Parks in Boomtowns
In communities undergoing both economic booms and recessions, recreation facilities and parks are proving to be major attractions.
Agency Spotlight
Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation in Louisville, Kentucky is responding to the needs of its residents with thoughtful programming, and leading the way in community relations.
Dedicated Conservationist
Jill Erickson, co-founder and program manager for the Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA), is proving a great friend to parks as she works with partners to protect the Blue River Watershed.
For the Love of Biking
Wisconsin is proving very bike-friendly these days, as it continues a 10-county initiative to create a connected trails system working in concert with mountain biking groups.
A Twist on Senior Health
Senior athletes and students join forces to promote healthy lifestyles and activities at any age.
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Features

For Better or For Worse

January 2015 issue, By Jessica Culverhouse

In communities undergoing economic booms and recessions alike, recreation facilities and parks are proving to be major attractions.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Standard-Bearers

January 2015 issue, By Barbara Tulipane

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane ponders the National Park, Recreation and Open Space Standards, and the future of data tracking in our industry.

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Editor's Letter

Boom or Bust?

January 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Gina Mullins-Cohen, NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing, and Editorial Director, ponders this month's feature article, which examines towns that have made a direct link between excellence in parks and recreation and a booming economy.

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Letters

Letters

January 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: Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation, Kentucky

January 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation strives to provide its community with quality programming that responds to residents' needs and encourages healthy lifestyles.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

January 2015 issue

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

January 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

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

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Community Center » Wisconsin Biking Network

For the Love of Biking

January 2015 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

Wisconsin cities and counties are working together to create more opportunities for active transportation.

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By the Numbers

Transformative Technology

January 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Technology is having a major impact on how we recreate in the modern age.

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People for Parks

Better Living Through Conservation

January 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Jill Erickson has made conservation her life’s mission, and with the Heartland Conservation Alliance, she’s well-prepared to tackle one of the country’s largest urban watersheds.

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Member to Member

Outgrowing Your Tagline

January 2015 issue, By Brooke Peterson

An Arizona agency reinvents its brand to encompass its broadened role in the community.

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Advocacy

New Year, New Congress, New Resolutions

January 2015 issue, By Sage Learn

2015 presents a fresh opportunity to advocate for parks and recreation on Capitol Hill.

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Law Review

Residency Policy Sees Racial Discrimination Claim

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

What is discrimination and when does it become a civil rights issue?

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Conservation

Kids and the Outdoors: It’s Natural

January 2015 issue, By Ken Keffer

Embracing “Nature Immersion Therapy” shows kids the wonders of the outdoors with health benefits to boot.

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Health & Wellness

Beating the Social Stigmas of Aging

January 2015 issue, By Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri, Ph.D., and David Lopez

Senior athletes and students join forces in community health partnership.

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Social Equity

Sunday is Fun Day

January 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

A Michigan program offers recreation opportunities for special-needs individuals.

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Future Leaders

Get Involved in Your State Association

January 2015 issue, By Skyler Beck, CPRP

Membership in your state association has a number of benefits, including professional development and networking.

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NRPA Update » Garden Grants

Grow Your Park Feeds Thousands

January 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

2014's Grow your Park grants projects were a resounding success.

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NRPA Update » Green Success

NRPA Takes Top Honors in Green Business Challenge

January 2015 issue, By Ted Mattingly

NRPA's green practices earned it top honors at the 2014 Loudoun Dulles Green Business Challenge awards gala.

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

January 2015 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Need Assurance? Get Insurance! AON Makes It Easy!

January 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

Take advantage of your NRPA member benefits by checking out AON Insurance!

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Ben Johnson

January 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Ben Johnson, assistant director of recreation  at Louisville, Kentucky's Metro Parks & Recreation, shares his dedication and love for the profession.

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NRPA Update » Nominations

Call for NRPA Board of Directors Nominations

January 2015 issue

NRPA is looking for both professional and citizen leaders who are passionate about parks, recreation and environmental conservation.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development Planner

Professional Development Planner

January 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

The Evolution of PRORAGIS

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

NRPA’s national recreation and park database is continuing to develop to best help agencies manage and plan their resources effectively.

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Michele White

January 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA Executive Assistant Michele White allows us a closer look at her role in the association.

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NRPA Update » Throwback 1965

Looking Back to NRPA’s Beginnings

January 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA is celebrating 50 years of parks and recreation!

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Operations

Digital Tree Management Improves L.A. City Parks

January 2015 issue, By Matt Fredmonsky

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is using high-tech software to manage the tree canopy under its purview.

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Park Bench

Money in the Bank

January 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Folks in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, discovered that investing in parks and recreation gave a big boost to the town's overall economy.

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