Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: Tindall Takes NRPA Issues to the Top

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: Tindall Takes NRPA Issues to the Top

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After years of fighting for funding on Capitol Hill, Barry Tindall retires.

Editor's Note: After more than 35 years of advocating for parks and recreation, NRPA Public Policy Director Barry Twdall retired an June 30. In his role as director, Tindall represented the national public policy and program interests of the association's 23,000 members, and served as the NRPA liaison to a number of allied natural and human resource organizations, coalitions and public agencies.

No one will ever know how much influence Tindall truly has had on keeping park and recreation issues in the forefront of national policy, but during his tenure, the U.S. Congress has appropriated $3.2 billion from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for state and local assistance. It was directly because of his efforts in his last few months with NRPA thai $30 million was restored to the program in the FY2005 budget.

Tindall continue to serve NRPA as a consultant to the Public Policy Division. It is because of his incredible work on behalf of the association that we recognize him as a true trailblazer in the field.

Name: Barry Tindall

Title: Recently retired director of NRPA's Public Policy Division

Member since: 1965

Thirty-eight years ago, Barry Tindall joined NRPA as a coordinator of special projects. But he soon discovered the thrill of national advocacy for recreation and parks, and appropriations for grant-in-aid programs. He has garnered billions of dollars for investment Ï in public parks and recreation, among hundreds of accomplishments. Even though he is modest, he will admit that he is proud he found a job that has sufficiently challenged him all these years, and he will continue to be a presence on Capitol Hill, albeit as a citizen.

Most proud moment: One day in the late 1970s, Tindall was approached by a congressional staffer who asked for advice about the upcoming decision on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) appropriations. …

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