NRPA: Continuing the Journey
A look back at NRPA’s 50-year history reveals not just the journey already taken, but the path that lies ahead in our mission to support parks and recreation for all.
The Penalosa Effect
Gil Penalosa, the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference keynote speaker, reveals his passion for creating safe, accessible cities, with parks as a centerpiece.
Riding the Roller Coaster of Play
After almost disappearing from the scene starting in the 1980s, play as a normal part of children’s lives and their development is making a comeback.
Meeting a Community’s Modern Needs
The Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex shakes up the traditional rec center paradigm to create a multigenerational facility that appeals to everyone.
Including Everyone in the Fun
Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Roundabout Playback Troupe offers individuals with disabilities an opportunity to share personal stories through improv.
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Features

What’s in an Anniversary?

August 2015 issue, By Barbara Tulipane, CAE

NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane, CAE, sees a hopeful future for NRPA, its mission and its members. 

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NRPA: Continuing the Journey

August 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

A look back at NRPA’s 50-year history reveals not just the journey already taken, but the path that lies ahead in our mission to support parks and recreation for all.

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The Birth of the Urban Park and Recreation Association

August 2015 issue, By Joe Caverly

 The unique needs of urban parks have been an important focus for NRPA since the inception of the Urban Parks and Recreation Association in 1972. 

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Jim Peterson: NRPA’s First Program Chair

August 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

Jim Peterson shares his thoughts about NRPA’s past, present and future. 

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Robert Toalson: NRPA’s 24th President

August 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

Robert Toalson shares his thoughts about NRPA’s past, present and future. 

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R. Dean Tice: NRPA’s Most-Traveled Executive Director

August 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

R. Dean Tice shares his thoughts about NRPA’s past, present and future. 

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Tony Mobley: The Youngest NRPA President

August 2015 issue, By Sonia Myrick

Tony Mobley shares his thoughts about NRPA’s past, present and future. 

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The Future Leaders of NRPA

August 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

These five young professionals represent the future of the field of parks and recreation. 

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The Penalosa Effect

August 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Gil Penalosa, through his 8 80 Cities initiative, is helping to change the way the world uses and builds its cities. 

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2015 NRPA Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Highlights

August 2015 issue, By Ted Mattingly

There’s lots to see and do in the exhibit hall at the 2015 NRPA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Cram Your Cranium at the NRPA Annual Conference

August 2015 issue, By Tom Crosley

NRPA has your education needs covered at this year’s Annual Conference. 

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National Award, Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients Announced

August 2015 issue, By Brenda Beales

Join NRPA in congratulating the winners of the 2015 NRPA National Awards, Diversity Scholarship, Student Scholarship and Young Professional Fellowship. 

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Meet Parks & Recreation’s Advisory Board

August 2015 issue, By Catrina Belt

Meet the entrepreneurs, park and recreation professionals, architects and academics who’ve agreed to lend their time, voice and insights to keep Parks & Recreation at the cutting edge of news and trends affecting our industry. 

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Researching the Future

August 2015 issue, By Kevin Roth

NRPA’s revamped PRORAGIS 2.0 tool and forthcoming GIS capabilities represent the next evolution in research for our field. 

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Riding the Roller Coaster of Play

August 2015 issue, By Joan Almon

After almost disappearing from the scene starting in the 1980s, play as a normal part of children’s lives and their development is making a comeback. Why and what does it look like now? 

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Meeting a Community’s Modern Needs

August 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

The Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex shakes up the traditional rec center paradigm to create a multigenerational facility that appeals to everyone. 

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Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation: Including Everyone in the Fun

August 2015 issue, By Lindsay Labas and Michelle Yadon

Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation’s inclusive playback troupe uses improv theater to create a vibrant, supportive atmosphere where players of all abilities can join in the fun. 

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The Silver Rainbow: Societal Challenges Facing LGBTQ Seniors

August 2015 issue, By Randy Wiger

Parks and recreation agencies are in a great position to support LGBTQ seniors with thoughtful programming and open dialogue. 

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Music and the Power of Community

August 2015 issue, By Rodney B. Dieser, Ph.D.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Gordon “Tex” and Marion Vinyard, and Vinyard Park. 

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A Garden Transformation

August 2015 issue, By Blythe Russian

Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights is a testament to how a little creative thinking can transform a one-season park into a year-round attraction. 

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Play With Psychological Payoff

August 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

Playing with attunement and brain psychology in mind can turn a trip to the neighborhood playground into an important tool for child development. 

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Outdoor Fitness in Aiken, South Carolina

August 2015 issue, By Allison Abel

For residents of Aiken, South Carolina, a gym-quality workout is as accessible and affordable as a walk in the park. 

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A Woodland Adventure at Amelia Earhart Park

August 2015 issue, By Lynn Pinoniemi

A man-made island is transformed into an outdoor play wonderland. 

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Inclusively Different Play

August 2015 issue, By Lisa Annis

The Clubhouse at Boyce Mayview Park offers a play experience for children of all ability levels. 

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Playscape for Austin, Texas Neighborhood

August 2015 issue, By Kent Callison

The recently opened NatureGrounds playscape at Dove Springs Park in Austin, Texas, helps to reconnect children and families with nature. 

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Interactive Art Inspires Imaginative, Open-Ended Play

August 2015 issue, By Michael Laris

Play sculptures marry high-concept art with durable and inviting play spaces. 

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Departments & Columns

Perspectives

The Value of Play

August 2015 issue, By Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP

NRPA’s Chair of the Board of Directors Detrick L. Stanford, CPRP, explores how the perception of the value of play has changed over the years. 

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Editor's Letter

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

August 2015 issue, By Gina Mullins-Cohen

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director Gina Mullins-Cohen agrees change is hard, but it’s also necessary. 

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Letters

Letters

August 2015 issue

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

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Advocacy

The Summer of Park Champion Advocacy

August 2015 issue, By Jayni Rasmussen

Less than a year in and through our revamped Parks Champion advocacy efforts, we’re seeing some innovative and creative ways members are using to engage their local legislators. 

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Law Review

Natural Condition Immunity for Campsite Tree Injury

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

Can a park be held liable if, while camping, you sustain injuries from a tree falling on your tent?

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Health & Wellness

Future Trends in Health and Wellness

August 2015 issue, By Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, and Kellie May

NRPA has been tracking four significant trends we believe will shape the future of health and wellness for parks and recreation. Learn what you need to do now to begin planning for the future needs of your communities. 

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Social Equity

The EPA and Parks, Environmental Justice and the Disposable of Society

August 2015 issue, By Robert García and Ariel Collins

 How can the EPA help to improve access to parks and recreation and the health, environment and resiliency of communities of color and low income communities? 

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Park Bench

Child’s Play(time)

August 2015 issue, By Marissa Bracamonte

Decades ago, as today, playgrounds were inspiring young children to use their imaginations and create their own worlds through play. 

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50th Anniversary

Throwback to the Beginning: June 1965

August 2015 issue, By Samantha Bartram

In honor of NRPA’s 50th anniversary, we journey back to the year the organization came together to examine author Ronald F. Paige’s plea for cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

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