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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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