• 24 Mar 2014 1:30 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Secretary Jewell Announces Order to Implement Youth Initiative Connecting Millions of Young People to America’s Great Outdoors
    Sets Specific Goals to Work with Businesses, Conservation Groups and Youth Organizations to Provide Opportunities to Play, Learn, Serve and Work Outdoors

    WASHINGTON, D.C. undefined Formalizing an ambitious initiative to connect America’s young people to the great outdoors, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order to significantly expand recreational, educational, volunteer and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation’s public lands, including partnerships with businesses and youth organizations to support the Obama Administration’s 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). Read full article...
  • 24 Mar 2014 8:04 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Save the Children is seeking qualified and highly motivated Parks and Recreation Professionals to launch the Operation Recreation Response Volunteer Corps and help keep children safe during U.S. emergencies. Read more...
  • 24 Mar 2014 7:58 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The Mesa City Council will be asked to approve the use of eminent domain to acquire land for several "micro parks" in the Fiesta District. Read more...
  • 24 Mar 2014 7:50 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Discover the newest tricks, tools and techniques for leveraging the digital space to make your event a success. This webinar will present data and lessons learned from dozens of recent social media, online advertising and site optimization campaigns, showing you what's working and what to ignore in the rapidly changing world of online event promotion. Read more...
  • 24 Mar 2014 7:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Striving for Gold Medal? Have an innovative program? Know of a deserving park and recreation professional? The NRPA Gold Medal, National and Hall of Fame awards are now all open for nominations and applications.
    Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management
    NRPA National Awards
    NRPA Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame

    Each award has its own eligibility criteria so check out the descriptions. The deadline for all of these awards is March 24.

  • 24 Mar 2014 7:11 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    There are just seven days left until gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, for the two-day Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Admission and parking are free. There is a nominal fee of $5 or less for some shooting sports (.22 rifles, shotguns, pistols). Join us for this day of family fun, where there’s something to interest and intrigue everyone. For more information, visit
  • 18 Mar 2014 2:01 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    We’re working with PBS Kids again this year on Explore the Outdoors! From March 31-April 25, PBS Kids will be celebrating the great outdoors with special programming and activities to get kids engaged and spending time with nature. If you’d like your agency to participate, we have a toolkit of activity ideas, activity sheets, advertising pieces and more to put on your own Explore the Outdoors event.

    Click here to access the toolkit and find out more about Explore the Outdoors.

  • 13 Mar 2014 9:59 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    PHX3on3 coming to downtown Phoenix April 19 & 20, 2014. We are putting 80 courts on the streets surrounding US Airways Center. This event is presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community and in partnership with Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, US Airways Center, FOX10, City of Phoenix and many others.

    It will include a FANFEST, Youth Area and Dunk Contest. This event has the potential to bring thousands to the downtown area and bring a huge economic impact to the City of Phoenix. We are also working with City of Phoenix Parks & Rec and have our info at 16 recreation locations.

    This event is being organized by the NABI Foundation, the NABI Foundation is a youth non-profit who works closely with City of Phoenix/Neighborhood Services. Details Here.

  • 13 Mar 2014 9:10 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    After spending the past 18 years with the town of Fountain Hills, Bryan Hughes will begin his duties as the new town of Florence Parks and Recreation director on March 24, Town Manager Charles Montoya announced.
    “We’re very pleased to have Bryan joining our management team here in Florence,” Montoya said. “We’ve been fortunate to have had Ray Hartzel directing the department for the past several years and his move to parks maintenance superintendent, coupled with Bryan taking over as director, will make us stronger both in parks facilities and in enhancing our recreation programming and special events. Bryan will move the department forward as we continue to grow as an organization and as a community.”
  • 10 Mar 2014 9:36 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    We invite you to join the Camp Colley Foundation at our 9th Annual Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Aguila Golf Course.

    Every spring, the Camp Colley Foundation hosts our annual Golf Tournament which serves as our primary fundraiser for the year. Ninety-five percent of funds raised from this event go directly to supporting the programs of Camp Colley and benefit the children who attend camp. However, we cannot put a price on the wilderness experience Camp Colley provides. In fact, for these deserving kids, the life-changing adventure is free. Camp Colley is an outdoor camp that provides under-privileged youth an amazing opportunity to experience the adventures of the outdoors. All programs, meals, equipment, security, transportation and supervision are provided.  
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