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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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