Urban parks serve as critical public places for recreation and civic engagement, essential to quality of life in urban centers. Parks help provide solutions to a myriad of national and community issues: providing healthy places to exercise, managing stormwater runoff and helping clean the air, catalyzing economic and community development, and providing safe, close to home recreation options. Join NRPA in the fight to ensure that every community has a great park.


Supporting Farmers Markets and CSAs in Park and Recreation Spaces

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Park and recreation spaces can become the venues that deliver nutritious foods from local farms to communities.

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Interpretive Signs and Programs

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Through interpretive signs and programs, NOVA Parks is informing residents about its community’s history.

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Designing the Great Park that Everyone Deserves

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There are three primary categories that can help residents, elected officials and park and recreation professionals assess the “greatness” of their community parks.

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Senior Centers: Reimagining Aging and Exploring New Opportunities

2019 September Health Wellness Senior Centers Reimagining Aging 410

Today’s senior centers are being reinvented to meet the changing and diverse needs of a rapidly growing aging population.

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The Baltimore Ecosystem Study

2019 September Conservation Baltimore Ecosystem Study 410

The BES aims to understand the city as a living, ecological system and has brought together researchers from across the country to investigate the unique urban aspect on varied topics.

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A Conversation with Baseball's 'Iron Man'

2019 September Feature Conversation with Baseballs Iron Man 410

Parks & Recreation magazine spoke with Cal Ripken Jr., who will be sharing his story at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference during the Opening General Session.

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Tennis: A Game Changer in Park Revitalization

2019 September Feature Tennis Game Changer in Park Revitalization 410

Explore the ways tennis courts can bring life – and revenue – to parks.

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The 2019 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey

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This survey is a good starting place for park and rec salary examinations.

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NRPA Park Pulse Surveys

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The National Recreation and Park Association polls Americans 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 Americans.

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NRPA Park Metrics

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NRPA Park Metrics is the most comprehensive source of data standards and insights for park and recreation agencies. These agency performance resources assist park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their operating resources and capital facilities.

Evaluate Your Agency

NRPA Facility Market Reports

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NRPA Research Facility Market Reports offer an array of data that provides your agency with a greater understanding of the residents served by the facility, with a particular focus on their habits and interests.

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Online Learning

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NRPA online learning is a cost-effective and flexible way to educate staff, provide training, and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) without leaving the comfort of your home or office.

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Directors School

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The NRPA Directors School is an exclusive professional development opportunity designed to prepare new and potential directors of park and recreation agencies for the challenges of leading and managing effectively.

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Park Champion Initiative

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With the support of the NRPA Public Policy team, Park Champions are learning how to be effective advocates by engaging their elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, and events.

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Advocacy Insider

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Advocacy Insider, NRPA's Public Policy newsletter, highlights legislative updates and advocacy news.

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News Stories

9.12.19Top Story

Study looks at how cities address displacement from parks

9.12.19Around the Country

Baltimore adds Saturday hours to rec centers, seeks new programming

9.12.19Around the Country

Beavers are generally welcome in Ind. city's parks