• 16 Jun 2014 12:53 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Several agencies recently became Premiere such as Blacksburg Parks and Recreation, Virginia; Dearborn Recreation Department, Michigan; City of Dallas Park and Recreation, Texas; Bellevue Parks and Community Services, Washington; and Ossining Parks and Recreation, New York. You can be just like them and give your entire staff all of the benefits, value and exceptional tools and resources that come with NRPA membership when you go Premiere.

    Click here to find out more and make your agency Premiere.

  • 16 Jun 2014 12:52 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recognizes and supports community organizations that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve environmentally, socially and economically. The EPA seeks to recognize urban, suburban and rural communities through this award competition. Open to public-sector, private-sector and nonprofit organizations the award includes categories such as corridor or neighborhood revitalization; plazas, parks, and public places; and overall smart growth among others. Award applications will be accepted now through September 5, 2014.

    Click here for more information and the award application.

  • 02 Jun 2014 10:26 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Are you looking for free and easy to use resources to help you motivate staff, engage youth, and empower families to eat better and move more? A new partnership between NRPA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is here to help! On Tuesday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. EST join a free webinar that will highlight how you can access effective and fun online tools and resources to develop policies and practices to help your community embrace healthy lifestyles. These tried and true resources are already being used by park and recreation sites across the country, so don’t miss out on learning more about how you can put them into action too!

    Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.

  • 02 Jun 2014 8:22 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Trust for Public Land recently released the 2014 ParkScore Index assessing and rating the 60 largest U.S. cities' park systems. Ranking on criteria such as access to playgrounds as well as acreage, services and investments. Increased LWCF appropriations would greatly assist urban park systems in making quality parks and recreation opportunities accessible to millions of citizens every day. The report is telling...increased investment in parks and recreation infrastructure is needed more than ever to provide green space and healthy recreation to our urban centers. Read the full report.

  • 29 May 2014 11:45 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Forest Service is asking for your comments regarding non-motorized trail proposals in Arizona's Verde Valley (including iconic Sedona). The Red Rock Ranger District completed a year of public meetings to discuss trail ideas and now seeks more specific comments on proposed trail connectors and trailhead improvements in the National Forest. We urge you to comment on trail improvements and the adoption of non-system trails into the official network. IMBA sees this as a great opportunity for mountain bikers to voice their opinions, and will be submitting a comment letter on this matter. Comment and vote here

  • 21 May 2014 9:30 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared June 5 World Environment Day, encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This is a great time to showcase the work you are doing for the environment on your social platforms, website, facilities, etc. Let your community know that you are an important environmental resource and share the impact you make. Visit the website for ideas on getting involved such as participating in the #WorldEnvironmentDay Tweetathon.

  • 21 May 2014 7:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    To reduce the looming threat of summer wildfires following one of Arizona’s driest winters on record, officials have announced fire restrictions for many locations throughout Arizona. The restrictions take effect just as the busy Memorial Day weekend begins on Friday, May 23.  
    For more information about restrictions in specific locations, visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website at  

  • 19 May 2014 9:23 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Join NRPA and your fellow park and recreation agencies in participating in the 2014 Olympic Day. Sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Olympic Day events across the country (in the month of June) promote fitness and well-being in addition to the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. More information and registration is at

    As an added bonus -- Win free registration to the NRPA Congress!

  • 15 May 2014 6:43 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    There's still time to submit your snapshot and enter to win one of four GoPro cameras. Simply follow our Instagram feed (trustforpublicland) and upload your photo, then tag it #NeverStillLife to be entered into the contest. Need inspiration? Check out these entries from outdoor adventurers across the country.

  • 13 May 2014 7:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) is pleased to announce the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has granted recognition to COAPRT’s accreditation program for a third time. CHEA’s recognition process examines and affirms the quality of accrediting organizations like that of COAPRT. CHEA recognition status means the COAPRT Council demonstrated that COAPRT’s accreditation process is consistent with the quality, improvement and accountability expectations established by CHEA. A review of this caliber happens at least every 10 years and is based on six recognition standards. CHEA is the only nongovernmental higher education body in the United States that studies and endorses accrediting organizations.

    Click here for more information on COAPRT and the CHEA recognition.

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