Charlotte Convergence
NRPA's 49th annual conference showcased the best in parks and recreation today and provided education and support for the field.
Building Success
Author and industry leader Paul Gilbert details how adopting an entrepreneurial operational model can create high-performance agencies.
San Gabriels Monument
The newly dedicated San Gabriels National Monument in Los Angeles County offers a critical public landscape for a economically disadvantaged communities of color.
Surfacing Guidelines Controversy
New surfacing guidelines for playgrounds have been adopted by a key subcommittee of ASTM, potentially impacting public playgrounds across the nation.
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Charlotte Convergence

December 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

The 49th annual NRPA Congress showcased the best in parks and recreation today and provided education and support for professionals in the field

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The Opening Session Strikes a Chord

December 2014 issue, By Lauren Hoffmann

Thousands of park and recreation professionals packed in for the Opening General Session, excited to kick off the 2014 conference and hear from leaders in the field.

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Reinforcing the Education Cornerstone

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The 2014 NRPA Congress included dozens of education sessions, including new, interactive offerings designed to keep members abreast of information most relevant to the field of parks and recreation.

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Show Floor Showcase

December 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA welcomed almost 400 exhibitors to set up shop at the Charlotte Convention Center for the 2014 annual conference.

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Community Effort

December 2014 issue, By Jimmy O'Connor

The 2014 Parks Build Community initiative benefitted Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Award-Winning Members

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA congratulates all award recipients from the 2014 annual conference.

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Straight from the Members’ Mouths

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Dozens of members pulled over to the pit stop during the 2014 NRPA Congress to share ideas and anecdotes from their experiences as park and recreation professionals.

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Quiz Bowl Cred

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Following a tough and exciting competition, California Polytechnic State University won bragging rights as the 2014 Park and Recreation Student Quiz Bowl.

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Building Success

December 2014 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE, and Richard J. Dolesh

Author and industry leader Paul Gilbert details how adopting an entrepreneurial operational model can create high-performance agencies.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Promises to Keep

December 2014 issue, By Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP

NRPA's new Chair of the Board of Directors Detrick Stanford, CPRP, reflects on the organization's Three Pillars, with a special focus on Social Equity.

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Letters

Letters

December 2014 issue

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

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Editor's Letter

Tipping Points

December 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director ponders the future of the field, armed with solutions and answers gleaned from examining the past and engaging current experts.  

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People for Parks

Tom Norquist: A Pioneer for Play

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Tom Norquist, senior vice president of product development and design at PlayCore’s GameTime, has made a career out of his love for play.

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Member to Member

Taming Twitter

December 2014 issue, By Linda Oakleaf, Ph.D.

Adding a Twitter account to your agency’s social media profile can help reach more constituents and elevate visibility for events and programs.

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Advocacy

Looking Forward to 2015

December 2014 issue, By Kevin O'Hara

Check out this update about the federal legislation on NRPA's radar for 2015 and how you can help tell the parks and recreation story to elected officials.

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Law Review

Safety Feature Practice Standard in Sport?

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

When is it appropriate for a high school football player to wear a helmet and mouthguard to practice, and who is responsible for making sure the athlete is in compliance with those rules?

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Conservation

Debate Over the Purpose of Conservation Heats Up

December 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

Discussion within the parks and recreation field about the precise purpose of conservation is heating up, with two camps approaching the issue from very different perspectives.

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Health & Wellness

Smoke-Free Parks: A Win-Win for Everyone

December 2014 issue, By Sue Beatty

A groundbreaking smoke-free park policy in Texas addresses the new, and harmful, trend of e-cigarettes and secondhand smoke.

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Social Equity

The San Gabriel Mountains: A National Monument for All

December 2014 issue, By Robert García and Michelle Kao

The designation of a national monument in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California is expected to have significant impacts on equity in access to open land.

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Future Leaders

Investing in Your Own Professional Development

December 2014 issue, By Michael J. Bradley, Ph.D., and Jody M. Baker

Investing in ongoing professional development keeps you up-to-date and relevant in the field of parks and recreation. 

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NRPA Update » Board of Directors

Board of Directors Update

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA welcomes three new board members and bids a fond farewell to those departing the organization's leadership.

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NRPA Update » BOD Nominations

Call for NRPA Board of Directors Nominations

December 2014 issue, By Michele White

NRPA is looking for both professional and citizen leaders who are passionate about parks, recreation and environmental conservation to serve on its Board of Directors.

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NRPA Update » CAPRA and COAPRT

Accreditation Anniversaries

December 2014 issue, By Brenda Beales

CAPRA and COAPRT accreditation standards have been around for decades now, with 2014 marking major birthday milestones for both,

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

December 2014 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Make a Resolution to Reduce Energy Costs!

December 2014 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

This member benefit makes saving energy and money easy resolutions for the New Year.

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Anna Pechenik Mausolf, CPRP

December 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Anna Pechenik Mausolf talks about her work in academia and why she's passionate about parks and recreation.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development Planner

Professional Development Planner

December 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 » PRORAGIS

PRORAGIS and Special-Needs Populations

December 2014 issue, By David Kurtz and Travis Smith, Ph.D.

Data from PRORAGIS tells us more agencies are programming with special needs populations in mind.

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Amanda Hersey

December 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA Director of Conferences Amanda Hersey reflects on this year's event in Charlotte and what makes a great professional gathering.

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Operations » Photography

Snap Happy

December 2014 issue, By Becki Cramer

A picture may say a thousand words, but legal restrictions on photography may curtail your inclination to shoot. Here’s what you need to know.

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Operations » Playground Surfacing

New Playground Criteria Adopted Amid Controversy

December 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

New, more restrictive changes to the safety standard for playground surfaces that are intended to lessen the chance of head injuries from falls has been adopted by a key subcommittee of ASTM.

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Operations » Utility Vehicles

Today’s UTVs: A 9-Step Buyer’s Guide

December 2014 issue, By Betty Sosnin

Choosing UTVs for your agency can be a daunting proposition — these simple steps will help make the decision easier. 

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By the Numbers

Conference Counts

December 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Data from the 2014 NRPA Congress is in, and we have several interesting highlights to share.

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Park Bench

No Fear

December 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Pyramide USA's donation of an AquaClimb Poolside Climbing Wall at Fort Hood military base in Texas will help children and families living there develop confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

December 2014 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

December 2014 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

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

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Community Center » Sensory Trail

Sensory Sojourn

December 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

An inclusive trail at a Maryland state park provides an all-sensory nature experience specifically designed for people with mobility, hearing and vision impairments.

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