• 28 Oct 2015 11:46 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) bill updates federal fee collection and spending.

    The House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, October 28, on legislation that would rewrite FLREA, which gives federal agencies authority to increase (and decrease) entrance and user fees. Read more...   

  • 28 Oct 2015 11:43 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Congress debates reauthorizing money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Politics are heating up for action. Many voices, including the President's, urge Congress to act on reauthorizing LWCF funding.

    President Obama, in his weekly radio address, talked about the importance of protecting America's natural treasures for the next generation by immediately reauthorizing LWCF.  The President stated:

    "For more than half a century, this fund [LWCF] has protected more than 5 million acres of land - from playgrounds and parks to priceless landscapes - all without costing taxpayers a dime. Nearly every single county in America has benefited from this program. It has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Republicans in Congress should reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund without delay."

    Watch his full address:

     Read more about the current status of the LWCF... 


  • 27 Oct 2015 2:08 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Congress is, yet again, facing the imminent expiration of the Federal Surface Transportation Act (currently known as MAP-21) at the end of October. While both the Senate and House continue to work on their separate long-term legislation, Congress is expected to approve yet another short-term extension of the current law — likely keeping the program solvent into early 2016. 

    Click here to read more. 

  • 27 Oct 2015 2:07 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    At midnight, October 1, the light flickered out on one of the nation's most popular and successful conservation and recreation programs. But the political battle over the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is sure to rage on into the fall, as lawmakers debate how to divvy up the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives each year.

    So what does this mean for parks and recreation? What are the next steps and how may you add your voice to the growing chorus of those urging Congress to act and make good on the five-decade old promise and renew the LWCF for future generations?

    Click here to read the updates.

  • 26 Oct 2015 4:42 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As community health and wellness leaders, you know how essential parks and recreation are to the nation’s health. But how about your elected leaders? Making the case to them about the measurable ways parks create healthy communities can be tricky. NRPA now has a comprehensive solution — Making the Case: Parks and Health. This dynamic resource has substantive data and tools to help you talk about the health benefits of parks and recreation to the decision-makers, all backed by published research. We’ve got fact sheets, an infographics library, ready-to-use social media content, testimonials and more.

    Click here to begin using Making the Case: Parks and Health and to strengthen your communications!

  • 17 Oct 2015 6:22 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    The route will stretch 573 miles across Arizona from the California border to the New Mexico border. The roads were chosen to highlight Arizona’s natural attractions, but also to provide safe rides.

    “We were wanting to provide the long-distance bicyclists with a preferred route across Arizona that would link our metropolitan areas and traverse scenic, cultural, recreational areas of interest,” ADOT spokesperson said.

    The route was approved last week by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, designating it US Bicycle Route 90. Sanders said USBR 90 is a new addition to the nationwide interstate bicycle route systems. 

    Read Full Article and see approved route here...

  • 15 Oct 2015 8:49 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Fred Gray, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Tucson, has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Gray was inducted recently at the Academy’s annual meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Congress.

    The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of park and recreation. They must have served for at least 15 years in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency, or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration, or they must manage a park and recreation department for an agency with a population of more than 500,000. Read more here...

  • 14 Oct 2015 1:47 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Imagine a six-year-old Diego Costa refereeing a football match. Given his combustible temperament it's likely there would only be one winner in a game he was taking part in -- the team he was playing for.

    At first glance the idea of six or seven-year-olds refereeing their own games would seem to be a recipe for chaos. But, that's exactly what the Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) has been experimenting with over the last two years in a scheme dubbed "Fair Play Football." Read full article...

  • 12 Oct 2015 2:51 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The “Music in the Mountains” acoustic music festival will be held on October 17th and 18th, 2015, in the North Mountain Visitor Center (NMVC)from 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on both days. The event is free and open to the public. Over 20 bands and musicians (listed below) have offered their talents for the festival. The beauty of the mountains, in combination with lovely music, is truly an experience to be had.

    Save Our Mountains Foundation (SOMF) has endeavored to preserve and protect the open space of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve since 1970, donating major parcels of land and helping others to donate even more to the entire preserve system. SOMF enabled the reopening of the North Mountain Visitor Center in January of 2011. Since then, the Center has been the welcoming portal of the Phoenix Mountain Preserves. SOMF continues to develop awareness of our delicate desert habitat through educational programs. The unique and fabulous Preserve system allows locals and visitors alike to experience, firsthand, the beauty of our desert spaces, and to appreciate wildlife that has adapted over the centuries to live in this dramatic and beautiful location.

    Music in the Mountains 10 9 2015.pdf

    MIM musician lineup ver4 10 9 2015.pdf

  • 05 Oct 2015 9:34 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    February 10-12, 2016

    The School of Public Health-Bloomington will host the first national symposium dedicated to showcasing the role that parks and recreation play in improving our nation’s public health and would like to take this opportunity to invite you to be a part of this important event. In particular, if your organization has developed an innovative program to help promote a healthy lifestyle we would certainly be excited in having you join us!

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  Abstract submission is open until November 2, 2015.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: The National Symposium is pleased to announce that Dr. Allen W Heinemann and Jayne Miller will be joining us as our Keynote Speakers. For more information on these amazing individuals please visit our website.

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