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  • 19 Oct 2016 4:23 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Exposure to the great outdoors comes with immeasurable health benefits, but as our lives continue to get busier, more confined, and more sedentary, it becomes harder to spend time outdoors. Humana and NPF are celebrating the significant health benefits of spending time in a national park. These benefits are highlighted in our new Owners Guide, Recharge in the Parks, which offers tips on how to improve wellness by replenishing and refreshing your mind, body, and spirit in a park. Download the guide today. Great things are ahead of you when you start with healthy!

  • 19 Oct 2016 8:19 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    What the video conference and read supporting documents HERE...

  • 12 Oct 2016 3:24 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    This annual study probes Americans’ usage of parks, the key reasons that drive their use and the greatest challenges preventing greater usage. Each year, the study probes the importance of public parks in Americans’ lives, including how parks compare to other services and offerings of local governments. The survey of 1,000 American adults looks at frequency and drivers of parks/recreation facilities visits and the barriers to that prevent greater enjoyment. Survey respondents also indicate the importance of park and recreation plays in their decisions at the voting booth and their level of support for greater funding.

    Discover more here.

  • 11 Oct 2016 9:00 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Parks are the infrastructure of our communities. The locus for daily walks and memorable civic events, parks represent the identity of place. Very few buildings achieve the iconic status of most parks. Ask anyone to meet in front of a notable structure and it will likely require an address. Choose a park as the meeting place and the question moves to specifics — By the fountain? At the entrance?

    In the United States, parks have been understood as essential to community health for the past 200 years, including Asa Grey's garden cemetery movement, Frederick Law Olmsted's Boston Fens and his "lungs of the city" metaphor associated with the design of Central Park in New York. These parks set a standard for improving ecological health through the plant and water systems of the park, and community health through clean air and access to nature. While designers anecdotally and through their own personal experience felt natural settings provided individual health benefits, a body of data supporting these theories had yet to exist.  READ FULL ARTICLE

  • 04 Oct 2016 9:59 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Elected officials listen to the public. That's why NRPA is launching the Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey, a new annual research series from NRPA that tracks the general public's interaction with and support for public parks. The survey results provide park and recreation professionals, policymakers and other key stakeholders with insights on what Americans think about parks and how they use them. NRPA will release new results from this survey each fall.

     In the inaugural survey we found:

    • Americans visit their local park and recreation facilities on average 29 times a year
    • 90 percent of Americans agree that parks and recreation is an important local government service
    • 75 percent support increased local government spending for parks and recreation
    • 70 percent say they are more likely to vote for local politicians who make park and recreation a funding priority
    • 3 in 4 Americans agree that conservation, health and wellness, and social equity represent what they see as priorities for parks and recreation



  • 21 Sep 2016 8:22 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Arizona Parks and Recreation Board of Directors has recently revised the scholarship assistance policies. Current APRA members seeking assistance for educational events such as annual conference, NRPA conference, certifications and trainings related to the field of parks, recreation and environmental conservation are encouraged to apply. 

    Details and Application can be found on the Scholarship Page of the APRA Website. 

  • 19 Sep 2016 11:38 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NRPA and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation are hosting a three-part webinar series for out-of-school time staff and will focus on best practices for implementing HEPA standards and overcoming common challenges at park and recreation sites. Each webinar will focus on a particular challenge that agencies across the country have expressed an interest in. Tune in to explore new resources, see real-life examples and learn how you can overcome challenges. The first webinar is this Wednesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. The webinar is free, but attendees can pay $25 for CEU credit. 

  • 14 Sep 2016 8:03 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The cable-free HeadSAFE Impact Tester from DTS is a sphere that simulates a child's head and is used to evaluate the safety of recreational surfaces like playgrounds. A built-in data logger with XYZ accelerometers captures impact data to calculate head injury potential. In an effort to help reduce playground head injuries, Diversified Technical Systems (DTS) introduces the HeadSAFE Impact Tester. Designed specifically for testing recreational surfaces, the portable full article here 

  • 12 Sep 2016 10:01 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Momentum for recycling tennis balls is building!  Check out the article in the New York Times US Open coverage about the emerging awareness and commitments to recycling tennis balls in America.

    NY Time Tennis Ball Recycling Article

    Please join us in making this important and popular sustainability option available in your community.  It is easy, low-cost, and really appreciated by tennis players.  We hate taking those unwanted balls home!

    Visit and see all of the cities and towns that now use the AD_IN Bin to make courtside tennis ball recycling work for them. 

  • 12 Sep 2016 8:29 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Members of Congress returned from the August recess this week and immediately got to work on several important bills. Read more.

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