Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Participate in a New Decade of Data Collection

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Participate in a New Decade of Data Collection

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January ushers in not only a new year, but also the start of a new decade. This exciting time affords us the opportunity to reflect on fond memories created during the past 10 years and look ahead to the future. For many agencies, this means updating master plans.

Where do you envision your agency 5, 10, 20 or more years from now? Do you have enough parkland to serve the current population? What about the population growth expected in 10 years? Are you offering a variety of programs that match the needs, wants and desires of your current and future residents? Knowing where your agency stands against its peers today helps to shape your agency in the future. When you contribute to NRPA Park Metrics during this year's data campaign, you will find those answers.

NRPA Park Metrics is the most comprehensive source of park and recreation agency data benchmarks and insights in the United States. With more than a decade's worth of agency-contributed data, NRPA Park Metrics strives to provide agencies, like yours, with the information necessary to effectively engage your local stakeholders and elected officials and plan for the future. The deadline for contributing your agency's 2019 data through the NRPA Park Metrics Agency Performance Survey is approaching. The data collected through this survey is the basis of the annual NRPA Agency Performance Review (APR) (www.nrpa.org/APR) that is included in the May issue of Parks & Recreation magazine. …

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