November Park Engagement Blog 410

What Keeps People From Visiting Their Local Parks?

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on November 9, 2023

In the latest edition of our Park Engagement blog series, we explore what keeps people from spending time in their local parks and possible reasons why these factors have changed in the past couple of years.

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Entering the Next Era of Open Space Radio — Episode 146

By Cort Jones, Christina High and Cara Myers | Posted on November 7, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with our new co-hosts, Christina High and Cara Myers, about what you can expect on the show in future episodes and some of our experiences and takeaways from the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference.

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An Open Message From Maine Recreation and Parks Association

By Nicole Welch, CPRP | Posted on November 6, 2023

Maine Recreation and Park Association President and Recreation Director for City of Lewiston Nicole Welch shares a message about building community after City of Lewiston was impacted by a senseless act.

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You’ve Got This!

By Gabby Vera, CPRP | Posted on October 27, 2023

Gabby Vera, CPRP, the regional park superintendent for Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, shares practical strategies to boost self-confidence, overcome imposter syndrome, and thrive in your leadership journey.

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The Data Proves It: The Public Supports Park and Recreation Funding

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 26, 2023

In the latest in our Park Engagement Blog Series, we discuss the public’s support for park and recreation funding, initiatives they see as being most beneficial in their community, and their desire to be a part of the process.

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BioBlitz Wrap 2023 410

Fifth Annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Raises Awareness of Biodiversity in Local Parks

By Rukmini Kalamangalam | Posted on October 25, 2023

This September, NRPA hosted its fifth annual Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, a national campaign to raise awareness and community involvement in the pollinator crisis through local parks and recreation and like-minded organizations.

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Preparing the Next Generation of Diverse Leaders in Parks and Recreation — Episode 145

By Cort Jones | Posted on October 24, 2023

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing the good work of the National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society with Chris Bass, CPRP, and Thamara Velasco, CYSA.

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Event Content Blog 410

3 Tips for Creating Impactful (and Reusable) Event Content

By Matthew Burnell | Posted on October 20, 2023

Event content helps park and recreation agencies connect with their communities. Learn how to engage visitors by making your content impactful and reusable.

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Staff Wellbeing Blog Post 410

Supporting Staff Well-Being

By Daniel Hatcher and Allison Colman | Posted on October 19, 2023

We explored the topic of staff well-being at the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference. Here are a few of the creative ideas to support staff well-being that attendees shared.

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Salary Survey Blog 2

Exploring 13 Common Park and Recreation Salaries

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 18, 2023

The 2023 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey report dives into 13 of the most commonly found job titles held by full-time professionals. We look at the different responsibilities of each of these positions and how their salaries differ and have changed over the years.

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Proximity To Parks: An Opportunity for Action

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 17, 2023

In the latest edition of our Park Engagement Blog Series, we explore what proportion of U.S. residents live within walking distance from a local park or recreation facility.

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How to Protect What We Love (People and the Planet) — Episode 144

By Cort Jones and Christina High | Posted on October 10, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Kenny Barnes, the program and outreach coordinator for Sustainability Matters, a grassroots environmental nonprofit dedicated to cultivating community through conservation and making sustainability fun, realistic and inclusive for all.

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How Are People Getting to Their Local Parks?

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 6, 2023

In this blog post, we explore one component of the 2023 Engagement With Parks Report — how park users get from their homes to parks, playgrounds, open spaces or recreation centers.

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Advancing Systems-Level Change Across Seven Dimensions of Well-Being

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on October 3, 2023

Community Wellness Hubs are designed to advance health and wellness across seven interdependent and interconnected dimensions of well-being — cultural, economic, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical and social.

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Salary Survey Blog 1

Diving Deeper: The 2023 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on October 2, 2023

The 2023 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey report outlines the valuable benefits that park and recreation professionals receive, such as health insurance, vacation and sick leave, retirement plans and more.

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EngagementReportTeaserBlog 410

The NRPA Engagement With Parks Report: How It Began

By Catherine Tepper | Posted on September 29, 2023

In October 2023, NRPA will once again be releasing the annual Engagement With Parks Report. Here's a little background on how this critical report began.

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Conference Schedule Blog 410

Get the Most Out of the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference

By Amanda Hersey | Posted on September 27, 2023

It’s almost conference time! We’ve filled the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference schedule with inspirational education sessions, networking opportunities, celebrations and time to check out the latest products for our field.

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AmericanClimateCorps 410

Launching the American Climate Corps

By Elyse Gentile and Kyle Simpson | Posted on September 27, 2023

Last week, President Joe Biden announced the launch of the American Climate Corps, which will allow approximately 20,000 young people to participate in workforce training and service initiatives in the clean energy, conservation and climate resiliency fields.

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Paving the Way for Girls and Women in Sports — Episode 143

By Cort Jones and Cara Myers | Posted on September 26, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by DiDi Haračić, a professional soccer player and goalkeeper for Angel City FC in the National Women’s Soccer League.

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2023ExhibitHall blog 410

Sneak Peek: 2023 NRPA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall

By Ruth Wheeler | Posted on September 25, 2023

Every year, nearly 500 partners and vendors set up booths and interactive exhibits, giving you an inside look at the latest products for our field. One of these amazing exhibitors is PlayCore, an organization that helps build stronger communities by advancing play and recreation in outdoor spaces.

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in Parks and Recreation

By Josue Pasillas, MPA | Posted on September 21, 2023

With a population where more than 50 percent of the individuals identify as Hispanic and/or Latino, the Waukegan Park District celebrates the diversity of the Latino community during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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SF blog 410

New Coalition Ensures San Francisco's Park System Flourishes

By Jake Ramirez | Posted on September 21, 2023

The San Francisco Parks Alliance is launching two affiliate organizations to help achieve its mission of creating, sustaining and advocating for San Francisco’s parks and public spaces.

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What Is a Training Grant and Why Should I Apply?

By Colleen Pittard | Posted on September 18, 2023

Training grants are grants that do not always provide funds, but instead provide training, coaching and technical assistance. Since 2016, NRPA has been offering instructor training grants for evidenced-based physical activity programs and we just opened applications for another round!

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Youth Sports Equity Takes Center Stage at the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference

By Nelly Musselman and Teresa Morrissey | Posted on September 13, 2023

Access to youth sports is taking center stage at the 2023 NRPA Annual Conference, taking place October 10-12 in Dallas. Learn more about the Day Two Panel, "The Ball Is in Our Court: Leveraging the Power of Parks and Recreation to Advance Youth Sports Equity."

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A Listen Back at 2023 So Far — Episode 142

By Cort Jones | Posted on September 12, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we take a listen back at the wisdom and experience of some of our favorite guests from this year so far.

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Detroit RPA blog 410

Building Resilient Park Access in Detroit

By Justin Taylor and Rachel Felder | Posted on September 8, 2023

Through NRPA’s Resilient Park Access grant, Detroit Parks and Recreation was given the opportunity to create seven nature pockets that are centered in equity and social and climate resiliency.

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Celebrating and Protecting Biodiversity

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on September 5, 2023

Learn a few ways that park and recreation agencies celebrate and protect biodiversity, with specific examples of how the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation carries them out.

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Responsive Design for Park Websites: 3 Best Practices

By Ryan Felix | Posted on September 1, 2023

A well-designed website is an essential outreach tool for park and recreation agencies. Start designing a responsive website with these three best practices.

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How Las Vegas Is Leading the Way in Technology and Recreation — Episode 141

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 29, 2023

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we are diving into the dynamic world where recreation and technology intersect with staff from the Las Vegas Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs department.

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Beyond the Field: 3 Team Building Ideas for Youth Sports

By Korri Piper | Posted on August 28, 2023

Team building provides numerous benefits for youth sports teams, from improving performance to cultivating friendships. Get started with these three ideas.

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ASBA resource blog 410

Get the Most Accurate Construction Information for Your Sports Facilities

By Fred C. Stringfellow, CAE | Posted on August 24, 2023

Park and recreation agencies have more sports facilities than ever before. Here's how to get the most accurate construction information for all of them!

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BioBlitz South Blog 410

Becoming “Green Stewards”: How the BioBlitz Is Getting Residents Across the South Invested in Their Parks

By Rukmini Kalamangalam | Posted on August 23, 2023

In two very different Southern cities, the Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz has encouraged community members to share their knowledge and learn more about their local plants and wildlife.

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Matching Funds blog 410

What’s the Deal With Matching Funds?

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on August 22, 2023

When applying for federal grants or loans, applicants will come across a section titled, “cost sharing or matching requirements." To help park and recreation professionals navigate these murky waters, NRPA is proud to provide the Fund Matching 101 resource!

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Sponsorship blog post 410

Creating a Compelling Sponsorship Proposal: 3 Best Practices

By Sarah Sebastian | Posted on August 22, 2023

A compelling sponsorship proposal can earn your organization much-needed support for your next event. Use these key tips to craft your sponsorship proposal.

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Putting Equity Into Practice: The Role of Parks and Recreation

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on August 16, 2023

NRPA’s Equity in Practice certificate program is designed to serve as a transformative experience for park and recreation professionals and is a commitment to promoting equity within every facet of the park and recreation profession.

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Advancing Resilient Park Access in Lynnwood, Washington — Episode 140

By Cort Jones | Posted on August 8, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we explore how Lynnwood (Washington) Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is advancing community-driven, systems-level strategies for equitable park access.

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FMW blog Aug4 410

Farmers Markets and Community Wellness Hubs: Supporting Holistic Well-Being

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on August 4, 2023

In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, members of NRPA's 2022-2023 Farmers Markets in Parks and Recreation Community of Practice share examples of how their markets support the seven dimensions of well-being.

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VR blog 2023 410

Leveraging Virtual Reality for Professional Development: 4 Engaging Ideas

By Sonia Urlando | Posted on August 2, 2023

Learn how to incorporate virtual reality into professional development opportunities to engage community members and support their success in this guide.

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Volunteer Recognition blog 410

From Clean-Up Crews to Trailblazers: Recognizing Volunteers

By Tim Badolato | Posted on July 26, 2023

Volunteers contribute their time and effort to your park and recreation agency’s programs. Learn more about methods you can use to recognize your volunteers.

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Advancing Equity Through the RCN Program

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on July 25, 2023

The Department of Transportation is offering grant funding for projects that increase multimodal access to recreation and park spaces, making park and recreation agencies the perfect applicants.

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Bobcat blog 410

Local Partnerships Build Resilient Park Access

By Rukmini Kalamangalam | Posted on July 21, 2023

NRPA is partnering with Bobcat Company, a global compact equipment, innovation and worksite solutions brand, to advance our shared goals of building vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation.

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The Importance of Community-Based Organizations in Parks and Recreation

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on July 20, 2023

As a planner for over 17 years at the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Clement Lau has partnered and worked closely with numerous CBOs in L.A. County on equity-driven, transformational plans and projects.

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Elevate Community Health with National Farmers Market Week This August

By Liliana Ruiz Fischer | Posted on July 18, 2023

National Farmers Market Week is approaching! The 24th annual celebration takes place August 6 to 12, 2023, and highlights the vital role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.

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Sports Team Fundraising: 3 Strategies to Reach More Donors

By Brad Dowhaniuk | Posted on July 17, 2023

Funding your sports team can be an expensive endeavor. Use these strategies to get more donations so team members can continue to play and stay active.

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workplace change blog 410

Understanding Intent vs. Impact in Driving Workplace Change

By Jill Krumholz | Posted on July 13, 2023

Raising employee awareness of the distinction between their intent and the impact they may have can avoid misunderstandings and boost honest communication.

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Medicaid blog 410

Important Changes Coming to Medicaid and CHIP Programs

By Allison Colman | Posted on July 12, 2023

During COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) temporarily waived certain Medicaid and CHIP requirements and conditions, preventing millions of people from losing their health insurance. These waivers have now expired and some states have resumed eligibility requirements — here's how to help your community navigate the changes.

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Where Community Grows in Columbus, Ohio — Episode 139

By Cort Jones | Posted on July 11, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we discuss how Columbus (Ohio) Recreation and Parks is creating high-quality, safe and inclusive spaces for the community so everyone can benefit from the power of parks and recreation.

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The Power of Connection: Juan Carlos Acevedo's Story of Finding Community at the NRPA Annual Conference

By Michael Biedenstein, CPRP, AFO | Posted on June 27, 2023

For Juan Carlos Acevedo, the superintendent of marketing and communications at the Wheeling Park District, the NRPA Annual Conference has been a pivotal experience toward building more diverse, equitable and inclusive park and recreation systems.

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John Blue 410

NRPA Resources Are Valuable for Parks and Recreation Newcomers

By John Blue | Posted on June 26, 2023

John Blue, the director of parks and recreation for City of Purcell, Oklahoma, shares how NRPA's resources have been beneficial for him when he switched to a career in parks and recreation.

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Where Community Grows in Glenwood Springs, Colorado — July Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 22, 2023

On the July bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into the story behind our annual Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest winner, City of Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation's therapeutic recreation program.

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Celebrating Pride Month in Parks and Recreation — Episode 138

By Cort Jones | Posted on June 13, 2023

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re looking back at some of our previous episodes discussing LGBTQ+ inclusion in parks and recreation.

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Addie Weaver blog 410

The NRPA Annual Conference: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Networking Opportunities

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on June 5, 2023

Addie Weaver, a Senior Recreation Supervisor at Washington Township RecPlex, recently shared her experiences at the NRPA Annual Conference and how they have influenced her ability to make an impact in her community.

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A Park User’s Guide to Family Health & Fitness Day: 7 Ways You Can Celebrate on June 10!

By Cina Makres | Posted on May 31, 2023

This year, Family Health & Fitness Day falls on Saturday, June 10. To help spark some ideas, we developed this short list of ways in which you can celebrate in your own community!

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Celebrating and Growing Our Public Sector Workforce

By Sara Agate, MPH, Esq. | Posted on May 31, 2023

Public Service Recognition Week, celebrated the first week of May since 1985, honors the people who serve our nation as federal, state, county, local and tribal government employees.

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How the NRPA Young Professional Network Is Amplifying the Voices of the Next Generation — Episode 137

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 30, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with the co-chairs of the NRPA Young Professional Network's publications committee, Rachel Smith, CPRP, operations manager at James City County Parks and Recreation in Virginia, and Colton Patak, program supervisor at City of Mason in Ohio.

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How Parks and Playgrounds Prepare the Next Generation for Sports Participation

By Nelly Musselman | Posted on May 26, 2023

Viewing parks and playgrounds as early sports development hubs for the next pro, college, high school or recreation league athletes really paints the picture of how important and necessary these resources are.

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Prioritizing the Health and Well-Being of Our Military Communities — June Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 25, 2023

On the June bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories, “Leading the Way to Health and Well-Being: How Armed Forces Recreation Fosters Healthy Military Communities.”

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Youth Sports Equity Grant: Exciting Selection Announcement!

By Nelson Musselman | Posted on May 18, 2023

With support from Musco Lighting, NRPA is providing funding and in-kind support to local park and recreation agencies to increase opportunities for physical activity that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

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How to Engage Your Community Through Product Fundraising

By Debbie Salat | Posted on May 17, 2023

Product fundraisers can bring funds and support to your park and recreation department. Follow these steps to engage your community through product fundraising.

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Celebrating How Parks and Recreation Keeps Communities Healthy and Connected — Episode 136

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 16, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we discuss Family Health & Fitness Day coming up on Saturday, June 10, with Cina Makres, an NRPA program specialist, and Daniel Hatcher, the senior director of strategic partnerships at Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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Mental Health is Health: How Parks Support Our Well-Being

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 15, 2023

As we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we asked NRPA staff to reflect on how local parks and recreation support their health.

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Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace

By Allison Colman | Posted on May 11, 2023

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, NRPA has made a commitment to prioritizing employee mental health, and we are inviting park and recreation professionals across the nation to join us!

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Developing Leaders at the NRPA Annual Conference: Maria Cepeda’s Story of Growth and Empowerment

By Hayley Herzing | Posted on May 10, 2023

Experiences at the NRPA Annual Conference have allowed Maria Cepeda, the special events and facility coordinator at Huntersville Parks and Recreation in North Carolina, to show up as a leader in many aspects of her career.

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CDBG blog 2023 410

HUD Community Development Block Grant: Funding for Parks

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on May 9, 2023

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

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4 Tips to Improve Pet Behaviors at Community Events

By Casey Dorman | Posted on May 8, 2023

Whether you’re planning an outdoor fundraiser at your park or hosting an educational event for kids, it takes a lot of planning to run a successful community event. Including pets in these activities adds another layer of factors you need to consider.

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The Importance of Data Visualization and Storytelling in Parks and Recreation

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP | Posted on May 4, 2023

While data collection and analysis are certainly important, we must also be intentional and thoughtful in how we present and tell our stories using data.

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Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing in Action

By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 3, 2023

We know that while the concept of a Community Wellness Hub may seem innovative, the work and ideas that contribute to a hub are happening every day. Here are some ideas for advancing each of the seven dimensions of wellbeing in your everyday practices.

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A Doomscroll Break: Parks and Recreation on Social Media — Episode 135

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 2, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with NRPA Marketing Coordinator Christina High about all things social media, why your agency should be using it, and how parks and recreation can be a positive corner of the internet.

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Aging Unbound: 5 Tips for Supporting Older Adults in Your Community

By Tiff Cunin | Posted on May 1, 2023

In celebration of Older Americans Month, NRPA's Supporting Healthy Aging through Parks and Recreation (SHAPR) grantees developed a short list of tips for supporting older adults in your community.

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New Study Shows Benefits Exceed Park Costs

By Austin Barrett and Kevin Roth | Posted on April 28, 2023

While telling the story of your local park and recreation agency is vital to advocacy, so is having solid research to rely on. The good news is that there is growing evidence of parks and recreation’s economic power.

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How to Build a Culture of Safety — May Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 27, 2023

On the May bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we dive deeper into one of this month's feature stories with Dr. William Ramos, a member of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and associate professor at Indiana University School of Public Health, and Nichole Bohner, the aquatics division manager for City of Round Rock, Texas, Parks and Recreation.

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Anti-LGBTQIA+ Legislation Doesn’t Reflect Parks and Recreation’s Values

By Allison Colman, Autumn Saxton-Ross and Kyle Simpson | Posted on April 26, 2023

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 734, a federal ban on transgender and intersex sports, challenging the very mission, vision and core values of NRPA.

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Make the Most Out of Your Time With Youth This Summer!

By Kent Hunt, CPRP | Posted on April 25, 2023

As we move closer to the summer camp season, here are some simple ideas that can be easily integrated into the trainings, programs and activities that you are already doing to enhance youth development within your programs.

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Reaching Your Community: Awareness Strategies for Your Park

By Aidan Augustin | Posted on April 25, 2023

Reaching out to your community may seem challenging, but there are several strategies you can use to get messages across. Learn more about these outreach tips.

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Website Branding Blog 410

Why Branding Matters for Your Agency’s Website Design

By Murad Bushnaq | Posted on April 19, 2023

By branding your agency’s website, your organization will be able to boost its credibility and expand its reach. Explore these key benefits and tips in depth.

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Earth Month Marion Pod 410

Celebrating Earth Month with Merrell and Marion, Iowa — Episode 134

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 18, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Regina Hill, the CSR marketing manager for Merrell, and Mike Cimprich, the city arborist for the Marion Parks and Recreation Department in Iowa.

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Funding Available: Urban and Community Forestry Program

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on April 17, 2023

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, the Urban and Community Forestry Program received a historic $1.5 billion to support urban tree-planting, urban forest planning and management, and related activities, particularly in disadvantaged communities

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50YearsEarthMonth blog 410

A Look Back: Environmental Attitudes 50 Years in the Making

By Lindsay Collins | Posted on April 17, 2023

In the April 1973 issue of Parks & Recreation magazine — 50 Earth Months ago — contributor Lloyd Barnhart authored an article titled, “Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Attitudes.” As the landscapes — literal and figurative — continue to change 50 years later, how are environmental attitudes and solutions changing with them?

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The Power of Partnerships for Pittsburgh’s Greenways

By Audrey Wells | Posted on April 14, 2023

Thanks to an NRPA Resilient Park Access Grant, the Pittsburgh Greenways Platform Partnership program is creating a more visible difference for the community and the Pittsburgh ecosystem at large.

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4 Video Creation Tips to Engage Your Parks Community

By Doug Scott | Posted on April 12, 2023

Video marketing can be a great way to promote your community’s parks and programming. Use these four tips to create engaging video content for your audience.

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City Planning With Parks in Mind

By Chandler Nobles, MS, CPRP | Posted on April 11, 2023

Parks are an essential component of a city’s green infrastructure and serve as a tool for achieving sustainable development. Here are a few ways that parks and recreation plays a role in green city planning.

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Inclusivity Within Parks and Recreation

By Dasha Russell | Posted on April 7, 2023

ePACT shares some of the things from the past year that have inspired them to celebrate and highlight the importance of inclusive recreation provided by local park and recreation professionals.

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Rec and Tech: The Use Case for Artificial Intelligence in Parks and Recreation

By Joe Pitti | Posted on April 6, 2023

Ironically enough, the use of technology may allow us to focus on the more human parts of our jobs. Here's how Joe Pitti, deputy director for health & community services and community engagement & programming for Town of Easton, Massachusetts, used AI to help his agency bring foundational documents up to date.

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Join Us for Family Health & Fitness Day on Saturday, June 10!

By NRPA Health Team | Posted on April 5, 2023

Family Health & Fitness Day is a nationwide celebration of the essential role local parks and recreation plays in keeping individuals, families and communities healthy and active. This year, Family Health & Fitness Day falls on Saturday, June 10, and we want YOU to help us celebrate!

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Reflecting on Earth Month: A Look Back at Sustainability and Climate-Focused Episodes — Episode 133

By Cort Jones | Posted on April 4, 2023

In celebration of Earth Month, we take a look back at a few Open Space Radio episodes from the past year focused on climate solutions, sustainability and more,

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Five Ways Parks and Recreation Is a Climate Hero

By Ayanna Williams, MSW | Posted on March 31, 2023

Break out the capes, this Earth Month NRPA is celebrating all the ways parks and recreation is a climate hero. Here are some ways you can be part of the celebration.

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AmeriCorps Volunteer Management Funding Available

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on March 30, 2023

Funding is currently available for park and recreation agencies from AmeriCorps to support increasing their volunteer recruitment and retention through management practices.

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Full Circle Ecological Programming: Engaging Your Community in All Parts of a Restoration Project

By Audrey Cooper, MNR, CPRP | Posted on March 29, 2023

Restoration projects often follow a four-phase framework. Audrey Cooper, MNR, CPRP, the planning and projects coordinator for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, shares ways you can engage your community in each phase.

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Mental Health Awareness Training Grant Opportunity

By Elyse Gentile | Posted on March 29, 2023

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has grant funding available to train individuals and personnel to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and de-escalate crisis situations.

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The Future of Work

By Sara Agate, MPH, Esq. | Posted on March 24, 2023

Sara Agate shares findings an predictions that could spark a new way of thinking and adapting when it comes to solving workforce problems in the public sector, e.g., parks and recreation.

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City Council Blog 410

Three Tips for Working With Your Local City Council

By Laura Tobler | Posted on March 23, 2023

It can often seem that your city council is a mystical being that makes choices for you. Here are some tips for how to successfully work with your local city council.

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Cal Dobbs 410

On a Cross-Country Mission to Advocate for Trans Rights — Episode 132

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 21, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Cal Dobbs (he/they), a transgender endurance athlete running across the country — from California to Florida — to fight for the inclusion of transgender people in sports and access to gender-affirming healthcare.

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Afterschool Repost 410

Afterschool Program Provider Survey Reveals Three Key Stressors Preventing a Return to Normal

By Nikki Yamashiro | Posted on March 20, 2023

While afterschool providers are increasingly reporting that they have been able to return to pre-COVID capacity limits, there are still nearly 1 in 4 providers (23 percent) who say they have not been able to return to their regular operational capacity.

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OnlineSurveyTools 410

Going Virtual: Common Free Online Survey Tools

By Austin Barrett | Posted on March 16, 2023

Park and recreation agencies commonly use surveys to get feedback from their communities. In our increasingly digital world, the need for online survey tools has expanded. Here is an overview of some online tools that are available.

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Field of Nightmares: Helping You Rest Easy About Your Event

By Josh Taylor, CMP, CPRP | Posted on March 15, 2023

Josh Taylor, the events manager for City of Trussville, Alabama, shares how your events can be transformed from the source of your insomnia into community traditions.

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EPA blog 410

$70 Million to Support Environmental Justice Through EPA

By Miriam Lamoreaux | Posted on March 14, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new funding opportunity to support park and recreation agencies and their community partners in their critical efforts to combat the impacts of climate change.

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Sports Tourism: What Does It Mean for You and Your Community?

By Chandler Nobles, MS, CPRP | Posted on March 13, 2023

Sports tourism generated over $90 billion dollars in economic impact across the US in 2021. Here's what that could mean for parks and recreation.

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Integrating Mentoring Into Park and Recreation Programming

By Austin Barrett | Posted on March 9, 2023

Here are perspectives on what some of NRPA's youth mentoring grantees have learned from their experiences establishing and running their youth mentoring programs.

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Mentoring: Adding Stars to Youth’s Solar Systems

By Austin Barrett | Posted on March 9, 2023

Read about NRPA's youth mentoring grantees and how their youth mentoring programs have improved outcomes in their communities.

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Finding Purpose With Morale, Welfare and Recreation

By Gregory M. Dunn | Posted on March 8, 2023

Gregory M. Dunn, a recreation specialist for City of Murphy, Texas, shares about the opportunities with morale, welfare and recreation, also known as armed forces recreation.

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Continuing a Legacy of Service to Create a Better World — Episode 131

By Cort Jones | Posted on March 7, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Norma Edith García-Gonzalez, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, to discuss how she's leading with equity, as well as L.A. County's recently adopted 30x30 plan.

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Improving the Youth Sports Experience

By Charnon Barnes | Posted on March 2, 2023

As park and recreation professionals, many of us interact with young people in our facilities and programs. Whether it’s through soccer, basketball or other physical activity programs, we all want to provide the best experiences for youth.

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Play Like a Girl: Keeping Girls Active for a Lifetime

By Nikki Taylor, CPRP | Posted on March 1, 2023

Making athletics a safe space for girls is vital to keeping them involved. It is essential to look at the big picture of how an active lifestyle contributes to a woman's overall health and well-being — not just a single game or season.

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How Lifeguarding Provided a Foundation for a First Responder — March Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 23, 2023

The March issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of this month’s articles, “From Lifeguard to First Responder” with Cole Munsey and Craig Pattenaude of Cosumnes Community Services District.

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Advancing Physical Activity and Health Equity Through Active Parks! — Episode 130

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 21, 2023

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing the Active Parks! Implementation Guide with Ken Rose, who leads CDC’s Physical Activity and Health branch and oversees national efforts to increase physical activity.

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Summer Camp Planning: 3 Themed Ideas to Keep Campers Engaged

By Olivia Mode-Cater | Posted on February 16, 2023

Your summer camp needs exciting themes to keep campers engaged and returning year after year. Explore this list of themed ideas to kickstart your planning.

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Better Together: The Value of Partnerships with Community Organizations in Parks and Recreation

By Chris McGregor | Posted on February 15, 2023

In 2018, the closure of the only full-service grocery store in the southside of Peoria, Illinois, placed a strain on the people living in some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the community. Here's how a partnership is helping to meet the health and wellness needs of community members.

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On a Journey to Spread Good Vibes and the Healing Power of Nature — Episode 129

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 14, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Merrell ambassador Will "Akuna" Robinson, about his outdoor recreation journey, which began in 2016 when he attempted to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail to help with PTSD from his previous military service.

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CAPRA Volunteers: Together We Grow Parks and Recreation — Episode 128

By Cort Jones | Posted on February 7, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Rod Tarullo, the director of parks, recreation and golf for City of Golden, Colorado, and Christi Giles-Reed, the community program coordinator for City of Dallas, Texas, about their experience serving as CAPRA volunteers.

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$2.4 Million in Funding Available to Support Youth Mentoring in Parks and Recreation!

By NRPA's Youth Mentoring Team | Posted on February 6, 2023

To support park and recreation professionals as they work to connect youth to positive experiences and caring adults, NRPA has two multi-year grant opportunities available for local park and recreation agencies and their community partners to support mentoring programs.

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Federal Earmarks Process — How to Win Funding for Local Park Initiatives

By Kyle Simpson | Posted on February 3, 2023

Whether you submitted a request for federal funding last year or you’re reading about this opportunity for the first time, here’s all the information you’ll need to successfully submit a project request with your congressional representatives.

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The Resilience of New Orleans Leading to Workforce Development

By Stephanie Dreher and Justin Taylor | Posted on February 3, 2023

The City of New Orleans, one of NRPA's Resilient Park Access grantees, is currently updating its master plan in an effort to increase equitable access to resilient parks.

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Create More Sustainable Parks Through Pollinator and Native Habitat

By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on January 30, 2023

Our new resource, Parks and Pollinators: Taking Action and Advancing Sustainability, provides tools to help you assess, plan and advance your efforts to support pollinators and biodiversity.

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Parks and Recreation Workforce Development Trends and Opportunities — February Bonus Episode

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 26, 2023

The February issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of the podcast, we’ll be diving deeper into one of this month’s feature stories with Tim Herd, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society.

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The Census: The Briefest of Overviews on This 200+ Year Event

By Melissa May | Posted on January 18, 2023

At a cost of roughly $96 per household (more than $15 billion), why do census results matter? What are they used for? And what does this have to do with parks and recreation?

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Honoring National Day of Racial Healing — Episode 127

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 17, 2023

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with Vicky Stott, the senior program officer for racial equity and community engagement at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Autumn Saxton-Ross, NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer, about how racial healing can advance racial equity.

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NRPA Celebrates I am a Mentor Day

By Lauren Kiefert, MPH | Posted on January 11, 2023

Mentors can make an indelible impact on a youth’s life. January 11, 2023, is I am a Mentor Day and an important part of National Mentoring Month.

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An Inside Look at Revenue Development and Management School — Episode 126

By Cort Jones | Posted on January 10, 2023

On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Bill Tschirhart, Debbie Woodbury and Matt Carusona to discuss the upcoming Revenue Development and Management School, taking place March 12-17,

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