• 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. 

  • 20 Apr 2015 11:04 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Summer grassroots training program for youth. Each year, the Sierra Student Coalition hosts Summer Programs (SPROGs) that teach students how to effectively organize around environmental issues. SPROGs last a week during the summer, and food and boarding are provided for youth who attend.

    This year, West SPROG will be held just outside of Los Angeles, California, from July 12–19. You can learn more at

    Our chapter is pleased to offer a scholarship for a qualified individual. For information about requirements and to apply for the scholarship, please contact Natalie Lucas at (928) 600-7844 or

  • 16 Apr 2015 8:11 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Fifty is the new 40 and at 50, NRPA is doing better than ever. We’re launching new national campaigns and partnerships, advocating for essential legislation, ensuring the best professional development for our members and sharing the impact parks and recreation make in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we want to share the love by giving the 50th person to register for the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference free registration. Registration opens May 1 at 12 p.m. ET, so mark your calendars and, hopefully, you’ll be fabulous number 50!

  • 01 Apr 2015 1:40 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    During April, the Earth Month campaign will raise the visibility of community parks and rally citizens to vote daily – starting today through April 30 – for park projects in need. These votes will help direct critical funds for improvements that will benefit communities and give kids and families more access to opportunities to get outdoors, be active and have fun. Your parks can benefit, too. The public has the opportunity to nominate a favorite park to receive $20,000, so have your community nominate one of your parks!  Read more about the collaboration

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