Parks & Recreation

A journal devoted to parks and recreation management and design, including grounds maintenance, guidelines to purchasing equipment, facility planning and design. Features articles, commentary, legislation, notes from the field for members of the National

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 7, July

2014 Gold Medal Finalists Announced
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with NRPA, are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This year's proud sponsor...
Aiming to Put NRPA out of Business
Last year, NRPA launched an ambitious three-year strategic plan that was designed to accomplish something unheard of--to put NRPA out of business. That's right. If our strategic plan was to succeed as envisioned, and our mission to advance parks, recreation...
Education: Why It's Still a Big Deal
It is an undeniable fact that how we learn, where we learn and even our perception of the learning experience is changing. Tuition for traditional education is on the rise, but at the same time, anyone with a laptop and a desire for mind expansion...
Grasscycling: Free Fertilizer, Free Water and Free Compost
What is grasscycling? Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly, returning valuable nutrients back into the soil. Grasscycling is great for your lawn on a number...
INsights on America's OUTdoor Habits
July is Park and Recreation Month, and in preparation for 31 days of getting OUTside being the IN thing to do, we endeavored to learn a bit more about peoples' habits when it comes to enjoying nature and outdoor recreation. In partnership with Ipsos...
Learning Curve
As the field of parks and recreation changes, students, academics and practitioners struggle to define the industry and stay relevantJust 20 years ago, hardly anyone asked whether a college education was worth the financial cost. It was a given that,...
Learning Curve: As the Field of Parks and Recreation Changes, Students, Academics and Practitioners Struggle to Define the Industry and Stay Relevant
Just 20 years ago, hardly anyone asked whether a college education was worth the financial cost. It was a given that, if you desired gainful, lucrative employment, rather than grunt-level wages in the service or labor industries, you'd graduate high...
Leash-Law Violator Tased and Confused
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from engaging in any unreasonable searches or seizures of one's person or property. Accordingly, consistent with the Fourth Amendment, any stop and detention by a police...
Letters
We hope the articles you read in Parks & Recreation are thought-provoking and engaging, and we want to hear your opinions on what you read in these pages. Through social media posts, website comments, emails to staff or posts on Connect, let us know...
Member Spotlight: Phillip Heeg
As the outdoor recreation (ODR) program manager for the U.S. Air Force since 1986, Phillip Heeg plays a critical role supporting recreation opportunities for millions of Air Force servicemembers and their families. In this position, Heeg delivers strategic...
Missouri's Mane Event
The Missouri Park and Recreation Association finds a creative way to fund continuing education scholarships for its membersA couple of years ago, the Missouri Park and Recreation Association's (MPRA) leadership set out to help longtime members and friends...
Missouri's Mane Event: The Missouri Park and Recreation Association Finds a Creative Way to Fund Continuing Education Scholarships for Its Members
A couple of years ago, the Missouri Park and Recreation Association's (MPRA) leadership set out to help longtime members and friends give back to their profession and show gratitude for benefits they received throughout their careers. MPRA formed a...
Nocturnal Activity
Parks' nighttime events open up a new world of possibilitiesEvery day, parks fill with visitors for hiking, boating, strolling, swimming, fishing and picnicking until sundown. But come dusk, many parks offer nighttime activities that draw guests back....
Nocturnal Activity: Parks' Nighttime Events Open Up a New World of Possibilities
Every day, parks fill with visitors for hiking, boating, strolling, swimming, fishing and picnicking until sundown. But come dusk, many parks offer nighttime activities that draw guests back. Creative offerings range from midnight kayak paddles to...
Notable News
* The Washington Post recently recognized NRPA as one of the top places to work in the greater Washington, D.C., area, as outlined in the inaugural Capital Business Top Workplaces for 2014 report (www.washingtonpost.com/ wp-tran/capital-business/top-work...
Parks for All
Parks in Vancouver seek to welcome and serve people all along the gender spectrumA central working principle of parks and recreation is equal access for all, and agencies have done an admirable job of providing high-quality services for people in their...
Parks for All: Parks in Vancouver Seek to Welcome and Serve People All along the Gender Spectrum
A central working principle of parks and recreation is equal access for all, and agencies have done an admirable job of providing high-quality services for people in their communities regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious identity,...
Products
Trash ReceptaclesPilot Rock Park Equipment produces a line of durable trash and recycling receptacles accessible to everyone - children, adults and individuals with physical disabilities.The tough steel receptacles can withstand constant exposure to...
Reaching New Heights
NRPA and its partners work to renew Charlotte, North Carolina's Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as the fifth project in NRPA's Parks Build Community initiativePeople working in the field of parks and recreation know the transformative power that a...
Reaching New Heights: NRPA and Its Partners Work to Renew Charlotte, North Carolina's Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as the Fifth Project in NRPA's Parks Build Community Initiative
People working in the field of parks and recreation know the transformative power that a park can have on a community, but often, residents who benefit from these public resources don't see the bigger picture. That's not the case in the Lincoln Heights...
Sports and Concussions
According to PRORAGIS, more than 78 percent of responding agencies managed youth sports leagues in 2013. This implies that park and recreation agencies are likely one of the largest facilitators of youth sports leagues in the country, and may only...
Staff Spotlight: Lauren Hoffmann
Since 2011, Lauren Hoffmann has acted as the voice of NRPA. Working alongside her capable team, Hoffmann takes daily pains to craft communications between the nation's leading park and recreation advocacy organization and its thousands of members spread...
Summer Feeding Fun in the Sun
Park and recreation agencies help fill the gap during warmer months for kids who depend on school meals for nutritionThere are incredible efforts being made across all sectors of society to sustain our nation's children and their access to nutritious...
Summer Feeding Fun in the Sun: Park and Recreation Agencies Help Fill the Gap during Warmer Months for Kids Who Depend on School Meals for Nutrition
There are incredible efforts being made across all sectors of society to sustain our nation's children and their access to nutritious meals. Traveling across the country, I have seen partnerships among government departments, school districts and community...
Supporting Youth Sports in Congress
Rep. Mike McIntyre is the leading advocate for youth sports on Capitol HillIn 2005, the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance released the first-ever Report Card on Youth Sports in America. The report graded youth sports in five different categories -...
Supporting Youth Sports in Congress: Rep. Mike McIntyre Is the Leading Advocate for Youth Sports on Capitol Hill
In 2005, the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance released the first-ever Report Card on Youth Sports in America. The report graded youth sports in five different categories--child-centered philosophy, coaching, health and safety, officiating, and parental...
Top Dog
The president of the newly formed National Dog Park Association shares her motivations and plans for uniting canines and parksDogs have always been important to Roseanne Conrad, both in her personal and her professional life. "My mother claims that I...
Top Dog: The President of the Newly Formed National Dog Park Association Shares Her Motivations and Plans for Uniting Canines and Parks
Dogs have always been important to Roseanne Conrad, both in her personal and her professional life. "My mother claims that I was born with a puppy on my lap," she maintains. This January, Conrad combined her love of dogs with her professional experiences...
Trail Safety: The Perception and Reality
It seems that every spring, as soon as the weather warms and bicyclists, walkers and joggers hit recreational trails, a spate of stories hit the media warning us of danger along our trails. An article published in The Washington Post April 22 reported...
What's Killing Our Birds and Bees?
An emerging conservation threat is having a profoundly negative effect on the nation's most important pollinators, and by extension, the birds, amphibians and other wildlife that live in their habitat areas. This threat comes from the expanding use...
Wide Open Playing Field
NRPA's Congress is packed full of opportunities for young professionals in the field of parks and recreationIf you're a student of parks and recreation or new to your career in this field, you may still be figuring out the direction you want to take...
Wide Open Playing Field: NRPA's Congress Is Packed Full of Opportunities for Young Professionals in the Field of Parks and Recreation
If you're a student of parks and recreation or new to your career in this field, you may still be figuring out the direction you want to take with your future. Perhaps you're looking for a job or internship, or maybe you're hoping to connect with a...
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