The Drones are Coming
Drones are becoming more prevalent, and they will have an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives from agriculture to energy, scientific research, conservation, public safety and more.
Every Kid, Every Park
NRPA strongly endorses President Barack Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative, which encourages every fourth-grade child in the nation and their families to visit a national park during 2016, but asks him to broaden his vision to include all kids and his show of support to all parks.
Hunger Games Hysteria
The surging trend of archery in pop culture has spiked interest and participation in bow sports nationwide.
Maple Madness
Ohio's Malabar Farm State Park celebrates maple syrup season with its annual Maple Syrup Festival.
Cat-astrophe
Across the nation, cat colonies are becoming commonplace in wildlife refuges, national and state parks, and other public lands.
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Features

The Drones are Coming

March 2015 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Drones are becoming more prevalent, and they will have an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives from agriculture to energy, scientific research, conservation, public safety and more.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Just Because You Build It Doesn't Mean They'll Come

March 2015 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE

NRPA's president and CEO reflects on her visit to two Texas agencies and the innovative programs she found there.

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Editor's Letter

This Brave New World

March 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publishing and editorial director muses about the future of drone use in parks and NRPA's new "I'm a Park and Rec Kid" campaign.

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Letters

Letters

March 2015 issue

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

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Community Center » Agency Spotlight

Agency Spotlight: Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation, Virginia

March 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has proven nimble and prescient in its park planning, construction and community outreach.

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Community Center » Archery

Hunger Games Hysteria

March 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

The surging trend of archery in pop culture has spiked interest and participation in bow sports nationwide.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

March 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

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 » NRPA Connect

NRPA Connect Hot Topics

March 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

Check out the highlights of what’s being discussed on NRPA Connect!

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By the Numbers

Lawn-gevity

March 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Check out these interesting stats on landscaping, turf maintenance and the people whose green thumbs enhance our recreation facilities all year long. 

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People for Parks

Mighty Mowers

March 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Tom Nardone and the Detroit Mower Gang volunteer their time and effort to maintain the financially troubled city's overgrown parks and playgrounds.

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Member to Member

Public Lands Besieged by Cats

March 2015 issue, By Mark Battista

Across the nation, cat colonies are becoming commonplace in wildlife refuges, national and state parks, and other public lands.

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Advocacy

Park Champions: Bringing Capitol Hill to a Park Near You

March 2015 issue, By Jayni Rasmussen

By serving as Park Champions, NRPA members will be year-round ambassadors of their agencies, building strong, lasting relationships with their elected officials.

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Law Review

Park Playground Ban on Adults Unaccompanied by Children

March 2015 issue, By James C. Kozlowski, J.D., Ph.D.

Some parks are implementing bans on adults unaccompanied by children in an effort to provide an enhanced level of safety for young people.

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Conservation » Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid, Every Park. Nothing Less.

March 2015 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

NRPA strongly endorses President Barack Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative, which encourages every fourth-grade child in the nation and their families to visit a national park during 2016, but asks him to broaden his vision to include all kids and his show of support to all parks.

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Health & Wellness

Solving Summer Hunger

March 2015 issue, By Lucy Melcher

Summer hunger for low-income children is a solvable problem, and park and recreation professionals are uniquely positioned to help.

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Social Equity

Parks Forward for All

March 2015 issue, By Robert García, Ariel Collins

The independent Parks Forward Commission in California is calling for transformational change to diversify access to and support for state parks.

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Future Leaders

Young Recreation Professionals as Experience Creators

March 2015 issue, By Joshua Magleby, Starlee Jacobs, Mary Dunn and Noemi Morales

Young professionals are excited to contribute their skills, ingenuity and innovation to assist with the transition toward a more intentional form of recreation.

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NRPA Update » Destodgify

Destodgifying Parks and Recreation

March 2015 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

NRPA’s marketing and communications team heads to Texas to talk creative marketing.

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

March 2015 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Shelly Strasser, CPRP

March 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

We caught up with Shelly Strasser, recreation and community services program director for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, to learn more about her agency and career.

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NRPA Update » Networking

Let NRPA Connect You to Your Peers!

March 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

NRPA Connect is the premier professional networking platform for park and recreation professionals.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

March 2015 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

Did You Miss Out?

March 2015 issue, By Travis Smith, Ph.D.

If you haven’t completed a PRORAGIS™ survey in the past few years, you didn’t get a Parks and Recreation Community Standards Report in the mail. Maybe you’re curious about what you missed?

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: James Politte

March 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA Webmaster James Politte talks about his career motivations, his volunteer endeavors and his pervading love for natural spaces.

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Operations

Switch Switches to Simplify Maintenance

March 2015 issue, By Karla Trost

Installing modern electrical switchgear is a greener, commonsense fit for budget- and time-strapped recreation facilities.

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Park Bench

Maple Madness

March 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Ohio's Malabar Farm State Park celebrates maple syrup season with its annual Maple Syrup Festival.

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50th Anniversary

Archive Throwback: April 1975

March 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

In celebration of NRPA's 50th anniversary, we look back at the April 1975 issue and its discussion of diversity and social equity.

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