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For more than 40 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 Works
Senators Urge Use of Arctic Revenues for Parks
U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, Richard Burr and John Sununu have proposed reinvesting $450 million annually for three years from potential Arctic National Wildlife Refuge receipts in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to state and local governments.
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NRPA Will Fight President's Cut in LWCF State Grants
President Bush's proposed fiscal year 2006 budget would cut all Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance grants for local and state park systems, the National Recreation and Park Association has learned.
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Support “Park and Recreation Relief” Today
To solidify its commitment to helping those affected by the recent tsunamis and earthquakes in Asia, NRPA has coordinated “Park Relief” to raise aid funding throughout the United States.
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NRPA National Awards Deadline Extended
The 2005 NRPA National, Dorothy Mullen and R.O.S.E. awards application deadlines have been extended to April 1. Help us to honor the very best in parks and recreation by nominating someone you know.
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NRPA and Sports Illustrated Team Up Again
NRPA and SI have joined forces to launch Good Sports, a new initiative that is designed to spotlight quality youth sports across America, and provide resources and recognition for administrators, coaches and parents who want kids to get the most from their sports experiences.
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March 13-18
NRPA Revenue Development and Management School
Wheeling, W.Va.
April 10-14
NRPA Southeast Regional Conference and Trade Show
Greensboro, N.C.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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