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BioBlitz: Making Nature More Equitable

By Katie Boughal | Posted on May 27, 2021

The Delores Fenwick Nature Center serves the City of Pearland, Texas, a small community just south of Houston. Here's how its staff are planning to make their future BioBlitz events more equitable.

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NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 18-21 Survey Results

By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 21, 2021

In the latest Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many more summer offerings and events will be available to communities across the country in 2021, with most agencies delivering a robust set of summer events and amenities.

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Caring for the Mental Well-Being of Our Staff and Communities — June Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 20, 2021

The June issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, “Mental Health Care in a Pandemic.”

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Past, Present and Future with New York City Parks and Hill International

By Joseph Pooler | Posted on May 19, 2021

Since 2007, Hill International, Inc. has managed hundreds of construction contracts for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to help build, enhance, restore and protect the Big Apple’s parks and public spaces.

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It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See Ya Later! — Episode 091

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 18, 2021

Today's episode of Open Space Radio is a bittersweet one, as we bid farewell to one of our co-hosts, Roxanne Sutton, before she embarks on a new adventure.

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Age-Inclusive Play for Siblings Young and Old

By Miracle® Recreation | Posted on May 17, 2021

As kids grow and develop, they play in different ways and have different abilities and limitations. For this reason, playground equipment is often designed with a specific age group in mind so it can keep kids interested and maximize safety. Age-inclusive playgrounds have equipment and features for all age groups of kids.

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The 2021 Chlorine Shortage: Be Smart, But Don’t Panic

By Rudy Stankowitz | Posted on May 17, 2021

The chlorine shortage that has been reported recently may cause some headaches for aquatics professionals, but shouldn’t lead to major disruptions. Stock up on needed supplies without overbuying and your summer should be just fine.

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How Park and Recreation Agencies Can Empower Coaches in the Return to Play

By Jon Solomon | Posted on May 12, 2021

Here are best practices from the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program on how park and recreation agencies can support coaches in ensuring youth safely return to play.

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Park Improvements That Won’t Break Your Community’s Budget

By Little Tikes Commercial | Posted on May 11, 2021

Here are seven cost-effective ways you can improve your parks and playgrounds from Little Tikes Commercial.

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How to Onboard New Volunteers Safely and Efficiently This Summer

By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on May 6, 2021

Background Investigation Bureau, the exclusive background screening provider of NRPA, provides what you need to know to be efficient in your on-boarding practices and keep your community safe.

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Coffee Talk Replay: Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change — Episode 090

By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 4, 2021

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from last year's NRPA Virtual, when we were joined by Kenny Weigandt from Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Oregon,  and John DiSpaldo, a regional preparedness liaison for FEMA, to discuss being prepared for disasters due to a changing climate.

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Family’s Health

By Shea Pease | Posted on May 3, 2021

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on what you’re sensing and feeling in the present moment, without passing any judgment or allowing interruptions. BOKS, a free physical activity program for kids and families, has just launched a new Mindfulness & Movement Flows resource designed to take the planning out of mindfulness activities.

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