May 2018 Print


Ms. Lakita Watson, Director
Suffolk Parks and Recreation, Virginia


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2018 Summer Meeting

Join us in Music City - Nashville, Tennessee. Our host, Metro Parks, is rolling out the red carpet for NACPRO. Lodging is at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown - easy walking distance to the heart and soul of the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with your peers, celebrate excellence and take home some new ideas.

Schedule at a glance

Saturday, July 14 - Metro Parks Tour, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 15 - Board and Membership Meeting, 9:00 am to Noon
Sunday, July 15 - NACPRO Awards Banquet, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Monday, July 16 - Educational Program, 9:00 am to Noon

Metro Parks Tour

1. Centennial Park is one of the crown jewels of Metro Parks and one of the city’s top tourist destinations.
2. Hadley Park is believed to be the oldest African American park in the nation.
3. The Shelby Park Nature Center is a place where people can enjoy learning about our natural and urban landscape.
4. Cumberland Park, Ascend Park and Amphitheater, Riverfront Park and Fort Nashborough are located on the banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. These four facilities are highly visited tourist attractions.
5. Lunch at Fort Negley Visitors Center
6. The Fort Negley Visitors Center is a historical education and outdoor recreation center where people and history come together.

Educational Program

- Cultural Diversity Workshop: Monique Odom, Metro Parks Director
- Plan to Play: A Master Plan for the Future: Tim Netsch, Metro Parks Assistant Parks Director for Planning and Facilities Development
- The Ins and Outs of Background Checks: Chris Goodman, SSCI

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NACo Annual Conference Resolutions Process Now Open

In preparation for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2018 Annual Conference, held in Nashville/Davidson County, Tenn. from July 13–16, we invite NACo members to submit policy resolutions and platform changes to be considered by NACo's membership at the conference. All resolutions and platform changes must be submitted electronically by June 13, 2018.

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Celebrate Infrastructure Week with Your Members of Congress

May 14-21 is Infrastructure Week 2018, which brings together organizations to share the importance of investing in our nation's infrastructure. As an affiliate organization, NRPA is encouraging local agencies to host a Park Champion event centered around infrastructure in parks. You can participate by inviting your elected officials out to visit and explaining the importance of investing in infrastructure.

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Barriers exist in the ability for communities to advocate for more and better parks. These barriers include awareness of the importance and impact of parks, understanding in how parks can be created and fostered, and access to resources for making positive change at the local level. Parkology™ is a resource to help park advocates, professionals, and government officials understand what actions they can take, what models and resources are available to follow, and how to connect with others in the parks field.??

Parkology is a partnership between City Parks Alliance, National Recreation and Park Association, ?and The Trust for Public Land aiming to increase local stewardship and park creation by empowering communities and increasing connections to park leaders.

Parkology provides expertise to raise awareness of the importance and impact of parks. We’re devoted to fostering this online community to help you make positive changes in your neighborhood by leveraging knowledge, sharing local information, and strengthening the voice of people who love parks.

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The NRPA Annual Conference is Kind Of a Big Deal

2018 NRPA Annual Conference registration opens next week. From May 14-18, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT each day, the first 50 people to register will receive a special prize. Each morning of that week, a new daily prize will be revealed on the conference website and the NRPA Facebook page. We can't wait to see all of you in Indianapolis September 25-27, 2018!

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BUILD Transportation Grants Webinar Series
Courtesy of NRPA

We know that many cities have used the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program for active transportation projects in their parks and communities. The Trump Administration has announced major changes to the TIGER grant program, including a new name going forward. The Department of Transportation has announced the grants will now be called the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD grants with a major focus of the program on rural America. The department is hosting a series of webinars to explain these changes and provide technical assistance.

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USFS opens application for community forestry program
Courtesy of NACo

By Jonathan Shuffield

On Wednesday, April 18, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced the opening of the application process for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (CFP). The CFP is a competitive grant program allowing local governments, non-profits and native tribes to establish community forests by acquiring private forest land from willing sellers.

To qualify for a CFP grant, the acquired land must be 75 percent forested, able to sustain natural vegetation and a minimum size of five-acres. CFP grants can pay up to 50 percent of the project’s cost, and acquired lands are required to be actively managed in accordance with a community forest plan. These plans must include guaranteed public access.

Interested county governments must submit applications to their state forester by June 29, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to work with their USFS Regional Forester during the CFP application process.

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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation takes inclusion seriously
Courtesy of Pilot Online

By Julie B. Braley

VIRGINIA - At Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, making a healthy and positive impact on the lives of the city’s residents is a huge part of our mission and reason for being. We take that obligation seriously and believe that our programs and facilities should truly be for everyone – not just those who are already physically and mentally fit.

Our programs are designed to encourage participation by a diverse population, and are welcoming and accommodating of those with all abilities and learning styles. That’s where our team of super heroes, officially titled Inclusion Specialists, comes in.

In 2008, the department officially formed the Inclusion Services team to focus on addressing the needs of citizens who require additional support to participate successfully in the incredible range of programs and services Parks & Rec has to offer. Starting out as a team of five, they have grown to a team of eight as word spread of their awesome work and the demand for their work grew.

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US Access Board Launches Youtube Channel
Courtesy of CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

The US Access Board launched its own channel on YouTube to further share and disseminate information. It features details on the Board's mission and the services it provides. Animations on accessibility that the Board has developed as part of its online guide to the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards are also available on the channel.

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24th International Trails Symposium - Call for Presentations
Courtesy of American Trails

American Trails will host the 2019 International Trails Symposium in Syracuse, New York from April 28 to May 1.

To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium’s theme, “Health, Heritage, & Happiness.” Proposals can be for nationally or internationally focused presentations.

This year, American Trails is excited to announce that the Trails Training Institute will run concurrently with the International Trails Symposium, in partnership with the Professional TrailBuilders Association.

Submission deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018.

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Outdoor recreation bill gains support from congressional committee
Courtesy of

By Amelia Arvesen

The Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act passed through its first round of votes in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, chaired by one of the bill’s sponsors, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop.

While lobbying at the nation’s capital during Capitol Summit, Outdoor Industry Association members are asking policymakers to co-sponsor the bipartisan legislation that would update processes and policies to designate and manage more areas specifically for recreation.

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Wipeout: Human role in climate change removed from science report
Courtesy of Reveal

By Elizabeth Shogren

National Park Service officials have deleted every mention of humans’ role in causing climate change in drafts of a long-awaited report on sea level rise and storm surge, contradicting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s vow to Congress that his department is not censoring science.

The research for the first time projects the risks from rising seas and flooding at 118 coastal national park sites, including the National Mall, the original Jamestown settlement and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Originally drafted in the summer of 2016 yet still not released to the public, the National Park Service report is intended to inform officials and the public about how to protect park resources and visitors from climate change.

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Scientists predict 3-5 ‘major hurricanes’ for 2018 season
Courtesy of NACo

By Mary Ann Barton

As counties in Florida and Texas and other states continue to recover from last year’s devastating hurricanes, scientists are predicting an active 2018 hurricane season with three to five “major hurricanes,” according to scientists at North Carolina State University and at Colorado State University, who base their predictions on weather patterns and sea surface temperatures.

Monroe County, Florida and Harris County, Texas assess what went right, wrong during 2017 hurricane season.

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Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands. Just Not at Home.
Courtesy of the New York Times

By Julie Turkewitz

WHITEFISH, Mont. — When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was a state senator from this idyllic mountain town, he drove a Prius, sported a beard and pushed President Barack Obama to make clean energy a priority.

Today, the beard and Prius are gone, and Mr. Zinke has emerged as a leading figure, along with Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency, in the environmental rollbacks that have endeared President Trump to the fossil fuel industry and outraged conservationists.

But here in Montana, where support for drilling in certain beloved areas can be a career killer, Mr. Zinke has struck a different note. An examination of his Interior Department record shows that his pro-development bent has not always applied to his home state.

In the past year, Mr. Zinke has halted the sale of oil and gas leases near Yellowstone National Park, opposed gold mining in that area, and urged the president to protect one national monument, Montana’s Upper Missouri River Breaks, while creating another, the Badger-Two Medicine, just miles from his childhood home.

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What Cities Need to Understand About Bikeshare Now
Courtesy of Next City

By Alex Baca

Public or private? Docked or dockless? E-bike or e-scooter? It’s complicated. But bikesharing is now big business, and cities need to understand how these emerging systems operate—and who operates them.

It’s easy to forget how young and unformed this transportation mode is: The first modern municipal bikeshare, Paris’ Velib, launched in 2007, and the first programs in the U.S. appeared in 2010. In 2017, the field changed dramatically with the introduction of dockless equipment—primarily manufactured, distributed, and operated by Chinese companies—to U.S. markets.

Bikesharing arrived in the U.S. with an enormous promise: to connect communities, to ease last-mile trips, and to provide and expand transit options in American cities, where many destinations are too far to walk but too close to drive. So how much closer has it come to satisfying those big-picture goals?

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Even some Republicans worry that Trump is selling American wilderness to oil and gas firms
Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

By James Osborne

Since taking office last year, Trump has undertaken an unprecedented sale of the nation’s public lands to energy companies, auctioning an amount of acreage that environmentalists say is unlike anything in the modern era while pulling back regulations designed to protect America’s western wilderness. Oil and gas companies from Texas and beyond are buying access to lands in the Rocky Mountains and the high plains of Wyoming and Montana that many viewed as off limits during more than a century of American conservation efforts.

So far, the only thing that has slowed development of some of the country’s most wild and pristine land has been depressed natural gas prices. With gas prices at historic lows - a consequence of abundant gas flowing from shale fields in Texas and Pennsylvania - drilling on federal lands, which carry increased costs relative to private leases, hasn’t been so attractive.

Of almost 12 million acres put up for auction last year, fewer than 800,000 acres received bids. That has meant considerable bargains.

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Webinar: Current Research Themes around Nature-Based Health Benefits and the Potential Role of Parks and Recreation
Courtesy of GP RED

When: Wednesday, May 9th at 2 PM EDT
Who: Dr. Teresa Penbrooke

Evidence-based research continues to identify the benefits that access to nature can provide for human health. This brief presentation will highlight a summary of those benefits, along with discussing attributes of various restorative effects, design elements, human response, dosing, and park prescriptions. Join us to learn about the potential for translation of the research within community systems, and specifically for parks and recreation practice applications.

The Parks and Recreation Working Group is part of the CDC's Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus (PAPRN+). PAPRN+ consists of a group of researchers and practitioners whose aim is to affect policies that will allow Americans to become more physically active. The organization evaluates and disseminates information at all levels of the policy process. The organization's mission is to: "Conduct and communicate policy research so it can be used by stakeholders in multiple sectors to help Americans achieve adequate physical activity to promote and sustain health."

GoToMeeting Information
To access the meeting, please join the GoToMeeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the following link:

You can use your computer speakers and microphone or dial in using your phone.
Dial-in Number (United States): +1 (669) 224-3217
Access Code: 338-250-581


Webinar: Innovative Trends in Dog Park Design and Management
Courtesy of NRPA

Thursday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Free to Premier Members. $30 for all other member types.

What makes a good dog park great? This webinar brings together top designers, landscape architects, and managers of top-rated dog parks to explore innovative ways you can make your dog parks exciting and enjoyable for both dogs and people. Creative ideas and innovative designs do not necessarily mean greater expense, and thoughtful design can result in exciting dog parks that appeal to dogs as well as people.

This webinar will cover innovative trends in design, management, and maintenance of public dog parks and will include information on design and management of larger off-leash parks, water features for play, best practices for conflict resolution, agility and exercise features, best practices for environmental management, and more. If you manage public dog parks you will not want to miss this exciting and informative webinar that provides insights and expert knowledge on how you can make your best dog parks even better.

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Webinar: Developing Campgrounds for Today's Visitor
Courtesy of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Length: 1 Hour
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern, 1:00 pm Central, Noon Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific
Cost: Free for SORP members, $45 for Non-members
CEU's: 1.0 AICP Continuing Maintenance credit available

The nature of camping and the camping consumer continues to evolve. To keep you up to date on trends, SORP created a five part webinar series providing cutting edge research and best practices on an array of camping and campground topics. Each of the webinars involve professionals who have a depth of experience in the subject matter.

Our series concludes on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 with a webinar on "Developing the Business Case For Your Campground". Join us for this unique webinar with information outdoor recreation professionals can use to improve and enhance the camping experience for their visitors. Past webinars can be viewed at the SORP website for a limited time, archived webinars are available to members.

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Walk/Bike/Places 2018 - Registration Open

September 16 - 19, 2018 - New Orleans, LA

Our conference was founded on the belief that greater access to walking and bicycling will create healthier individuals, cohesive neighborhoods, and vibrant communities.

The 20th Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans is expected to draw 1,500+ city planners, transportation engineers, public health professionals, elected officials, community leaders, placemakers, and professional walking and bicycling advocates.

Our breakout sessions, panel discussions, and mobile workshops address the latest trends, research, and best practices. Plenary speakers bring perspectives from other disciplines, and other experiences to help improve and expand our practice.

Registration is now open for Walk/Bike/Places 2018 in New Orleans, taking place this September 16-19! We are still in our Early Registration period so be sure to act by May 25 @ 8pm EST to save!

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2018 River Management Symposium

October 22-25, 2018 - Vancouver, Washington

Wild, Scenic and Beyond! provides a unique opportunity to find training and professional networking topics experiences specific to river management, science, planning and collaborating. This year, program themes honor the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and reflect river values that are the goals of protection, regardless of designation or managing entity.

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Assistant Community Services Director
City of Menlo Park, California
Posted April 23, 2018. Closes May 20, 2018.

Assistant Director of Recreation
City of Pleasanton, California
Posted April 25, 2018. Closes May 20, 2018.

Parks and Recreation Director
Fairfield, Ohio
Posted May 8, 2018. Closes June 9, 2018.

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