• 09 Nov 2015 1:03 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation requests proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. This grant program seeks to fund projects that address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff and degraded shorelines caused by development. Awards range from $20,000 to $50,000 — generally averaging $30,000 — and 40 to 50 grants may be awarded per year. This is a great opportunity to bring funding and support to your conservation and water-related projects in parks and recreation. RFP submissions are due Tuesday, February 3, 2016.  

    Click here for more information about the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. 

  • 09 Nov 2015 1:02 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    In the last few years, the following noteworthy community engagement trends have emerged: 

    1. Stakeholders are evolving (continuously). 
    2. Experts are now applying a formula to better understand engagement efforts.  
    3. A bias toward public meetings exists among community officials. 
    4. There is a communication disconnect between, well, everyone. 
    5. Data is being used alongside engagement to paint a bigger picture of our communities. 

    To take a look at these in more depth and explore how you can use them to create informed engagement, check out a new white paper written by NRPA partner mySidewalk by MindMixer. 

    Click here to review the white paper.

    Click here for more information about the mySidewalk member discount.  

  • 02 Nov 2015 12:29 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    In partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, NRPA is offering three free Commit to Health webinars that can help any agency strengthen its efforts to improve community health and wellness. The webinars will focus on action planning to track agency health and wellness goals, best practices for communicating with your community about health and wellness, and creating wellness policies at your sites. 

    Click here to register for these upcoming webinars on November 4, December 9 and February 10.  

  • 28 Oct 2015 11:48 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The thrust to build bike trails around Wisconsin, and, for that matter, the entire United States has gained momentum in the last several years, paralleling a movement to improve health and reduce obesity in both adults and kids in America. The initiatives have grown competitive as States vie for tourism dollars. It's hard to find a community that doesn't share a glowing economic improvement story because of a bike path nearby. Read more and see photos...

  • 28 Oct 2015 11:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Small towns and rural communities can seek funding to build their capacity and acquire technical expertise for projects such as managing and shaping community growth, the design of community-supportive transportation systems, and preservation of natural and historic landscapes. The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more and download funding applications... 

  • 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!

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