Youth Service in Parks
Park and recreation agencies offer volunteer opportunities for teens to develop practical job skills and give back to the community.
Transforming Toxic Sites
Many agencies are cleaning up poisoned parks and restoring natural areas to their former glory.
Advancing Parks and the Public Realm
2014 NRPA Congress presenter David Barth shares his fresh look at parks and the public realm.
New Guidelines for Nature Play
New national nature play guidelines help support park professionals.
Meet the Mayor: Carlos Hernandez
Hialeah, Florida, Mayor Carlos Hernandez discusses the importance of parks and recreation in his adopted home town.
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Features

Youth Service in Parks

September 2014 issue, By Jessica Culverhouse

Park and recreation agencies offer volunteer opportunities for teens to develop practical job skills and give back to the community.

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Transforming Toxic Sites

September 2014 issue, By Kelsey Dayton

Parks are intended to be healthy havens for all, but many are built on contaminated land that is harmful to the people who recreate and wildlife that live there. Now, many agencies are cleaning up poisoned parks and restoring natural areas to their former glory.

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Advancing Parks and the Public Realm

September 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

David Barth shares his fresh look at the public realm and how smart design can improve communities.

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2014 Congress: Living to Learn

September 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

NRPA’s 2014 Congress includes hundreds of education sessions designed to educate and energize attendees. 

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Hall of Fame Update

September 2014 issue, By Brenda Beales

NRPA adds one more name to the hallowed ranks of the Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame.

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Parks Build Community

September 2014 issue

Don’t miss the unveiling of NRPA’s 2014 Parks Build Community project at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park. 

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

The Passion for Parks and Recreation

September 2014 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE

NRPA’s president and CEO shares her thoughts on how park and recreation professionals can make the most of available limited resources while continuing to inspire the communities they serve.

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Letters

Letters

September 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

The Making of a Park and Rec Kid

September 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director challenges readers to find the “park and rec kid” inside and give some thought to how early experiences with parks and recreation shape today’s perceptions of the industry.

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Community Center » Dog Swim

Swimming Pools Go to the Dogs

September 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

A raucous puppy pool party proves the perfect way to end the summer season.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

September 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

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 » Stormwater Management

Fun and Functional

September 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Park planners in Florida incorporate a stormwater management system into a state-of-the-art urban public space.

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Community Center » Tactical Urbanism

Grassroots Placemaking

September 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Tactical urbanism offers short-term solutions to longstanding challenges in the built environment.

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By the Numbers

Record Holders

September 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

These record- holding parks and public spaces boast some of the most impressive statistics among their peers.

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People for Parks

Meet the Mayor: Hialeah, Florida’s Carlos Hernandez

September 2014 issue, By Sage Learn

Hialeah, Florida, Mayor Carlos Hernandez discusses the importance of parks and recreation in his adopted home town.

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Member to Member » Reevaluating Processes

The “Other” Audit

September 2014 issue, By Alli Meyer

A new sales approach helped the Bloomingdale Park District change their company culture and achieve the highest revenues seen in years.

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Member to Member » Waterpark for Revenue

Making a Splash

September 2014 issue, By Shannon Singler

San Diego Waterfront Park’s grand opening drives revenue for the county parks department, creates lasting memories for visitors.

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Advocacy

A Fresh Approach to Advocacy

September 2014 issue, By Kevin O’Hara

NRPA’s Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs details changes to our advocacy efforts and how members can get involved in the new plan. 

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Law Review

Keep Your Eye On the Baseball Rule

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

We know to keep our eye out for fly and foul balls at a baseball game, but what about flying food?

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Conservation

New National Guidelines for Nature Play Areas

September 2014 issue, By Allen Cooper and Robin Moore

Creative play in nature is becoming a hot topic in the park and recreation industry — new national guidelines help support park professionals to offer safe, educational and fun opportunities for children visiting their facilities. 

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Health & Wellness

Parks and Recreation’s Role in the Concussion Campaign

September 2014 issue, By Lisa Paradis

As concussion awareness in youth sports and activities increases, park and recreation professionals must educate themselves and be prepared to react.

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Social Equity

Recreational Rehabilitation

September 2014 issue, By Carsten Froehlich

Docks at Glenn Cunningham Lake in Omaha, Nebraska, are outfitted for accessibility, allowing visitors with physical disabilities to easily take to the water without additional support. 

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Future Leaders

Goal-Setting to Maximize Productivity

September 2014 issue, By Kathy Capps, CPRE

Setting goals helps you get organized and sets a scene for success in achieving daily, monthly, yearly and even lifetime objectives. 

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Gearing Up for Fall

September 2014 issue, By Eric Hamp

Fun Express helps you plan and equip all your programs.

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Shawn Ramirez

September 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Shawn “The Ram” Ramirez is the new face of park and recreation professionals.

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NRPA Update » Park and Recreation Month

Dedicating a Month to Getting OUTside and INvolved with Parks and Recreation

September 2014 issue, By Roxanne Sutton

The response to July’s Park and Recreation month was the biggest yet.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

September 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

To Host or Not to Host: Nontraditional Events

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

Park professionals must consider many factors when hosting a nontraditional event as these races and contest become more popular.

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NRPA Update » Quiz

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

September 2014 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Julie Boland, CPRP

September 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

NRPA’s Senior Manager of Membership shares insights about her life and career.

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Operations

Sports Facilities Score Points With Added Shade

September 2014 issue, By Sarah van Wezel

Shaded areas make visitors to parks and recreational facilities more comfortable while aesthetically enhancing surroundings. 

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Park Bench

Go Fly a Kite

September 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Hundreds of kids and adults in Washington state turn out annually to Chambers Creek Regional Park’s fun kite festival.

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Exhibit Hall Events

September 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Mark your calendars for these not-t-be-missed events!

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