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.


Gauging People's Enjoyment of the Outdoors

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The 2019 Engagement with Parks Report makes clear this point: people highly value the work that park and recreation agencies deliver to their local communities and strongly support their mission.

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization

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The good news is that LWCF has been permanently reauthorized; however, we need to shift focus to ensuring conservation efforts receive all the funds collected.

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Parks for Inclusion Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

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This NRPA program has already reached 1.7 million people in the two years since its launch, surpassing the original goal of 1 million!

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Social Media Enhances Inclusivity Outdoors

2019 October Feature Social Media Enhances Inclusivity Outdoors 410

Through social media, more and more individuals from diverse populations are sharing their stories and selfies and inviting others to explore the outdoors.

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Improving Systems to Achieve Equitable Park Access

2019 October Feature Improving Systems to Achieve Equitable Park Access 410

Explore how communities across the country are designing and implementing plans, policies and funding opportunities to advance equitable access to parks.

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That Must Be a Fun Job

2019 October Member to Member Must be a Fun Job 410

Creating welcoming, inclusive public spaces involves several skill sets which good parks staff have mastered.

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ADA Claim to Allow Emotional Support Hog in Parks

2019 October Law Review ADA Claim to Allow Emotional Support Hog in Parks 410

Is it a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act to deny a patron their right to bring an emotional support hog to the park?

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Out with the Pool Odor: A Tale of Impactful Improvements

2019 October Operations Out with the Pool Odor 410

The Goodson Recreation Center in Centennial, Colorado, has transformed the air quality around its pool and surrounding areas. How did they do it?

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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

10.17.19Top Story

Nonprofit working to bring equity to Baltimore playgrounds

10.17.19Around the Country

Md. park to replace rusted steel bridge with one made of fiberglass

10.17.19Around the Country

San Francisco park hosts sukkah for Jewish festival