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  • 21 Jul 2014 6:04 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As tuition prices rise and the job market remains volatile, many folks are asking whether college or grad school is worth the investment. For folks eyeing the park and recreation industry, that question can be particularly fraught as young professionals consider their career track – administration, programming, coaching, etc. – and whether those goals can be achieved by working one’s way up the ranks or cobbling together a combination of work experience and educational achievements outside the industry. Meanwhile, on the other side of the lectern, educators are trying to prove their mettle as stewards of park and recreation history and conduits of invaluable experiential knowledge. “Learning Curve,” July’s Parks & RecreationMagazine cover feature, explores the state of education in our field, taking a close look at the relationship between today’s students, educators and practitioners and what it takes for each to succeed and stay relevant.


    Click here to read “Learning Curve,” by Samantha Bartram.

  • 21 Jul 2014 6:02 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)


    The CDC just released the State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014. This report reveals that more safe and convenient places are needed for Americans to be physically active in their communities. The report specifically calls for increasing access to parks and recreation facilities as a critical environmental support to encourage increased physical activity. According to the report, less than 38 percent of the U.S. population lives within a half mile of a park and just over half (54 percent) of youth have parks or playground areas; recreation centers, community centers, boys’ or girls’ clubs; and sidewalks or walking paths available in their neighborhoods. Yet, those with access to neighborhood infrastructures that support physical activity are more active. Use this report to be proactive in working with your state health department to continue efforts to improve access and establish policies that make it easier to be physically active in your community.

    Click here to read the State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014.
  • 17 Jul 2014 11:04 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NRPA

    If you're looking for a creative way to fund your next project, consider applying for a spot on NRPA's new crowdfunding site. Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies that can bolster community support and funds. NRPA is looking for 5 to 10 projects to profile for crowdfunding on the platform during the initial crowdfunding period. Applications are due by July 25. Learn more.


  • 14 Jul 2014 2:30 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    If you’ve just entered into a new fiscal year, now’s a great time to gather up your previous year's data and update or start your PRORAGIS profile. Once you do, you can create powerful reports to answer questions, address pressing issues and more effectively manage assets. Educate, advocate and plan with PRORAGIS.

    Click here for more information on PRORAGIS.


  • 14 Jul 2014 2:28 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Parks have power undefined economic, health, environmental power and more. Fact is, we believe, parks are the most powerful aspect of every community. This is the main message in the new “Power of Parks” Prezi developed to articulate the benefits you bring to a community. Check it out and share it with your community.

    Click here to watch the “Power of Parks” Prezi.


  • 14 Jul 2014 2:27 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Last week the Department of the Interior announced the funding amount for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program — federal funding, matched dollar-for-dollar, that helps you protect open space and provide quality outdoor recreation opportunities to all people. NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane met with Interior Secretary Jewell and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on the day of the announcement and details that meeting and the significance of the $43 million going to parks and outdoor recreation on Open Space.

    Click here to read “What You Need to Know About LWCF Right Now.”


  • 10 Jul 2014 12:42 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Funds are tight undefined it's a reality you deal with day in and day out. And you're always looking for new ways to complete projects that provide the resources your community needs. Whether its a trail that needs new signs or a community soccer team that needs new equipment, sometimes it's the smaller projects that have the most impact.

    That's why NRPA is launching Fund Your Park undefined a new and creative way that agencies can bolster community support and funds.


    A new NRPA member benefit, Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies. We are now soliciting applications for projects to profile for crowdfunding on the platform. In this initial crowdfunding period, we will select 5 to 10 projects to profile.  Learn more about this new resource and apply today

  • 09 Jul 2014 9:42 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    These awards are one of Arizona’s most prominent for the environmental community and it is time to submit projects to win the coveted Crescordia in each category. The program has grown significantly over the last 34 years and now encompasses 21 categories.  This year, in addition to the statewide SRP Environmental Stewardship Award, there will be the statewide Governor’s Award for Energy and Technology Innovation.  As Arizona Forward grows, so do the opportunities for awards throughout the state!


    You can find details about the Call for Entries here.

    (1) share this opportunity within your company and

    (2) share it with others you may know that would be eligible

    The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2014. The prestigious Crescordia and Merit awards will be awarded at the dinner on September 20 at The Westin Kierland Resort. This exciting event typically draws upwards of 600 business and civic leaders.

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Arizona Forward office at 602.240.2408. And you might want to follow Arizona Forward on Facebook, too!


  • 08 Jul 2014 11:42 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski recently introduced the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The bill seeks to increase the number of children from low-income families receiving healthy meals over the summer, reduces the paperwork burden for private companies partnering with the government, provides children with transportation to summer meals sites and offers an additional meal to children attending evening school programs. These changes if instituted would be very beneficial for park and recreation agencies with feeding programs. NRPA is one of 40 organizations that endorsed the Gillibrand-Murkowski’s Summer Meals Act.

    Click here for a summary of the Summer Meals Act from our partners at FRAC.

  • 08 Jul 2014 11:41 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As the leaders inspiring, organizing and creating healthy communities, park and recreation agencies take note. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize is up for grabs for 10 communities. This prize is awarded to whole communities that are working collectively to build a culture of health and create solutions that give everyone the opportunity for a healthy life. Winning communities receive a $25,000 cash prize and their accomplishments will be shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. As the entities often spearheading or bringing together leaders, organizations, citizens and more on health and wellness, this prize is a great way to show the impact collaboration can have to inspire healthy living. Applications are due Sept. 17, 2014.

    Click here for more information on the RWJFCulture of Health Prize.

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