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.


Top Trends in Parks and Recreation 2020

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Discover the hottest topics and trends that park and recreational professionals will be talking about this year.

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Pricing Strategies That Combat Social Injustice

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Understand how your agency can leverage price premiums and discounts to optimize economic equity.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day or Columbus Day: Lessons in Leadership and Risk-Taking

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City of Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services describes how a national holiday sparked a larger, community-wide conversation about P&R’s role in social equity.

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Policy Immunity Challenged in Hazardous Tree Deaths

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In this month’s Law Review, we take a closer look at whether the Federal Tort Claims Act bars a suit against federal officials for their failure to prevent a fatal accident in Yosemite National Park.

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Farmers Markets, Parks and Rec, and Healthy Meals

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Pairing fresh, local produce with healthy meals is the perfect connection to strengthen the bonds between the community and the local agriculture system.

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Advocacy and the Changing Attitudes Toward Disability

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A recent study abroad program focuses on people with disabilities and how those without disabilities now perceive them.

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NRPA, Coca-Cola and Others Take on the Plastic Pollution Problem in Atlanta

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NRPA has partnered with The Coca-Cola Company, the city of Atlanta and others to tackle the problem in Atlanta’s Proctor Creek watershed.

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Partnering to Deliver Education in Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

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In the summer of 2019, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation partnered with the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, as well as the Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Department of Public Works, to offer ESTEAM camps at 17 county parks, serving over 900 children.

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NRPA Park Pulse Surveys

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The National Recreation and Park Association polls U.S. residents 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 the population.

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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.

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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

1.16.20Top Story

S.C. state park lets visitors "hike" in virtual reality

1.16.20Around the Country

Neb. recreation supervisor shares his love of pickleball

1.16.20Around the Country

Ga. county rec department aims to fill need for pre-K