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  • 01 Oct 2014 10:08 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Arizona Parks and Recreation Board Members had a successful leadership retreat on September 25-26 at Camp Colley on the Mogollon Rim. An agenda item included discussion regarding membership renewal dates for all active APRA members.  

    In an effort to streamline the membership renewal process, the board voted on and unanimously approved changing the renewal dates for all memberships to begin on January 1st of each year. All memberships purchased in 2014 will now expire December 31, 2015. 

    For details please visit our membership page.

  • 29 Sep 2014 9:52 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, their annual report on the rates and rankings surrounding obesity. Access this interactive data to see how your state is doing and where you can make health improvements. Notable are the high-priority recommendations to make safe places for physical activity available to all Americans.

    Access the report.

  • 29 Sep 2014 9:51 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The classroom is a great place to learn, but adding opportunities to move around, touch and try new technology, and interact or ask deeper questions of experts undefined now that’s a winning combination. At the 2014 NRPA Congress new, interactive learning and networking options have been added such as the Learning Playground, the Member Pit Stop and special demos including the high-tech virtual park tools of NC State University and a mobile recreation unit from BREC in Louisiana. Find all of these opportunities and more in the exhibit hall.

    Read more about the interactive learning at the 2014 NRPA Congress.

  • 29 Sep 2014 9:49 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Health and wellness is all about choices and it appears that the healthy ones are taking the lead. A study by Northwestern University researchers as reported in the Chicago Tribune found that, “nearly 90 percent of Chicago park-goers were satisfied with the food in the new healthy-options-only vending machines.” They also found that healthy options boosted average monthly per-machine sales from $84 to $371. This study shows how parks can play a significant role in shaping the healthy habits of the communities they serve, while also influencing partners and others to increase opportunities for healthier options.

    Read more about the study in the Chicago Tribune. 

  • 18 Sep 2014 7:58 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The aim of the speaker series is to provide a forum where land managers, scientists, educators, policy makers, planners, community members, and conservation professionals can share expertise, learn, network, and collaborate. Upcoming 2014-15 dates can be found on the APRA events calendar.

  • 15 Sep 2014 9:39 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Check out the nine projects launched by NRPA members this week. Support your colleagues and share a project that’s close to you or just one that’s close to your heart. We’ll be calling for another round of applications for projects to be featured on the platform later this month

  • 15 Sep 2014 9:35 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Released on Tuesday, experts from 20 organizations have collaborated on the development of the guidelines for planning, designing and managing nature play spaces. Check out this recent blog post to get the inside scoop on what these guidelines mean for you and your agency.

  • 15 Sep 2014 9:33 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Thanks to the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), these areas will connect children and adults to nature and promote water stewardship through parks and public spaces. In the coming months, we’ll be opening up applications for the next round of similar project grants so stay tuned.

  • 04 Sep 2014 12:28 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Wednesday is the 50th birthday of two of the nation’s most important environmental statutes: the Wilderness Act and the law establishing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For those with long memories, it also commemorates a time when Congress could act productively in a bipartisan spirit that yielded not only these two laws but, within a few short years, landmark protections for clean air, clean water and endangered species. Read full article...

  • 28 Aug 2014 9:49 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board will discuss the potential fees at a meeting on Thursday. They're looking at three parking areas undefined Echo Canyon trailhead on Camelback Mountain, Pima Canyon in South Mountain Park, and Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area's Piestewa Peak Summit Trail.

    The idea isn't new: The city considered charging for parking at the parks in 2010, but the City Council tabled the idea. Read full article...

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