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  • 23 May 2016 5:51 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is warning hikers and campers of a dangerous threat this holiday weekend -- cartel assassins.

    Sheriff Paul Babeu is recommending anyone using back roads, campsites and trails in western Pinal County to be extra cautious and consider carrying a firearm if they are in any wilderness areas. full story here...

  • 03 May 2016 1:29 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    There is a significant new development regarding the potential spread northward of the Zika virus with implications for large portions of the United States. Parks and recreation can play an important role in the coordinated response to the spread of Zika virus disease. See also “Zika and Parks: What You Need to Know” in the May 2016 issue of Parks and Recreation magazine. NRPA will continue to provide information and updates to this emerging public health threat.


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  • 26 Apr 2016 1:59 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    House Republicans have introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act. This bill will not only deny thousands of hungry children meals during the school day, it will cut the number of kids parks and recreation agencies feed during the summer and impose budget-busting costs on our summer meals programs.  Learn more.

  • 06 Apr 2016 8:04 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The future looks bright as parks and recreation students at ASU work to uncover the beauty of nature. Read the article "The State Press" about student Henry White, a member of the Parks & Rec Student Association.

  • 30 Mar 2016 9:56 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    It is once again time for Arizona to complete a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). 

    Every 5 years the state embarks on this process in order to be eligible to receive Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) monies. The SCORP engages the public and recreation professionals in identifying statewide issues and priorities. These priorities inform the distribution of the LWCF monies.

    We are looking for 5 or 6 motivated, collaborative Recreation professionals from across the state to participate in a working group that will direct and review the SCORP process. We are estimating that the group will have to meet no more than 4 times between now and December, 2016 (no more than 2 hours each) and participants may also be asked to review and provide feedback on SCORP materials between meetings. The first meeting would be mandatory attendance. Any following meetings we will try to make other arrangements for those who may not be able to travel to meetings. 

    In addition to the SCORP working group, we will also be trying to work with APRA professionals later in the process to engage their constituents in discussing the identified statewide priorities and how these priorities reflect - or fail to reflect- constituent realities.

    Deadline to apply is mid-April.

    Those who are interested in participation should contact Dawn Collins, Chief of Resources & Public Programs at Arizona State Parks at (602) 542-7128 or

  • 28 Mar 2016 1:39 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.  - See more 

  • 28 Mar 2016 10:29 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

     The 2016 NRPA Field Report is the most comprehensive resource of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States.

  • 09 Feb 2016 9:32 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    February 9, 2016

    When President Obama's FY17 Budget Request is released on February 9, it will call for full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    In 2017, the President's budget calls for $900 million in conservation and recreation projects, through a combination of discretionary ($475 million) and mandatory ($425 million) funding, and pursues permanent authorization in annual mandatory funding beginning in FY18.

    This year’s budget proposes to fund projects across the country. A full list of those proposed projects is here, along with a map showing the range of projects across the country that will benefit from these investments, and a blog post about the President's proposal to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    If you have questions regarding LWCF please contact:

    Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs

    Office of the Secretary

    U.S. Department of the Interior


  • 28 Jan 2016 11:38 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission. 

    With the release of NRPA’s Economic Impact of Local Parks report, you now have resources that show policymakers, stakeholders and community members that public parks are also economic engines to their communities. Specifically, local and regional parks created nearly $140 billion in economic activity and were responsible for nearly 1 million jobs during 2013. Read Full Report...

  • 12 Jan 2016 10:39 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    MLB Pitch Hit and Run is a FREE program through a partnership with NRPA and Major League Baseball (MLB). NRPA helps to advance the values of baseball and softball in local communities.  In 2015, recreation departments from all 50 states participated in MLB’s Pitch Hit & Run (PHR) competitions.  PHR is a competition designed for boys and girls ages 7-14 and is FREE for both the hosting organization and the participant. Participants in this program have the opportunity to advance and play inside major league ballparks, including the National Finals during All-Star Week.

    For more information on how to host PHR in your community contact Tonya Forbrook  or Chris Gallagher.

    Please contact Colleen Pittard if you find you have additional questions after reviewing the website.

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