Akron OH 410

Summit Metro Parks Focuses on Inclusivity

By Meghan Doran | Posted on October 31, 2019

Summit Metro Parks strives to create a safe, accepting and inclusive environment through events and programs designed with special populations in mind. The park district has created educational pieces to inform the public of the center’s welcoming and inclusive environment, and how they can best support the initiative.

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Port St Lucie FL 410

Knocking Down the Barriers of Parkinson’s

By Patricia Roberts | Posted on August 7, 2019

The City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department is proud to be an affiliate of the internationally-acclaimed Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) Program; a non-contact, boxing-based fitness program, developed for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's disease to empower them to fight back and give them hope by improving their quality of life.

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Lisle IL 410

Unleashing the Creativity

By Anna Labedz | Posted on July 9, 2019

Creativity has no age limit! The Lisle Park District Senior Center community demonstrates this regularly, and seniors are able to share their talents with the greater Lisle area. The Senior Center offers a chance for older adults to express their artistic side through a program called Senior Perspectives which includes art experience classes featuring different drawing and painting techniques.

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All Abilities Tri4Youth Allows Everyone to Compete

By Julie Rocha | Posted on December 5, 2018

No one sits on the sidelines at the All Abilities Tri4Youth. For the second year, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and FACT Oregon proudly hosted the safe, fun, fully-accessible race that emphasizes inclusion.

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Goodyear AZ 410

A Healthier Generation of Older Adults for the City of Goodyear

By Richard Ortiz | Posted on April 9, 2018

Goodyear recently welcomed a new evidence-based physical activity program, Walk With Ease, which has been a huge success. The program has helped to improve overall physical activity engagement among all the participants, which in turn has resulted in observable improvements in physical function as well as social and mental health benefits.

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West Fork Park Playground Invites Everyone to Play

By Tina Stanton-Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted on January 22, 2018

In 2017, Green Township, Ohio issued a request for proposals to create an accessible and stimulating playground at West Fork Park. The end result was a playground that was appropriate for all ages and abilities and included eight play zones.

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Lakewood, Colorado, Commits to Park and Play for All!

By Jayna Lang | Posted on November 7, 2017

Carmody Park is an incredibly special place, because it is Lakewood’s first universal playground, offering kids of all ages and abilities the chance to play, without limits, alongside each other.

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Marylanders and the Fight Against Arthritis

Posted on September 19, 2017

In an effort to empower residents to take an active role in their health and wellness, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County is now offering the Walk With Ease program.

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Exercise is the Medicine Being Prescribed by SPAR

By Marissa Carbine | Posted on September 6, 2017

The Walk With Ease Program was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and is beneficial for anyone looking to engage in physical activity, but especially for those suffering with arthritis.

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Walking Is Fun When You Walk With Ease!

By Vicki Mongan | Posted on August 10, 2017

A grant from NRPA allowed Southgate Recreation & Park District to offer the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program to older adults. The WWE program is a low-impact group-based walking program designed for people with arthritis.

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Baltimore City Partners with Special Olympics Maryland to Provide Recreational Opportunities to over 600 Athletes

By Robert Signor | Posted on August 10, 2016

Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks’ Therapeutic Recreation Division has continued to expand its strong partnership with Special Olympics Maryland. This partnership has allowed the Special Olympics program in Baltimore City to increase the number of athletes participating in community based programming and in programming geared toward individuals in day care programs.

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Experiencing Nature through a Multi-Sensory Trail

By Desiré DeGrange | Posted on February 24, 2016

Nestled in western Maryland is a nature park that is one of Frederick County’s true jewels. Catoctin Creek Park captures the imagination of visitors every day as guests enjoy not only historical elements in this one hundred and thirty-nine acre park, but also miles of trails and the County’s newest green energy efficient nature center.

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Inspiring Family Involvement at SEASPAR

By Daniel Hatcher | Posted on January 7, 2016

Recreation agencies play an important role in creating healthy communities. As part of our Commit to Health partnership, my colleagues and I regularly lead workshops for park and recreation staff across the country. Today, I am excited to share an interview with Dawn K., program manager of SEASPAR - Special Parks and Recreation.

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San Jose Shuts Down Streets and Opts for Play at Inaugural Viva CalleSJ

By Kari Davisson | Posted on January 6, 2016

Viva CalleSJ is an innovative and free program that temporarily closes miles of San José streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. The inaugural event was held on October 15, 2015, in Downtown and Eastbound San José.

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Partnering for Veterans Health

By John R. Sefton, Jr. | Posted on August 25, 2015

Launching in December 2013, West Valley Veterans were invited to participate in a new fitness program for veterans recovering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fitness program called ‘ActiVet’ is held at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, Arizona.

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Trail Rescued from Vines

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 8, 2014

An ailing economy meant fewer resources for pathway upkeep along Miami-Dade County trails. One trail system in particular that became overgrown and impassable meanders through a 50-acre natural hardwood hammock preserve — a canopied forest unique to Florida — within the 116-acre Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, a regional park located in a densely populated area. - See more at: http://staging.nrpa.org/success-stories/?pg=9#sthash.GkxYFV5D.dpuf

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Obesity Prevention for Youth and Special Populations

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on January 8, 2014

Youth enrolled in Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department (LPRD) programming were introduced to an innovative, new nutrition education program. As a Serving Kansas Communities grantee, LPRD received support to their free summer lunch program and training to provide a childhood obesity prevention curriculum for its camps.

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New Pavilion Serves a Trailhead Meeting Spot

By National Recreation and Park Association | Posted on December 8, 2013

For more than two decades, Lubbock, Texas, residents who lived in the densely populated community surrounding Hoel Park had longed for an off-street place to stroll. “The trail has been a request for probably over 20 years by trail users and neighborhood groups in that part of Lubbock,” says Randy Truesdell, parks and recreation director for the City of Lubbock, Texas.

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