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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This is a page for supporters of the National Recreation and Park Association. We encourage open discussion while keeping the messages and comments family-friendly. We continuously monitor our social media. Please note, we will mostly respond to posts within regular business hours. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our community commenting policy which is listed below. We reserve the right to delete posts containing any of the following elements: - profanity - personal attacks - willful misinformation - spam - any advertising that’s unrelated to the NRPA mission - off-topic / irrelevant posts - promoting violence - anything that infringes on copyrights or trademarks - promoting illegal or questionable activities If you repeatedly violate this policy, you will be removed from our page. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Mission: NRPA’s mission is to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

The June Health and Wellness Issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is here! http://ow.ly/eDmB30qIhCIImage: The cover of t...
05/21/2020

The June Health and Wellness Issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is here! http://ow.ly/eDmB30qIhCI

Image: The cover of the June issue. Tents lining a sidewalk in Los Angeles with the words "The Health and Wellness Issue"

As some park and recreation agencies begin to start youth sports activities again, the CDC offers considerations for way...
05/20/2020
Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events

As some park and recreation agencies begin to start youth sports activities again, the CDC offers considerations for ways in which you can protect players, families and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfecting: Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.

As some park and recreation agencies begin to convene youth summer camps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
05/20/2020
Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events

As some park and recreation agencies begin to convene youth summer camps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers considerations for ways in which camp administrators can help protect campers, staff and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfecting: Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.

05/20/2020

NYC is #GoingGreenforParkies on May 21 to celebrate park workers on the front line! The Empire State Building & iconic New York City Department of Parks & Recreation sites will glow green as a tribute to the dedication and perseverance of park workers around the world. Wear green this Thursday to support their efforts! 💚

Here's what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service waiver extension means for parks and recreatio...
05/19/2020
Child Meal Waivers Extended Through Summer

Here's what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service waiver extension means for parks and recreation.

Image: Martina Leforce, Berea Kids Eat Program director, helps prepare food for children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Berea College

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has extended three nationwide waivers from their original expiration...

Park maintenance employees have always been essential, but it's now clearer than ever.Image: A park employee mows grass ...
05/19/2020
The Invisible Essential Park Maintenance Hero

Park maintenance employees have always been essential, but it's now clearer than ever.

Image: A park employee mows grass near a playground.

At a time like this, during an unprecedented nationwide pandemic, heroes are found everywhere, and a new label has been given to them – “essential.” We are quickly coming to realize just how essential certain people are.

Join us Thursday for our upcoming #10MinWalk webinar. http://ow.ly/y5ca50y4nFqImage: Bright spring flowers in a park are...
05/18/2020

Join us Thursday for our upcoming #10MinWalk webinar. http://ow.ly/y5ca50y4nFq

Image: Bright spring flowers in a park are in the background, and webinar details are in the foreground.

05/18/2020

NRPA is currently seeking a Program Manager for our Health and Wellness team in the Programs & Partnerships department. The Programs & Partnerships team at NRPA works to improve quality of life through local parks and recreation across three pillars: health and wellness, conservation and social equity. This position's primary responsibility will be to provide detailed program support and management of key projects that further NRPA’s goals of advancing parks and recreation into community wellness hubs, connecting every member of the community to essential health and wellness programs and services that improve health outcomes.

Do not apply on Facebook. Find the full job description and apply here: http://ow.ly/FusD50xMo1P

Image: speech bubble with the words, "we're hiring"

Join us this Tuesday for a discussion with American Camp Association and National Summer Learning Association on plannin...
05/17/2020

Join us this Tuesday for a discussion with American Camp Association and National Summer Learning Association on planning summer camps. http://ow.ly/x9xZ50zHe25

Image: Camp counselors play with kids in the background, while webinar details are in the foreground.

With some creativity, staff at the East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation isn't letting the COVID-19 pa...
05/16/2020
Lights, Camera, Action…Coronavirus?

With some creativity, staff at the East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation isn't letting the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of its annual teen film festival.

Image: Jason Lang, Director of East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation, poses at a previous teen film festival.

The East Goshen Township (PA) Department of Parks and Recreation's "SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase" was planned and ready for another...

Happy #̶K̶i̶d̶s̶T̶o̶P̶a̶r̶k̶s̶ #ParksToKids Day! Join us in celebrating virtually today with National Park Trust!Image: ...
05/16/2020

Happy #̶K̶i̶d̶s̶T̶o̶P̶a̶r̶k̶s̶ #ParksToKids Day! Join us in celebrating virtually today with National Park Trust!

Image: A father walks his daughter across a footbridge at a park in Hopewell, Virginia. 📷: Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport 60+ Activity Center has evolved from class participant to volunteer to advoc...
05/15/2020
Older Americans Month: Volunteer for 60+ Activity Center in Oregon Advocates for Seniors

Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport 60+ Activity Center has evolved from class participant to volunteer to advocate. #HealthyAgingInParks #MakeYourMark #OAM2020

Image: Older adults pose for a picture at the Newport Parks and Recreation Department 60+ Activity Center.

Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport Parks and Recreation Department’s 60+ Activity Center in Oregon has evolved from class participant to...

Parks and recreation has a vital responsibility to keep swim lessons affordable, accessible and available to all members...
05/15/2020
How Parks and Recreation Can Create Safer Swimmers

Parks and recreation has a vital responsibility to keep swim lessons affordable, accessible and available to all members of the community.

Image: Children take swim lessons at an indoor pool.

As the impacts of COVID-19 are slowly making their way into aquatics, we need to look for different ways to keep our communities safe in and out of...

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.Image: A unicorn...
05/14/2020
Finding Your Unicorns

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.

Image: A unicorn shaped inflatable raft floats in a pool.

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.

This year, we're thinking a little differently about how we can help people become more "water aware" during National Wa...
05/14/2020
Honoring National Water Safety Month in New Way

This year, we're thinking a little differently about how we can help people become more "water aware" during National Water Safety Month. #MayIsNWSM

Image: National Water Safety Month logo with pool water in the background

This year, we are going to need to think a little differently about how we can help people become more "water aware" during National Water Safety...

Celebrate Parks to Kids Day on May 16 as the National Park Trust  helps communities celebrate safely. #KidstoParks http:...
05/13/2020

Celebrate Parks to Kids Day on May 16 as the National Park Trust helps communities celebrate safely. #KidstoParks http://ow.ly/Yzhg50zFoan

Image: Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Maricopa County Parks

It’s Water Safety Wednesday! According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 4 out of 10 parents surveyed reported that they have neve...
05/13/2020

It’s Water Safety Wednesday! According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 4 out of 10 parents surveyed reported that they have never been trained in infant and child CPR. Consider hosting virtual CPR courses in May! Get more tips from National Water Safety Month at https://nwsm.phta.org/.

Image: A button on a computer keyboard reads "Online Training."

We are strong. We are confident. We are selfless. We are passionate. We are driven. We are essential. #WeAreParksAndRecI...
05/12/2020
Download the Official Park and Recreation Month Logo!

We are strong. We are confident. We are selfless. We are passionate. We are driven. We are essential. #WeAreParksAndRec

Image: The 2020 Park and Recreation Month Logo

The official We Are Parks and Recreation logo will be available soon! Keep checking back as more materials will be released in the coming months, as well - like the outreach toolkit, calendar, poster and more!

The latest NRPA Parks Snapshot reveals that amenities that have been closed recently at a majority of agencies are begin...
05/11/2020
NRPA Parks Snapshot

The latest NRPA Parks Snapshot reveals that amenities that have been closed recently at a majority of agencies are beginning to fully reopen.

Image: Close-up of a hand resting on a calculator on top of a spreadsheet.

In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we take a look at some of the most common expense cutting measures, including hiring freezes and reducing...

Join us for May's premier member webinar this Thursday. http://ow.ly/Ujvb50zyU90Image: In the background, a mountain bik...
05/11/2020

Join us for May's premier member webinar this Thursday. http://ow.ly/Ujvb50zyU90

Image: In the background, a mountain biker uses a trail in San Tan Regional Park. Webinar details are in the foreground.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is growing recognition that access to parks and recreational spaces is not equ...
05/10/2020
Is COVID-19 Uncovering Park Inequities?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is growing recognition that access to parks and recreational spaces is not equitable.

Image: A person holds a mask to their face in a park.

Parks and Recreation Magazine - May 2020

We're inspired by these college students who will soon embark on the exciting journey of entering a new career in the fi...
05/08/2020
Parks and Recreation’s Next Generation | Open Space Radio

We're inspired by these college students who will soon embark on the exciting journey of entering a new career in the field.

Image: Headshots of Sean (left) and Mary Elise (right), with the Open Space Radio logo in the corner

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mary Elise Conzelmann and Sean Fitzpatrick, two inspiring students who are pursuing their...

Even though Price Rotary Senior Center has closed during the COVID–19 pandemic, Lynn Hoy hasn't stopped connecting with ...
05/07/2020
Older Americans Month: Recreation Coordinator Considers Senior Center Patrons Her Family

Even though Price Rotary Senior Center has closed during the COVID–19 pandemic, Lynn Hoy hasn't stopped connecting with her community. #HealthyAgingInParks #OAM2020 #MakeYourMark

Image: Lynn Hoy conducting a wellness check while practicing physical distancing with an older adult in her community.

Even though Price Rotary Senior Center had to shut down to keep older adults safe during the COVID–19 pandemic, Lynn Hoy continues to keep in touch...

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies and public libraries have deepened their partnership...
05/06/2020
Parks and Recreation and Libraries Working Together During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies and public libraries have deepened their partnerships to serve every member of the community.

Image: A person reads a book while lying on the ground.

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a new normal in communities across the country, park and recreation agencies and public libraries have deepened...

Swimming season may be delayed this year, but it’s never too early to teach kids about the risk of drowning and how to p...
05/06/2020

Swimming season may be delayed this year, but it’s never too early to teach kids about the risk of drowning and how to protect themselves. Learn more from National Water Safety Month at https://nwsm.phta.org/

Image: A child wearing goggles leans at the edge of an outdoor pool.

Make sure you're taking care of yourself while working from home to maximize your potential and reduce stress. Image: A ...
05/05/2020
Help! Working From Home Is Stressing Me Out!

Make sure you're taking care of yourself while working from home to maximize your potential and reduce stress.

Image: A person rubs their eyes as if they have a headache while working from home.

In parks and recreation where face-to-face interactions are the norm, requiring professionals suddenly to work remotely for an indefinite amount of...

The deadline to apply for a #PoolSafely grant to prevent drownings and entrapments has been extended to June 9! https://...
05/05/2020

The deadline to apply for a #PoolSafely grant to prevent drownings and entrapments has been extended to June 9! https://www.poolsafely.gov/grants-vgbfy20/

Image: Two kids play in a pool on a sunny day.

Park and recreation leaders are looking to the future as they develop plans for reopening facilities and programs. Image...
05/04/2020
NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 29 - May 1 Survey Results

Park and recreation leaders are looking to the future as they develop plans for reopening facilities and programs.

Image: A dirt path leads through a beautiful meadow full of wildflowers.

Park and recreation leaders are developing plans for the reopening of their facilities and programs as conditions permit, with most expected to follow a phased opening strategy. In this Parks Snapshot, we explore the most commonly cited amenities and program offerings anticipated to be part of the f...

Just released: Gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve your community with the newly released 202...
05/04/2020

Just released: Gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve your community with the newly released 2020 NRPA Agency Performance Review! http://ow.ly/m1Rd50zw2jC

Image: Infographic depicting key findings from the 2020 NRPA Agency Performance Review

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold rapidly in March, the amount of emails and discussions among a group of Norther...
05/03/2020
Collaboration in the Time of Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold rapidly in March, the amount of emails and discussions among a group of Northern Virginia park directors picked up.

Image: A person bikes through a park while wearing a mask.

Learn how a group of park directors built on well-established ties to provide a coordinated response and work through difficult decisions together.

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22377 Belmont Ridge Rd
Ashburn, VA
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Is there an easy way to see whether a city (example, Henderson, Nevada) has won an award from your association? I thought Henderson had been a winner of the Gold Medal - https://www.nrpa.org/our-work/awards/goldmedal - but I see no mention.
For those in the field of Parks & Recreation who hold this namesake television series near and dear to your heart, there is a special show tonight. Tune In TONIGHT! The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation Thursday, April 30, 2020; 8:00 pm ET/PT on NBC This new, half-hour special will highlight many of the show's most memorable moments, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Journey from the earliest stages of the show’s development to following the stars through to their emotional final day on set. You'll see all of your Pawnee favorites: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. A new virtual episode will immediately follow, not to be missed. Treat. Yo. Self. 8 pm tonight, on NBC Parks and Recreation at PaleyFest on YouTube Enjoy four Parks and Recreation appearances at PaleyFest, marking the first time we have made these events all available at the same time on the Paley YouTube channel. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVeOmkpnYTwRTrZkQA57OCilQOxoCqSo
How has your parks and rec department continued to offer services to the community during the COVID-19 epedimic?
I am looking for a group page that is made up of members who are responsible for the grounds maintenance of parks and trails. Trying to get feed back and information on how others are utilizing equipment and new technology for their daily maintenance challenges.
Went outside today to get some fresh air and do some walking. Got pictures of this Great Blue Heron in Millrace Park, Columbus Indiana Parks and Recreation. At this time please respect social distancing, but share pictures of nature in your Parks! I would love to see them. Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department
What guidance is everyone providing regarding public restrooms at this point? Are they staying open? Closed? Are you providing details regarding cleaning schedule? Louisville, Kentucky here: just trying to compare notes.
Join the CDC Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative According to new data released today, too many people in the US are not physically active. Inactivity differs by state, race, and ethnicity. The community environments that we create and maintain play a key role in this. Whether as an individual, a community, or an organizational champion, please join CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation initiative to help 27 million Americans become more active by 2027. #ActivePeople
What messaging services do you use to notify participants? We were using RainedOut.com, but it is not longer within our budget.
I'm looking for some resources in determining recreation center membership fees. Does anyone have articles or books or other resources that would provide different ways to determine membership fees? Thanks in advance!
Hiring in Carson City, Nevada.