Learning Curve
As the field of parks and recreation changes, students, academics and practitioners struggle to define the industry and stay relevant.
Reaching New Heights
NRPA and its partners work to renew Charlotte, North Carolina's Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as the fifth project in NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative
Parks for All
Parks in Vancouver seek to welcome and serve people all along the gender spectrum.
Youth Sports in Congress
Rep. Mike McIntyre is the leading advocate for youth sports on Capitol Hill
Nocturnal Activity
Parks' nighttime events open up a new world of possibilities.
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Features

Learning Curve

July 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

As the field of parks and recreation changes, students, academics and practitioners struggle to define the industry and stay relevant.

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Reaching New Heights

July 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA and its partners work to renew Charlotte, North Carolina’s Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park as the fifth project in NRPA’s Parks Build Community initiative.

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2014 Gold Medal Finalists Announced

July 2014 issue, By Brenda Beales

NRPA congratulates the finalists for the 2014 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Aiming to Put NRPA Out of Business

July 2014 issue, By Barbara Tulipane

NRPA’s president and CEO shares an unusual strategy — to make NRPA so successful that it’s no longer needed.

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Publisher's Letter

Education: Why It’s Still a Big Deal

July 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s publisher talks about this month’s cover story on the disconnect between academia and practice in parks and recreation, how learning has evolved and the questions we need to ask regarding the role of traditional education in today’s modern workplace.

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Letters

Letters

July 2014 issue

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

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

July 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Check out the latest news from around the field.

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Community Center » Parks at Night

Nocturnal Activity

July 2014 issue, By Carrie Madren

Parks’ nighttime events open up a new world of possibilities for residents and visitors.

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By the Numbers

INsights on America’s OUTdoor Habits

July 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

As NRPA prepares for July’s Parks and Recreation Month, we asked a national audience what drives them OUT of the house and INto nature. Check out the results here.

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People for Parks

Top Dog

July 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

The president of the newly formed National Dog Park Association shares her motivations and plans for uniting canines and parks.

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Member to Member

Missouri’s Mane Event

July 2014 issue, By Sarah Veile

The Missouri Park and Recreation Association finds a creative way to fund continuing education scholarships for its members.

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Advocacy

Supporting Youth Sports in Congress

July 2014 issue, By Kaitlin Helms Wolf

Rep. Mike McIntyre is the leading advocate for youth sports on Capitol Hill.

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Law Review

Leash-Law Violator Tased and Confused

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

When a law enforcement officer detains a leash law violator in a California park, what legal options does she have to detain him?

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Conservation

What’s Killing Our Birds and Bees?

July 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Neonicotinoid insecticides are causing major population declines in birds, bees and other wildlife.

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Health & Wellness

Summer Feeding Fun in the Sun

July 2014 issue, By Audrey Rowe

Park and recreation agencies help fill the gap during warmer months for kids who depend on school meals for nutrition.

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Social Equity

Parks for All

July 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Parks in Vancouver seek to welcome and serve people all along the gender spectrum.

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Future Leaders

Wide Open Playing Field

July 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA’s Congress is packed full of opportunities for young professionals in the field of parks and recreation.

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Phillip Heeg

July 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Phillip Heeg, outdoor recreation program manager for the U.S. Air Force, shares some information about his career and his experience as a member of NRPA.

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NRPA Update » Insurance

Member Benefit: AON Insurance

July 2014 issue, By Molly Andrews

If you need insurance coverage for your sports programs, equipment or staff, check out AON.

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NRPA Update » OUT is IN

Get OUTside and INspired during July and All Year Long

July 2014 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

Are you ready for Park and Recreation Month? Participate in the 31-day social media challenge by sharing your outdoor adventures on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN!

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

July 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 » Quiz

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

July 2014 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Sports and Concussions

Sports and Concussions

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

PRORAGIS data showcases the serious problems stemming from concussions in youth sports.

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Lauren Hoffmann

July 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Lauren Hoffmann, NRPA’s director of marketing and communications, talks about Park and Recreation Month, her experiences in communications and her favorite outdoor summer activity.

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Operations » Grasscycling

Grasscycling: Free Fertilizer, Free Water and Free Compost

July 2014 issue, By Jeff Dajani

 Leaving grass clippings on your lawns can provide an easy source of fertilizer, water and compost while saving you money and labor costs. 

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Operations » Trail Safety

Trail Safety: The Perception and Reality

July 2014 issue, By Mark Alan Young

 Stories of trail dangers may be sensationalized in the news, but trail managers are still responsible for providing safe facilities for their communities. 

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Park Bench

Out of the Past

July 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The University of Minnesota’s Social History Welfare Archives holds a treasure trove of NRPA documents and photographs spanning the organization's lengthy history.

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