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  • 04 Mar 2015 9:08 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    APRA members, here is an opportunity for one lucky parks and recreation department or summer camp to win a new BCI Burke playground.

    The Grand Prize winner has their choice of the $14,380 Burke playground pictured in the email below OR a $5,000 shopping spree through the Burke catalog. Entries are being accepted online until May 15. The winner will be selected via random drawing on or about May 22.

    To enter the contest, qualified parks and recreation departments/agencies and/or summer camps need to complete our online market survey. All entrants will receive a copy of the survey results (if desired).

    The entry form for the contest is located here:

  • 03 Mar 2015 10:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    This year three big pieces of legislation are up for reauthorization — MAP-21, LWCF and the Child Nutrition Act — and chances are at least one of them affects your agency’s work. This Thursday, NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Dave Tyahla and Deputy Director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Margo Pedroso will talk about the importance of transportation legislation, including MAP-21, and how you can be part of saving this critical legislation.

    Click here to register for this FREE webinar on Thursday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

  • 03 Mar 2015 10:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Recently, Leadership for Healthy Communities released a brief that outlines the important role quality youth recreation programs play in improving health and promoting positive youth development especially among underserved populations. The brief provides supporting research and offers policy recommendations that can be leveraged with leaders at the federal, state and local levels to help you promote and gain support for your high-quality programs for youth in the community.

    Click here to download and read the report.

  • 26 Feb 2015 2:01 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    IMBA has one last trail school in Arizona! Jordan and Lani of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in:
    Sierra Vista: March 13-15
    You are invited to join the crew as well as the local groups for the weekend.
    The visit features IMBA's Trail Building School, which is a great opportunity to hang out with like-minded trail lovers while learning about building and maintaining sweet, sustainable singletrack. Click here for details

  • 24 Feb 2015 3:19 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Each year, American Trails and the Coalition for Recreational Trails honor the nation’s most outstanding projects funded by Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant monies. If your chapter was involved with a significant RTP-funded trail project, consider nominating it for this annual achievement award. Projects will be honored on Capitol Hill in June during Great Outdoors Month, and it would great to have mountain bike trail systems represented. Deadline is April 1.

  • 24 Feb 2015 3:17 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Nonprofit groups have until March 6 to apply for a $100,000 trail assistance grant from Bell Helmets. In the Bell Built grant program's third year, IMBA and Bell are seeking applications for an advanced, technical trail to be built in 2015 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting begins the week of March 16 and will determine the ultimate winner. Learn more and apply.

  • 18 Feb 2015 10:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Host Location registration for the 2015 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) is now open. New this year, all Host Locations will teach their lessons at 10 a.m. in their local markets as the lesson travels around the globe over the course of 24 hours. In prior years, aquatic facilities hosting WLSL events conducted lessons simultaneously at 3 p.m. GMT.
    The 2015 event will mark Team WLSL’s sixth Guinness World Record attempt for the largest swimming lesson ever conducted.  Visit to learn more.

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Federal Highway Administration has just released a new Annual Report on the Recreational Trails Program. The 2014 report was produced by American Trails in partnership with contractor KMS Enterprises, Inc. It highlights program funding and administration, the RTP database, and illustrates how states use funds with examples of trail projects across the country. It also documents the many benefits of the program and national trends and issues affecting trails. Read more and download the report...

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:23 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Land and Water Conservation Fund channels federal offshore energy royalties to caring for public lands. Many cities have developed thriving urban parks thanks to LWCF matching grants that led to public and private investments that fuelled economic and cultural revitalization in neighborhoods close to the urban core. If Congress does not act to reauthorize the LWCF before September 2015, it will expire, putting park projects across the country at risk. Read more...

  • 04 Feb 2015 9:09 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday named a former Wisconsin parks official and soccer team owner as the new executive director of the Arizona state park system.
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