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  • 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.

  • 06 Sep 2016 3:55 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)
    Always wanted to show how great Arizona parks and recreation facilities can be. Well now is your chance to make that thought a reality!

    NRPA is holding a contest for the photos that will be featured in our 2017 NRPA Premier Member Calendar — which all Premier agencies will receive!

    Find out how to enter your photos here.

  • 06 Sep 2016 3:49 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Did you know getting at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week can lead to improved fitness, strength and mental health, not to mention improved academic performance for the kiddos? Try out some of the great ways to get fit in your local parks and rec with your friends or family.  Click here

  • 06 Sep 2016 3:29 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    South Mountain Park and Preserve
    Trails Master Plan
    September Public Workshops


    Thank you to those who attended our public workshops in June.  We are excited to share the feedback we received and discuss how this information was used to help identify planning zones and conceptual trail alignments. 

    Joining us in September to review and comment on the conceptual trail alignments.

    We are including a Saturday morning workshop where park users can stop by and provide input as they leave the park. Click Here for dates and locations

  • 24 Aug 2016 9:06 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The Arizona Premier Trails System will include up to 100 premier trails. It will highlight various types of trails in the following 7 categories: Recreation, Interpretive, Historic/Cultural, Scenic, Water/Riparian, National Trails and Trail Systems. The APTS will offer a diversity of unique trails that inspire people to experience the State's magnificent outdoor environment and cultural history. The nomination and designation process is guided by a variety of criteria, requirements and procedures listed within the application. Nominations can be submitted for existing non-motorized trails. All trails must meet the criteria within the application. Only the trails with the highest scores will be eligible for inlcusion. Applications are subject to a review process. Once designated, the trails will remain on the system ist for a period of five years. At the conclusion of the five-year time period, the trail may be re-nominated, but must go through the application process again and compete with other trail applications for any opening. Click here for more information.

  • 16 Aug 2016 9:58 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Want your town or parks and recreation department to be part of the action. Click on the link below for more information on how to register. 

    Now is the time to get your town involved with two FREE MLB Youth Programs: Scotts MLB Pitch Hit & Run and MLB Jr. Home Run Derby. Pitch Hit & Run is a free and easily administered one-day program that provides boys and girls ages 7 to 14 the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities, while Jr. Home Run Derby is a similar event that allows youngsters to show off their hitting power. Both events have multiple levels and provide the kids in your community with the chance to advance all the way to the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week! For more information and to sign up to receive your free administrative kits please visit us at and

    Scott's Pitch Hit and Run

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