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

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06/02/2020

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Within the next few days, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Great American Outdoors Act, which would fully fun...
06/01/2020
Tell Your Senator to Pass Full Funding for LWCF!

Within the next few days, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider the Great American Outdoors Act, which would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Tell your Senator to vote YES on S. 3422 and #FundLWCF https://p2a.co/TEW595J

I just took action to ensure full funding for LWCF which provides vital funding for our community parks! Join me in helping fund LWCF!

Some gym junkies are seeing the benefit of exercising in the great outdoors (the essential spaces managed by park and re...
05/31/2020

Some gym junkies are seeing the benefit of exercising in the great outdoors (the essential spaces managed by park and recreation professionals)

http://ow.ly/WQGi50zU6j1 via the Washington Post

Image: A person rides a bike through a wooded trail.

NRPA’s Path to Recovery framework includes comprehensive guidance, tools and resources focused on lifting restrictions a...
05/31/2020
Path to Recovery

NRPA’s Path to Recovery framework includes comprehensive guidance, tools and resources focused on lifting restrictions and reinstating operations.

Image: A row of trees between a walking path and a river

In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we explored the increased usage of parks and trails compared to this time last yea...
05/30/2020
NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 27-29 Survey Results

In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we explored the increased usage of parks and trails compared to this time last year.

The NRPA Parks Snapshot provides the latest data on how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, issued the following statement regarding the recent incidents of racism in co...
05/29/2020

Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, issued the following statement regarding the recent incidents of racism in communities across the country: http://ow.ly/tT4b50zTMmp

Image: Excerpt of text from statement on a blue background. Text can be read in full at the link above.

New Survey: More than four in five adults prize virtual health resources, like those delivered by local park and recreat...
05/29/2020

New Survey: More than four in five adults prize virtual health resources, like those delivered by local park and recreation professionals. http://ow.ly/LKwZ50zT6yY

National Water Safety Month is almost over, but the importance of water safety doesn’t stop here. Remind your community ...
05/27/2020

National Water Safety Month is almost over, but the importance of water safety doesn’t stop here. Remind your community that learning to swim and undistracted adult supervision saves lives. #BeWaterAware #NWSM2020 https://nwsm.phta.org/

Image: Two kids lean at the edge of a pool with boogie boards.

Today is #ThankAHungerHero Day, and we have a lot of hunger heroes to thank!Image: Meals prepared by Berea College and B...
05/27/2020
May 27 Is Thank A Hunger Hero Day | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

Today is #ThankAHungerHero Day, and we have a lot of hunger heroes to thank!

Image: Meals prepared by Berea College and Berea Community School food service kitchens are distributed to children in need using a school bus.

Across the country, park and recreation professionals have stepped in to ensure that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families are able...

NRPA and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) sign an MOU marking a renewed partnership to advance the p...
05/26/2020

NRPA and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) sign an MOU marking a renewed partnership to advance the park and recreation sector for both the United States and Canada.

Images: Chair of the NRPA Board of Directors, Jack Kardys, and President of the CPRA Board of Directors, Michael Cleland, signing an MOU between the two organizations.

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we explore how the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is suppor...
05/26/2020
Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness in L.A. During COVID-19 — June Bonus Episode | Open Space | National Recreation and Park Association

On this episode of Open Space Radio, we explore how the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is supporting people experiencing homelessness, among other vulnerable populations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Image: The skyline of Los Angeles, California

On this month’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with AP Diaz, Executive Officer & Chief of Staff at L.A. City Department of Recreation...

Join us today at 3pm EDT to learn about the COVID-19 pandemic response from leading U.S. park and recreation agency lead...
05/26/2020

Join us today at 3pm EDT to learn about the COVID-19 pandemic response from leading U.S. park and recreation agency leaders. Register now: http://ow.ly/rh2x30qJJaW

Today, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
05/25/2020

Today, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks closed parks spaces, housed people...
05/24/2020
Homelessness and the Global Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks closed parks spaces, housed people experiencing homelessness and prepared open parkland for mobile emergency operations.

In this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of a few additional facility types: recreation center...
05/23/2020
NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 20-22 Survey Results

In this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of a few additional facility types: recreation centers, senior centers and indoor gyms.

The NRPA Parks Snapshot provides the latest data on how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parks matter, and so do the professionals who manage, plan, design and care for them. #WeAreParksAndRec
05/22/2020
Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness

Parks matter, and so do the professionals who manage, plan, design and care for them. #WeAreParksAndRec

Since the 19th century, when Frederick Law Olmsted designed many of America's great urban parks, landscape architects have understood that access to nature makes cities healthier places to live.

05/22/2020
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Thank you to New York City Department of Parks & Recreation staff and park and recreation heroes everywhere for the essential services you provide your communities during the pandemic. #GoingGreenforParkies

Tonight, landmarks like The Empire State Building and Coney Island Parachute Jump light up in green as a tribute to essential park workers serving on the frontline during the pandemic. Here’s a live view of the Washington Square Park Arch glowing green!

The June Health and Wellness Issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is here! http://ow.ly/eDmB30qIhCIImage: The cover of t...
05/21/2020

The June Health and Wellness Issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is here! http://ow.ly/eDmB30qIhCI

Image: The cover of the June issue. Tents lining a sidewalk in Los Angeles with the words "The Health and Wellness Issue"

As some park and recreation agencies begin to start youth sports activities again, the CDC offers considerations for way...
05/20/2020
Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events

As some park and recreation agencies begin to start youth sports activities again, the CDC offers considerations for ways in which you can protect players, families and communities and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfecting: Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.

As some park and recreation agencies begin to convene youth summer camps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
05/20/2020
Communities, Schools, Workplaces, & Events

As some park and recreation agencies begin to convene youth summer camps, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers considerations for ways in which camp administrators can help protect campers, staff and communities, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cleaning and Disinfecting: Everyday steps, when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.

05/20/2020

NYC is #GoingGreenforParkies on May 21 to celebrate park workers on the front line! The Empire State Building & iconic New York City Department of Parks & Recreation sites will glow green as a tribute to the dedication and perseverance of park workers around the world. Wear green this Thursday to support their efforts! 💚

Here's what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service waiver extension means for parks and recreatio...
05/19/2020
Child Meal Waivers Extended Through Summer

Here's what the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service waiver extension means for parks and recreation.

Image: Martina Leforce, Berea Kids Eat Program director, helps prepare food for children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Berea College

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has extended three nationwide waivers from their original expiration...

Park maintenance employees have always been essential, but it's now clearer than ever.Image: A park employee mows grass ...
05/19/2020
The Invisible Essential Park Maintenance Hero

Park maintenance employees have always been essential, but it's now clearer than ever.

Image: A park employee mows grass near a playground.

At a time like this, during an unprecedented nationwide pandemic, heroes are found everywhere, and a new label has been given to them – “essential.” We are quickly coming to realize just how essential certain people are.

Join us Thursday for our upcoming #10MinWalk webinar. http://ow.ly/y5ca50y4nFqImage: Bright spring flowers in a park are...
05/18/2020

Join us Thursday for our upcoming #10MinWalk webinar. http://ow.ly/y5ca50y4nFq

Image: Bright spring flowers in a park are in the background, and webinar details are in the foreground.

05/18/2020

NRPA is currently seeking a Program Manager for our Health and Wellness team in the Programs & Partnerships department. The Programs & Partnerships team at NRPA works to improve quality of life through local parks and recreation across three pillars: health and wellness, conservation and social equity. This position's primary responsibility will be to provide detailed program support and management of key projects that further NRPA’s goals of advancing parks and recreation into community wellness hubs, connecting every member of the community to essential health and wellness programs and services that improve health outcomes.

Do not apply on Facebook. Find the full job description and apply here: http://ow.ly/FusD50xMo1P

Image: speech bubble with the words, "we're hiring"

Join us this Tuesday for a discussion with American Camp Association and National Summer Learning Association on plannin...
05/17/2020

Join us this Tuesday for a discussion with American Camp Association and National Summer Learning Association on planning summer camps. http://ow.ly/x9xZ50zHe25

Image: Camp counselors play with kids in the background, while webinar details are in the foreground.

With some creativity, staff at the East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation isn't letting the COVID-19 pa...
05/16/2020
Lights, Camera, Action…Coronavirus?

With some creativity, staff at the East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation isn't letting the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of its annual teen film festival.

Image: Jason Lang, Director of East Goshen Township Department of Parks and Recreation, poses at a previous teen film festival.

The East Goshen Township (PA) Department of Parks and Recreation's "SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase" was planned and ready for another...

Happy #̶K̶i̶d̶s̶T̶o̶P̶a̶r̶k̶s̶ #ParksToKids Day! Join us in celebrating virtually today with National Park Trust!Image: ...
05/16/2020

Happy #̶K̶i̶d̶s̶T̶o̶P̶a̶r̶k̶s̶ #ParksToKids Day! Join us in celebrating virtually today with National Park Trust!

Image: A father walks his daughter across a footbridge at a park in Hopewell, Virginia. 📷: Hopewell Recreation and Parks

Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport 60+ Activity Center has evolved from class participant to volunteer to advoc...
05/15/2020
Older Americans Month: Volunteer for 60+ Activity Center in Oregon Advocates for Seniors

Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport 60+ Activity Center has evolved from class participant to volunteer to advocate. #HealthyAgingInParks #MakeYourMark #OAM2020

Image: Older adults pose for a picture at the Newport Parks and Recreation Department 60+ Activity Center.

Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport Parks and Recreation Department’s 60+ Activity Center in Oregon has evolved from class participant to...

Parks and recreation has a vital responsibility to keep swim lessons affordable, accessible and available to all members...
05/15/2020
How Parks and Recreation Can Create Safer Swimmers

Parks and recreation has a vital responsibility to keep swim lessons affordable, accessible and available to all members of the community.

Image: Children take swim lessons at an indoor pool.

As the impacts of COVID-19 are slowly making their way into aquatics, we need to look for different ways to keep our communities safe in and out of...

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.Image: A unicorn...
05/14/2020
Finding Your Unicorns

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.

Image: A unicorn shaped inflatable raft floats in a pool.

Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.

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22377 Belmont Ridge Rd
Ashburn, VA
20148

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Tuesday 08:30 - 16:45
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:45
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Is there an easy way to see whether a city (example, Henderson, Nevada) has won an award from your association? I thought Henderson had been a winner of the Gold Medal - https://www.nrpa.org/our-work/awards/goldmedal - but I see no mention.
For those in the field of Parks & Recreation who hold this namesake television series near and dear to your heart, there is a special show tonight. Tune In TONIGHT! The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation Thursday, April 30, 2020; 8:00 pm ET/PT on NBC This new, half-hour special will highlight many of the show's most memorable moments, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Journey from the earliest stages of the show’s development to following the stars through to their emotional final day on set. You'll see all of your Pawnee favorites: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. A new virtual episode will immediately follow, not to be missed. Treat. Yo. Self. 8 pm tonight, on NBC Parks and Recreation at PaleyFest on YouTube Enjoy four Parks and Recreation appearances at PaleyFest, marking the first time we have made these events all available at the same time on the Paley YouTube channel. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUVeOmkpnYTwRTrZkQA57OCilQOxoCqSo
How has your parks and rec department continued to offer services to the community during the COVID-19 epedimic?
I am looking for a group page that is made up of members who are responsible for the grounds maintenance of parks and trails. Trying to get feed back and information on how others are utilizing equipment and new technology for their daily maintenance challenges.
Went outside today to get some fresh air and do some walking. Got pictures of this Great Blue Heron in Millrace Park, Columbus Indiana Parks and Recreation. At this time please respect social distancing, but share pictures of nature in your Parks! I would love to see them. Columbus, Indiana Parks and Recreation Department
What guidance is everyone providing regarding public restrooms at this point? Are they staying open? Closed? Are you providing details regarding cleaning schedule? Louisville, Kentucky here: just trying to compare notes.
Join the CDC Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative According to new data released today, too many people in the US are not physically active. Inactivity differs by state, race, and ethnicity. The community environments that we create and maintain play a key role in this. Whether as an individual, a community, or an organizational champion, please join CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation initiative to help 27 million Americans become more active by 2027. #ActivePeople
What messaging services do you use to notify participants? We were using RainedOut.com, but it is not longer within our budget.
I'm looking for some resources in determining recreation center membership fees. Does anyone have articles or books or other resources that would provide different ways to determine membership fees? Thanks in advance!