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  • 02 Jul 2015 10:15 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The City of Avondale is pleased to announce that it has hired Kirk Haines as the new director of its Parks Recreation and Libraries Department. Haines joined the department this week, replacing former Director Christopher Reams, who retired in March after being with the City for over a decade.

    Haines was selected following a national search for a new director to oversee the myriad of programs and services offered by the Parks, Recreations & Libraries department.  Prior to joining Avondale, Haines was employed by the City of Peoria, AZ, where he served for over 15 years as parks manager. Prior to that, Haines managed the Parks and Recreation division for the City of Des Moines, Iowa, for three years, and served as a Parks Development Manager and Recreation Supervisor for the City of Westminster, Colorado

    In his new role, Haines will oversee 26 staff members, 178 acres of developed parks, over 300,000 square feet of facilities, two libraries and a $5.75 million budget.

    "Avondale is pleased to welcome Kirk Haines to our management team,” said David Fitzhugh, Avondale City Manager. “He brings a wealth of experience that will serve our growing community.”   

    Haines is the current president of the Arizona Park & Recreation Association, an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association, is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, and obtained his master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University, and bachelors degree with an emphasis in recreation management from Michigan State University.

  • 29 Jun 2015 10:30 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Is your community interested in improved neighborhood sustainability and resiliency? Perhaps you are embarking on a significant project that will help improve your community through such efforts as green infrastructure or even a new urban park?

    Global Green is seeking applications for the 2015 Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments, which are no-cost technical assistance awards. Global Green will guide you using its nationally recognized method for creating walkable, resource-efficient and equitable neighborhoods and will provide extensive and intensive consultation. Global Green is supported in this effort from the US EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

    Click here to review the details and access the application.  

  • 29 Jun 2015 10:28 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Last week, parks and recreation and NRPA were featured as part of USA Today’s reporting and content. In the article, “For low-income kids, meals aplenty this summer,” USA Today examines the critical importance of summer meal programs. The article focuses particularly on the role local parks and recreation play in these efforts. 

    Also launched last week is the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best Urban Trail. You’ll see many NRPA member agencies' trails represented and NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane as an expert on the panel. USA Today readers’ votes will create the final list of the 10 best, so vote for your favorites and share with others! The voting for the trails will run until July 20.  

    Click here to see the urban trails up for vote on USA Today 10Best.  

  • 09 Jun 2015 12:26 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NRPA began celebrating Park and Recreation Month in July in 1985 — 30 years ago! This July they want everyone to throw it back to the 80's. That’s why NRPA is launching a Throwback Thursday Instagram Video Challenge. Show how gnarly you or your friends, family, coworkers and community members can be in a 15 second Instagram video. We’ll be awarding an $85 Amazon gift card every Thursday starting July 9 to our favorite 80s video posted on Instagram with the hashtags #JulyPRM30 and #JulyTBTChallenge. So dust off those leg warmers and pull out those Members Only jackets and get ready for this epic challenge!  

    Click here for more information, inspiration and the official rules.

  • 09 Jun 2015 12:18 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    If more funds are what you need to get a park and recreation project off the ground, consider tapping a creative source — crowdfunding. Crowdfunding enables you to generate monetary donations all online and NRPA offers the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to parks and recreation. Applications for the next round of Fund Your Park campaigns are now open and your project could be featured. If selected, you’ll also have the added support and resources from NRPA to help you create a strong campaign.

    Click here for more information and to apply for Fund Your Park. 

  • 01 Jun 2015 11:38 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program is now accepting applications for community-led conservation and recreation projects. This program can help state and local parks and recreation departments create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources with free on-location facilitation and planning expertise from NPS. This is a great way to get assistance with important conservation projects such as greenways, blueways and more! Check out the program and submit your intention to apply by July 15. Applications are due August 1.

    Click here for application information. 

  • 01 Jun 2015 11:37 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Prevention Institute (PI) and the Movember Foundation have released a funding announcement for the Making Connections for Mental Wellbeing Initiative. The funding opportunity seeks applicants who can design multi-sector, collaborative approaches for mental health and wellbeing among high-need communities such as boys and men of color and their families, and/or military and veteran communities/families. Eight to ten sites will be selected to receive awards of up to $150,000 for a one-year planning period and park and recreation agencies are eligible. There is a two-part application process that begins with submitting a letter of interest by Friday, June 12.

    Click here to download the funding announcement and guideline kit. 

  • 01 Jun 2015 11:36 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Help spread the word that swimming lessons save lives. Make sure your aquatics facilities are registered to host a World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) on Thursday, June 18. When you register, you’ll receive access to a WLSL Host Location Kit including: the curriculum for the lesson, promotional and press materials to help you drive participation for your event and what you need to do to have your facility included as part of the Guinness World Record count. You have until this Friday to register and join in the world-record setting, global event.

    Click here to register your aquatic facilities. 

  • 26 May 2015 8:26 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The benefits of parks seem obvious – bringing social, cultural and environmental impact while at the same time working to minimize pollution and crowding. But is it also possible to demonstrate how an investment in public parks can provide an economic return? Read full article...

  • 18 May 2015 1:05 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    July is getting closer and closer and that means it’s time to add your July events to our Park and Recreation Month calendar and map! We’ll collect submissions now through the end of July and start promoting them to the public on June 8. Feel free to add any of your July events to the calendar for promotion. And events don’t have to be huge to be included! Even if you are just hanging posters, doing a town proclamation or supporting Park and Recreation Month via social media, add your agency as a supporting organization!

    Click here to add your agency to the Park and Recreation Month calendar of events.

    Click here to learn more about Park and Recreation Month and get your toolkit materials. 

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