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  • 18 Oct 2017 1:07 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    To harness Americans’ untapped passion for public parks and recreation, NRPA each year conducts a study explore Americans’ usage of parks, the key reasons that drive their use, and the greatest challenges preventing increased usage. This annual study probes the importance of public parks in Americans’ lives, including how parks rate against other service offerings of local governments. Read Full Report....

  • 06 Oct 2017 2:04 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    There are approximately 1,500 Confederate monuments and statues on battlefields, town greens, in parks and in front of courthouses. While most are in the South, surprisingly, many are also in the North and Midwest, and a number of them are in areas managed by park and recreation agencies. There has been a push in many areas to remove these monuments from the center of civic life. So, some thought is necessary about the pros and cons of removing these monuments from some areas and potentially accepting them in other public areas. 

    Click here to read more.


  • 21 Sep 2017 10:23 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    After a yearlong process covering more than 400 miles, Philadelphia is officially the first city in the U.S. to have its urban trail system mapped on Google Street View. After two Parks & Recreation employees spent months carrying a 50-pound Google Trekker backpack, the hi-res images were sent to Google to be processed into a 360-degree platform. Read more and see photos...

  • 29 Aug 2017 12:02 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    As illustrated by the case described, herein, there are two sets of rules for determining whether a public facility complies with the accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Public facilities in which construction was completed prior to the effective date of the ADA (January 26, 1992) are subject to less stringent program accessibility requirements than ADA accessibility standards for new construction and alterations to existing facilities.

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  • 18 Aug 2017 1:28 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Thank you to all who participated in our Annual Awards program, click here to see the best of the best winners.

    Annual Awards Winners

  • 14 Aug 2017 12:44 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    NRPA's latest Park Pulse Poll finds that park and recreation amenities are popular among vacation goers. Tourism plays an important role in the success of park and recreation agencies and many agencies run some of the most popular vacation destinations. Of those polled, nearly half prefer vacation destinations that are secluded and relaxing. Gen X'ers and Millennials believe that areas offering recreation options for kids and adults are important and Baby Boomers prefer areas with scenic views and wildlife.

    Full Poll and Infographic

  • 31 Jul 2017 11:58 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    Get yourself conference ready by taking a look at the conference program. 

  • 18 Jul 2017 2:16 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    In 24 hours, a key vote on summer and afterschool funding will take place — potentially impacting park and recreation programs for thousands of kids across America. We need your help to save summer and afterschool park and rec programs!


  • 05 Jul 2017 3:33 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    NRPA will be awarding a Park and Recreation Month play prize package (valued at $250) weekly starting on July 10. Prize pack will include outdoor games, a gift card and other swag! Submit your photo following these weekly themes to win! 

    • July 3-9: P is for Park! Show us how you get your play on at your local park!
    • July 10-16: L is for Learning! Show us how you combine learning and play!
    • July 17-23: A is for Advocacy! Show us how you advocate for parks!
    • July 24-30: Y is for YOU! Show us your favorite way to play at your local parks and rec!
    For more details or how to enter click here


  • 05 Jul 2017 9:12 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Today marks the 4th anniversary of our loss of 19 wildland firefighters to the Yarnell Hill Fire. The CNN program, "Beyond the Call of Duty" helped to remember the day with a segment filmed at Arizona's first Memorial State Park that honors our fallen heroes.

    Watch the Video...

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