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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.

Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department is using images to communicate inclusion to its community. Learn how they d...
11/04/2018
Communicating Inclusion Through Images

Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department is using images to communicate inclusion to its community. Learn how they do it!

The concept of inclusion can be weighted and thorny, but ultimately, it tells us who is entitled to participate.

It's time to "fall back." Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight!
11/03/2018

It's time to "fall back." Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight!

It was an awesome Heart Your Park Day of Service at Osa Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center in Corpus Christi, Tex...
11/03/2018

It was an awesome Heart Your Park Day of Service at Osa Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center in Corpus Christi, Texas!

We had an awesome group of volunteers this morning for our Heart Your Park - Tree Planting event sponsored by National Recreation and Park Association and CITGO Fueling Good. We had cool weather and sunny skies as we installed 30 new plants around our parking lot. Volunteers completed the task so quickly we were able to get a nice nature walk in before lunch.

Stay tuned for our next event in February!

To fight displacement, community engagement is key.
11/03/2018
How City Park Design Can Go Grassroots

To fight displacement, community engagement is key.

In gentrification-wary 2015, the term “park equity” carries troublesome new undertones.

Some of the best things in life come in bundles! Choose from one of six education tracks from the NRPA Annual Conference...
11/02/2018
NRPA Live Online Learning Bundles

Some of the best things in life come in bundles! Choose from one of six education tracks from the NRPA Annual Conference to grow your skills and earn CEUs.

New to the profession, inclusion, park design and maintenance and more!

Easily build customized reports and compare your agency to others to gain more funding support, improve operations and b...
11/01/2018
Measure Your Park & Rec. Agency’s Performance

Easily build customized reports and compare your agency to others to gain more funding support, improve operations and better serve your community.

Enter your agency’s data into NRPA’s in Park Metrics.

It's time to download your November Premier member desktop calendar featuring Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Reso...
11/01/2018

It's time to download your November Premier member desktop calendar featuring Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources! http://ow.ly/c3c530msuT8

10/31/2018

Don’t get spooked by voting! NRPA’s public policy team shares tips and resources in this election-themed Face-BOOO-k Live!

Press Release: NRPA Now Accepting Education Session Proposals for 2019 Annual Conference http://ow.ly/4kb930mr3eG #NRPAC...
10/30/2018

Press Release: NRPA Now Accepting Education Session Proposals for 2019 Annual Conference http://ow.ly/4kb930mr3eG #NRPAConference

10/30/2018
CAPRA Accreditation

In 2018, we're celebrating 25 years of giving communities the very best! Learn more about accredidation with NRPA and the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).
http://ow.ly/c5C230mr1Vz

Take the fear out of voting! Join NRPA's Public Policy team tomorrow for a Facebook Live event. We'll be discussing the ...
10/30/2018

Take the fear out of voting! Join NRPA's Public Policy team tomorrow for a Facebook Live event.

We'll be discussing the upcoming midterm elections as well as key issues being tracked by the NRPA Public Policy team, and more! Yes, there will be costumes.

In life, there are people you meet and immediately know you won’t forget. This mother is one of them.
10/28/2018
Making Billy Ray's Dream a Reality in Tacoma

In life, there are people you meet and immediately know you won’t forget. This mother is one of them.

This community center in the Eastside community of Tacoma would not have been built if it wasn’t for Shalisa.

What can cities do to address the disparities in access to nature that result from systematically imposed barriers on co...
10/28/2018
Cities Address Racial Disparities in Access to Nature

What can cities do to address the disparities in access to nature that result from systematically imposed barriers on communities of color?

Tidy park surveys and community input meetings advertised on city websites, alone, won’t do.

Does your organization create a program brochure? Help another park and rec professional out by joining the discussion o...
10/26/2018
Program Brochure Discussion

Does your organization create a program brochure? Help another park and rec professional out by joining the discussion on NRPA's forum, Connect!

"We are trying to decide if this is still worth the time and money to create a brochure..."

The NRPA Research team surveyed park and recreation agencies to better understand the scopes and missions of out-of-scho...
10/26/2018
Out-of-School Time Report

The NRPA Research team surveyed park and recreation agencies to better understand the scopes and missions of out-of-school time programs and their greatest challenges. Read the full report here!

Key study findings, interactive charts and more!

Press Release: Local Park and Recreation Agencies’ Out-of-School Time Programs are Leading Providers of Child Care Nat...
10/25/2018

Press Release: Local Park and Recreation Agencies’ Out-of-School Time Programs are Leading Providers of Child Care Nationwide

Learn more: http://ow.ly/e0YO30mnh6x

By keeping the #LightsOnAfterschool, afterschool programs inspire kids to learn, keep them safe and help parents.
10/25/2018
Celebrate #LightsOnAfterschool today!

By keeping the #LightsOnAfterschool, afterschool programs inspire kids to learn, keep them safe and help parents.

One million Americans are celebrating afterschool programs!

10/24/2018

Here's a sneak peak of our latest podcast, featuring Aaron Hipp, Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability at NC State College of Natural Resources! Listen to the full episode here: http://ow.ly/S2SO30mmrBu

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10/24/2018
Four Secrets to Help You Pass Your CPRP Exam

Your to-do list is a mile long, most days you have a meeting instead of lunch and you have enough career goals to fill a bullet journal. Sound familiar?

Here are a few tips here to help you hit one of the most impactful career milestones in our field.

In a county where more than 30% of residents have arthritis, this parks department is already reporting symptom improvem...
10/23/2018
Success Story: The Falconer Walkers Rock

In a county where more than 30% of residents have arthritis, this parks department is already reporting symptom improvement among its Walk with Ease participants.

Almost all participants have reported improvements in flexibility, strength, balance or endurance.

In a small Colorado town that was facing a gang and drug problem, Monte Vista Kids Connection plays an invaluable role.
10/22/2018
A Safe to Place to Be

In a small Colorado town that was facing a gang and drug problem, Monte Vista Kids Connection plays an invaluable role.

Monte Vista Kids Connection serves more than 70 kids ranging from age 3 to 18 through a summer and afterschool program.

Join us to learn how creating a health and wellness mentality in your whole community is possible. http://ow.ly/S1Sd30mg...
10/22/2018

Join us to learn how creating a health and wellness mentality in your whole community is possible. http://ow.ly/S1Sd30mgVrK

As recreation professionals, we are always looking for ways to make our parks and programs accessible and welcoming to a...
10/21/2018
Gender-Spectrum Inclusion for Recreation Professionals

As recreation professionals, we are always looking for ways to make our parks and programs accessible and welcoming to all members of our diverse communities.

Start by creating a welcoming environment for the gender nonconforming demographic.

Teens average as much as nine hours of their day on entertainment media, with tweens averaging nearly six hours daily.
10/20/2018
Give the Screens a Rest!

Teens average as much as nine hours of their day on entertainment media, with tweens averaging nearly six hours daily.

Screen-Free Week encourages families, schools and communities to trade digital entertainment for a week’s worth of offline fun

NRPA’s second major 10-Minute Walk city has successfully achieved 100% access to great parks for all! #10MinWalk
10/19/2018
Boston Reaches Major Parks Milestone

NRPA’s second major 10-Minute Walk city has successfully achieved 100% access to great parks for all! #10MinWalk

Congratulations, Boston Parks and Recreation!

10/19/2018
Boston Parks and Recreation Department

Congratulations to Boston Parks and Recreation Department, a dedicated NRPA member, for achieving success as the second major city to achieve the goal of ensuring that everyone has a great park within a 10-minute walk of home! #10MinWalk

WE DID IT!

100% ACCESS

This means all residents of Boston are just a 10 minute walk away from one of our parks.

#10minwalk

We can all play a role in preventing opioid overdoses in our communities and this toolkit offers practical solutions to ...
10/18/2018
The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit

We can all play a role in preventing opioid overdoses in our communities and this toolkit offers practical solutions to help those in need.

Park and recreation agencies play a key role in the prevention of opioid overdoses.

Asking your members of Congress to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund has never been easier!
10/17/2018
Save LWCF by Texting "PARKS" to 52886

Asking your members of Congress to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund has never been easier!

Before they leave D.C. for the winter, ask that they reauthorize the program.

We are looking forward to working with this team at The Coca-Cola Company and the City of Atlanta Government! They will ...
10/16/2018

We are looking forward to working with this team at The Coca-Cola Company and the City of Atlanta Government! They will be installing a trash interceptor on a tributary to the Chattahoochee River to collect garbage before it makes it way to the ocean.

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10/16/2018
NRPA Bookstore

We've taken the hard work out of picking your next book by creating a curated collection of reading choices just for you!

Books, merch and more!

Congress didn’t act before the deadline, and now the pressure is on. #SaveLWCF
10/15/2018
What's Next for LWCF?

Congress didn’t act before the deadline, and now the pressure is on. #SaveLWCF

They need to act before adjourning prior to the end of the calendar year.

Let this one sink in.
10/15/2018
State of Play

Let this one sink in.

The Real Play Coalition argues that play not only makes children happier and healthier, but also equips them with “the skills necessary to tackle humanity’s future.”

In addition to facing all the challenges most typical parks do, border parks must also address a unique set of concerns.
10/14/2018
Parks at Our Nation’s Borders

In addition to facing all the challenges most typical parks do, border parks must also address a unique set of concerns.

Drug trafficking and illegal border crossings can impact visitation, access, security and ecology.

Learn how Detroit is using its Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education Grant from NRPA and Sout...
10/13/2018
The Greening of Detroit

Learn how Detroit is using its Green Stormwater Infrastructure Community Outreach and Education Grant from NRPA and Southwest Airlines.

For nearly three decades, The Greening has shown how the environment can play a crucial role in the city’s revitalization, from economic development to job creation to creating sustainable neighborhoods.

Costume contests, parades, festivals and more: what are your favorite fall park traditions?Photo submitted by Evanston P...
10/12/2018

Costume contests, parades, festivals and more: what are your favorite fall park traditions?

Photo submitted by Evanston Parks and Recreation Center.

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22377 Belmont Ridge Rd
Ashburn, VA
20148

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Monday 08:30 - 16:45
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:45
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:45
Thursday 08:30 - 16:45
Friday 08:30 - 16:45

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