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A Letter From Our CEO — Reflecting on 2021

By Kristine Stratton | Posted on December 28, 2021

As we close out 2021, we take a moment to look back on the challenges we faced and overcame, we remember the colleagues and loved ones we lost, and we celebrate the good work our field has done for millions of people in communities across the country.

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The Year in Review: A Listen Back at Your Favorite Open Space Radio Episodes of 2021 — Episode 105

By Cort Jones | Posted on December 21, 2021

On the final episode of Open Space Radio for the year, our host Cort Jones reflects on the 13 most-downloaded episodes from 2021 and shares inspiring messages from guests of each episode.

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Supporting Arthritis Interventions in Parks and Recreation: A Five-Year Story

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on December 20, 2021

Park and recreation professionals, whether working closely with partners or acting on their own, provide older adults with a wealth of resources, social activities, opportunities to serve others in the community, and most importantly, support aging in place.

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The Importance of Communication Within Your Youth Sports Program

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on December 20, 2021

Keeping your youth sports participants, staff, referees, coaches and other volunteers in the loop in every aspect of your program is key and can only help your operation. Here are some tips to be a great communicator within your program.

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Perfectly Imperfect: First Annual Nailed It! NRPA-Style: Gingerbread Park Competition

By Melissa May and Dianne Palladino | Posted on December 17, 2021

As this holiday season finds the NRPA staff spread throughout the United States, we wanted something that could close those miles between us. Thanks to the inspiration given to us by the Durham Parks and Recreation: Play More! blog, we hosted our first annual Nailed It! NRPA-Style: Gingerbread Park competition!

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New Year, New You, New NRPA Online Learning Opportunities

By NRPA Online Learning | Posted on December 17, 2021

We’re rolling out an exciting new approach to online education at NRPA in 2022, with a jam-packed schedule of insightful Talks, engaging Clinics and interactive Sandboxes to keep you learning with your peers throughout the year.

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2021 Engagement With Parks Report: The Parent Advocate

By Melissa May | Posted on December 16, 2021

Adults in the U.S. recognize the importance of parks and recreation in their community even if they do not consider themselves park users. One group, however, is an untapped champion for parks and recreation — parents.

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Handling Parent Complaints Within Your Recreation Program

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on December 15, 2021

If you run a well-organized program and you are a great communicator, parent complaints will be at a minimum. However, sometimes things will happen that are out of your control causing a parent to complain. Here are seven steps to handle a complaint effectively.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: 2021 Year-End Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on December 10, 2021

In our year-end edition of NRPA Parks Snapshot, we are looking at the challenges affecting park and recreation agencies as our nation continues to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — particularly those that impact funding, staffing and programming.

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Nurturing a Child With Asperger’s Syndrome

By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on December 9, 2021

As mainstream recreational programming widens to welcome more children with special needs, Tim Herd offers some of the simple strategies he and his wife and learned in raising their young son, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

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Addressing Social Justice From the Usage of Public Space

By Juan Antonio Sorto | Posted on December 8, 2021

What does the guilty verdict of three white Georgia men for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery mean for communities of color in the way we use parks and trails?

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The Park and Recreation Movement in Mexico and Beyond — Episode 104

By Cort Jones | Posted on December 7, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying one of our Coffee Talks from the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference with Luis Romahn, president, CEO and founder of Parques de México and the National Association of Parks and Recreation Mexico.

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Camp Administration: Supervision

By Jason Schaitz, MBA, CPRE | Posted on December 6, 2021

Proper supervision of your campers is of the utmost importance to ensure the safety of your participants and should be taken very seriously. Here are 10 tips to make sure your counselors are displaying great supervision.

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Engagement with Parks Report: Looking Back to See the Future

By Austin Barrett | Posted on December 2, 2021

To glimpse the future, it’s often helpful to look back to the past. So, to understand where we — park and recreation professionals — fit, let’s take a brief stroll through our recent history.

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