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  • 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

  • 29 Jun 2016 2:44 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The rankings were done by the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization that aims to create public parks and protect land for community use.

    Just falling short of California, Arizona was one of the highest ranking states on the list for number of cities mentioned.

    Find out where Phoenix and other local city parks ranked.

    ParkScore 2016 ranking

  • 24 Jun 2016 8:30 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Park and Recreation Month is a way for hundreds of park and recreation agencies across the country to share and promote a unified message: the importance of parks and recreation in health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local and community parks. By participating in this annual campaign, your park and NRPA both receive additional exposure.  Find out some creative ways to celebrate here.

  • 22 Jun 2016 8:05 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    (CNN)Every year, almost half a million (PDF) children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions.

    In fact, a study published in the June 20 edition of the journal Pediatrics estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher, possibly between 1.1 million and 1.9 million annually. Read Full Article...

  • 14 Jun 2016 4:22 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As the Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, scarce funding threatens its ability to fulfil its basic mandate of preserving America's iconic scenic, historic and recreational sites for the public's enjoyment.

    Congress has been tightening the agency's purse strings. Annual appropriations, which make up about 88 percent of NPS's roughly $3 billion budget, declined 8 percent between 2005 and 2014 after adjusting for inflation, according to a report in December from the Government Accountability Office.

    As a result, park superintendents are being forced to do more with less -- particularly with fewer staff.  Read Full Article...

  • 06 Jun 2016 11:53 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Applications are officially open for the next round of crowdfunding projects to be hosted on Fund Your Park — the only crowdfunding platform dedicated to parks and recreation. Applications are due July 7 and projects will launch August 23. This is a great opportunity to raise funds for a project your community is ready to rally behind. Unlike other crowdfunding sites, NRPA is here to help you through the process by sharing best practices, reviewing your campaign strategy and tactics, and sharing updates through the month-long campaign.  Learn More and Submit Your Application

    Lean More and Submit Your Application

  • 26 May 2016 12:41 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) have created a new tool to assist communities in developing parks and trails. The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook is designed to start collaborative discussions about the various health benefits of parks and trails, as well as prepare communities for a health impact assessment. Read more... 

  • 26 May 2016 12:40 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® is the country's largest celebration of trails. National Trails Day events include hikes, bike and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects, and more. National Trails Day features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Read more and find events...


  • 26 May 2016 10:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Twenty historic sites in national parks are vying for $2 million in preservation grants, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite places.

    The sites are listed at . You can vote once a day for up to five parks of your choice through July 5. Read full article...

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