Maryland Legacy
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake makes tough choices to provide quality park and recreation offerings for her city.
Equity in The Big Apple
Taking a closer look at one of NRPA's three pillars — social equity — through the lens of New York City parks.
Green Justice
Robert Garcia, attorney and founding director and counsel of The City Project, offers insights on the ongoing fight for civil rights and what he calls “green justice” in Los Angeles and in communities beyond the city boundaries.
Education: A Congress Cornerstone
The 2014 NRPA Congress offers several Pre-Congress Workshops and Off-Site Institutes to give attendees lots of opportunities to take advantage of continuing education, special classes, tours, networking events and more.
Park Prescriptions
Innovators in the park and recreation industry have forged alliances to form a movement to bring parks and health together.
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Features

Maryland Legacy

August 2014 issue, By Introduction by Danielle Taylor, Interview by Kevin O’Hara, Photography by Mark Dennis

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake makes tough choices to provide quality park and recreation offerings for her city.

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Equity in the Big Apple

August 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Taking a closer look at one of NRPA's three pillars — social equity — through the lens of New York City parks.  

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Green Justice: The Promise for Equity in Our Parks

August 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Robert Garcia, attorney and founding director and counsel of The City Project, offers insights on the ongoing fight for civil rights and what he calls “green justice” in Los Angeles and in communities beyond the city boundaries.

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Education: A Congress Cornerstone

August 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The 2014 NRPA Congress offers several Pre-Congress Workshops and Off-Site Institutes to give attendees lots of opportunities to take advantage of continuing education, special classes, tours, networking events and more.

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2014 NRPA National Award, Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

August 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

NRPA honors the recipients of 2014 national awards, fellowships and scholarship programs.

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2014 NRPA Congress: Staying Informed

August 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

New, more manageable program guides and a smartphone app make navigating the 2014 NRPA Congress easier than ever before.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Sharing Our Message

August 2014 issue, By Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D.

NRPA strives to share its message of the importance of local parks and active, healthy lifestyles.

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Letters

Letters

August 2014 issue

Let us know what you think about what you read each month in Parks & Recreation Magazine!

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Editor's Letter

…and Justice for All

August 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s publisher and editorial director talks about social equity, one of NRPA's three strategic pillars and the main editorial focus of the August 2014 issue.

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Community Center » Inclusivity

Limiting Sexual Identity Discrimination in Park and Recreation Programs

August 2014 issue, By Daniel Theriault, Ph.D., and Michael Edwards, Ph.D.

Crafting activities and policies with LGBTQ youth in mind strengthens communities and allows park and recreation agencies to be at the forefront of inclusivity.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

August 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Stay up to date on what’s happening in parks and recreation with the latest news from around the field.

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Community Center » Pool Renovations

Park Pool Perfection

August 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Grapevine, Texas, residents find summertime peace at the newly renovated Dove Waterpark.

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By the Numbers

Readin’, Writin’ and Recreation

August 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

As we get closer to the 2014 Congress, we take a closer look at how our members value educational opportunities and what it takes to pull off so many great sessions and classes each year.

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People for Parks

A Brotherly Bond Builds a Park

August 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

The mother of two young boys whose passion for outdoor activity garnered international attention talks about their family and their new all-access park.

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Member to Member » Drowning Prevention

Education for Drowning Prevention

August 2014 issue, By James Alsop, CPRP

Every child can swim in Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s free swim lesson program.

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Member to Member » Playground Renovation

Playground Development Extremes

August 2014 issue, By Steve Casey, RLA, ASLA

The renovation of a Missouri park adopts a free play philosophy to better tap into children’s intuitive development and sense of adventure.

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Advocacy

Advocacy: A Recipe for Success

August 2014 issue, By Lori Hoffner

Putting together an active group of advocates and a successful advocacy campaign requires an intentional and direct approach.

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Law Review

Neutral Park Curfew Ordinance Constitutional

August 2014 issue, By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

The case of City of Cleveland v. McCardle highlights the most recent decision in of a long line of court opinions arising from the Occupy Wall Street Movement, which saw hundreds of protesters set up camps and gatherings in parks across the country.

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Conservation

Driving Sustainability Systematically: The Use of Environmental Management Systems in Parks

August 2014 issue, By Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D.

Environmental Management Systems can help golf course operators be better stewards of the local environment by facilitating best conservation practices.

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Health & Wellness

Park Prescriptions in Practice

August 2014 issue, By Nooshin Razani, M.D., MPH; Curtis Chan, M.D., MPH; and Kristin Wheeler

Innovators in the park and recreation industry have forged alliances to form a movement to bring parks and health together.

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Future Leaders

Family Leisure and the Play Desert

August 2014 issue, By Iryna Sharaievska, Ph.D.

Park and recreation agencies could better serve their communities with family-focused programming.

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NRPA Update » Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Spotlight: Fran Wallach

August 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA honors Fran Wallach, known as the "mother of playground safety," for her many contributions to the field.

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Embracing ADA Compliance

August 2014 issue, By Molly Andrews

NRPA has partnered with Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC, to help member agencies ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Gary Packan, CPRP

August 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

This month, we caught up with Brand+Aid conference manager and Arlington, Texas, assistant director of parks and recreation Gary Packan, to learn more about his role in the park and recreation industry.

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NRPA Update » Park and Recreation Month

Thank You for Participating in Park and Recreation Month

August 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

NRPA extends a big "Thank You!" to everyone who participated in July's Park and Recreation Month.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

August 2014 issue

NRPA is dedicated to providing learning opportunities to advance the development of best practices and resources that make parks and recreation indispensable elements of American communities.

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NRPA Update » PRORAGIS

Changing Golf Stats

August 2014 issue, By Travis Smith, Ph.D.

As fewer people flock to local golf courses, operators and programmers look for new ways to market the game and bring in new players.

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NRPA Update » Quiz

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

August 2014 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Bill Beckner

August 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Bill Beckner, NRPA's senior manager of research, talks about his career in the park and recreation field and why history and research are vitally important to the industry.

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Operations » The Business of Golf

Evaluating Your Community’s Golf Course

August 2014 issue, By Larry Hirsh

Here's what operators of municipal golf facilities need to know when it comes time to evaluate operations at their courses. 

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Operations » Youth Fee Discounts

The Disappearing Youth Discount: Does it Matter?

August 2014 issue, By John L. Crompton

Youth discounts play a broad and important role in attracting children and teens to area parks and recreational facilities.

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Park Bench

Striking Gold

August 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Locals near Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania are clearing space on their calendars to learn how to photograph picturesque sunsets with Regional Outdoor Recreation Coordinator George Barner.

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