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. 52, No. 3, March

Celebrating Three Years of Healthy Out-of-School Time
In February 2014, NRPA launched Commit to Health, a campaign devoted to creating healthier out-of-school time (OST) programs in local parks and recreation. This month, we're celebrating three years of successful implementation in communities across...
Climate Knows No Ideology
The new administration has ordered silence from various federal agencies involved with issues of climate change, including the National Park Service. This raises the following questions: Is global warming a partisan issue? Does political ideology factor...
Elements of a Blueprint for ACA Replacement
As the Trump administration's top healthcare official, Dr. Tom Price (see www. nrpa.org/blog/getting-to-know-rep-tom-price/) will be tasked with fulfilling the president's biggest campaign promise--repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
Endangered: The Rusty Patched Bumblebee
Bumblebees are some of the most unusual and endearing creatures in nature. They are large and fuzzy with tiny wings in proportion to their body size, and, until very recently, many people believed that bumblebees shouldn't even be able to fly--they...
Innovation Labs: Opportunities to Share Ideas and Solutions
Sad. Eye opening. Humbling. These are just a few of the words that came to my mind during NRPA's recent Innovation Lab in Los Angeles. More than 30 park and recreation professionals from around the country gathered in the city to discuss what role...
It's All in the Details
As someone who has visited New York City many times over the years, I can honestly say there's nothing like strolling through Central Park on a beautiful spring afternoon. Although the park initially opened in 1857, it was landscape architect Frederick...
It's Background Screening Season
As you recruit volunteers this season, it's important to keep the children and community members they will be working with safe by performing quality background screenings. That's why NRPA has partnered with the Background Investigation Bureau (BIB)....
Los Angeles Innovation Lab Tackles Homelessness
Park and recreation leaders from across the country gathered in Los Angeles, January 25-27, to tackle one of the top social issues plaguing our society: homelessness. The three-day NRPA Innovation Lab, hosted by the City of Los Angeles Department of...
Member Spotlight: M. Jean Keller
With nearly 35 years in higher education, M. Jean Keller has seen a lot of changes take place in parks and recreation. Not just in the types of health and wellness programs, but in the demographic makeup of communities around the country. Keller earned...
Multipurpose Pools
The days of the old rectilinear neighborhood pool have given way to the modern aquatic center. This is due in part to the need to generate revenue to offset operating expenses and to meet the public's demand for specialized programs and services. As...
Parks without Borders
When walking down a New York City street, the average person doesn't experience public space in terms of jurisdiction, nor do they care whether this piece is managed by the Department of Transportation or that this other part is overseen by the Parks...
Planning a Park: From Concept to Reality
In merging nature and culture the most successful cities combine such universal needs as maintaining Of restoring contact with the cycles of nature, with specific local characteristics. --Sally A. Kitt Chapel Chicago's Urban Nature: A Guide to the...
Professional Development
INTRODUCING OUR BRAND NEW, ONLINE LEARNING PORTAL NRPA is excited to announce the launch of our brand new online learning portal. This upgrade to a more user-friendly site allows us to deliver the most up-to-date learning opportunities in the industry....
Public Spaces and Social Equity
Worldwide, more people now live in urban versus rural areas. A fact that's borne out in North America, where more than 80 percent of the population lives in urbanized areas. Public spaces, found in all types of settings, often provide important center...
Reflections on a Career: A Conversation with Joe Turner, Director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department
This month, Joe Turner retires from his position as director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, bringing to an end a storied career marked by thoughtful innovation, creativity and an irrepressible spirit, and guided by an unwavering belief...
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District's Future Trends Team
Like most innovations, the creation of the Future Trends Team within the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) was generated by several recognized organizational needs. We were looking to encourage growth and development among staff...
Terry Hershey: 'A Force of Nature for Nature'
Terese T. "Terry" Hershey, considered the "environmental godmother of Houston," died Thursday, January 19, 2017, on her 94th birthday. Hershey, who was born in Fort Worth, graduated from the University of Texas in 1943 with a degree in philosophy and...
The Transformation of the Puente Hills Landfill: Los Angeles County to Turn Former Landfill into Its First Regional Park in 30 Years
It's often been said that one man's trash is another man's treasure! In Los Angeles County, that is a true statement when it comes to turning the nation's second largest landfill into a thriving future county regional park that will boast amenities...
Who's on First?
In May 2016, 240 residents of Cullman, Alabama, gathered for dinner on First Street--literally in the center of the street. Under a canopy of twinkling lights, they sat down at a 300-foot-long table to enjoy a catered meal provided by a local restaurant....
Wild and Wonderful: Making a Case for Undeveloped Open Spaces
Park and recreation agencies are leaders in preserving the natural landscape of the community they serve. NRPA's Park Metrics reveals that the typical agency has management responsibility of more than 425 acres of developed and undeveloped open space....
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