

Posted on October 9, 2017

Using CDC’s park access measures, Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton, Ohio evaluated access to its Five Rivers MetroParks for residents within a half mile radius of the parks. This method included looking at proximity to parks, walking access to parks, and park connectivity.

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Marylanders and the Fight Against Arthritis

Posted on September 19, 2017

In an effort to empower residents to take an active role in their health and wellness, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is now offering the Walk With Ease program.

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Exercise is the Medicine Being Prescribed by SPAR

By Marissa Carbine | Posted on September 6, 2017

The Walk With Ease Program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and is beneficial for anyone looking to engage in physical activity, but especially for those suffering with arthritis.

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Community Efforts to Connect People Safely to Parks and More

By Philip Vitale, Katrina Ortiz, Kate Robinson, Fernando Pujals | Posted on August 21, 2017

San Francisco recently commemorated the great success of being the first city in the nation where every resident lives within a 10-minute walk to a park. It is, indeed, a great feat worth celebrating. But not every 10-minute walk is the same.

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Walking Is Fun When You Walk With Ease!

By Vicki Mongan | Posted on August 10, 2017

A grant from NRPA allowed Southgate Recreation & Park District to offer the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program to older adults. The WWE program is a low-impact group-based walking program designed for people with arthritis.

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Jacksonville’s Oldest Public Park Gets a New Facelift During a Collaborative Beautification Project

By Damien Lamar Robinson | Posted on August 1, 2017

Friends of Hemming Park, a nonprofit organization was contracted by the City of Jacksonville in 2014 to manage Jacksonville’s oldest public park. Since our inception, we implemented placemaking projects and brought regular amenities and programming to the park. Although great things have happened in Hemming Park, the park has also had some recent challenges.

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Nathan's Chocolate Chip

By Kim Tuong | Posted on May 18, 2017

In my three years working at R.O.C.K. (Recreation Of City Kids) Programs with the City of San Jose, the opportunity to implement nature focused enrichment in our daily afterschool program had yet to come up until this past Fall. My supervisor informed me that my school site Majestic Way Elementary was chosen to pilot the Wildlife Explorers Program through the NRPA.

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Walkin' with Ease in Apopka

By Robert Sargent | Posted on May 18, 2017

Mary Hyland, just like millions of Americans struggling with arthritic symptoms, needed more physical activity to help cope with her arthritis. While she never considered joining a support group in the past, she discovered an enjoyable program being offered by the City of Apopka that encourages all people facing the same age-old challenge to get outside and walk.

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Who Knew Lentil Tacos Would Be Such A Hit?

By Camille Stock | Posted on February 13, 2017

A nutrition coordinator for a summer program helped provide six weeks of nutrition literacy as part of the 2016 Out-of-School Time Programs Grant from NRPA and the Walmart Foundation. Each week, the coordinator visited 8 playgrounds and recreation centers and engaged hundreds of children in learning about the importance of healthy eating.

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Time Travel, from Disco to Futsal...a court grows in Durham

By Annette Smith and David Fellerath | Posted on January 9, 2017

It’s the summer of 1985, and the disco era is transitioning into dance-pop and rock. The outdoor roller skating rink at Durham Parks and Recreation’s W.D. Hill Recreation Center continues to flourish for skaters who have found a new way to dance on wheels with inline skates and rollerblades. The 15-year-old rink, layered with a Sport Court surface, is equipped with a concession building for skate storage and rentals that doubles as the DJ hub for tunes that waft through the neighborhood on summer evenings. The picnic shelter serves as a shaded area for admirers to observe talented skaters “doing their thing.”

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From Rubble to Radishes

By Brittany Quale | Posted on December 20, 2016

It’s hard to imagine that in nine months’ time, a vacant lot in the Dutch Kills area of Queens was transformed into a lively community garden to enjoy nature, promote healthy living, and engage local youth. Soon after being licensed and registered as a GreenThumb community garden, Windmill Community Garden’s development was set into high-gear with the help of the 2016 Disney Parks Build Community program.

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Bug Hunt

By Sharon Kusiak | Posted on November 22, 2016

As a graduate from art school, and someone who was previously known for avoiding bugs at all costs, I never imagined myself as a leader in the nature-based Wildlife Explorers program. However, my perception and willingness to engage with the natural world has dramatically changed since the beginning of my employment about two and a half years ago at the Carrie Murray Nature Center, under Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

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Garden Prayers are Answered in Quincy, IL

By Cheryl Williams | Posted on September 8, 2016

"Please send me kids that can share my garden with the community," prayed Dana Caley as she stood on the soil that had previously not been successful as a community garden. Quincy Teen REACH was the answer to her prayer--a partnership which resulted in at-risk kids becoming gardeners and Dana's harvest being more than vegetables.

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