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Quoted often in the national media, the National Recreation and Park Association is a credible resource for information on parks, healthy lifestyles, conservation of natural resources, and the preservation of community. For media contacts by specific interest area, please visit our For the Press section.

Park Land, Politics, Policy
The Tennessean, October 10, 2004

In a recent countywide parks and recreation survey, 88 percent of the respondents ranked recreation as important as schools, roads and other government services. Local governments are responding.

Brentwood already exceeds recommendations by the National Recreation and Park Association for park space. Brentwood has nearly 18 acres of parkland per 1,000 people. The NRPA suggests a range of 6.25 acres to 10.5 acres per 1,000 people.

A Place to Play
Sports Illustrated, April 26, 2004

Together, SI and the NRPA have named a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 50th Anniversary Sportstown in each state to honor those communities that are doing an exemplary job of delivering parks and recreation services to their citizens. These communities have been recognized not because they sell out stadiums for big-time athletics, or because they’re home to superstar athletes, but because of their high standards of service through sports, development and growth as well as their overall commitment to excellence.

Washington Post, November 7, 2003
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It used to be swimming pools were just that--swimming pools. But today's indoor aquatic centers overflow with recreational activities ranging from aqua arthritis stretches and deep-water running to scuba diving and synchronized swimming.
"Over the last 15 years, the national trend has shifted from traditional swimming pools to family aquatic centers," says Kathy Spangler, National Partnerships director of the National Recreation and Park Association, which offers certification in aquatic facility operations.

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