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Mission, Vision, Goals

Click here to read NRPA's nine strategic goals for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, as recommended by the National Forum and approved by the NRPA Board of Trustees in May 2004.
The Mission of the National Recreation and Park Association is "To advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people."

NRPA's Values - We believe that parks and recreation:
  • Enhances the human potential by providing facilities, services and programs that meet the emotional, social and physical needs of communities.
  • Articulates environmental values through ecologically responsible management and environmental education programs.
  • Promotes individual and community wellness that enhances the quality of life for all citizens.
  • Utilizes holistic approaches to promote cultural understanding, economic development, family public health and safety, by working in coalitions and partnerships with allied organizations.
  • Facilitates and promotes the development of grassroots, self-help initiatives in communities across the country.

The Goals of the National Recreation and Park Association are:
  • To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services as they relate to the constructive use of leisure and thereby to the social stability of a community and the physical and mental health of individuals. NRPA strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
  • To facilitate the development, maintenance, expansion and improvement of socially and environmentally relevant public policy that supports recreation, parks and leisure programs and services.
  • To enhance the development of parks, recreation and tourism professionals and to provide services that contribute to the development of NRPA members.
  • To promote the development and dissemination of the body of knowledge in order to improve the delivery of service, increase understanding of leisure behavior and expand the body of knowledge relative to parks and recreation programs and services.

NRPA's Form 990 Available
NRPA's Federal ID # 13-5563001

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