The City that Health Built
Changing ideas about the intended purpose of the built environment leads to better health outcomes for residents.
Changing it Up for Better Health
Walmart and nutrition literacy create broader awareness of NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative.
The Parks of San Antone
Recent cultural shifts regarding health and wellness in San Antonio, Texas have positioned the city’s parks as valuable assets for enhanced quality of life.
The Doctor is Out(side)
Dr. Lillian Rivera believes parks and amenities like bike lanes and sidewalks are essential for a healthy life.
Nature Play Comes to Portland
Portland, Oregon’s Westmoreland Park is now a nature-themed play oasis for area children.
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Features

The City that Health Built

June 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Changing ideas about the intended purpose of the built environment leads to better health outcomes for residents. 

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Changing it Up for Better Health

June 2015 issue, By Dr. Danielle Hollar

Walmart and nutrition literacy create broader awareness of NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative. 

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The Parks of San Antone

June 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Recent cultural shifts regarding health and wellness in San Antonio, Texas have positioned the city’s parks as valuable assets for enhanced quality of life. 

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Health and Wellness: Lives Depend On It

June 2015 issue, By Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP

NRPA’s Chair of the Board of Directors Detrick Stanford discusses how parks and recreation have a significant role to play in improving the health of the people we serve. 

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Editor's Letter

Walking the Walk of Park Talk

June 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen gives an overview of the recent Magazine Advisory Board meeting and a preview of this issue’s feature articles. 

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Letters

Letters

June 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: Syracuse Parks and Recreation, New York

June 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs reflects the rich history and diversity of the city of Syracuse. 

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

June 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

June 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

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

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Community Center » PTSD

Recreational Therapy: Helping Soldiers Cope With PTSD

June 2015 issue, By Allison Colman

The military has developed effective treatment tools and methods, including prescribing recreation, to help individuals struggling with the effects of PTSD. 

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By the Numbers

Stressed Out

June 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

We take a look at the American Psychological Association’s latest figures regarding stress in America and how a bit of leisure time can help. 

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People for Parks

The Doctor is Out(side in Her Local Park)

June 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Dr. Lillian Rivera views parks as yet another tool for health in her medical bag. 

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Member to Member

Welcome to Nature

June 2015 issue, By Sandra Burtzos, RLA and Ben Johnson, PLA, CPSI

Portland, Oregon’s Westmoreland Park is now a nature-themed play oasis for area kids. 

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Advocacy

Stamping Out Childhood Hunger

June 2015 issue, By Oliver Spurgeon III

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act is up for renewal this September, and failure to pass this key legislation could mean empty stomachs for thousands of children across the U.S. 

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Law Review

Public Trust Challenge to Private Park Museum

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

A municipality must take caution not to relinquish control of public land when entering into partnerships. 

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Conservation

Why Going Green Makes Cents

June 2015 issue, By James Politte

Smart strategies for conservation can add up to major savings for park and recreation agencies. 

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Social Equity

Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Interview with Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin

June 2015 issue, By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH

NRPA’s Director of Strategic Health Initiatives Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, interviews PolicyLink’s Mildred Thompson and Victor Rubin for a discussion about health equity. 

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Future Leaders

Five Great Reasons to Invest in a Student NRPA Membership

June 2015 issue, By Anna Pechenik Mausolf, CPRP

Joining NRPA as a student opens up a world of professional connections and networking opportunities. 

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NRPA Update » Health Summit

Preparing the Troops for Battle

June 2015 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

A recent strategic briefing shared the tools and knowledge parks and recreation pros will need to lead Commit to Health sites during their summer and after-school programming. 

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

June 2015 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam? 

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

With mySidewalk, Online Engagement is a Walk in the Park

June 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

mySidewalk helps initiate conversations for free to get feedback from passionate and engaged community members. 

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Sandra MacDiarmid

June 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Sandra MacDiarmid is a passionate advocate for health and parks. 

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NRPA Update » Nature Play

Nurturing Nature Play

June 2015 issue, By Jimmy O'Connor

Belleville, Illinois, unveiled a new nature-themed playground made possible through a grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation. 

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NRPA Update » Parks and Health

Meeting of the Minds: Parks and Health

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

How can we better quantify the positive health benefits of parks? 

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Calendar

June 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 » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH

June 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA’s Director of Strategic Health Initiatives talks about what drives her commitment to parks, recreation, health and wellness.

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Operations

Sites and Sounds

June 2015 issue, By Jennifer Graves

Attractive, shaded gathering places add beauty and utility to public community spaces. 

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Park Bench

Literary Expeditions

June 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Raleigh, North Carolina’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s Adult Read and Go program combines reading with exploration and travel. 

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50th Anniversary

Archive Throwback: December 1986

June 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

 A look back at the December, 1986 issue of Parks & Recreation reveals the effort to establish innovative, exciting programming for patrons of all ages has been a decades-long quest. 

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