New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association

New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association New Mexico Parks and Recreation The NMRPA is a member organization deveoted to promoting parks and recreation in the state of new Mexico. NMRPA is a dedicated, professional organization affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
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05/05/2021

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Are you looking for a training opportunity?

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02/16/2021

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What opportunities lie ahead for parks and recreation and youth sports as we see ourselves through the COVID-19 pandemic?

“There’s a unique opportunity to establish what youth sports can be."

Learn more in our new blog series: https://bit.ly/3pgnXCS

Photo: Aerial view of empty baseball fields.

The New Mexico Recreation & Parks Association is looking for members who are interested in serving on our Board of Direc...
11/24/2020

The New Mexico Recreation & Parks Association is looking for members who are interested in serving on our Board of Directors!

Join our team as we shape the future of parks and recreation in New Mexico and support our member agencies.

Directors must be members in good standing of NMRPA and serve three year terms. We meet monthly; eight times per year via teleconference and four times per year in person at various locations across the state. All board members are also encouraged to serve on a subcommittee of their interest.

We are currently seeking self-nominations for the positions of:
Treasurer-Elect
Education Member
Director at Large x 2

Message us for more info!

NMRPA Training SurveyLandscape Structures has offered to partner with us to bring you online webinars that will keep you...
11/20/2020
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NMRPA Training Survey
Landscape Structures has offered to partner with us to bring you online webinars that will keep you up to date with industry trends AND qualify for CEUs.

Take the survey below to let us know what topics you would like to see offered. Survey Deadline: November 30, 2020.

National Recreation and Park Association
11/13/2020

National Recreation and Park Association

A new report from NRPA explores youth sports offerings, partnerships, fees and registration, and equitable access. The report also takes a look at the impact of COVID-19 on youth sports during the summer and fall of 2020. nrpa.org/YouthSportsReport

Image: Cover of the report, titled Youth Sports at Park and Recreation Agencies

The latest NRPA Park Snapshot.  Great information as we navigate these unique times.  https://www.nrpa.org/blog/nrpa-par...
07/28/2020
NRPA Parks Snapshot: July 22-24 Survey Results | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

The latest NRPA Park Snapshot. Great information as we navigate these unique times.

https://www.nrpa.org/blog/nrpa-parks-snapshot-july-22-24-survey-results/

In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we found that three in four park and recreation agencies report receiving additional funding from a variety of sources to support their response to the pandemic and mitigate the impact of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls.

Recommendations for Keeping Parks and Green Space Accessible for Mental and Physical Health During COVID-19 and Other Pa...
07/28/2020
Recommendations for Keeping Parks and Green Space Accessible for Mental and Physical Health During COVID-19 and Other Pandemics

Recommendations for Keeping Parks and Green Space Accessible for Mental and Physical Health During COVID-19 and Other Pandemics

https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2020/20_0204.htm

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. PCD provides an open exchange of information and knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and others who strive to improve....

Looking for guidance on how to get outdoors during the pandemic? Check out the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines and learn...
07/16/2020
Recreate Responsibly

Looking for guidance on how to get outdoors during the pandemic? Check out the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines and learn how to protect the people and places you love while you get outside: https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/

#RecreateResponsibly guidelines for responsible recreation during COVID-19 from the outdoor community.

A great resource as we navigate opening strategies for little leagues.  https://www.littleleague.org/player-safety/coron...
05/22/2020
On-Field Guidance - Little League

A great resource as we navigate opening strategies for little leagues.

https://www.littleleague.org/player-safety/coronavirus-update/season-resumption-guide/best-practices/organizing-playing-watching-games/on-field-guidance/

Key Audiences: Players Parents/Guardians/Caregivers Managers/Coaches Umpires Healthy Practices: All players and coaches should practice good general health habits, including maintenance of adequate hydration, consumption of a varied, vitamin-rich diet with sufficient vegetables and fruits, and getti...

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
05/01/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Today I announced an extension of our modified stay-at-home public health order effective tomorrow, May 1, through May 15.

We are currently in the Preparation Phase for a safe reopening of our state. The data will be our guide, and the timeline depends on New Mexicans' actions.

Our prevailing public health order expires today; the new extension order will go into effect tomorrow. What's different? We are allowing some partial and safe reopening measures. Crucially, much of the order remains intact, particularly the directive to stay at home except for outings essential to health, safety and welfare.

Find the full orders and more information here: https://bit.ly/2KQZ7rj

Let's be very clear: The reopening of New Mexico depends upon New Mexicans.

Going out, not staying home, and gathering with people will worsen the spread of this disease. It will lead to more illness and death.

We cannot win this fight if we let our collective guard down. Stay home, slow the spread, and slowly but surely, we will be able to continue reopening.

The Trust for Public Land
04/26/2020

The Trust for Public Land

Before you head outside, check out these guidelines from the CDC to keep yourself and your community safe and healthy during COVID-19.

04/20/2020
Farmington Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs

Hey, New Mexico! Farmington Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Affairs is trying a Facebook Live theraband class tomorrow, April 21, at noon. Jump in and check it out!

We would also love to hear what you are doing in your communities to keep people active during the COVID-19 closures. We would love to share if you send us info!

Invite to LIVE 30 minute TheraBand class April 21, 2020 at noon.

National Recreation and Park Association
04/11/2020

National Recreation and Park Association

Local parks, trails and open spaces are needed now more than ever for mental and physical health. #ParkPulse http://ow.ly/VV4650zaeKl

Image: infographic depicting survey results

New Mexico Department of Health
04/09/2020

New Mexico Department of Health

Rates of hospitalization for #COVID19 increase with age. Please stay home. Continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds and dry with a clean towel. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces frequently. See report: http://ow.ly/w2cc50z9iFi
#stayhomesavelives #AllTogetherNM

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
04/07/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Today I finalized an emergency order extending the stay-at-home instruction and all #COVID19 public health orders through at least April 30th, including additional restrictions for essential businesses, including limiting the number of customers allowed in retail spaces.

New Mexicans continue to be instructed to stay at home except for emergency or essential outings. Non-essential businesses that had been ordered to close in-person operations must remain closed. Additionally, all retail operations that are essential businesses – including grocery stores – must limit the amount of people in the store to 20 percent or less of the maximum allowed occupancy of the space, limiting person-to-person contact and slowing the spread of #COVID19.

Reports of non-compliance can be made to [email protected] or to local non-emergency lines. The state of New Mexico will explore and put into use all mechanisms for enforcement. There are civil and criminal penalties for violating a public health order. This is life and death.

More information about the updated orders can be found here: https://bit.ly/34gG4zw

03/30/2020
NRPA Statement on Playgrounds and Play Structures During COVID-19 Pandemic | National Recreation and Park Association

Check out what the National Recreation and Park Association is saying about playgrounds and play structures during COVID-19.

#staysafe

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) understands the important value playgrounds and play structures provide to communities across the country, especially for children. But, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical distancing, limiting in-p...

03/27/2020

Nationally, more cities and states have implemented shelter in place orders, closed schools and businesses, and taken crucial measures to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. As these changes in policy and practice have been implemented, many questions regarding the safety of public playgrounds and play structures have emerged.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) understands the important value playgrounds and play structures provide to communities across the country, especially for children. But, given the current situation and the guidance from public health officials on physical distancing, limiting in-person social interactions, avoiding spaces where people congregate in close quarters, and the concerns around transmission of the virus being spread through surfaces, we believe that playgrounds and play structures should temporarily close in an effort to reduce community spread.

Many communities have already taken steps to close these spaces, including:
Posting signage
Wrapping equipment
Making public service announcements
Locking permanent fencing gates or installing temporary fencing
NRPA fully supports these decisions and efforts to protect public safety. However, we recognize these decisions involve a number of factors and should be made at the local level — consulting with public health officials and based on the local risk assessment.

While we believe that playgrounds and play structures should close, NRPA continues to support keeping parks, trails, and green spaces that provide adequate room for physical distancing open for the public to use in responsible ways that protect public health and safety. Through this outbreak, local parks, trails and open spaces have become even more of a haven and place of respite from the stresses of daily life and the uncertainty we face. We know the physical and mental health benefits that these spaces provide and urge them to remain open wherever possible, as outlined in our Joint Statement on Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Physical Distancing that is supported by more than 1,000 organizations nationwide.

The work you are doing is more critical than ever and we are working tirelessly to elevate all that you do. You can find stories from the field and updated COVID-19 resources for parks and recreation on our webpage. Thank you and stay well.

In gratitude,

Kristine Stratton
NRPA President and CEO

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
03/27/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

My administration made the very difficult decision, in close consultation with educational and health leaders, to extend public school closures through the rest of the academic year. We have to continue to take very aggressive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We know this has tremendous implications for families and students all across the state. This is part of a two-pronged plan my administration is crafting to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis.

We are in unprecedented times. Public health is our first and foremost priority. We will keep doing everything we can to keep kids, teachers, families and workers all across the state safe from this terrible virus.

Find more information about the closure extension here: https://bit.ly/3butL57

Follow the New Mexico Public Education Department on Facebook.

National Recreation and Park Association
03/26/2020
National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association

When people are stressed, anxious and socially isolated, as we are right now due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, having access to parks, trails and natural areas is even more important.

Image: Person jogging on a trail through a park.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
03/26/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

The hardworking state employees of the New Mexico Department of Health State Laboratory are working around the clock – literally, they are working 24/7 – to process as many COVID-19 tests as possible and get New Mexicans the essential health information they need. Please join me in thanking them!

New Mexico Department of Health
03/24/2020

New Mexico Department of Health

National Recreation and Park Association
03/20/2020

National Recreation and Park Association

Encourage your community to follow these social distancing guidelines when enjoying local parks and trails. #coronavirus #COVID19 http://ow.ly/oCu550yQp74

Image: infographic illustrating social distancing in parks

COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Associat...
03/19/2020
COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

Although your facilities may already be closed or will close soon due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can still support the older adult population in your community by calming their concerns and fears and letting them know ways they can remain healthy during this time.

New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association's cover photo
10/16/2019

New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association's cover photo

The reasons that draw people to their local parks demonstrate park and recreation agencies’ broad mission to be the cent...
10/16/2019
Engagement with Parks Report | Research | National Recreation and Park Association

The reasons that draw people to their local parks demonstrate park and recreation agencies’ broad mission to be the centerpiece of healthy, thriving, connected-to-nature communities. Whether spending time with friends and family, improving their health or reconnecting with nature after a hectic week, the reasons people visit their local park and recreation facilities are as diverse as they are.

https://www.nrpa.org/publications-research/research-papers/engagement/

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09/27/2019

Social at The Brewer’s Art, Baltimore, MD
NRPA Conference #nrpa #nmrpa

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