January 2018 Print


Jonathan Dobney, Director
Greene County Parks & Trails, Ohio

Bryan Reynolds, Director
Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency, Georgia

Greg Hight, Director
Bartow County Parks & Recreation, Georgia

Brian Southern, Maintenance Superintendent
Bartow County Parks & Recreation, Georgia

Brenton Baggett, Assistant Director
Bartow County Parks & Recreation, Georgia


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NACPRO Award Nominations are Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the NACPRO 2018 Awards. The annual NACPRO Awards Banquet recognizes and honors excellence in parks and recreation at the county, regional, special district level throughout the nation. The deadline for award submissions is March 16, 2018.

The presentation of awards will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday, July 15, 2018 during the National Association of Counties Conference.

There is no limit to the number of award nominations you can submit. An application fee of $75 will be required to submit each nomination.

For more information: https://goo.gl/vURdML


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Got an issue you need advice on? Or a best practice you want to share? Send us the details and we will publish it in the next NACPRO News.


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LWCF Reauthorization - how you can help

The LWCF is authorized by Congress through September 30, 2018. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) introduced H.R.502 on Jan. 12 to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

NRPA plans to ramp up our work on getting legislators out to see LWCF funded sites. Please let me know if you have LWCF sites with ground breakings, ribbon cuttings or big events. We would love to work with you to get your legislators involved to raise awareness of LWCF.

Kyle Simpson, Senior Manager of Government Affairs


NRPA Awards applications now open

Applications are now open for NRPA's award, scholarship and fellowship opportunities. Nothing feels better than knowing the work you do is award-winning (and it doesn't hurt that your community and the nation know it too). Unlike many awards programs, NRPA's awards have no application fee. With the great work and innovative ideas that come out of your agency, there's a good chance you could be coming up on stage in Indianapolis this September to receive your award.

For more information: https://goo.gl/xccGsR


Commit to Health grants available

Applications are now open for NRPA’s 2018 Healthy Out-of-School Time Grant. With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is excited to offer grants for the fourth year in a row to support access to healthy foods through the federal nutrition programs at park and recreation sites. Grants also support the implementation of healthy eating and physical activity standards during out-of-school time through NRPA’s Commit to Health initiative.

For more information: https://goo.gl/SzhHSX


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Minneapolis Parks Thinking About Inclusion for People with Invisible Disabilities
Courtesy of Next City

By Josh Cohen

Loud, crowded and often held in the hot days of summer—outdoor concert and movies in the park and summer festivals can be intense experiences for anyone. For someone with autism or another sensory processing disorder, the experience can be overwhelming, which can lead to increased trouble with communication, shutdowns and other problems. Because of this, some people with autism and families of children with autism choose to just skip such public events rather than risking the issue.

Sense Tents was funded by a micro-grant from the National Recreation and Park Association. The Association funded four projects meant to make parks and recreation programs more inclusive for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Read more: https://goo.gl/cX8V9p


Electric bicycles emerge as a hot trend in the U.S.
Courtesy of CNN Tech

By Matt McFarland

Established bike companies and startups are embracing ebikes to meet demand. In 2017, the U.S. market grew to 263,000 bikes, a 25% gain from the prior year.

The industry is benefiting from improved batteries as suppliers over the years developed technology for laptops, smartphones and electric cars. In 2004, lithium ion battery prices fell low enough to be used on electric bikes, spurring European sales, according to Edward Benjamin, senior managing director at eCycleElectric Consulting.

"This is the beginning of a multi-year shift away from regular pedal to electric bikes," Jump Bikes CEO Ryan Rzepecki told CNN Tech. "When people first jump on an ebike, their face lights up. It's exciting and joyful in a way that you don't get from a regular bike."

Read more: https://goo.gl/oLMrJ8


The Forest Service’s recently updated Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives guidebook
Courtesy of SORP

This publication provides comprehensive guidance and instructions for applying Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives, concepts originally developed by the Forest Service and since adopted by other Federal and State agencies and partners in the development of trail prescriptions and effective trail management.

For more information: https://goo.gl/nDveVo


Mentor seeks grant to build erosion barriers from downed trees
Courtesy of the News-Herald.com

By Betsy Scott

OHIO - Just a decade ago, the Mentor city administration discussed building boardwalks from which to observe the wild beaches in the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve.

“The beaches aren’t there anymore,” said Assistant City Manager Tony Zampedro, at a recent City Council meeting.

He was presenting information on an application for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Coastal Management Access grant that would enable the city to take a new — and much less costly — approach to erosion control.

Mentor seeks $49,500 to explore creating a barrier by repurposing the many fallen trees along the city’s coastline. The administration hopes to anchor the trees and other wood debris at strategic spots along the Preserve.

Read more: https://goo.gl/smbmM5


New street lamp powered by dog poo
Courtesy of Springwise.com

United Kingdom - Brian Harper, a resident of the Malvern Hills, in Worcestershire, has developed a way to power the area’s street lamps using canine excrement. The system uses an anaerobic digester attached to the street lamps and is the UK’s first dog-poo powered street lamp. To power the lamp, dog walkers collect the faeces in a bag as usual, then deposit the bag in the anaerobic digester attached to the lamppost and turn the handle. The excrement is heated and mixed before being broken down by microorganisms, giving off biomethane to power the light, and producing fertiliser.

For more information: https://goo.gl/bCb1fA


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Nonprofit has an ‘Olmstedian’ Vision for Southern Indiana Parks
Courtesy of Next City

By Josh Cohen

Right now, the Ohio River Greenway consists of a few disjointed sections of multi-use trail along the bank of the Ohio River in southern Indiana, across the water from Louisville, Kentucky. When it’s completed this summer, the 7-mile greenway will connect the small cities of New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville. If River Heritage Conservancy director Scott Martin gets his way, however, a contiguous biking and walking path will only be the beginning for the Greenway.

Martin wants to create a 500-acre park at the center of the Greenway. His vision is for something no less than, “an Olmstedian park system” that will transform the area into a draw for residents and tourists and restore the damaged land into wildlife habitat

The Louisville metro area happens to be in real need of more natural green space. It is tied for 13th most polluted metro area by year-round particle pollution on the American Lung Association’s annual ranking. After a few years of improvement, Louisville recently fell back on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of cities that don’t meet smog standards.

Read more: https://goo.gl/Qmg8xd


Federal Judge Blocked Milwaukee County’s Ordinance
Courtesy of NACo

WISCONSIN - After a federal judge blocked Milwaukee County’s ordinance that augmented-reality game developers get a permit to use county parks for their games, the county has settled with the developer. The county will pay $83,000 in attorney’s fees to Candy Lab, Inc., — developer of Pokemon Go.

The county passed the ordinance in February after Pokemon Go players left trash in a county park while playing the game, which prompts players to find creatures hidden in the real world via a smartphone app.


Mass Resignations from National Park Service Advisory Board
Courtesy of Planetizen

Nine out of 12 members of the National Park Service advisory board resigned this week, saying that the Department of the Interior "showed no interest in learning about or continuing to use the forward-thinking agenda of science," among other claims.

Read more: https://goo.gl/pNE7um


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Webinar: Trail Towns: Proven Steps to Boost Your Trail Town Growth
Courtesy of the Rails to Trails Conservancy

When: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018; 1 - 2 p.m. EST
Presenter: David Kahley, President and CEO, The Progress Fund

There aren’t cash registers on your trail. If you want ridership to boost your local economy, you have to tap your town into that opportunity—actively. The Progress Fund’s Trail Town Program was the first to formalize this approach, and has successfully grown the positive economic impact of the Great Allegheny Passage for 10+ years. And we want to help you follow their lead.

In this webinar, The Progress Fund’s CEO and 40-year community development veteran David Kahley will challenge traditional assumptions about trail development with tales and insights about how diving straight into one good idea fostered the longest-running, most successful program of its kind. Build on the knowledge from their new Trail Town Guide with additional tips about overcoming initial hurdles, growing (and funding) business development along your trail and bringing in more trail tourism.

For more information: https://goo.gl/MzJCjH


2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference - Register Now
Courtesy of SORP

Burlington, Vermont - April 23-26

The National Outdoor Recreation Conference, hosted each year by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP), showcases innovative and creative approaches to outdoor recreation research, planning, and management.

This conference provides opportunities to:

LEARN: best practices
NETWORK: expand your professional circle
CELEBRATE: excellence in outdoor recreation
MENTOR: the next generation of recreation professionals

For more information: https://www.2018norc.org/


Request for Presentations: 2018 River Management Symposium

October 22-25, 2018 - Vancouver, Washington

The River Management Society (RMS) is proud to present the 2018 River Management Symposium: “Wild, Scenic, and Beyond”. This event will be co-located with the Partnership for National Trails’ Conference, so we can celebrate together the 50th anniversaries of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act.

We welcome presentations, panels and posters from river management professionals (e.g., managers, planners, academics, consultants, or students) that show how you, your organization, and/or the profession are protecting or enhancing river values. Help us learn about innovations, creative approaches, successes, and visions for the future of sustainable river management.

For more information: https://goo.gl/fkkBAp


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