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  • 13 Feb 2017 12:59 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    This July, we're asking you to Get Your Play On! You can start getting ready for July now by downloading Park and Recreation Month graphics, proclamations, posters, calendars and more. You can use these materials to update your website, create promotional items or include them in your program guide — the possibilities are endless. We can't wait to celebrate the importance of play with you this July, so get started now! Stay tuned as we'll continue to roll out new materials as we get closer to July. 

  • 26 Jan 2017 8:37 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    With so much happening in the capital these days, even the most important conservation issues can be easy to miss. Here’s what you need to know to take a stand for public lands in 2017.  LEARN MORE 

  • 24 Jan 2017 10:36 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Lawmakers have quietly laid the foundation to give away Americans’ birthright: 640m acres of national land. In a single line of changes to the rules for the House of Representatives, Republicans have overwritten the value of federal lands, easing the path to disposing of federal property even if doing so loses money for the government and provides no demonstrable compensation to American citizens. READ FULL ARTICLE...

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:01 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Eager to see what mischief is being cooked up by your lawmakers?
    But are regular trips to the Capitol out of the question?
    The good news is that a website maintained by the Arizona Legislature lets you keep track of new bills, amendments and roll-call votes.
    You can even watch hearings and testify for or against measures from the comfort of your home. And no one will care if you’re in your pajamas.
    It starts at the main legislative web page:
    Read Full Article Here....

  • 23 Jan 2017 10:48 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    "This new white paper focuses on opportunities to reconnect bicycle and pedestrian networks through bridge rehabilitation projects. The paper, Improving Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity during Rehabilitation of Existing Bridges, was developed by Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants in collaboration with PBIC and FHWA to highlight opportunities for enhancing pedestrian and bicycle accommodations during rehabilitation of existing bridges. Bridges are critical links in the pedestrian and bicycle network and given complexity and technical constraints, it's especially important for practitioners to consider multimodal access and accommodations early in the planning process.  Read Full White Paper..

  • 23 Jan 2017 10:45 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Posted by the NRPA Public Policy Team:

    The 115th session of Congress kicked into high gear this week in Washington, and the wheels of government are starting to turn again. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have been sworn in and Republicans in the House have officially elected Rep. Paul Ryan (R–WI) to return as the Speaker of the House and oversee their legislative agenda for the next two years. Read full article...

  • 23 Jan 2017 10:20 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Sue Black, Director of Arizona State Parks, returns to the Park Leaders Show
    to talk about culture, visitation and the impact of parks on a state.

    Listen to part two HERE.
    Director Black offers compelling reasons why parks are important as whole to
    a state and individual parks to communities. It is not about the park, it is about what happens in the park.
    You can't listen to this interview with Director Black and not be proud to be involved in parks.

    And in case you missed it, listen to the 1st podcast HERE

    Arizona State Parks & Trails is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Director Black has a goal to win the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award this year. Throughout her career, Director Black has set high goals and then found a way to achieve it.

    Sue Black has been a director of two State Park systems, Wisconsin and Arizona, as well as Director of a County Park system. She brings a unique perspective to any parks conversation. Customers don't care about jurisdiction. Customers want to recreate. If different park systems are willing to work
    together, we can serve people better.

    As a previous Gold Medal winner with Milwaukee County Parks, and a finalist with Wisconsin State Parks, Director Black is working with her team to develop the culture to make Arizona State Parks a Gold Medal winner. Sue also shares the tragic story that led to Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park.

  • 23 Jan 2017 9:17 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Each year SORP recognizes and honors individuals and groups for their outstanding accomplishments in the field of outdoor recreation planning, management, research, and policy, as well as in service to SORP. For more information visit the nominations page.

  • 18 Jan 2017 7:59 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Arizona State Parks and Trails (ASPT) is offering funding for both motorized, non-motorized, and diverse trail projects. Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017 by 5:00PM

    Learn more are apply 


  • 17 Jan 2017 12:37 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NPRA pulled out the old crystal ball, gazed deeply and saw the future for parks and recreation in 2017. From virtual reality tours to data-driven budgets, we expect to see exciting changes that will reinforce how parks and recreation continue to lead the charge as innovators and vital community resources. Check out all the predictions and share your own in the comments.  

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