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  • 26 Apr 2016 1:59 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    House Republicans have introduced the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act. This bill will not only deny thousands of hungry children meals during the school day, it will cut the number of kids parks and recreation agencies feed during the summer and impose budget-busting costs on our summer meals programs.  Learn more.

  • 06 Apr 2016 8:04 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The future looks bright as parks and recreation students at ASU work to uncover the beauty of nature. Read the article "The State Press" about student Henry White, a member of the Parks & Rec Student Association.

  • 30 Mar 2016 9:56 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    It is once again time for Arizona to complete a new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). 

    Every 5 years the state embarks on this process in order to be eligible to receive Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) monies. The SCORP engages the public and recreation professionals in identifying statewide issues and priorities. These priorities inform the distribution of the LWCF monies.

    We are looking for 5 or 6 motivated, collaborative Recreation professionals from across the state to participate in a working group that will direct and review the SCORP process. We are estimating that the group will have to meet no more than 4 times between now and December, 2016 (no more than 2 hours each) and participants may also be asked to review and provide feedback on SCORP materials between meetings. The first meeting would be mandatory attendance. Any following meetings we will try to make other arrangements for those who may not be able to travel to meetings. 

    In addition to the SCORP working group, we will also be trying to work with APRA professionals later in the process to engage their constituents in discussing the identified statewide priorities and how these priorities reflect - or fail to reflect- constituent realities.

    Deadline to apply is mid-April.

    Those who are interested in participation should contact Dawn Collins, Chief of Resources & Public Programs at Arizona State Parks at (602) 542-7128 or

  • 28 Mar 2016 1:39 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.  - See more 

  • 28 Mar 2016 10:29 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

     The 2016 NRPA Field Report is the most comprehensive resource of data and insights for park and recreation agencies in the United States.

  • 09 Feb 2016 9:32 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    February 9, 2016

    When President Obama's FY17 Budget Request is released on February 9, it will call for full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    In 2017, the President's budget calls for $900 million in conservation and recreation projects, through a combination of discretionary ($475 million) and mandatory ($425 million) funding, and pursues permanent authorization in annual mandatory funding beginning in FY18.

    This year’s budget proposes to fund projects across the country. A full list of those proposed projects is here, along with a map showing the range of projects across the country that will benefit from these investments, and a blog post about the President's proposal to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    If you have questions regarding LWCF please contact:

    Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs

    Office of the Secretary

    U.S. Department of the Interior


  • 28 Jan 2016 11:38 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As a park and recreation professional, you already know that public parks are important contributors to the standard of living in our neighborhoods, with benefits spanning from environmental gains and improved health to being a central meeting place that brings residents across ages and social strata to connect to nature. But in a time of scarce resources and tight fiscal budgets, you have to fight for funding to continue your mission. 

    With the release of NRPA’s Economic Impact of Local Parks report, you now have resources that show policymakers, stakeholders and community members that public parks are also economic engines to their communities. Specifically, local and regional parks created nearly $140 billion in economic activity and were responsible for nearly 1 million jobs during 2013. Read Full Report...

  • 12 Jan 2016 10:39 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    MLB Pitch Hit and Run is a FREE program through a partnership with NRPA and Major League Baseball (MLB). NRPA helps to advance the values of baseball and softball in local communities.  In 2015, recreation departments from all 50 states participated in MLB’s Pitch Hit & Run (PHR) competitions.  PHR is a competition designed for boys and girls ages 7-14 and is FREE for both the hosting organization and the participant. Participants in this program have the opportunity to advance and play inside major league ballparks, including the National Finals during All-Star Week.

    For more information on how to host PHR in your community contact Tonya Forbrook  or Chris Gallagher.

    Please contact Colleen Pittard if you find you have additional questions after reviewing the website.

  • 06 Jan 2016 12:17 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    There are some great opportunities for parks and recreation agencies and park districts in the recently reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act aka No Child Left Behind. The new 4-year bill is called the Every Student Succeeds Act, and for the first time ever environmental education and literacy are subjects eligible for funding in a federal education bill. While Congress has failed to pass the No Child Left Inside Act since first introduced in 2008, elements of NCLI are included in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Environmental education and hands-on science learning provisions are in two distinct sections – STEM and After School. The language in each of these sections also supports environmental education, outdoor learning and field study....and parks are ideal outdoor classrooms. The after school programs are primarily under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which provides multi-year grants to schools who partner with nonprofit organizations, local governments etc. 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants are administered by each state department of education. Here is an overview of the funding and the impact:

    · $1.6 billion for “well-rounded education” grants program including environmental education + physical education & health, the arts

    · $1 billion for after school grants programs including environmental literacy

    · STEM funding including “hands-on learning” and “field-based activities and service learning”

    What it means:

    · Environmental education has become an essential component of a student’s education

    · Students across the nation will be engaged in outdoor learning and service projects

    · Federal funds will go to partnership programs between public school systems and

    o environmental education providers

    o conservation organizations

    o higher education institutions

    o nonprofit community-based organizations

    o parks and recreation organizations

    Mark Young
    Parks Forever Consulting
    Louisville KY
    (614) 582-7913

  • 28 Dec 2015 11:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    If you’re a current AFO and have been in the aquatics field for five or more years, chances are you’ve got some knowledge worth sharing. Take your career to the next level by passing on what you’ve learned — become an AFO instructor. NRPA is currently accepting applications for our AFO Instructor Workshop being held March 5-6, 2016, in San Diego, California. Becoming an instructor can help raise revenue for your organization or agency and save you money on training your own staff.

    Click here to learn more and apply. 

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