• 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. 

  • 28 Dec 2015 4:54 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    If Texans were surveyed to see if they could identify a surprising source of over $6 billion in annual economic activity producing more than 50,000 jobs in the state. For the first time we have the results of a comprehensive national study focusing exclusively on the effects parks have on economic productivity.

    The report just released was commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association and conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. 

    Read more here: 


  • 08 Dec 2015 1:33 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The Arizona Parks and Recreation Association Office will be closed from December 22-28, 2015 and will reopen on December 29, 2015.

    We will also be closed on New Year's Day, January 1, 2016.

    Happy Holidays from the APRA staff! Carol, Carey and Samantha

  • 18 Nov 2015 1:25 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As community health and wellness leaders, you know how essential parks and recreation are to the nation’s health. But how about your elected leaders? Providing evidence-based reasons on the health benefits of parks can be tricky. NRPA now has a comprehensive solution — Making the Case: Parks and Health. This dynamic resource has substantive, accessible research to help you talk about the health benefits of parks and recreation to the decision-makers. We’ve got fact sheets, an infographics library, ready-to-use social media content, testimonials and more. Begin using Making the Case: Parks and Health and strengthen your communications today! 

  • 09 Nov 2015 1:09 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    It was busy on Capitol Hill last week for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRR). As expected, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop released his draft LWCF bill. NRPA is very pleased with the State Assistance and "urban" portions of the bill, but is deeply concerned to see additional programs included which are not consistent with the stated purposes of outdoor recreation and conservation, the basic tenants of the original Act. On the transportation front, there is some very good news. The House approved a six-year, $325 billion transportation bill that did not include three proposed amendments that targeted Transportation Alternatives and the Recreational Trails Program. This is in large part due to the rapid advocacy efforts of NRPA members and partners! To find out details of the LWCF bill and what’s ahead for active transportation, read more on Open Space.

    Click here to get the details on LWCF and active transportation legislation

  • 09 Nov 2015 1:03 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation requests proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. This grant program seeks to fund projects that address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff and degraded shorelines caused by development. Awards range from $20,000 to $50,000 — generally averaging $30,000 — and 40 to 50 grants may be awarded per year. This is a great opportunity to bring funding and support to your conservation and water-related projects in parks and recreation. RFP submissions are due Tuesday, February 3, 2016.  

    Click here for more information about the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. 

  • 09 Nov 2015 1:02 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    In the last few years, the following noteworthy community engagement trends have emerged: 

    1. Stakeholders are evolving (continuously). 
    2. Experts are now applying a formula to better understand engagement efforts.  
    3. A bias toward public meetings exists among community officials. 
    4. There is a communication disconnect between, well, everyone. 
    5. Data is being used alongside engagement to paint a bigger picture of our communities. 

    To take a look at these in more depth and explore how you can use them to create informed engagement, check out a new white paper written by NRPA partner mySidewalk by MindMixer. 

    Click here to review the white paper.

    Click here for more information about the mySidewalk member discount.  

  • 02 Nov 2015 12:29 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    In partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, NRPA is offering three free Commit to Health webinars that can help any agency strengthen its efforts to improve community health and wellness. The webinars will focus on action planning to track agency health and wellness goals, best practices for communicating with your community about health and wellness, and creating wellness policies at your sites. 

    Click here to register for these upcoming webinars on November 4, December 9 and February 10.  

  • 28 Oct 2015 11:48 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The thrust to build bike trails around Wisconsin, and, for that matter, the entire United States has gained momentum in the last several years, paralleling a movement to improve health and reduce obesity in both adults and kids in America. The initiatives have grown competitive as States vie for tourism dollars. It's hard to find a community that doesn't share a glowing economic improvement story because of a bike path nearby. Read more and see photos...

  • 28 Oct 2015 11:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Small towns and rural communities can seek funding to build their capacity and acquire technical expertise for projects such as managing and shaping community growth, the design of community-supportive transportation systems, and preservation of natural and historic landscapes. The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more and download funding applications... 

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