News

  • 23 Jun 2014 10:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis and, when adults do get outdoor time, it is relatively short with nearly half (47 percent) spending 30 minutes or less in the fresh air. These results are from a new national survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of NRPA as part of the upcoming celebration of Park and Recreation Month in July. The key survey findings are available in this infographic and detailed findings are also available with additional data on the opinions and behaviors adults in the United States have around getting outdoor time. With results like these, it will be important to get people OUT and INvolved in their community next month and all year long! Encourage your community to participate in the 31-day #JulyOUTisIN challenge and get started busting these trends!

    Click here for more information about the national survey findings.


  • 23 Jun 2014 10:53 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The abilities to read, write, understand and think critically are vital skills every young person needs to be successful in school, career and life. If you have an afterschool program that has excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students then nominate your program to win the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award from the Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Nominations must be made by August 15, 2014.   Click here to nominate a program.


  • 19 Jun 2014 7:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The new College Football Playoff is going to look a lot different than the old BCS, both on the field and off. Two more brands that were closely linked to the BCS undefined Discover and Tostitos undefined have told ESPN that they are ending their title sponsorship of playoff bowl games. Capital One, meanwhile, is in the final stages of negotiations to fill the void at the Orange Bowl, and ESPN still is looking for a sponsor to take the Fiesta Bowl position. Read full article... 

  • 19 Jun 2014 7:23 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    For city-dwellers, urban parks provide a breath of fresh air and some vital room to roam-but how much you get depends on where you live. The 2014 rankings from The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore® Index are out now: find out how your city’s park system measures up!

    Learn more>> 

  • 18 Jun 2014 10:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population.

    Free Webinar: Are You Ready for the Boomers?

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population
    Free Webinar: Are You Ready for the Boomers?

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population
    Free Webinar: Are You Ready for the Boomers?

    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population
    Seniors are one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S. and more and more of them will be heading to your park and recreation facilities. Stay ahead of the boom by attending our free webinar on Thursday, June 19 at 2:30 EDT to learn about latest trends and programming that can help you meet the needs of this growing population.
  • 16 Jun 2014 1:05 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Federal Grant Announcement: Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program.

    Details can be found by logging into your APRA membership profile and clicking on the Grants Tab.  

  • 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.


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