Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What Is the State of Our Union?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What Is the State of Our Union?

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Just over six months ago I became your NRPA President. Although I have not been President of a national association before, I will attempt to be presidential and give you a midyear report on the most recent activities related to the four goals of our association.

Promote Public Awareness

By the time this Perspectives goes to print, the NRPA National Playground Safety Institute will have released nationally its new consumer information pamphlet, The Dirty Dozen. This pamphlet highlights twelve of the most prevalent public playground safety hazards.

NRPA endorsed the National Parks and Conservation Association's sixth annual March for Parks. Last month the nation's largest walking events for parks were held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. Each local event raised funds for its own park project, truly a program that thinks globally and acts locally.

Facilitate Relevant Public Policy

The new Coalition and Partnership Task Force is beginning to identify criteria for evaluating and establishing partnerships with other groups and organizations that share our mission.

Enhance Professional

Development

Everything we do to enhance professional development has a ripple effect. Whenever we can learn to become more knowledgeable, experienced and cost-effective, we can provide a better service to our constituents.

The National Certification Board and the Trustee Professional Development Committee continue to review proposals from the membership to better promote and expand certification to the membership. Certification is not about being an elitist. It's not about being labeled a CLP or CLA Certification is about being committed to the concept of lifetime education.

NRPA adopted a revised Code of Ethics in October. This marks the beginning of NRPA's effort to implement Vision 2000 Strategy 7-"advance a professional and organizational code of ethics and statement of values." Trustee Dave Clark, co-chair of this project, has written an article for P&R magazine which documents NRPA's commitment to this very important subject.

Promote the Development and

Dissemination of the Body of

Knowledge

Specialized training programs and institutes continue throughout the country on topics such as aquatics, playground safety, cultural diversity, intergenerational programming, and therapeutic recreation. …

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