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For more than 100 years, the National Recreation and Park Association has advocated the importance of thriving, local park systems, the opportunity for all Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of great community places.
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Can you imagine a world without parks?
Neither can we. Fortunately, more and more communities are now realizing the significance of recreation, parks, and open space. The truth? Parks and recreation pays. All across the country, people are waking up to the amazing potential of parks and healthy lifestyles. Explore with us the many ways in which parks and recreation is making our communities happier, healthier, and more livable.

NRPA Announces New Membership Model
More than five years have passed since the organization last modified its membership dues, a process that has led to a new and simplified structure reducing NRPA's 15 different membership categories to six, and 25 varying dues rates to 10.
Returning Sportsmanship to Sports
Something lacking from your sports leagues? The June issue of Parks & Recreation highlights innovative programs from around the country that are promoting good sportsmanship and the awareness of personal pride in accomplishments.
July 21-23
Summer Park Tour: "Hot Parks & Cool Spaces"
West Bend, Wis.
Aug. 15-18
29th National Park Maintenance and Resource Management School
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 10-13
National Institute on Recreation Inclusion
Austin, Texas
::For details, check out the NRPA Training Calendar::
In Chicago, Recycling is the Mother of Invention
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has dredged up mud from the bottom of the Illinois River and sent it to Chicago, where it will become topsoil for a new park being built on an abandoned industrial site.

Brownfields restoration. Accessible recreation for all Americans. Community greenprinting. Rail corridors repurposed for hiking and biking trails.
These are just a few of the ways in which NRPA and its supporters make a difference every day. If your local and state leaders think they can’t afford parks and recreation, wait till they discover the price of going without. Join us today, and discover the benefits of parks and recreation.

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