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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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