'No Thanks'
Minneapolis park officials opt out of a downtown park plan with too many private strings attached.
Parks: A Place for Play
Allowing children to engage in free, unsupervised play encourages healthy mental and social development, if only adults would let it happen.
The Children's Champion
Anthony Washington has dedicated his life to running two playgrounds in an impoverished North Philadelphia neighborhood where safe opportunities for recreation can be hard to come by.
The Park and Rec Impact
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, a policy expert on health and social equity, speaks with Parks & Recreation Magazine about health issues in lower-income communities, and shares her thoughts on ways parks and recreation can help.
A Partnership of Service
The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, local host for the 2014 NRPA Congress, boasts an award-winning system featuring restored green spaces, cultural arts venues, an Olympic whitewater center and more.
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Features

‘No Thanks’ Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Rejects Offer of Downtown East Park

October 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

 The City of Minneapolis’ public park agency says the terms of operating a new multimillion dollar park adjacent to the new stadium would have an adverse impact on its budget and ability to serve all citizens. 

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Parks: A Place for Play

October 2014 issue, By Jessica Culverhouse

 Allowing children to engage in free, unsupervised play encourages healthy mental and social development, if only adults would let it happen. 

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The Children’s Champion

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Anthony Washington has dedicated his life to running two playgrounds in an impoverished North Philadelphia neighborhood where safe opportunities for recreation can be hard to come by. 

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The Park and Rec Impact: Addressing the Needs of Kids in Underserved Communities

October 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

 Park & Recreation Magazine talks with Dr. Maya Rockeymoore about social equity as it relates to health, access to safe, open green spaces and how the park and recreation field can play a positive role. 

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Charlotte: The Heart of the Southeast

October 2014 issue, By Kim Dinan

 Charlotte’s got a lot of things to do, see, taste and experience! 

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A Partnership of Service

October 2014 issue, By Kim Dinan

 Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has so much to offer Charlotte residents and visitors, from running and biking trails to whitewater adventure, sports and more. 

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Tuesday Night Tailgate

October 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

 Don’t miss the awesome Tailgate Party at the 2014 NRPA Congress! 

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Parks Build Community — In So Many Ways

October 2014 issue, By Jimmy O'Connor

 NRPA thanks Mecklenburg County and the incredible sponsors of this year’s Parks Build Community initiative at Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park. 

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Congress Live Off-Site Education

October 2014 issue

 Congress Live is a great way to experience the 2014 conference from the comfort of your home or office. 

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Thank You, Charlotte

October 2014 issue

 NRPA thanks the dedicated members of the Local Host Committee who contributed their time and energy to making the 2014 NRPA Congress the best yet. 

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Program Leaders

October 2014 issue

The Congress Program Committee provides invaluable support to the NRPA team as we all prepare for the 2014 NRPA Congress.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Reflections of Service

October 2014 issue, By Robert Ashcraft, Ph.D.

NRPA Board of Directors Chair Robert Ashcraft reflects on his service as Detrick Stanford, CPRP, prepares to take the helm of the board.

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Letters

Letters

October 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

49 and Counting

October 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

 Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director reflects on unsupervised children in parks and social equity, while looking ahead to NRPA’s 50th anniversary. 

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People for Parks » Meet the Mayor

Buffalo, New York’s Byron Brown

October 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor and Kellie May

Buffalo Mayor Byron talks about the state of parks and recreation in his town and why a robust park system is so important to his constituency. 

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Member to Member

Planning a New or Renovating an Old Recreation Center?

October 2014 issue, By Carl Guarnieri

 Planning to renovate or build a new recreation center can be a daunting task, but it’s made easier with the proper preparation. 

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Advocacy

Preparing for the November Election

October 2014 issue, By Dave Tyahla

 As Election Day approaches, familiarize yourself with some key political issues and races that can affect your agency. 

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Law Review

Concussion Training Lacking in Federal Civil Rights Claim

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

 In recent years, most jurisdictions have enacted legislation requiring sport coaches to be trained to recognize the signs of a concussion, but what happens when those symptoms are ignored and serious injury results? 

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Conservation

A Teen’s Love of Her Local Park and Storytelling Leads to National Award

October 2014 issue, By Richard J. Dolesh

 Bethany Bella channeled her love for storytelling and her community park into a project that garnered a national award. 

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Health & Wellness

It’s Time to ‘Get Schooled in Anaphylaxis’

October 2014 issue, By Julie Bowen

 Developing a plan to prevent and treat anaphylaxis can save lives. 

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Social Equity

Not Your Toddler’s Playground

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

A playground made especially for seniors at Carbide Park in LaMarque, Texas, aims to help aging residents improve their agility, mobility and coordination.

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Future Leaders

The Importance of Young Professionals’ Involvement with Community Organizations

October 2014 issue, By Tyler Tapps, Ph.D., and Emily A. McKenzie, MS

 Getting involved with community organizations is a great way for young professionals to learn valuable skills. 

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NRPA Update » Indian Nations

NRPA and the Walmart Foundation Support Indian Nations

October 2014 issue, By Roxanne Sutton, Danielle Taylor

 A Walmart Foundation grant managed by NRPA promotes healthy eating and physical activity in two Native American communities, among others. 

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NRPA Update » Member Benefit

Community Ideas Inspire Better Parks

October 2014 issue, By Eric Hamp

 NRPA members are invited to enjoy a discount on services with MindMixer, where hundreds of discussions and debates are conveniently hosted online. 

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Justin Bowens

October 2014 issue, By Marla Collum

 Portsmouth Parks and Recreation employee Justin Bowens was inspired to lose more than 100 pounds and is now using his personal experience to improve the health and wellness of people in his community. 

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NRPA Update » Professional Development

Professional Development Planner

October 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

Community Gardens Yield Community Benefits

October 2014 issue, By Travis Smith, Ph.D., Rishma Parpia

 Community gardens are becoming a common feature at an increasing number of parks and recreation areas. 

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NRPA Update » Quiz

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

October 2014 issue

 Are you ready for the CPRP exam? 

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NRPA Update » Staff Retreat

NRPA Takes a Trip

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 NRPA staff recently took a trip to Patuxent River Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and got a chance to enjoy the great outdoors at a beautiful facility. 

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Molly Higgins

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Molly Higgins, NRPA’s exhibits sales and supplier relationship manager, slows down momentarily to talk about her role and the ramp up to 2014 NRPA Congress. 

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NRPA Update » Volunteering

Volunteering: Giving Back has Many Benefits

October 2014 issue, By Eric Hamp

 Volunteering is a great way to help others, but the benefits to the volunteer are worth noting, too. 

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Operations

Low-Energy Lighting Helps Agencies Achieve Green Goals

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Fitting fixtures with low-energy LED or solar-powered lighting can save costs and the environment. 

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By the Numbers

Location, Location, Location

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

These county health rankings provide a snapshot of various health indicators across the United States.

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Park Bench

Childhood Wonderland

October 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

 Storybook Land and the Land of Oz at Wylie Park in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has been inspiring the imaginations of visitors for almost 40 years.   

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Community Center » Aransas Pathways

Coastal Captivation

October 2014 issue, By David Sikes

 A park project along the Texas Gulf coast highlights the best of the area’s natural attractions. 

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

October 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

October 2014 issue

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

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Community Center » Protected Bike Lane

Bike Lane Buffer Zone

October 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

 Houston, Texas, is set to get its first protected bike lane this October, marking an important milestone for area cyclists and a city grappling with growth. 

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