June 2018 Print


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2018 Gold Medal Finalists -
Congratulations NACPRO Member Agencies

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

- East Baton Rouge Recreation & Park Commission (BREC) — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

- Louisville Parks and Recreation — Louisville, Kentucky

- Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation — Lake Worth, Florida

- Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District — Beaverton, Oregon

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NRPA Innovation Awards -
Congratulations NACPRO member Agencies

We're proud announce the winners of this year's NRPA Innovation Awards and Spotlight Awards! The NRPA Innovation Awards recognize park and recreation agencies that have demonstrated their commitment to improving and empowering their communities in innovative ways.

- Innovation in Health Award: Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Alhambra, CA

- Innovation in Conservation Award: Forest Preserves of Cook County, IL

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U.S. House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill

By Julie Ufner, Jonathan Shuffield

On June 6, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on a 25 to 20 vote. The bill funds the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among other key programs and federal agencies that support and protect the nation’s natural resources. Overall, the bill would provide roughly $35.3 billion in appropriations, equal to FY 2018 enacted levels. The package also includes various policy measures aimed at reducing regulations from EPA and other agencies.

Of particular importance to counties, the following programs and agencies are funded through the bill...

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NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane, CAE, Announces Retirement

Ashburn, Va. (June 12, 2018) — The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) president and CEO Barbara Tulipane, CAE, has announced her retirement and will be leaving NRPA.

“I’ve decided to step down as president and CEO of NRPA,” said Barbara Tulipane, CAE. “I’ve truly enjoyed the last 10 years leading this remarkable organization. The time I have spent at NRPA has shown me how vital parks and recreation is to all Americans. I’m proud to have led NRPA in the fight to protect parks everywhere, to make communities more equitable and to bring the health benefits of parks and recreation to every community. I want to thank NRPA leaders, members and staff for allowing me to be part of these worthy efforts.”

Tulipane will remain in her position until the new CEO is onboard to maintain the continuity and momentum of the association.

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Park and Recreation Month Resources

Do you have all the resources you need for Park and Recreation Month this year? If not, check out the toolkit — it has everything from graphics, sample social media posts, activity sheets and more to help with your events throughout the month.

For more information: https://www.nrpa.org/events/july


Tell Congress to Get PHIT!

By Bill Sells

One in four Americans currently has a chronic disease, many of which are preventable. Reducing the incidence of chronic conditions is the key to sustainable healthcare in America, and, as facilitators of activity, park and recreation departments play a critical role in reversing the inactivity trend.

The PHIT Act gives consumers a discount on the cost of active lifestyles, while the activity provider receives full price. A win-win scenario for both consumers and providers, such as park and recreation agencies.

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Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship for the Advancement of Partnerships
Courtesy of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

The Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship to Advance Partnerships scholarship application period opened on May 1st and will continue through June 30th. This scholarship was created to help dedicated professionals explore ways to integrate more partnerships into their work to benefit and bring value to parks, public lands and the communities that host them.

Chris Jarvi believed that learning about partnerships and developing skills is an iterative process: the more one learns and practices, the more innovative they can be in engaging partners in all aspects of recreation and parks. The concept and practice of partnering will change as the needs of parks and recreation professionals evolve. This scholarship encourages applications that take the practice of partnerships to the next level.

Scholarships range from $500-$1,500 and in 2018, ten scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship awards may be used over the 18 months following the award. This will ensure that scholarship recipients are able to attend the training, workshop, conference, program or activity of interest and that the scholarship will fit the needs of any budgeting cycle or matching funds that may be available.

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To design safer parks for women, planners must listen to their stories
Courtesy of TheConversation.com

By Nicole Kalms

Nothing can protect women from the random acts of violence committed but engaging with the stories of women and girls is crucial for making cities safer. Planners, architects, the police and politicians need to put aside the traditional expert perspective to learn from – and design for – women’s experiences.

Since 2016, the “Free to Be” project has provided women and girls with the opportunity to “drop a pin” in places where they have felt safe or unsafe in Melbourne and Sydney. Women have also provided anonymous descriptions about a particular incident and the urban context in which it occurred.

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Recognizing Parks and Recreation’s Role in Economic Development
Courtesy of NRPA

By Kevin Roth, Ph.D.

We learned from the Local Government Officials’ Perceptions of Parks and Recreation study, which was published last fall, that elected and appointed local leaders agree their local communities benefit from the amenities provided by their local park and recreation agency. However, these same officials readily admitted that when their city, town or county must cut its spending, the local government service they target for the largest budget cut frequently is their park and recreation agency.

Another of the report’s key findings suggests a major cause for this disconnect: Local government officials see parks and recreation as a part of the solution for many of the issues facing their community, including improving quality of life, preventing youth crime and enhancing residents’ health. They do not, however, perceive these amenities contributing to what they view as the most pressing issue: attracting and retaining businesses. Bridging this perceptions gap is critical in helping to stabilize, and even grow, park and recreation agency funding.

A new study, commissioned by NRPA and conducted by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, identifies how local park officials can better engage with those in the economic development community.

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Safe Routes to Parks
Courtesy of NRPA

By Rachel Banner

Lessons learned from the first year of implementation

The Safe Routes to Park Action Framework was released in the fall of 2016 to support the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability. This coordinated effort between NRPA and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was designed to provide local governments with critical evidence- and practice-based recommendations to ensure parks are safe, accessible and welcoming places in communities.

We know that people with easy access to a park, within a 10-minute walk of home, have higher rates of walking, lower rates of obesity and improved mental health and enjoy many other benefits. This framework helps communities achieve those benefits by providing steps to engage leaders and community members in an ongoing assessment, planning and implementation process.

These partner communities have built coalitions, engaged communities, conducted walk audits, collected surveys, selected action goals and priorities, secured funding and, ultimately, made improvements to community parks. Following are some of the themes that emerged across the sites and recommendations from others interested in using the Safe Routes to Park Action Framework.

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Using Technology in Parks & Recreation
Courtesy of GreenPlay LLC

By John Rainey

Over the past few years, technology has exploded. It now permeates our lives and extends to virtually every facet of society. Parks and recreation are no exception. We are seeing key changes as real-world experiences and technology merge in ways that go beyond Bluetooth-enabled treadmills. The way we play and exercise is being affected. Altered realities are being embraced across all spectrums of society, as well as in the parks and recreation industry.

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Newly Released Social Media Guidelines
Courtesy of Leave No Trace

We are excited to announce the release of the new Leave No Trace social media guidelines. Social media plays a huge role in promoting outdoor spaces, prompting the question — would this place be as impacted as it is now if not for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.?

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Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide — 3rd Edition Now Available
Courtesy of GreenPlay LLC

GP RED, in collaboration with Sagamore Publishing, has released a new edition of the popular Small Community Parks and Recreation Master Planning Resource Guide. Intended to serve a wide audience but specifically targeted to the needs of instructors, students, and small community practitioners, it is available in two versions. Version I is the full guide written for instructors wanting to fully understand and teach a comprehensive master planning process, and/or for agency leaders who may not have access to adequate funding to hire an effective third party firm to complete a thorough public process and master plan but still need a plan to help their agency set long-range goals and run effectively and efficiently.

The Version II Summary Guide is intended to provide an affordable step-by-step outline manual for students or individual professionals wanting to learn how to prepare a master plan for smaller park and recreation agencies. The guide is intended to offer university instructors and/or smaller community public agency leaders an affordable step-by-step blueprint of how to prepare a community-wide systems master plan for parks and recreation agencies.

The Full Guide includes 18 valuable appendix resources, such as questionnaires, matrices, invitation and inventory templates, and other sample documents to help fully implement a comprehensive planning process.

For more information: www.sagamorepub.com


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Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
Courtesy of the High Country News

By Adam M. Sowards

In 2015, Congress allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to lapse. The LWCF functions like a trust fund, where Congress directs offshore oil and gas royalties into conservation projects; it remains very popular across the country and across the political aisle. Because of the public outcry when it expired, Congress extended the fund three more years, which means that it will die at the end of September — unless lawmakers vote to revive it. If the fund folds, it will be in part because of the partisan environment that has developed since its inception. But its collapse will close off a popular and successful avenue for federal and local collaboration.

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The Girl Scouts Are Getting More Adventurous
Courtesy of Outside Online

By Jill Sanford

Long associated with cookie sales and friendship bracelets, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) recently announced a new adventure-oriented collaboration with The North Face. With 12 new adventure badges, it will be the largest national organization to offer skills like trail running, mountaineering, rock climbing, and backpacking specifically for girls.

Still in the development and piloting phase, the badges will be available to earn as early as summer 2019 for girls from kindergarten to senior year of high school.

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Secretary Zinke Reauthorizes Every Kid In A Park
Courtesy of National Parks Traveler

By Kurt Repanshek

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke without announcement has reauthorized the Every Kid In A Park program for another year.

National Park Service staff in Washington acknowledged Monday morning that the secretary "has reauthorized the Every Kid in a Park program and starting on September 1, 2018, the National Park Service will issue Every Kid in a Park passes for the upcoming school year while Congress considers more permanent proposals."

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Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
Courtesy of High Country News

By Tay Wiles

California’s largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, sits where the dry Central Valley meets the rainier, mountainous northern part of the state. At its western edge is Shasta Dam, 602 feet high, built by the Bureau of Reclamation between 1938 and 1945 to help irrigate California. For decades, agricultural and municipal water districts have sought to heighten the dam to capture more water as it runs out of the Cascade Range through the McCloud, Pit and Sacramento rivers. Environmentalists have long rallied against the proposal, and state officials contend such a project would violate California law. Now, though, with a push from some members of Congress and the current Interior Department, the idea has been given new life.

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Tallahassee judge sides with environmentalists in land conservation dispute
Courtesy of wtxl.com

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit centered on whether lawmakers "defied" the 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative by improperly diverting portions of the money to such expenses as staffing --- allegations legislative leaders have repeatedly disputed as they continued to make such budget allocations.

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Cities see highway underpasses as potential green space
Courtesy of NRPA

Cities are trying to reclaim highway underpasses such as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in New York City, where an underpass has been redesigned to include metal planters and a raised path. The Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles will soon house a green space with food and basketball courts.

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Walk Bike Places 2018

New Orleans - September 16-19

Walk/Bike/Places 2018 will feature 3 days of over 80 breakout sessions, poster displays, daily general sessions and most excitingly, mobile workshops that will explore the city’s rich historic and cultural landscape. This year we are also including something new: Super Sessions, three-hour expert panels which will offer a deep dive into major topics of interest to all conversations surrounding walking, biking and placemaking.

Registration is now open. Early summer rates will be in effect until Friday, July 13, 8 pm Eastern.

For more information: https://www.walkbikeplaces.org/


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Manager of Ecological Restoration
Lake County Forest Preserves, Illinois
Posted May 18, 2018. Closes June 22, 2018.

Regional Parks Operations Chief
San Bernardino County Regional Parks, California
Posted May 30, 2018. Closes June 22, 2018.

Executive Director
Missouri Park and Recreation Association
Posted May 24, 2018. Closes June 24, 2018.

Director of Parks & Recreation
City of Santa Cruz, California
Posted May 30, 2018. Closes June 24, 2018.

Park Ranger
City of San Jose Dept of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, California
Posted June 6, 2018. Closes July 2, 2018.

OC Parks Deputy Director
County of Orange, California
Posted June 11, 2018. Open until filled.

For more information: http://nacpro.org/Job_Posts


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