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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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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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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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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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