• 01 Jun 2015 11:37 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Prevention Institute (PI) and the Movember Foundation have released a funding announcement for the Making Connections for Mental Wellbeing Initiative. The funding opportunity seeks applicants who can design multi-sector, collaborative approaches for mental health and wellbeing among high-need communities such as boys and men of color and their families, and/or military and veteran communities/families. Eight to ten sites will be selected to receive awards of up to $150,000 for a one-year planning period and park and recreation agencies are eligible. There is a two-part application process that begins with submitting a letter of interest by Friday, June 12.

    Click here to download the funding announcement and guideline kit. 

  • 01 Jun 2015 11:36 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Help spread the word that swimming lessons save lives. Make sure your aquatics facilities are registered to host a World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) on Thursday, June 18. When you register, you’ll receive access to a WLSL Host Location Kit including: the curriculum for the lesson, promotional and press materials to help you drive participation for your event and what you need to do to have your facility included as part of the Guinness World Record count. You have until this Friday to register and join in the world-record setting, global event.

    Click here to register your aquatic facilities. 

  • 26 May 2015 8:26 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The benefits of parks seem obvious – bringing social, cultural and environmental impact while at the same time working to minimize pollution and crowding. But is it also possible to demonstrate how an investment in public parks can provide an economic return? Read full article...

  • 18 May 2015 1:05 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    July is getting closer and closer and that means it’s time to add your July events to our Park and Recreation Month calendar and map! We’ll collect submissions now through the end of July and start promoting them to the public on June 8. Feel free to add any of your July events to the calendar for promotion. And events don’t have to be huge to be included! Even if you are just hanging posters, doing a town proclamation or supporting Park and Recreation Month via social media, add your agency as a supporting organization!

    Click here to add your agency to the Park and Recreation Month calendar of events.

    Click here to learn more about Park and Recreation Month and get your toolkit materials. 

  • 11 May 2015 12:04 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    With May here and the spring season (finally) getting its stride, more and more people are venturing out to enjoy the plethora of opportunities their local parks and recreation have to offer. But are the routes they take safe and accessible? Recently, we published a Safe Routes to Parks: Improving Access to Parks through Walkability report that lists five essential elements to take into account when creating safe routes to parks. We’ve got what you need to know about these five elements and how you can create safe routes to parks on NRPA’s Open Space.

    Click here to read “Can You Walk to Your Park?” 

  • 04 May 2015 12:16 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NRPA’s Public Policy team provided a short wrap-up of the latest information you need to know around the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in last week’s Advocacy Insider.

    Set to expire on September 30, 2015, the LWCF has funded more than 42,000 local and state park projects in every county in America. Now, join the Public Policy team for a free webinar this Wednesday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. ET for a breakdown of what’s happening on Capitol Hill and how you can help ensure that the LWCF State Assistance Program continues to support the vital work you do every day.

    Click here to learn more and register.

  • 27 Apr 2015 10:31 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    We know water-safety programs are important offerings for park and recreation agencies — in fact, of those agencies with data in PRORAGIS, more than 65 percent report having these programs in 2014. National Water Safety Month is an opportunity to highlight the importance of water safety and the great work aquatic professionals do to keep these recreation spaces safe! To help you celebrate, there are free resources and other tips and information you can use to help encourage safer water practices.

    Click here for free resources and to learn more about National Water Safety Month.

  • 27 Apr 2015 10:02 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Southern Arizona parks, including Saguaro National Park, are doing a lot of good for the local economy. Read full article...

  • 27 Apr 2015 9:59 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

     A new National Park Service report shows that the 10,747,223 visitors to national parks in Arizona in 2014 spent $837 million in the state. Read full article...

  • 20 Apr 2015 11:08 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity recently unveiled a new interactive database that provides nutrition, physical activity, obesity data and more from a variety of sources. The data, trends and maps online resource allows you to gain state-level data that can help you better understand the health factors facing your community. This information may help you better structure programs or even inform you on how to market your capabilities for improving health and wellness in your community.

    Click here to search the database. 

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