Sports Equity
The state of women in sports has improved since the mid-20th century, but we’ve still got a long way to go to close the equity gap in participation, pay and perception.
Student-Designed Parks
Student-designed and student-built parks offer a creative learning process for young professionals while benefiting communities nationwide.
Drowning Prevention
The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of promoting water safety with an ambitious campaign to teach people to swim and prevent drowning deaths.
Changing Reality
A park and recreation professional reinvents physical education in a Utah public school.
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Features

Sports: It's (Still) a Man's World

November 2014 issue, By Sage Learn

The state of women in sports has improved since the mid-20th century, but we’ve still got a long way to go to close the equity gap in participation, pay and perception.

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Learning by Design

November 2014 issue, By Kevan Williams, MLA

Student-designed and student-built parks offer a creative learning process for young professionals while benefiting communities nationwide.

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

Healthy Play Outdoors Means Healthy Kids

November 2014 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE

NRPA and President Barbara Tulipane, CAE, discusses the critical role that natural playscapes can have in the lives of today's children and tomorrow's leaders.

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Letters

Letters

November 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

Making It

November 2014 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

Gina Mullin-Cohen, NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publications, reflects on NRPA's recent conference and asks the membership how we can better serve our communities through our desire for change.

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Member to Member

Teaching Tolerance

November 2014 issue, By Michelle Doppelt

Oakland Parks and Recreation’s zero-tolerance anti-bullying policy takes a proactive approach to teaching youth and teens respect for one another.

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Advocacy

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Turns 50

November 2014 issue, By David Tyahla

As LWCF turns 50 years old, NRPA's senior government affairs manager takes a look back at its highlights and outlines parameters necessary for its continued success.

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Law Review

Bible Believers Target Arab Festival

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

When a group of Christian evangelists causes a disturbance at an Arab festival, what legal standing does the government have to quash their message?

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Conservation

Planting Native is a Matter of Life and Death

November 2014 issue, By David G. Davis

Park professionals have a unique opportunity to benefit their local and global ecosystem now and for the future by planting native species in their parks.

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Health & Wellness

Changing Reality

November 2014 issue, By Keri Schwab, Ph.D., and Daniel Dustin, Ph.D.

A park and recreation professional reinvents physical education in a Utah public school.

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Social Equity

Back in the Game

November 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

A South Dakota public lands partnership offers physically challenged hunters accessible opportunities for shooting sports.

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Future Leaders

Networking and Sharing Ideas: Setting the Park and Recreation Field Apart

November 2014 issue, By By Jay Tryon, CPRP

The park and recreation field is unique in its members' enthusiasm for sharing their ideas with each other, which benefits the field as a whole and every community it serves.

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NRPA Update » Board of Directors

Call for NRPA Board of Directors Nominations

November 2014 issue, By Michele White

Are you or someone you know interested in serving on NRPA's Board of Directors?

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NRPA Update » Certification

Investing in People

November 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The Chicago Park District implements a professional development overhaul to support and advance the careers of its park and recreation professionals.

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NRPA Update » Learning

Test Your Park and Recreation Knowledge

November 2014 issue

Are you ready for the CPRP exam?

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NRPA Update » Member Benefits

Building Teams and Advancing Careers at a Discount!

November 2014 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

NRPA's Premier Certification Package gives your entire team professional development at a discounted rate

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NRPA Update » Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Shalon Lewis

November 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Shalon Lewis, who works as the Shreveport Public Assembly Recreation manager in Louisiana, shares her inspiration for her work and her commitment to the field of parks and recreation.

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NRPA Update » Professional Development Planner

Professional Development Planner

November 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

Combating Hunger through Parks and Recreation

November 2014 issue, By By Travis Smith, Ph.D., and Rishma Parpia

Data from PRORAGIS™ show the critical hunger gap park and recreation agencies fill during out-of-school time.

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NRPA Update » Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: David Wenner, MBA, PMP

November 2014 issue, By Danielle Taylor

Dave Wenner, NRPA's AMS administrator, brings technical knowledge, office fun and a passion for bacon to the NRPA staff.

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Operations » Aquatics

Mighty Moss

November 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Using sphagnum moss to aid in filtering pool water could be a green, cost-saving alternative to pool chemicals.

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Operations » Bioenergy

Why Waste?

November 2014 issue, By Elizabeth Lowell

Bioenergy solutions can help park and recreation professionals reduce waste and generate raw materials and even revenue for their departments.

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By the Numbers

Wild for Water

November 2014 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Swimming sports are popular in the U.S., but a surprising number of people still don't know how to swim. Check out this roundup of aquatics stats for an illuminating look at what's going on in your pools.

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Meet the Mayor

Hernando, Mississippi’s Chip Johnson

November 2014 issue, By Kevin O'Hara

Hernando, Mississippi's Chip Johnson's citywide health and wellness efforts are a bright spot of success in a state known for unhealthy living.

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Park Bench

Kids and Olympian Take the Single-Track Trail

November 2014 issue, By Amy Stahl, Marissa Bracamonte

An Olympic gold-medal cyclist helps develop a kid-focused mountain biking trail in Boise, Idaho.

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Community Center » Drowning Prevention

Toward 50,000 Water-Competent Swimmers

November 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of promoting water safety with an ambitious campaign to teach people to swim and prevent drowning deaths.

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Community Center » Notable News

Notable News

November 2014 issue, By Samantha Bartram

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

November 2014 issue, By Hayley MacDonell

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

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Community Center » Research Update

Research Update: Evidence-Based Programs and Practice

November 2014 issue, By Mary J. Christoph, MPH, and Laura L. Payne, Ph.D.

Resources, equity and why parks and recreation should move in this direction.

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