National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.
NRPA is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks and recreation opportunities. Founded in 1965 through the merger of 5 national organizations dedicated to the same cause, NRPA has grown over the years - in total membership, in outreach efforts, in building partnerships, and in serving as the voice and defender of parks and recreation. NRPA is dedicated to educating professionals and the public on the essential nature of parks and recreation. Through learning opportunities, research, and communications initiatives, we strive to generate significant public support for our movement in order to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities. We also advocate for increased national funding for parks and recreation through federal grants and initiatives that support healthy lifestyles, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. We are the hub for connecting advocates, professionals, suppliers and government leaders so that, together, we can achieve common goals and further advance our movement. NRPA is funded through membership dues, conference and event sales, and charitable contributions. These funds are used to conduct research, education and policy initiatives on behalf of the movement. NRPA is a non-profit organization organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia.
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Mission: NRPA’s mission is to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

This Park and Recreation Month, we're celebrating YOU. Enter the Parks & Recreation cover contest by March 30. #WeArePar...
02/23/2020

This Park and Recreation Month, we're celebrating YOU. Enter the Parks & Recreation cover contest by March 30. #WeAreParksAndRec

Image: Kids at a rec center are playing with a staff member and wrapping them up in streamers.

March's digital edition of Parks & Recreation magazine is here! http://ow.ly/w4aJ50yrUbWImage: the cover of the March is...
02/20/2020

March's digital edition of Parks & Recreation magazine is here! http://ow.ly/w4aJ50yrUbW

Image: the cover of the March issue of Parks & Recreation magazine

02/19/2020
Product Spotlight: Groundsmaster 3300 by Toro

Check out Toro's brand new mower, the Groundsmaster 3300, which was designed to be easy-to-use for long periods of time. Watch the full video here: http://bit.ly/32gTdYE

Video: Cort Jones, NRPA Communications Manager, speaks with Boyd Montgomery, Toro Regional Business Manager.

Critical funding for parks and recreation is at risk, and we need your help!Image: Park staff talk with a group of youth...
02/18/2020
Tell Congress to Reject Park and Recreation Funding Cuts

Critical funding for parks and recreation is at risk, and we need your help!

Image: Park staff talk with a group of youth near a river.

The White House recently released its fiscal year 2021 budget request, but unfortunately, it once again included several unnecessary cuts, or even complete elimination, of federal programs that are critical in making local park and recreation projects possible.

With warm weather right around the corner, it's time to refresh your skills with our online Splash Pad Certificate progr...
02/18/2020
NRPA Splash Pad Certificate

With warm weather right around the corner, it's time to refresh your skills with our online Splash Pad Certificate program.

Image: A child plays in a splash pad at #ParksBuildCommunity at the 2019 #NRPAConference

You will gain the expertise needed to plan, design, operate and maintain a splash pad.

For Luke Bolinger, becoming a CPRP was all about making a difference.Image: Luke Bolinger, CPRP
02/17/2020
CPRP Certification: Find Your Why

For Luke Bolinger, becoming a CPRP was all about making a difference.

Image: Luke Bolinger, CPRP

Luke wanted to provide someone, somewhere, at some time, experiences like they had as a kid and young adult.

Teen programming that focuses on developing job skills and instilling organizational values is the foundation for creati...
02/16/2020
Addressing Social Equity Through Teen Programming

Teen programming that focuses on developing job skills and instilling organizational values is the foundation for creating a recruitment pipeline.

Image: Teenagers wearing helmets and holding ropes look up as they are about to begin climbing a rock wall.

What if there was a way to address social equity and create a pipeline for staffing by changing teen programs to attract more participation?

The winners of the 2019 RWJF-NRPA Health Equity Award can tell you the effort of applying is well worth it! Image: Tina ...
02/15/2020
A Closer Look at the RWJF-NRPA Health Equity Award

The winners of the 2019 RWJF-NRPA Health Equity Award can tell you the effort of applying is well worth it!

Image: Tina Fleming and Lindsey Jorstad receive their award at the 2019 #NRPAConference

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-NRPA Award for Health Equity recognizes an individual, or team of no more than two individuals, who has successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities in their community within the past two years.

Happy Valentine's Day to all the passionate, selfless park and recreation professionals who make communities better ever...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day to all the passionate, selfless park and recreation professionals who make communities better every day!

Image: On the left are the words, "I love my local parks and rec," with "love" represented by a heart symbol. On the right, a park professional plays with kids.

Jende Smith shares how NRPA resources and certifications help her keep up in the always-changing aquatics industry. Imag...
02/13/2020
Member Spotlight: Jende Smith, CPRP, AFO

Jende Smith shares how NRPA resources and certifications help her keep up in the always-changing aquatics industry.

Image: Jende Smith, CPRP, AFO

She says, "Once you jump the hurdle and start to be proactive rather than reactive, it really changes the dynamic and changes the tasks you can complete and minimizes stress."

We’re looking for 31 professionals whose stories we can highlight to celebrate Park and Recreation Month! Image: a park ...
02/12/2020
Submit Your Nominations: Celebrating YOU this July

We’re looking for 31 professionals whose stories we can highlight to celebrate Park and Recreation Month!

Image: a park ranger smiles into the distance as a tarantula sits on their left shoulder

Photos and stories are due on March 30!

Encourage your community to stay healthy with the #CommitToHealth Foods of the Month challenge! Image: A split image, fe...
02/11/2020
February Commit To Health: Foods of the Month

Encourage your community to stay healthy with the #CommitToHealth Foods of the Month challenge!

Image: A split image, featuring a glass of water on the left, and avocados and a small bowl of olive oil on the right

Challenge kids and their families to try new foods at home with each month's Foods of the Month Challenge Sheet!

Join us for a webinar on safer alternatives to a popular weed killer this Thursday. http://ow.ly/1FMC50y2tbdImage: a bac...
02/11/2020

Join us for a webinar on safer alternatives to a popular weed killer this Thursday. http://ow.ly/1FMC50y2tbd

Image: a background of dandelions with webinar details in the foreground

Solutions to global problems can start at a local level, with park and recreation professionals who are tackling wellnes...
02/10/2020
How Park and Recreation Professionals Are Agents of Change

Solutions to global problems can start at a local level, with park and recreation professionals who are tackling wellness challenges every single day. #AOC20

They're discussing their presentation at the Agents of Change Summit this week.

Learn how conversation corps programs are inspiring youth and young adults to become park stewards.Image: A group of you...
02/09/2020
Developing a More Diverse Generation of Park Stewards

Learn how conversation corps programs are inspiring youth and young adults to become park stewards.

Image: A group of youth pose for a photo in matching green tshirts holding cleanup gear.

n addition to developing park infrastructure, today’s corps intentionally focus on developing a new generation of conservation professionals..

The decision for park and recreation professionals to carry naloxone has sparked a debate. Image: Narcan nasal spray
02/08/2020
The Naloxone Debate — To Carry or Not to Carry

The decision for park and recreation professionals to carry naloxone has sparked a debate.

Image: Narcan nasal spray

One of the most popular and widespread response strategies to the opioid crisis is focused on expanding access to naloxone.

The staff at Mount Airy Parks and Recreation partnered with the local community to rally around kids affected by the opi...
02/06/2020
Skate Party Targets Kids Touched by Opioids

The staff at Mount Airy Parks and Recreation partnered with the local community to rally around kids affected by the opioid crisis. #MentoringInParks

A community skate and pizza party was held for the purpose of bringing together children who have lost parents to the opioid crisis through overdose or incarceration.

Lauren Eck shares how you can reap the rewards of a more satisfying and successful career.Image: Lauren Eck, CPRP poses ...
02/06/2020
How Earning Your CPRP Helps You Step Up Your Professional Game

Lauren Eck shares how you can reap the rewards of a more satisfying and successful career.

Image: Lauren Eck, CPRP poses for a photo while hiking

Obtaining this invaluable credential in the park and recreation field is a great way to refine your knowledge, further your career and stay committed to the profession.professional game.

This new program is meant to fast-track green space development across Philadelphia. Image: a new park that was built  b...
02/05/2020
‘IKEA, but for Parks’ Project Streamlines Community Green Space Development

This new program is meant to fast-track green space development across Philadelphia.

Image: a new park that was built by community members with help from Park in a Truck

It’s all part of the proof-of-concept for a new program called “Park in a Truck,” meant to fast-track green space development across the city — by putting the authority and responsibility for that space in the hands of community members.

These four park agencies changed their communities for the better, and in the process, won national recognition for thei...
02/05/2020
Get Inspired by Past NRPA Innovation Award Winners

These four park agencies changed their communities for the better, and in the process, won national recognition for their efforts.

Image: Seniors exercise during a fitness class

The four winners are profiled in NRPA's Innovation Guide.

We need photos of the amazing people who work every day to give communities access to great park and recreation opportun...
02/04/2020
Be Featured in NRPA's National Campaigns

We need photos of the amazing people who work every day to give communities access to great park and recreation opportunities!

Image: A park professional poses for a photo with a person at a local fishing derby.

Your photos will help NRPA continue to advocate for the importance of parks and recreation through our national campaigns, reports, magazine and more.

Join the discussion as an NRPA member updates and improves their current community relations plan. Image: Illustration o...
02/02/2020
Connect Trending Topic: Community Relations Plan

Join the discussion as an NRPA member updates and improves their current community relations plan.

Image: Illustration of the words, "trending now," stamped in a red box

Share your experiences!

True leadership means standing the heat and doing what needs to be done for the betterment of your community and park ag...
02/02/2020
Leading with Courage

True leadership means standing the heat and doing what needs to be done for the betterment of your community and park agency.

Image: Origami boats on a wooden surface following a red origami boat in the leading position.

At the heart of leadership is the act of courage.

The western monarch count was less than 30,000 in 2019, which is 1 percent of their original historical levels, but you ...
02/01/2020
Western Monarchs: Just Hanging on by a Limb

The western monarch count was less than 30,000 in 2019, which is 1 percent of their original historical levels, but you can help.

Image: A monarch butterfly feeds on a milkweed plant.

Low counts could mean extinction for western monarchs.

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle! Image: Crossword puzzle and pencil
02/01/2020
Parks & Recreation Crossword: February 2020

Test your park and recreation knowledge and download NRPA's monthly crossword puzzle!

Image: Crossword puzzle and pencil

The winners will be randomly selected and notified February 28

Join us for a webinar this Tuesday! http://ow.ly/NHqo50y4eJWImage: A park professional gives a high five to a kid on a t...
01/31/2020

Join us for a webinar this Tuesday! http://ow.ly/NHqo50y4eJW

Image: A park professional gives a high five to a kid on a tennis court. In the foreground is a graphic with webinar details.

Park and recreation professionals work to provide access to healthy food in communities nationwide. #ParkPulse http://ow...
01/31/2020

Park and recreation professionals work to provide access to healthy food in communities nationwide. #ParkPulse http://ow.ly/JWur50yabYC

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We are proud to announce that we have been designated one of 2020’s Best Workplaces for Commuters in the nation! Image: ...
01/30/2020
NRPA Recognized Nationally as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2020

We are proud to announce that we have been designated one of 2020’s Best Workplaces for Commuters in the nation!

Image: a group photo of National Recreation and Park Association employees by a pond at NRPA headquarters

NRPA gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work and be at their best before, during and after their workday.

Today we celebrate #ThankYourMentor day by looking back on the messages park professionals had for their mentors. #Mento...
01/30/2020
Park Professionals Thank Their Mentors, Have You?

Today we celebrate #ThankYourMentor day by looking back on the messages park professionals had for their mentors. #MentoringInParks #MentoringMonth

Image: Karen O’Donnell, director of City of Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation, with one of her mentors, Jayna Lang, playing with kazoos

Mentors often transcend the titles of “teacher,” “coach,” and “role model.”

NRPA Board Member Greg Weitzel has learned that giving time and knowledge “to help a young professional” returns “far mo...
01/30/2020

NRPA Board Member Greg Weitzel has learned that giving time and knowledge “to help a young professional” returns “far more than you can ever imagine.”

Learn more about NRPA’s #MentoringInParks: http://ow.ly/3US350y1cLQ #MentoringMonth

Image: NRPA Board Member Greg Weitzel

“Being a mentor is a lesson in inspiration,” said Jennifer Nguyen, NRPA communications manager. “Students taught me abou...
01/29/2020

“Being a mentor is a lesson in inspiration,” said Jennifer Nguyen, NRPA communications manager. “Students taught me about innovation and dedication.” Learn more about NRPA’s #MentoringInParks initiative: http://ow.ly/3US350y1cLQ #MentoringMonth

Image: NRPA Communications Manager Jennifer Nguyen

“The true value of the Gold Medal Award is that it represents a quality of life that our citizens can be proud of,” says...
01/28/2020
Apply for the National Gold Medal Award by March 27!

“The true value of the Gold Medal Award is that it represents a quality of life that our citizens can be proud of,” says Duane Strawn, CPRP of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department.

It honors communities that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices.

As a chaperone for her church’s youth group, NRPA’s Audrey Fox says, “I don’t have to be their parent to want to help fo...
01/28/2020

As a chaperone for her church’s youth group, NRPA’s Audrey Fox says, “I don’t have to be their parent to want to help foster a love of service.” Learn more about NRPA’s #MentoringInParks initiative: http://ow.ly/3US350y1cLQ #MentoringMonth

Image: NRPA Communications Specialist Audrey Fox

This summer, enhance participant safety at camps, both day-to-day and in an emergency. http://ow.ly/82Nd50xYiGYImage: In...
01/28/2020

This summer, enhance participant safety at camps, both day-to-day and in an emergency. http://ow.ly/82Nd50xYiGY

Image: In the background, kids surround their camp counselor. In the foreground are webinar details.

Create, administer and act on a community needs assessment and use the data to strengthen your agency in both the short-...
01/28/2020
New NRPA Community Needs Assessment Resource

Create, administer and act on a community needs assessment and use the data to strengthen your agency in both the short- and long- term.

Image: Kids surround a park ranger giving a nature lesson at a summer camp.

The NRPA Community Needs Assessment Resource will guide you through the entire community needs assessment lifecycle.

“Mentoring is the role-modeling that complements academic and experiential learning,” said NRPA Board Chair Jack Kardys....
01/27/2020

“Mentoring is the role-modeling that complements academic and experiential learning,” said NRPA Board Chair Jack Kardys. Learn more about NRPA’s #MentoringInParks initiative: http://ow.ly/3US350y1cLQ #MentoringMonth

Image: NRPA Board Chair Jack Kardys

How will you and your staff kill weeds when glyphosate is banned?Image: a close-up of garlic mustard, an invasive weed
01/26/2020
Weeding Through the Thorny Debate on Glyphosate

How will you and your staff kill weeds when glyphosate is banned?

Image: a close-up of garlic mustard, an invasive weed

It is likely that many cities and counties will enact new bans on the chemical in the coming year.

“It’s been so rewarding and inspiring to see the bonds that form in one week,” said NRPA Public Relations Manager Suzy N...
01/26/2020

“It’s been so rewarding and inspiring to see the bonds that form in one week,” said NRPA Public Relations Manager Suzy Nathan, about mentoring her church’s youth group. Learn more about NRPA’s #MentoringInParks initiative : http://ow.ly/3US350y1cLQ
#MentoringMonth

Image: NRPA Public Relations Manager Suzy Nathan

You don't have to be in management to be a true, courageous leader.Image: Origami boats on a wooden surface following a ...
01/25/2020
New Podcast: What Does It Take to Be a Courageous Leader?

You don't have to be in management to be a true, courageous leader.

Image: Origami boats on a wooden surface following a red origami boat in the leading position, with the Open Space Radio logo in the bottom right-hand corner

Good leadership is essential to the smart growth and sustainability of a park and recreation agency.

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When will the gold medal award winners be announced?
We look forward to meeting everyone at NRPA 2019!
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