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.

Are you working to ensure everybody in your community has access to opportunities to be healthy through local parks and ...
03/20/2019
RWJF–NRPA Award for Health Equity

Are you working to ensure everybody in your community has access to opportunities to be healthy through local parks and recreation? If so, you may be eligible for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NRPA Award for Health Equity. Apply now and #PromoteHealthEquity!

Applications are accepted through March 29.

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Time to get out and enjoy all your local parks have to offer. Photo by Northbrook Park Dis...
03/20/2019

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Time to get out and enjoy all your local parks have to offer.

Photo by Northbrook Park District

Host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition this spring for free!
03/19/2019
MLB Pitch, Hit and Run

Host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition this spring for free!

Local competitions take place until mid-May.

Get the know-how needed to build and execute effective marketing and communication campaigns that will help you connect ...
03/18/2019
NRPA's Online Marketing and Communications Certificate

Get the know-how needed to build and execute effective marketing and communication campaigns that will help you connect with your community!

Park and recreation professionals who are looking to gain focused training in marketing and communication strategies should enroll.

In today's episode of Open Space Radio, we take a moment to celebrate five years of Commit to Health and how we're makin...
03/18/2019
A Park and Rec Program Created 500,000 Healthier Youth

In today's episode of Open Space Radio, we take a moment to celebrate five years of Commit to Health and how we're making an impact nationwide. #CommitToHealth

We take a moment to celebrate this monumental achievement and look back at where we started and where we’re headed.

Join the NRPA Health and Wellness team to learn more about a new round of Play Space grant opportunities! #MeetMeAtThePa...
03/17/2019

Join the NRPA Health and Wellness team to learn more about a new round of Play Space grant opportunities! #MeetMeAtThePark http://ow.ly/hve830o0eRy

In a city where temperatures can soar well above 100 degrees on a summer day, Tempe, Arizona's new park improvements pro...
03/17/2019
Tempe Parks Get Some TLC

In a city where temperatures can soar well above 100 degrees on a summer day, Tempe, Arizona's new park improvements provide welcome relief.

We're highlighting noteworthy park projects in our parks transforming cities, towns and communities series.

This D.C. park plan is helping people purchase homes, finance businesses and get jobs.
03/16/2019
Why History Matters in Equitable Development Planning

This D.C. park plan is helping people purchase homes, finance businesses and get jobs.

In the second of three reports on the 11th Street Bridge Park project in Washington, D.C., the Urban Institute begins with a seven-page history of community and economic development in and around D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8.

It's time to go for the gold and sign up to host an Olympic Day event at your local park and recreation agency!
03/15/2019
Olympic Day 2019

It's time to go for the gold and sign up to host an Olympic Day event at your local park and recreation agency!

If you’d like to host an event, please register before April 15, 2019

Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates of Revenue Development and Management School!
03/15/2019
Revenue Development and Management School

Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates of Revenue Development and Management School!

It's the the most comprehensive and unique professional development program focusing on proven revenue management and development techniques.

We reached out to the chair of the Gold Medal Committee and the head judge to get answers to some of the most frequently...
03/14/2019
Some FAQs about the Gold Medal Awards

We reached out to the chair of the Gold Medal Committee and the head judge to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the application process.

Read on for Gold Medal FAQs!

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president, and while this is a big win for our industry, ...
03/14/2019
President Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president, and while this is a big win for our industry, the fight isn't over yet.

Here's a breakdown of what this means for us going forward.

There's still time to get the recognition you deserve!
03/14/2019
Apply for an award by March 29!

There's still time to get the recognition you deserve!

The National Recreation and Park Association awards programs highlight efforts of those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the community.

Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise to your fellow park and recrea...
03/12/2019
Share Your Speed Session Ideas!

Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise to your fellow park and recreation professionals? #NRPAConference

Proposals are to be submitted no later than March 30, 2019.

Press Release: The Walt Disney Company Commits $1 Million to the National Recreation and Park Association to Support Pla...
03/12/2019

Press Release: The Walt Disney Company Commits $1 Million to the National Recreation and Park Association to Support Play Spaces Nationwide #MeetMeAtThePark http://ow.ly/bG0130o1f72

Learn how park and recreation agencies can be key players in developing resiliency strategies in our upcoming webinar. h...
03/12/2019

Learn how park and recreation agencies can be key players in developing resiliency strategies in our upcoming webinar. http://ow.ly/zcHf30nLSMj

Find out exactly what this means for programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why this such a big win f...
03/09/2019
Congress Passes the Natural Resources Management Act

Find out exactly what this means for programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why this such a big win for our industry! #SaveLWCF

Thanks in large part to the efforts of NRPA members, this package will permanently reauthorize LWCF and provide a guaranteed amount in funding for the state assistance program.

Five years ago, NRPA embarked on a mission to change the way park and recreation agencies look at health and wellness du...
03/09/2019

Five years ago, NRPA embarked on a mission to change the way park and recreation agencies look at health and wellness during out-of-school times. Together, with our member agencies, we've accomplished so much. #CommitToHealth http://ow.ly/QUzk30nYHl5

As the demand for pet-friendly public space booms, Rich Dolesh, vice president for strategic initiatives at  NRPA, weigh...
03/08/2019
Are Dog Parks Exclusionary?

As the demand for pet-friendly public space booms, Rich Dolesh, vice president for strategic initiatives at NRPA, weighs in.

Not everyone loves your dog park. (A rendering of a future dog park in Chicago's Lincoln Yards development. Sterling Bay/Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)

Transform yourself and your agency with the NRPA Leadership Certificate!
03/07/2019
NRPA Leadership Certificate

Transform yourself and your agency with the NRPA Leadership Certificate!

Practical advice and applicable methods are offered in a robust online learning opportunity.

Enter for your chance to be featured on the July cover of Parks & Recreation in celebration of Park and Recreation Month...
03/07/2019
Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest

Enter for your chance to be featured on the July cover of Parks & Recreation in celebration of Park and Recreation Month! #GameOnJuly

We’ll be accepting submissions March 1 through March 30.

NRPA, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga hosted a two-day training event for a group of 10-Minute Walk campaign...
03/07/2019

NRPA, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga hosted a two-day training event for a group of 10-Minute Walk campaign cities awarded funding this year. Here are a few highlights!

To learn more about NRPA’s role in the #10MinWalk campaign, visit www.10minutewalk.org.

Photos, maps and videos tell the story of the successes and impact of funding from the Walmart Foundation. #CommitToHeal...
03/07/2019
Commit To Health Interactive Story Map

Photos, maps and videos tell the story of the successes and impact of funding from the Walmart Foundation. #CommitToHealth

Since 2010, grant funding from the Walmart Foundation has supported local park and recreation agencies in serving 90 million meals to nearly 5 million kids.

Show off your accomplishments and apply for the 2019 National Gold Medal Award!
03/06/2019
Bring Home the Gold!

Show off your accomplishments and apply for the 2019 National Gold Medal Award!

Submit applications for consideration by the deadline of March 29, 2019.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-NRPA Award for Health Equity is now accepting nominations! If you or a peer have work...
03/06/2019
RWJF–NRPA Award for Health Equity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-NRPA Award for Health Equity is now accepting nominations! If you or a peer have worked to ensure healthy equity in your community, apply today. The winner receives $3,000 and is recognized nationally. #PromoteHealthEquity

The nomination deadline is March 29, 2019.

Bring the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby to your city this spring!
03/06/2019
Jr. Home Run Derby 2019

Bring the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby to your city this spring!

Boys and girls can showcase their skills and advance all the way to the National Finals!

03/05/2019

Mayor of Chattanooga Tennessee, Andy Berke, Speaks on City’s Commitment to the 10-Minute Walk Campaign #10MinWalk

Press Release: Nearly 500,000 Youth Impacted by NRPA’s ‘Commit to Health’ Campaign  #CommitToHealth http://ow.ly/g...
03/05/2019

Press Release: Nearly 500,000 Youth Impacted by NRPA’s ‘Commit to Health’ Campaign #CommitToHealth http://ow.ly/gn9t30nVQ0i

According to the latest #ParkPulse Poll, local parks are among the top outdoor areas Americans visit to experience the h...
03/04/2019

According to the latest #ParkPulse Poll, local parks are among the top outdoor areas Americans visit to experience the health benefits of nature!
http://ow.ly/O0GA30nV3C9

Unsettlingly described as the “new normal,” today’s wildfires are burning faster and hotter and are behaving more ...
03/03/2019
Protecting and Managing Parklands to Reduce Wildfire Risks

Unsettlingly described as the “new normal,” today’s wildfires are burning faster and hotter and are behaving more unpredictably than ever before.

What are some of the parkland management tools being employed to successfully meet these new challenges?

Learn from 2018's National Distinguished Professional Award winner about the best way to be recognized as the champion y...
03/02/2019

Learn from 2018's National Distinguished Professional Award winner about the best way to be recognized as the champion you are! http://ow.ly/zDqq30nT68f

Dust off those cameras! We are now accepting submissions for the Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest to find the pho...
03/01/2019

Dust off those cameras! We are now accepting submissions for the Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest to find the photo that will grace the cover of the July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine! #GameOnJuly http://ow.ly/SeAG30nThr3

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22377 Belmont Ridge Rd
Ashburn, VA
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