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  • 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...

  • 24 May 2016 8:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    In January, NRPA headed to San Diego for an Innovation Lab on the economic impact of parks and recreation. Thought leaders from both the field of parks and recreation and finance came together to discuss innovative ways parks and recreation can secure financing. Parks and recreation have a lot to offer investors, but there are some key criteria they should consider before seeking financial partnerships. We've distilled the key takeaways from the San Diego Innovation Lab in this video.

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  • 23 May 2016 5:51 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is warning hikers and campers of a dangerous threat this holiday weekend -- cartel assassins.

    Sheriff Paul Babeu is recommending anyone using back roads, campsites and trails in western Pinal County to be extra cautious and consider carrying a firearm if they are in any wilderness areas. full story here...

  • 03 May 2016 1:29 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    There is a significant new development regarding the potential spread northward of the Zika virus with implications for large portions of the United States. Parks and recreation can play an important role in the coordinated response to the spread of Zika virus disease. See also “Zika and Parks: What You Need to Know” in the May 2016 issue of Parks and Recreation magazine. NRPA will continue to provide information and updates to this emerging public health threat.


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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 

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