Sharing the Power of Parks in July
Exploring the enduring evolution of parks and recreation’s mission through three decades and beyond.
Dissecting a Park
Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada, is getting some major upgrades as this year’s Parks Build Community site.
Come to Learn and Leave Inspired
Don’t miss out on all the informative, innovative and inspiring education offerings at the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference!
Got Weeds? Get Goats!
Got a field overgrown with noxious weeds? A hungry herd of goats might be just the solution.
Programming for LGBTQ Teens
Consider these tips and sources when programming with the LGBTQ teen community in mind.
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Features

Sharing the Power of Parks in July

July 2015 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

Exploring the enduring evolution of parks and recreation’s mission through three decades and beyond.

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Dissecting a Park: Joe Kneip Goes Under the Blade

July 2015 issue, By Jimmy O’Connor

 Joe Kneip Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada, is getting some major upgrades as this year’s Parks Build Community site. 

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Come to Learn and Leave Inspired

July 2015 issue, By Tom Crosley

 Don’t miss out on all the informative, innovative and inspiring education offerings at the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference! 

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Parks for Monarchs

July 2015 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane talks monarchs and what it’s going to take to help save the embattled species, as well as other essential pollinators. 

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Editor's Letter

30 Years of Summer Fun

July 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

 NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, embraces the height of summer as one of the most important times of the year for parks and recreation. 

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Letters

Letters

July 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: San Diego Park and Recreation, California

July 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

 The San Diego Park and Recreation Department has some major celebrations planned for milestone events this year, including the 100th birthday of one of its recreation centers. 

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Community Center » Beach Renovation

Beach Transformation Creates Educational, Recreational Oasis

July 2015 issue, By Gary Silbar

 The Park District of Highland Park, Illinois, has transformed its Rosewood Beach into an oasis for the entire community. 

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

July 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

 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

July 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

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

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By the Numbers

Waterfront Access

July 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

 We plumbed the depths of PRORAGIS to pull these stats on waterfront access and usage among reporting NRPA member agencies. 

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People for Parks

Stellar Supervisor

July 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Greece, New York, Supervisor Bill Reilich’s efforts to revamp his town’s parks and recreation department is paying major dividends. 

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Member to Member

LGBTQ Teens in Recreation Programs

July 2015 issue, By Randy Wiger

 Consider these tips and sources when programming with the LGBTQ teen community in mind. 

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Advocacy

King v. Burwell: An Explainer

July 2015 issue, By Oliver Spurgeon III

NRPA’s Government Affairs Manager gives an overview of the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding the Affordable Care Act and what it means for NRPA members. 

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Law Review

Troubled Triathlete Expelled From Recreation Program

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

 What does the Americans with Disabilities Act cover and how is the law applied when individuals struggling with mental health issues wish to participate in group fitness courses? 

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Conservation

Got Weeds? Get Goats!

July 2015 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Got a field overgrown with noxious weeds? A hungry herd of goats might be just the solution. 

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Health & Wellness

Access to Sports Is Access to Health

July 2015 issue, By Jimmy O’Connor

 Youth sports serve as a venue to introduce a variety of healthy behaviors in youth — parks and recreation provides some of the most well-used and robust sports programs on offer today. 

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Social Equity

Diversifying Mainstream Environmental Groups Is Not Enough

July 2015 issue, By Robert D. Bullard and Robert García

 Transformational change is necessary to modernize the environmental, climate and health movements. 

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Future Leaders

Preserving Our Connection to This Land

July 2015 issue, By Michael J. Bradley, Ph.D., and Jody M. Baker

 Changing times do not erase the importance of preserving and promoting America’s special natural places to our children. 

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NRPA Update » Gold Medal Awards

2015 Gold Medal Finalists Announced

July 2015 issue, By Brenda Beales

 The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with NRPA, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. 

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

July 2015 issue

 Are you ready for the CPRP exam? 

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Early Contract Terminations

July 2015 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

 NRPA members are invited to take advantage of APPI Energy’s data-driven procurement and consulting solutions. 

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Kendrick Mayes

July 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

 Garner, North Carolina’s parks and recreation department boasts a star performer in Marketing and Events Coordinator Kendrick Mayes. 

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NRPA Update » Monarch Conservation

Parks Saving the Monarch

July 2015 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

 NRPA staffers and members are stepping up to join the fight to save the threatened monarch butterfly. 

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Calendar

July 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 (Enhanced) Power of PRORAGIS 2.0

July 2015 issue, By David Kurtz

 PRORAGIS 2.0 is NRPA’s new and improved way to compare metrics and glean detailed information about the field of parks and recreation. 

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Roxanne Sutton

July 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 We take a peek inside the mind of a communications master in this discussion with NRPA Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist Roxanne Sutton. 

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Operations

Water, Water Everywhere

July 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Innovative aquatics programs help communities beat the heat this summer. 

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Park Bench

Dreams Come True

July 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

 Four-year-old Parker Pustejovsky’s inspired vision and dogged commitment helped to rebuild a playground in West, Texas, that was destroyed in a fertilizer plant explosion in 2013. 

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50th Anniversary

Archive Throwback: September 1990

July 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 A look back at the September 1990 issue reveals one columnist’s revolutionary leanings. 

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