Welcome to NRPA
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, SI Team Up to Spotlight Youth Sports
The National Recreation and Park Association and Sports Illustrated have teamed up again to launch a new initiative that is designed to spotlight quality youth sports across America.
It's Official: 2004 NRPA Congress & Exposition a Success
With more than 5,100 delegates, 2,000 exhibitors, and 200 education sessions, NRPA Executive Director John Thorner, CAE, wasted no time in declaring this year's annual conference a resounding success.
U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, BlazeSports Seeking Sites
The U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund is accepting applications from NRPA-member community recreation providers and other community-based organizations to become BlazeSports Club of America programs in 2005.
Keep Your Community Active
Interested in increasing the number of active, healthy older adults in your community? Help NRPA support You Can! the U.S. Administration on Aging campaign that aims to mobilize communities across the country to become healthier and more physically active.:: More
Jan. 12-15, 2005
15th National Executive Development School
Las Cruces, N.M.
March 2-7, 2005
20th National Aquatic Conference & Exposition
For details, check out the NRPA Training Calendar
Tools for Change
No Ifs, Ands, or Butts
In an effort to keep its parks free of cigarette butts and second-hand smoke, the Fresno (Calif.) City Council has voted to ban smoking in city parks.
Hold the Phone
Outdoor enthusiasts can now find cell phone towers in at least 30 national parks, reveals a recently released partial inventory by the National Park Service.
Be Wise When You Exercise
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 7 million Americans receive medical attention for recreation-related injuries annually. Here's how to avoid becoming a statistic.
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.