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  • 20 Nov 2014 8:00 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    You may be wondering how and when do you submit your annual numbers for the 10 Million Kids Outdoors initiative? Well, we are shifting the reporting period to align with the calendar year, so stay tuned for an email in January 2015 with a link to the annual report survey. Keep in mind you will be asked to report the number of kids you have reached with nature and outdoor adventure programs between January and December 2014.

  • 20 Nov 2014 7:59 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Are any of the kids that you've reached through the 10 Million Kids Outdoors initiative now working to improve the environment in your community? If so, nominate a student for the annual President’s Environmental Youth Award by December 31, 2014 to acknowledge their great work and your community

  • 19 Nov 2014 10:15 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Sports equity has come a long way since Katherine Switzer was assaulted for running in the Boston Marathon in 1967, but many strides must still be taken before women can find true equality in modern sports. This month Parks & Recreation Magazine tackles the topic of sporting equality by exploring the history, the data and asking are we doing enough for women and girls to play and compete in sports?

    Click here to read “Sports: It’s (Still) a Man’s World" in the November Parks & Recreation. 

  • 18 Nov 2014 8:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Check out IMBA Region Director Patrick Kell's blog for all of the latest news on mountain bike advocacy and trail development in the southwest region. This month, he talks about trail design happening now in Caliente, NV, (over 40 miles) and in southwest Utah; the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society working toward more technical trails even after being named an IMBA Ride Center; trail advocacy work happening in the Prescott, AZ, area; regional mountain bike events you don’t want to miss and Patrick's planning for 2015.  Read more...

  • 13 Nov 2014 1:14 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Troops for Fitness program seeks to hire veterans to teach fitness and nutrition classes in order to inspire healthier and more active lifestyles. To date, Troops for Fitness has been implemented in eight communities with the goal of engaging 200 veterans across 12 communities. Learn more about Troops for Fitness.

  • 13 Nov 2014 12:23 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Park & Recreation Facility Management Certificate Program is a two-year course that develops skills in planning and managing parks, facilities and asset management. With budgets stretched and facilities aging, asset management is critical to the long-term financial sustainability of park and recreation systems. The course ends with each participant completing a capstone project at their respective park and recreation agencies or park districts. The Certificate Program is held in conjunction with Indiana University's Great Lakes Park Training Institute at scenic Pokagon State Park in northeast Indiana February 23-26, 2015.

  • 11 Nov 2014 9:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Nobody values your community's parks more than your community's residents, so, NRPA is hosting a webinar, presented by MindMixer on how to best engage your residents and use their insights to make your community better. Please join us for The Evolution of the Community Conversation, on Wednesday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

  • 10 Nov 2014 2:16 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The second round of participants have been selected for the NRPA Fund Your Park crowdfunding platform. Participants include the City of Forest Lake, Minnesota; Coconino County Parks and Recreation, Arizona; Delaware State Parks; Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Colorado; PBC Parks and Recreation, Florida; and West Bend Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Wisconsin! Their fundraising journey begins on November 24, so keep an eye out for their exciting projects.

    Click here to learn more about Fund Your Park.    

  • 10 Nov 2014 2:14 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The campaign ads are off the airwaves and another Congressional midterm election is in the books. The results of the Congressional elections will usher in a new class of elected officials. With the GOP taking control of the Senate and strengthening their majority in the House there certainly will be an impact on three very important legislative priorities for parks and recreation, namely the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s State Assistance Program, funding for active transportation and the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. NRPA’s Dave Tyahla breaks down the results and what you need to know on Open Space.

    Click here to read more about the 2014 midterm election and the impact on parks and recreation.

  • 04 Nov 2014 7:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The city of Peoria joins the ranks of the elite park and recreation agencies and departments across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2014 NRPA Congress and Exposition held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more...

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