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. 53, No. 12, December

A Balanced, Sustainable Public Investment in Parks
In the October Parks & Recreation Advocacy column, Kevin O'Hara, NRPA's vice president of urban and government affairs, asked: "How many mayors does it take to make a movement?" The 225 mayors currently signed on to the NRPA/Trust for Public Land...
A Balanced, Sustainable Public Investment in Parks
In the October Parks & Recreation Advocacy column, Kevin O'Hara, NRPA's vice president of urban and government affairs, asked: "How many mayors does it take to make a movement?" The 225 mayors currently signed on to the NRPA/Trust for Public Land...
Active Parks, Healthy Cities
Neighborhood parks and playgrounds first emerged in the early 20th century as a solution to the social challenges of rapid population and industrialization then taking over American urban centers. Before that, parks were large, open spaces, bucolic settings...
ACTIVE PARKS, HEALTHY CITIES: Recommendations from the National Study of Neighborhood Parks
Neighborhood parks and playgrounds first emerged in the early 20th century as a solution to the social challenges of rapid population and industrialization then taking over American urban centers. Before that, parks were large, open spaces, bucolic...
A Few Safety and Security Solutions for Restrooms
Vandals routinely target concession stands, storage sheds and bathrooms, damaging expensive fixtures, "decorating" with graffiti or helping themselves to supplies. Sometimes, the public restroom becomes an individual's personal shower stall. Restrooms...
An Unforeseen Catalyst, an Opportunity for Change: The Evolution of Roberto Clemente State Park
Waterfront parks have been a consistent trend in the evolution of New York City's public park system. Based on the success of precedents, including the master plan and implementation of Hudson River Park, and the large community effort that resulted...
An Unforeseen Catalyst, an Opportunity for Change: The Evolution of Roberto Clemente State Park
Waterfront parks have been a consistent trend in the evolution of New York City's public park system. Based on the success of precedents, including the master plan and implementation of Hudson River Park, and the large community effort that resulted...
Celebrating Community
It's that time of year when our thoughts turn to being with family and friends and observing traditions, religious and/ or secular. Two of my favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions are watching the Macy's parade while helping to prepare the meal, followed...
Celebrating Community
It's that time of year when our thoughts turn to being with family and friends and observing traditions, religious and/ or secular. Two of my favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions are watching the Macy's parade while helping to prepare the meal, followed...
Drones in Parks: It's All about Perspective
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are a recent phenomenon that has become popular in the past few years. They are remotely piloted aircrafts that first started being used by the military when manned flights were considered too...
Drones in Parks: It's All about Perspective
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are a recent phenomenon that has become popular in the past few years. They are remotely piloted aircrafts that first started being used by the military when manned flights were considered too dangerous....
Few Safety and Security Solutions for Restrooms
Vandals routinely target concession stands, storage sheds and bathrooms, damaging expensive fixtures, "decorating" with graffiti or helping themselves to supplies. Sometimes, the public restroom becomes an individual's personal shower stall. Restrooms...
Floating Art
When the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) in Riverside, California, began thinking about an art project that would be kid-friendly and involve the entire community, it looked west to MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. There, in 2015, the L.A.-based arts nonprofit...
Floating Art
When the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) in Riverside, California, began thinking about an art project that would be kid-friendly and involve the entire community, it looked west to MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. There, in 2015, the L.A.-based arts nonprofit...
Former Parks Director Claims Overtime Pay under FLSA
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay wage earner employees overtime pay to individuals who work more than 40 hours in a workweek. (see 29 U.S.C. 206(a), 207(a)). However, as illustrated by the case described herein, the FLSA...
Get Recognition with an NRPA Award
Getting an award is not only a validation of the great work you do but also can be used to show decision makers and policymakers the intrinsic value of what you do. Starting January 7, 2019, NRPA will begin accepting applications for the 2019 Awards...
Give to Parks This Giving Season
As the end of the year approaches, asks for charitable contributions inevitably start to flow in. As a nonprofit organization, NRPA is also seeking donations because the work we do together is changing the world and shaping lives. Through our programs,...
Hot Topics
The year may be winding down, but that doesn't mean the conversations are ending on NRPA Connect! It's the perfect time to network with your peers to gain inspiration for 2019. Following is a preview of some recent hot topics:1 Patrons Getting Lost on...
How to Build a Park Community Style!
In late 2015, the Taos Land Trust nonprofit purchased the 20-acre Amos F. Romo îamily farm not far from the tourist-filled Taos Plaza. Rumors swirled that a high-end condominium complex was destined for the farm, which had been abandoned for nearly 40...
How to Build a Park: Community Style!
In late 2015, the Taos Land Trust nonprofit purchased the 20-acre Amos F. Romo family farm not far from the tourist-filled Taos Plaza. Rumors swirled that a high-end condominium complex was destined for the farm, which had been abandoned for nearly...
Land Trust, Veterans and Their Communities: Learning from Each Other
American stories, novels and folklore contain many tales of soldiers returning home to the land. The literary devices, descriptions and metaphors in these tales symbolize the land as a place of healing, a sentiment shared across cultures. Land trusts...
Land Trust, Veterans and Their Communities: Learning from Each Other
American stories, novels and folklore contain many tales of soldiers returning home to the land. The literary devices, descriptions and metaphors in these tales symbolize the land as a place of healing, a sentiment shared across cultures. Land trusts...
Member Spotlight: Michael Biedenstein, CPRP
You don't often hear someone say, "I like to spend my spare time at my workplace." However, to Michael Biedenstein, that assertion makes perfect sense, especially when that place happens to be the St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department. Biedenstein...
Member Spotlight: Michael Biedenstein, CPRP
You don't often hear someone say, "I like to spend my spare time at my workplace." However, to Michael Biedenstein, that assertion makes perfect sense, especially when that place happens to be the St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department. Biedenstein...
New URBAN Infrastructure Parks
On a breezy late summer day, so perfect that you could wrap your arms around it, the street underneath the southern terminus of New York City's High Line is full of people. Brightly colored café chairs are scattered about in the shade under the trail...
New URBAN Infrastructure Parks: Social Equity Becomes a Top Priority
On a breezy late summer day, so perfect that you could wrap your arms around it, the street underneath the southern terminus of New York City's High Line is full of people. Brightly colored cafe chairs are scattered about in the shade under the trail...
Park Champion of the Year: Mount Airy's Darren Lewis
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mount Airy, North Carolina, is a small but notable place: it's Andy Griffith's hometown, and the basis for the fictional town of Mayberry in the "Andy Griffith Show." It's also (for any igneous rock...
Park Champion of the Year: Mount Airy's Darren Lewis
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mount Airy, North Carolina, is a small but notable place: it's Andy Griffith's hometown, and the basis for the fictional town of Mayberry in the "Andy Griffith Show." It's also (for any igneous rock buffs...
Parks and Recreation: Out-of-School-Time Leaders
Out-of-school time (OST) programs are a safe place for kids when they are not in school. The hours before and after school and when schools are not in session can be challenging and potentially dangerous times for youth who are not under the direct...
Parks and Recreation: Out-of-School-Time Leaders
Out-of-school time (OST) programs are a safe place for kids when they are not in school. The hours before and after school and when schools are not in session can be challenging and potentially dangerous times for youth who are not under the direct watch...
Proactive ADA Compliance: Facilities, Policies and Programs
"Is ADA enforcement slowing down?" Almost every day, we hear this question from park and recreation agencies across the United States. With the changing regulatory climate in Washington, D.C., and reduced staff levels in every federal agency, including...
Proactive ADA Compliance: Facilities, Policies and Programs
"ITs ADA enforcement slowing down?"Almost every day, we hear this question from park and recreation agencies across the United States. With the changing regulatory climate in Washington, D.C., and reduced staff levels in every federal agency, including...
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Reconnecting Urban Communities with Their Waterways: Watershed Planning in New York City
Urban areas offer unique challenges and opportunities for conserving natural resources and connecting people with nature. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) strives to create and sustain thriving parks and public spaces...
Reconnecting Urban Communities with Their Waterways: Watershed Planning in New York City
Urban areas offer unique challenges and opportunities for conserving natural resources and connecting people with nature. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) strives to create and sustain thriving parks and public spaces...
Take a [First Day] Hike!
January 1, 2019, will mark the 27th year anniversary of the First Day Hike initiative, which started in Massachusetts to get more people out in parks and enjoying nature at a time of the year not typically associated with outdoor recreation.Last year,...
Tracking the Atlanta BeltLine
It's a beautiful Saturday morning in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, and a group of visitors just boarded a bus at the Inman Park MARTA station for a guided city tour. However, unlike your average run-of-the-mill city excursions, this three-hour tour of...
Tracking the Atlanta BeltLine: How Social Equity Is Breaking Down Barriers and Connecting Communities
It's a beautiful Saturday morning in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, and a group of visitors just boarded a bus at the Inman Park MARTA station for a guided city tour. However, unlike your average run-of-the-mill city excursions, this three-hour tour...
What Happens When Parks and Artists Partner to Advance Equity
In 2015, local groups in two starkly different settings were given financial and technical support to work with artists to change their approach to building and managing parks for their communities. They were two of six community planning and development...
What Happens When Parks and Artists Partner to Advance Equity
In 2015, local groups in two starkly different settings were given financial and technical support to work with artists to change their approach to building and managing parks for their communities. They were two of six community planning and development...
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