News

  • 03 Dec 2014 11:26 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Turns out quite a lot! In your park and recreation department GIS data can be used in developing your park’s master plan, facilitating long-range planning, building your park and facility maintenance programs and much more. But you have to learn how to put all of that great data into action and understand the value and power of GIS. Tune in on December 4 at 2 p.m. ET for a free webinar presented by Virginia’s Fairfax County Park Authority and NRPA’s GIS team to learn more about GIS and how you can successfully work with this type of data and information to benefit your agency.
    Click here for more information about the free webinar.


  • 03 Dec 2014 11:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Show your skills are current. Demonstrate your commitment to parks and recreation. Prove the value you bring to your agency. These are great ways to unwrap your professional potential and take your career further. You can do them all when you become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Add "save money" to the list too, because right now when you apply for CPRP before February 28, 2015, you’ll get a free CPRP prep course (a $100 value).
    Click here to find out more and take advantage of the limited time savings.


  • 25 Nov 2014 1:38 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health impact assessment toolkit that will help community stakeholders such as park and recreation departments, city planners and public health departments work together to create healthier environments through parks and trails. According to the CDC, “this tool focuses on how parks and trails can contribute to public health by highlighting key issues such as lack of access to parks and trails and encouraging physical activity.” The toolkit has six components and includes data resources, recommendations from impact assessments and citations to support the recommendations.

    Click here for more information and to access the toolkit. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health impact assessment toolkit that will help community stakeholders such as park and recreation departments, city planners and public health departments work together to create healthier environments through parks and trails. According to the CDC, “this tool focuses on how parks and trails can contribute to public health by highlighting key issues such as lack of access to parks and trails and encouraging physical activity.” The toolkit has six components and includes data resources, recommendations from impact assessments and citations to support the recommendations.

    Click here for more information and to access the toolkit. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health impact assessment toolkit that will help community stakeholders such as park and recreation departments, city planners and public health departments work together to create healthier environments through parks and trails. According to the CDC, “this tool focuses on how parks and trails can contribute to public health by highlighting key issues such as lack of access to parks and trails and encouraging physical activity.” The toolkit has six components and includes data resources, recommendations from impact assessments and citations to support the recommendations.

    Click here for more information and to access the toolkit. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health impact assessment toolkit that will help community stakeholders such as park and recreation departments, city planners and public health departments work together to create healthier environments through parks and trails. According to the CDC, “this tool focuses on how parks and trails can contribute to public health by highlighting key issues such as lack of access to parks and trails and encouraging physical activity.” The toolkit has six components and includes data resources, recommendations from impact assessments and citations to support the recommendations.

    Click here for more information and to access the toolkit. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a health impact assessment toolkit that will help community stakeholders such as park and recreation departments, city planners and public health departments work together to create healthier environments through parks and trails. According to the CDC, “this tool focuses on how parks and trails can contribute to public health by highlighting key issues such as lack of access to parks and trails and encouraging physical activity.” The toolkit has six components and includes data resources, recommendations from impact assessments and citations to support the recommendations.

    Click here for more information and to access the toolkit. 
  • 25 Nov 2014 1:36 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Facebook is a powerful social marketing tool for park and recreation departments. Yet, recent daunting headlines in the news about changes to the platform and the push for more advertising may have you scratching your head. The changes are likely to affect how you use Facebook to engage with the community, but don’t panic. We’ve outlined what you need to know and identified four ways you can adapt to the new changes.

    Click here to read “How Facebook Changes Affect Parks and Rec (and Four Ways to Adapt).”


  • 20 Nov 2014 8:00 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    You may be wondering how and when do you submit your annual numbers for the 10 Million Kids Outdoors initiative? Well, we are shifting the reporting period to align with the calendar year, so stay tuned for an email in January 2015 with a link to the annual report survey. Keep in mind you will be asked to report the number of kids you have reached with nature and outdoor adventure programs between January and December 2014.


  • 20 Nov 2014 7:59 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Are any of the kids that you've reached through the 10 Million Kids Outdoors initiative now working to improve the environment in your community? If so, nominate a student for the annual President’s Environmental Youth Award by December 31, 2014 to acknowledge their great work and your community


  • 19 Nov 2014 10:15 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Sports equity has come a long way since Katherine Switzer was assaulted for running in the Boston Marathon in 1967, but many strides must still be taken before women can find true equality in modern sports. This month Parks & Recreation Magazine tackles the topic of sporting equality by exploring the history, the data and asking are we doing enough for women and girls to play and compete in sports?

    Click here to read “Sports: It’s (Still) a Man’s World" in the November Parks & Recreation. 


  • 18 Nov 2014 8:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Check out IMBA Region Director Patrick Kell's blog for all of the latest news on mountain bike advocacy and trail development in the southwest region. This month, he talks about trail design happening now in Caliente, NV, (over 40 miles) and in southwest Utah; the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society working toward more technical trails even after being named an IMBA Ride Center; trail advocacy work happening in the Prescott, AZ, area; regional mountain bike events you don’t want to miss and Patrick's planning for 2015.  Read more...


  • 13 Nov 2014 1:14 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Troops for Fitness program seeks to hire veterans to teach fitness and nutrition classes in order to inspire healthier and more active lifestyles. To date, Troops for Fitness has been implemented in eight communities with the goal of engaging 200 veterans across 12 communities. Learn more about Troops for Fitness.


  • 13 Nov 2014 12:23 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Park & Recreation Facility Management Certificate Program is a two-year course that develops skills in planning and managing parks, facilities and asset management. With budgets stretched and facilities aging, asset management is critical to the long-term financial sustainability of park and recreation systems. The course ends with each participant completing a capstone project at their respective park and recreation agencies or park districts. The Certificate Program is held in conjunction with Indiana University's Great Lakes Park Training Institute at scenic Pokagon State Park in northeast Indiana February 23-26, 2015.
    http://glpti.org/certificate-program/

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