Selling South Dakota
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard promotes his state’s natural resources and public lands to encourage economic development and a sustainable future.
Equal Housing, Equal Access
Issues of green access, disparate impacts and residential segregation are highlighted before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Remaking Rec Centers
Seven key elements are having a profound impact on the planning and design of recreation facilities.
Rescued on a River
Austin Youth River Watch helps at-risk teens develop critical life skills and a lasting commitment to environmental stewardship.
Seeing Crisis as Opportunity
The City of Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks lends help and support amid tense protests.
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Features

Selling South Dakota

May 2015 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Gov. Dennis Daugaard promotes his state’s natural resources and public lands to encourage economic development and a sustainable future. 

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Equal Housing, Equal Access

May 2015 issue, By Robert García

Issues of green access, disparate impacts and residential segregation are highlighted before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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The Remaking of Rec Centers

May 2015 issue, By Stephen Springs, Dwayne Brinkley

Seven key elements that hardly existed 15 years ago are having a profound impact on the planning and design of recreation facilities. 

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

What the Park and Recreation Professional of the Future Needs to Know

May 2015 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE

NRPA’s President and CEO considers what the park and recreation professional of the future will need to know to succeed in the field. 

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Editor's Letter

The Opportunity of Justice — for All

May 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Parks & Recreation magazine’s editorial director considers housing equity, parks and recreation in South Dakota, and reinventing recreation centers.  

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Letters

Letters

May 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: Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department

May 2015 issue, By Walt Bratton, CPRP

The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department is helping to position its home city as one of the 21st century’s metropolitan success stories. 

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Community Center » Baltimore Unrest

Seeing Crisis as Opportunity

May 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The City of Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks rises to the occasion amid tense protests. 

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

May 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

May 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

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

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By the Numbers

The Truth About Parks and Dogs

May 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Dog parks are popular draws for pet lovers — here, we highlight that impact with hard numbers. 

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People for Parks

Teresa Baker: A Park Champion for Diversity

May 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Teresa Baker has made a mission of expanding diversity in national parks and beyond. 

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Member to Member

Safe Swimming in the Big Apple

May 2015 issue, By Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP

NYC Parks is making great strides in water safety education and training for its employees and the people it serves. 

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Advocacy

The Case for LWCF Reform

May 2015 issue, By Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01)

Rep. Rob Bishop, representing Utah’s first district, talks federal and local land management in terms of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

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Law Review

Lower Liability Standard for Coaches During Competition

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

Who is liable when a player is injured during competition, and where does the responsibility for that athlete’s health and safety after an injury lie? 

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Conservation

From Simple Sprinklers to Smart Irrigation

May 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Modern solutions help parks conserve precious water while maintaining beautiful grounds. 

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Health & Wellness

Safe Routes to Parks

May 2015 issue, By Rishma Parpia

When citizens have the resources to safely walk to parks, every trip taken by foot is an opportunity to engage in physical activity. 

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Social Equity

Rescued on a River

May 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Austin Youth River Watch helps at-risk teens develop critical life skills and a lasting commitment to environmental stewardship. 

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Future Leaders

Integrating Evaluability Assessment into Youth Sport Programming

May 2015 issue, By Gareth J. Jones

 Thinking ahead when developing youth sport programming can lead to more successful endeavors and ease of measurability when analyzing results. 

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

May 2015 issue

 Are you ready for the CPRP exam? 

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Camp Programming on a Budget

May 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

 NRPA Premier Members enjoy fantastic discounts on products from Fun Express. 

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Roger Brown

May 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Former NRPA President Roger Brown talks about his long career in the park and recreation industry and what he envisions for the organization’s future. 

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NRPA Update » Park and Recreation Month

Celebrating 30 Years of Park and Recreation Month

May 2015 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

 How July became National Park and Recreation Month and today’s celebrations. 

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

May 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

PRORAGIS to Measure Park and Recreation’s Economic Impact

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

 PRORAGIS will help NRPA and its partners better determine the economic impact of parks and recreation. 

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Operations

Can You Dig It?

May 2015 issue, By Mike Hale

 Selecting the proper earth drills and accessories can make a variety of park maintenance projects quicker and easier. 

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Park Bench

Heart Attack Hero

May 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

 Billy Mahaffey, maintenance supervisor at Dawson County, Georgia’s Rock Creek Park, helps to save a life and proves an unlikely hero. 

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50th Anniversary

Archive Throwback: May 1982

May 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Thirty-three years ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund weighed on the minds of federal legislators, much as it does today. 

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