News

  • 29 Jul 2014 8:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Open Trails System Specification helps park and recreation agencies do more with trail data. This “open data” initiative aims to standardize trail data and make it available for web development opportunities such as the creation of dynamic maps, apps and more — even helping your agency create these types of tools too! Code for America is hosting a free online course to help park and recreation agencies get on board. The course will go step by step through the process of creating and maintaining open data for your trail system and will help you produce the data, establish a clear internal process and find the right OpenTrails apps or tools for your needs. The course will begin on August 6.


    Click here to read a feature article about open trails data in Outside Magazine.

    Click here to sign up for the Code for America course.


  • 29 Jul 2014 8:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Capitol Hill has changed. Long gone are the predicable, annual schedules and seasons for policymakers to operate under. As changes like these and others take hold on the Hill, it is imperative that we change too and stay relevant in today’s environment. We’ve got an exciting new proposition to advocacy that applies the latest best practices for a more strategic approach. We’ll be focusing on more customized and specific “fly-ins” as well complementary efforts focused on public policy at the local level.

    Click here to read more about the advocacy changes from NRPA’s Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs Kevin O'Hara


  • 24 Jul 2014 2:49 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Having greener meetings means having a sustainable business, one that can withstand the test of time. In this kit you will learn the key components of greener meetings, best practices, ideas to implementation, and more! Download your free copy here.


  • 21 Jul 2014 6:04 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As tuition prices rise and the job market remains volatile, many folks are asking whether college or grad school is worth the investment. For folks eyeing the park and recreation industry, that question can be particularly fraught as young professionals consider their career track – administration, programming, coaching, etc. – and whether those goals can be achieved by working one’s way up the ranks or cobbling together a combination of work experience and educational achievements outside the industry. Meanwhile, on the other side of the lectern, educators are trying to prove their mettle as stewards of park and recreation history and conduits of invaluable experiential knowledge. “Learning Curve,” July’s Parks & RecreationMagazine cover feature, explores the state of education in our field, taking a close look at the relationship between today’s students, educators and practitioners and what it takes for each to succeed and stay relevant.


    Click here to read “Learning Curve,” by Samantha Bartram.

  • 21 Jul 2014 6:02 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)


    The CDC just released the State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014. This report reveals that more safe and convenient places are needed for Americans to be physically active in their communities. The report specifically calls for increasing access to parks and recreation facilities as a critical environmental support to encourage increased physical activity. According to the report, less than 38 percent of the U.S. population lives within a half mile of a park and just over half (54 percent) of youth have parks or playground areas; recreation centers, community centers, boys’ or girls’ clubs; and sidewalks or walking paths available in their neighborhoods. Yet, those with access to neighborhood infrastructures that support physical activity are more active. Use this report to be proactive in working with your state health department to continue efforts to improve access and establish policies that make it easier to be physically active in your community.

    Click here to read the State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014.
  • 17 Jul 2014 11:04 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NRPA

    If you're looking for a creative way to fund your next project, consider applying for a spot on NRPA's new crowdfunding site. Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies that can bolster community support and funds. NRPA is looking for 5 to 10 projects to profile for crowdfunding on the platform during the initial crowdfunding period. Applications are due by July 25. Learn more.


  • 14 Jul 2014 2:30 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    If you’ve just entered into a new fiscal year, now’s a great time to gather up your previous year's data and update or start your PRORAGIS profile. Once you do, you can create powerful reports to answer questions, address pressing issues and more effectively manage assets. Educate, advocate and plan with PRORAGIS.

    Click here for more information on PRORAGIS.


  • 14 Jul 2014 2:28 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Parks have power undefined economic, health, environmental power and more. Fact is, we believe, parks are the most powerful aspect of every community. This is the main message in the new “Power of Parks” Prezi developed to articulate the benefits you bring to a community. Check it out and share it with your community.

    Click here to watch the “Power of Parks” Prezi.


  • 14 Jul 2014 2:27 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Last week the Department of the Interior announced the funding amount for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program — federal funding, matched dollar-for-dollar, that helps you protect open space and provide quality outdoor recreation opportunities to all people. NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane met with Interior Secretary Jewell and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price on the day of the announcement and details that meeting and the significance of the $43 million going to parks and outdoor recreation on Open Space.

    Click here to read “What You Need to Know About LWCF Right Now.”


  • 10 Jul 2014 12:42 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Funds are tight undefined it's a reality you deal with day in and day out. And you're always looking for new ways to complete projects that provide the resources your community needs. Whether its a trail that needs new signs or a community soccer team that needs new equipment, sometimes it's the smaller projects that have the most impact.

    That's why NRPA is launching Fund Your Park undefined a new and creative way that agencies can bolster community support and funds.


    A new NRPA member benefit, Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies. We are now soliciting applications for projects to profile for crowdfunding on the platform. In this initial crowdfunding period, we will select 5 to 10 projects to profile.  Learn more about this new resource and apply today

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