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  • 30 Jun 2014 12:47 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The national guidelines on the design and management of natural play areas are in final draft form and expected to be released shortly after Labor Day. A national steering committee has worked on the guidelines for three years to address issues such as locating and designing natural play areas, using natural surfacing, natural permanent structures, managing risk in natural play spaces and more. These guidelines are expected to be groundbreaking for the effort to connect kids to nature and the outdoors, and will have implications for park and recreation agencies.

  • 26 Jun 2014 11:50 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Read your IMBA Region Director's blog for additional updates on trail projects and planning near where you live. This month, Patrick writes about bike parks coming along in Arizona (Tucson, Flagstaff and Sedona); plans for the REI grant won by the Las Vegas IMBA chapter; trails advocacy in Utah and Santa Barbara, CA; and an expansion update on the Grand Canyon's Rainbow Rim Trail.
    + Read Patrick's blog


  • 26 Jun 2014 11:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Tonto National Forest (east and north of Phoenix) is hosting a public meeting and comment session June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Cave Creek, AZ, to discuss trails and recreation. Please join the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association to make the case for increased mountain bike opportunities. Click here for details

    Public Input Session for Tonto Natl. Forest

    The Tonto National Forest (east and north of Phoenix) is hosting a public meeting and comment session June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Cave Creek, AZ, to discuss trails and recreation. Please join the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association to make the case for increased mountain bike opportunities.

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    Public Input Session for Tonto Natl. Forest

    The Tonto National Forest (east and north of Phoenix) is hosting a public meeting and comment session June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Cave Creek, AZ, to discuss trails and recreation. Please join the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association to make the case for increased mountain bike opportunities.

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  • 23 Jun 2014 10:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis and, when adults do get outdoor time, it is relatively short with nearly half (47 percent) spending 30 minutes or less in the fresh air. These results are from a new national survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of NRPA as part of the upcoming celebration of Park and Recreation Month in July. The key survey findings are available in this infographic and detailed findings are also available with additional data on the opinions and behaviors adults in the United States have around getting outdoor time. With results like these, it will be important to get people OUT and INvolved in their community next month and all year long! Encourage your community to participate in the 31-day #JulyOUTisIN challenge and get started busting these trends!

    Click here for more information about the national survey findings.


  • 23 Jun 2014 10:53 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The abilities to read, write, understand and think critically are vital skills every young person needs to be successful in school, career and life. If you have an afterschool program that has excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students then nominate your program to win the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award from the Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Nominations must be made by August 15, 2014.   Click here to nominate a program.


  • 19 Jun 2014 7:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The new College Football Playoff is going to look a lot different than the old BCS, both on the field and off. Two more brands that were closely linked to the BCS undefined Discover and Tostitos undefined have told ESPN that they are ending their title sponsorship of playoff bowl games. Capital One, meanwhile, is in the final stages of negotiations to fill the void at the Orange Bowl, and ESPN still is looking for a sponsor to take the Fiesta Bowl position. Read full article... 

  • 19 Jun 2014 7:23 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    For city-dwellers, urban parks provide a breath of fresh air and some vital room to roam-but how much you get depends on where you live. The 2014 rankings from The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® Index are out now: find out how your city’s park system measures up!

    Learn more>> 

  • 18 Jun 2014 10:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population.

    Free Webinar: Are You Ready for the Boomers?

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population
    Free Webinar: Are You Ready for the Boomers?

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population
    Free Webinar: Are You Ready for the Boomers?

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population
    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population.
  • 16 Jun 2014 1:05 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Federal Grant Announcement: Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program.

    Details can be found by logging into your APRA membership profile and clicking on the Grants Tab.  

  • 16 Jun 2014 12:53 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Several agencies recently became Premiere such as Blacksburg Parks and Recreation, Virginia; Dearborn Recreation Department, Michigan; City of Dallas Park and Recreation, Texas; Bellevue Parks and Community Services, Washington; and Ossining Parks and Recreation, New York. You can be just like them and give your entire staff all of the benefits, value and exceptional tools and resources that come with NRPA membership when you go Premiere.

    Click here to find out more and make your agency Premiere.

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