NRPA recognizes that close-to-home parks and recreation and the professionals who make it all happen are: essential.

Explore the resources below to learn more about the vital work being done by parks and recreation to ensure equity, to maintain health and wellness, and to enhance conservation of natural spaces in communities everywhere.










Fundamental Role of Parks and Recreation: Research

Parks and Recreation Is Essential

Parks and recreation and the professionals who make it happen are essential. Explore the research-based statements that showcase the fundamental role of parks and recreation.




Championing Our Stories

Park and Recreation Month

Every year we celebrate July as Park and Recreation Month. Join us as we highlight the stories of how our communities are more strong, vibrant and resilient because of parks and recreation.

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