National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.
NRPA is the leading advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks and recreation opportunities. Founded in 1965 through the merger of 5 national organizations dedicated to the same cause, NRPA has grown over the years - in total membership, in outreach efforts, in building partnerships, and in serving as the voice and defender of parks and recreation.

NRPA is dedicated to educating professionals and the public on the essential nature of parks and recreation. Through learning opportunities, research, and communications initiatives, we strive to generate significant public support for our movement in order to advance the development of best practices and resources that will make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

We also advocate for increased national funding for parks and recreation through federal grants and initiatives that support healthy lifestyles, economic vitality and environmental stewardship.

We are the hub for connecting advocates, professionals, suppliers and government leaders so that, together, we can achieve common goals and further advance our movement.


NRPA is funded through membership dues, conference and event sales, and charitable contributions. These funds are used to conduct research, education and policy initiatives on behalf of the movement.

NRPA is a non-profit organization organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia.

This is a page for supporters of the National Recreation and Park Association. We encourage open discussion while keeping the messages and comments family-friendly. We continuously monitor our social media. Please note, we will mostly respond to posts within regular business hours. By participating on this page, you are agreeing to our community commenting policy which is listed below. We reserve the right to delete posts containing any of the following elements: - profanity - personal attacks - willful misinformation - spam - any advertising that’s unrelated to the NRPA mission - off-topic / irrelevant posts - promoting violence - anything that infringes on copyrights or trademarks - promoting illegal or questionable activities If you repeatedly violate this policy, you will be removed from our page. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Mission: NRPA’s mission is to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

NRPA, alongside The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, is encouraging you to host a pollinator-focused BioBlitz this June du...
04/01/2019
Host a BioBlitz and You Could Win!

NRPA, alongside The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, is encouraging you to host a pollinator-focused BioBlitz this June during Pollinator Month! #Parks4Pollinators

Local park and recreation agencies have the chance to win $1,000 for pollinator enrichment activities!

Play brings us back to our roots, when we could relax and allow life to be.
03/31/2019
Recreation Is Life

Play brings us back to our roots, when we could relax and allow life to be.

It is important to find peace and connection, as the two lead to a better mood and better health.

For older adults across the U.S., there is often a trade-off between healthy meals and medical bills, prescriptions, uti...
03/30/2019
More Than a Meal

For older adults across the U.S., there is often a trade-off between healthy meals and medical bills, prescriptions, utilities, transportation and family care.

That's where local parks and recreation comes in.

Need some inspiration for Monday? Share your ideas here.
03/29/2019
April Fools!

Need some inspiration for Monday? Share your ideas here.

Join the conversation on NRPA Connect.

Presenting a Speed Session at the NRPA Annual Conference is a great professional development tool for the novice and exp...
03/29/2019
Turn Your Passion into a Presentation

Presenting a Speed Session at the NRPA Annual Conference is a great professional development tool for the novice and experienced speaker alike.

A Speed Session is the perfect way for you to turn your passion into a presentation.

Happy Spring! Photo submitted by Northbrook Park District.
03/29/2019

Happy Spring! Photo submitted by Northbrook Park District.

Last chance! If you're dreaming of coming up on stage in Baltimore this September to receive an award, apply  now! http:...
03/28/2019

Last chance! If you're dreaming of coming up on stage in Baltimore this September to receive an award, apply now! http://ow.ly/GngW30oexCe

Press Release: NRPA Takes Home Gold and Silver Awards in Association TRENDS 2018 All-Media Contest http://ow.ly/7clA30od...
03/27/2019

Press Release: NRPA Takes Home Gold and Silver Awards in Association TRENDS 2018 All-Media Contest http://ow.ly/7clA30odBCa

If you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise at the NRPA Annual Conference,...
03/27/2019
Share Your Speed Session Ideas by March 30!

If you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise at the NRPA Annual Conference, we want to hear about it!

Share your unique ideas and experiences at our highly acclaimed Speed Sessions at the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference.

Playgrounds and play spaces should reflect the communities around them — and in the age of customization, it's more do...
03/27/2019
Community-Minded Design with Todd Lehman

Playgrounds and play spaces should reflect the communities around them — and in the age of customization, it's more doable now than ever.

We're talking with Cre8Play's owner and "design guy," about the benefits of keeping a community's spirit in mind when designing play spaces.

The City of Sparks Park and Recreation Department's aqua fitness classes are some senior citizens' only exercise for the...
03/26/2019
Healthy Aging in Sparks, Nevada

The City of Sparks Park and Recreation Department's aqua fitness classes are some senior citizens' only exercise for the day and their main source of social interaction.

These classes provide a fun, social setting for older adults and are very welcoming

Join us this Thursday to find out all you need to know about 2019's #NRPAFamilyFitDay! http://ow.ly/in9g30o2KIf
03/26/2019

Join us this Thursday to find out all you need to know about 2019's #NRPAFamilyFitDay! http://ow.ly/in9g30o2KIf

How well do you know the residents who use, or potentially may use, your agency's park and recreation facilities?
03/25/2019
Tailored Insights About Your Facility and Community

How well do you know the residents who use, or potentially may use, your agency's park and recreation facilities?

Market Reports offer key data and insights about the market served by your agency's facilities.

Time is running out to get recognized for all your hard work!
03/25/2019
Apply for an NRPA Award by Friday!

Time is running out to get recognized for all your hard work!

Our awards programs highlights efforts of those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the community.

Join in our #ParkChampion webinar this Tuesday to learn how you can highlight your #KidsToParks Day event! http://ow.ly/...
03/24/2019

Join in our #ParkChampion webinar this Tuesday to learn how you can highlight your #KidsToParks Day event! http://ow.ly/CLSx30nM2Vi

Learn how an app can help your local park and recreation department document pollinators and plants, work on conservatio...
03/23/2019
Where Are Your Bees and Butterflies?

Learn how an app can help your local park and recreation department document pollinators and plants, work on conservation and engage the community at the same time!

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has used community scientist driven BioBlitz events to help tackle these issues.

This is your chance to have your photography featured on the July cover of Parks & Recreation magazine! #GameOnJuly
03/22/2019
Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest

This is your chance to have your photography featured on the July cover of Parks & Recreation magazine! #GameOnJuly

We're now accepting submissions for the 2019 Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest!

Today on World Water Day, we're reminded of how important water is to communities around the country, and the world. #Wo...
03/22/2019

Today on World Water Day, we're reminded of how important water is to communities around the country, and the world. #WorldWaterDay #Water4All

Photo of Oak Grove Park by Grapevine Parks & Recreation

Are you working to ensure everybody in your community has access to opportunities to be healthy through local parks and ...
03/20/2019
RWJF–NRPA Award for Health Equity

Are you working to ensure everybody in your community has access to opportunities to be healthy through local parks and recreation? If so, you may be eligible for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NRPA Award for Health Equity. Apply now and #PromoteHealthEquity!

Applications are accepted through March 29.

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Time to get out and enjoy all your local parks have to offer. Photo by Northbrook Park Dis...
03/20/2019

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Time to get out and enjoy all your local parks have to offer.

Photo by Northbrook Park District

Host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition this spring for free!
03/19/2019
MLB Pitch, Hit and Run

Host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition this spring for free!

Local competitions take place until mid-May.

Get the know-how needed to build and execute effective marketing and communication campaigns that will help you connect ...
03/18/2019
NRPA's Online Marketing and Communications Certificate

Get the know-how needed to build and execute effective marketing and communication campaigns that will help you connect with your community!

Park and recreation professionals who are looking to gain focused training in marketing and communication strategies should enroll.

In today's episode of Open Space Radio, we take a moment to celebrate five years of Commit to Health and how we're makin...
03/18/2019
A Park and Rec Program Created 500,000 Healthier Youth

In today's episode of Open Space Radio, we take a moment to celebrate five years of Commit to Health and how we're making an impact nationwide. #CommitToHealth

We take a moment to celebrate this monumental achievement and look back at where we started and where we’re headed.

Join the NRPA Health and Wellness team to learn more about a new round of Play Space grant opportunities! #MeetMeAtThePa...
03/17/2019

Join the NRPA Health and Wellness team to learn more about a new round of Play Space grant opportunities! #MeetMeAtThePark http://ow.ly/hve830o0eRy

In a city where temperatures can soar well above 100 degrees on a summer day, Tempe, Arizona's new park improvements pro...
03/17/2019
Tempe Parks Get Some TLC

In a city where temperatures can soar well above 100 degrees on a summer day, Tempe, Arizona's new park improvements provide welcome relief.

We're highlighting noteworthy park projects in our parks transforming cities, towns and communities series.

This D.C. park plan is helping people purchase homes, finance businesses and get jobs.
03/16/2019
Why History Matters in Equitable Development Planning

This D.C. park plan is helping people purchase homes, finance businesses and get jobs.

In the second of three reports on the 11th Street Bridge Park project in Washington, D.C., the Urban Institute begins with a seven-page history of community and economic development in and around D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8.

It's time to go for the gold and sign up to host an Olympic Day event at your local park and recreation agency!
03/15/2019
Olympic Day 2019

It's time to go for the gold and sign up to host an Olympic Day event at your local park and recreation agency!

If you’d like to host an event, please register before April 15, 2019

Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates of Revenue Development and Management School!
03/15/2019
Revenue Development and Management School

Congratulations to all the 2019 graduates of Revenue Development and Management School!

It's the the most comprehensive and unique professional development program focusing on proven revenue management and development techniques.

We reached out to the chair of the Gold Medal Committee and the head judge to get answers to some of the most frequently...
03/14/2019
Some FAQs about the Gold Medal Awards

We reached out to the chair of the Gold Medal Committee and the head judge to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the application process.

Read on for Gold Medal FAQs!

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president, and while this is a big win for our industry, ...
03/14/2019
President Signs Bill to Permanently Authorize LWCF

LWCF reauthorization has passed Congress and was signed by the president, and while this is a big win for our industry, the fight isn't over yet.

Here's a breakdown of what this means for us going forward.

There's still time to get the recognition you deserve!
03/14/2019
Apply for an award by March 29!

There's still time to get the recognition you deserve!

The National Recreation and Park Association awards programs highlight efforts of those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the community.

Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise to your fellow park and recrea...
03/12/2019
Share Your Speed Session Ideas!

Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise to your fellow park and recreation professionals? #NRPAConference

Proposals are to be submitted no later than March 30, 2019.

Press Release: The Walt Disney Company Commits $1 Million to the National Recreation and Park Association to Support Pla...
03/12/2019

Press Release: The Walt Disney Company Commits $1 Million to the National Recreation and Park Association to Support Play Spaces Nationwide #MeetMeAtThePark http://ow.ly/bG0130o1f72

Learn how park and recreation agencies can be key players in developing resiliency strategies in our upcoming webinar. h...
03/12/2019

Learn how park and recreation agencies can be key players in developing resiliency strategies in our upcoming webinar. http://ow.ly/zcHf30nLSMj

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