• 31 Aug 2015 11:41 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The work you do to improve health and wellness is shaping your community in big ways.  Up to 10 communities will be given a cash prize and their success stories will be shared broadly to inspire others. Applications are being accepted now through November 12 at 3 p.m. ET.  Click here for details and application. 

  • 31 Aug 2015 11:38 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Getting the recommended amount of physical activity each day continues to be a struggle in the United States. One of the easiest ways to add more physical activity is walking. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General is set to release a Call to Action on September 9 about walking and walkable communities titled "Step It Up!" with an event in Washington, D.C., which will be webcast. Parks and recreation are critical allies in getting more people to walk and creating Safe Routes to Parks. NRPA has produced this animated videothat encourages more walking in parks as well as a suite of resources you can use to get your community walking and demonstrate your leadership role in health and wellness.

    Click here for more information and resources on Safe Routes to Parks and walking. 

  • 26 Aug 2015 10:58 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Economic impact of Maricopa County’s open space park system

    (Maricopa County) – Have you ever wondered about the value and benefits your local park system brings to your community? Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department has, and as a result, conducted an economic impact analysis study to find out! Click Here for full article

  • 25 Aug 2015 1:33 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    FREE WEBINAR to Learn More About Earning the CYSA Credential in OCT in PHOENIX 

    Join us for a webinar on Sep 02, 2015 at 9am MST.

    Register now!

    APRA and NAYS believe that every community should have at least one certified and trained professional who understands the core/foundations of positive youth sports so that regardless of locale youth sports are guided by a similar, positive philosophy. You are invited to join us for this FREE informative webinar to learn about the ONE-DAY Special Academy for Youth Sports Administrators that will be held on FRIDAY, October 9th in Phoenix, AZ.

    This 15-minute webinar will provide specific information about earning your CYSA and will also outline the importance of positioning the youth sports professional as a leader, the qualifications as well as the roles and responsibilities of those individuals who oversee youth sports in a community. A special APRA registration rate will also be offered plus more!

  • 25 Aug 2015 8:29 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC) is in the process of rewriting all training manuals and training guides. One recent accomplishment is an update of the USDA Forest Service Standard Trail Plans and Specifications. These documents are for the design, construction, and maintenance of National Forest System trails and trail bridges. These plans and specifications are available for use by all interested persons. Read more and download plans and specs...

  • 25 Aug 2015 8:28 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Triple digit temperatures keep most people in air-conditioned hiding, but some accept the heat as another outdoor challenge. The New York Times reports on hardy summer trail hikers in Arizona, "a mishmash of a rebel tribe that refuses to surrender: hikers afflicted by ranch-house fever, perhaps, or moved to move at any cost, heat be damned." Read more and see photos... 


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

    Legislation approved by the Senate Energy Committee would reauthorize the LWCF permanently. Most of the funds would be split 40-40 between federal projects and grants to states for local projects, including trails and greenways. The bill would also establish a separate National Park Service maintenance account. LWCF's current authorization will expire on September 30. Read more...

  • 25 Aug 2015 8:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is set to expire September 30. NRPA is working hard to maintain this vital funding source for parks and recreation by advocating not only for reauthorization, but for an appropriately funded State Assistance Program. You can help get the message out there, too. They are working with the American Planning Association (APA) on a social media campaign to show Congress how LWCF-funded parks positively impact local communities. A picture is worth a thousand words. Show your members of Congress what a park or public space - funded in part by the LWCF State Assistance Program - means to your community by tweeting a picture of people using the space. All you have to do is tweet a picture of your LWCF parks to your members of Congress and ask them to #RenewLWCF. Click here for more information on how to get involved...

  • 25 Aug 2015 8:24 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    After extending funding to October 29, Congress is attempting a long-term bill authorizing funds for transportation. The Senate has passed its version of a new six-year bill, which maintains "Transportation Alternatives Program" (TAP) funding, including trails and bike/ped programs, at $850 million a year, up from the current $819 million. The Recreational Trails Program continues as a "set-aside" fund within the Transportation Alternatives Program. Read more and see other current legislative issues...

  • 24 Aug 2015 10:03 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Go Greenfields Grants will help parks and recreation make it possible to install outdoor exercise zones with an aim at bringing more accessible fitness opportunities to community members. This grant will match 50 percent of the equipment purchase and priority will be given to applicants demonstrating strong need for recreational and fitness opportunities in their communities, especially for demographics historically underserved by traditional park amenities. Applications must be submitted by November 15 and grant awards will be announced by November 30.

    Click here for more information and to access the application.

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