July 2018 Print


Last Call for Nashville Registrations

Nashville Metro has put together a great park tour and workshop. NACPRO’s educational events are a great way to connect with peers and share your experience.

Registration closes on July 10 for NACPRO's park tour, awards banquet and workshop.

For more information: http://nacpro.org/images/meeting/071418/2018_nasprograhville_m.pdf


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Seeking Examples of a Business Plan for a Campground

We are entertaining the idea of developing and operating a campground. I am looking for examples of business plans for campgrounds. Any assistance is welcome.

Travis Stombaugh, Executive Director
Si View Metropolitan Park District

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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Metroparks sails into a new era with first phase completion of historic Coast Guard complex
Courtesy of Freshwater Cleveland

OHIO - A historic U.S. Coast Guard station is now serving a new purpose following Cleveland Metroparks' first phase of renovations on the 1940 three-building complex. Situated on West Pier at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on Whiskey Island, the station is now home to some of The Foundry’s sailing programs and the Metroparks' learn-to-sail classes, as well as an ideal location to appreciate Lake Erie’s beauty.

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Timber takes a new look in Clackamas County
Courtesy of NACo

By Mary Ann Barton

OREGON - A new wood product could be a real economic game-changer for Clackamas County, Ore. and other counties around the country where timber is harvested.

Cross-laminated timber or “mass timber” — kiln-dried wood that is stacked crosswise and glued together — is so strong it can replace steel, masonry and concrete. An added benefit: Instead of giving off carbon, it sequesters it, thereby slowing global warming.

“It’s kind of like plywood on steroids,” said Rick Gruen, manager, Clackamas County Parks & Forest, Ag and Forest Economic Development.

Different wood species can be used but Douglas fir, grown in Clackamas County, is ideal, he noted. “That puts us at a unique advantage.”

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Reach Your Professional Goals in Indy

Did you know that three of the top reasons people attend the NRPA Annual Conference are the networking, leadership training and the chance to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

With more than 8,000 professionals in attendance, the NRPA Annual Conference is the best event to meet new people, reconnect with colleagues and learn from some of the top thought leaders in the business. There are so many great opportunities to network, you will have plenty of time to catch-up and unwind with your colleagues.

Hundreds of education sessions will cover a variety of topics including leadership and management, public relations/marketing, revenue/customer service and much more. By attending these sessions, you will have the opportunity to earn up to 1.8 CEUs total.

So, if you want to maintain your certification or reach other professional development goals, the NRPA Annual Conference is where you should be this September 25-27. 

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Grants available to support green stormwater infrastructure projects

As part of the Great Urban Parks Campaign, we're offering grant funding totaling $2 million to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in 10 to 12 U.S. communities. Green stormwater infrastructure in parks is an efficient way to improve water quality, increase climate resiliency through reduced flooding, enhance the ability of the site to hold and retain stormwater and improve wildlife habitat, all while providing increased access to nature and outdoor recreation in underserved communities. Applications for the Great Urban Parks Campaign grant will be accepted through August 3.

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We ranked America’s park systems. And the winner is …
Courtesy of the Trust for Public Land

ParkScore spurs friendly competition between cities and offers insights into how they plan for parks and open spaces. But our favorite thing about ParkScore is its power to inspire action—helping elected officials and everyday people use data to make the case for parks in their communities.

Since 2009, this data has transformed the conversation about parks in the 100 largest U.S. cities. But today, we’re dreaming bigger: we’re leading a national movement to ensure that everyone, in every neighborhood, in every city in the country, has a park within a 10-minute walk of home.

That’s why this spring, we launched a brand new, cutting-edge data platform for mapping access to parks in nearly every city and town in the country. Now, anyone with access to the internet can measure access to parks in their community, and pinpoint exactly where new parks are needed most.

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Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship Application Period Extended to July 31st
Courtesy of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

The Christopher K. Jarvi 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.

Want to better understand what you could use the scholarship for - check out the “Top 10 Ideas for the Christopher K. Jarvi Scholarship” on the website.

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.

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Complete Parks - Creating an Equitable Parks System
Courtesy of NRPA

No matter where you live, there should be an appealing park nearby. A Complete Parks system ensures that all people can enjoy a great local park. As common venues for sports games, farmers markets, and festivals, parks are important places to gather, exercise, and relax, whether to socialize or to have time for ourselves. Parks enhance communities, promoting health and relationships. The Complete Parks approach is a way to make the benefits of parks available for everyone in your neighborhood, town, city, or county.

Start improving your parks system, using this suite of Complete Parks tools...

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Inclusive Golf Program Grants
Courtesy of the National Center on Accessibility

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf has received a grant from the United States Golf Association (USGA),to expand its efforts to provide financial assistance and resources to help make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) believe that golf should be open to everyone and supports a wide variety of programs that create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport.

The Alliance is particularly interested in applications that demonstrate focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in programs that involve those without disabilities with the ultimate goal of enhancing their inclusion into the fabric of their community.


- All grant recipients must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or government entities such a public schools or municipalities.
- The Alliance will not provide funding to reimburse organizations for program expenses which have been incurred prior to a grant award being made.
- Eligibility for future grant funding is dependent on the organization's ability to successfully implement the proposed program and utilize Alliance grant funds as directed. The Alliance expects all applicants to demonstrate a plan for eventual self-sustainability through local sources and strongly recommends that successive grant requests comprise a decreasing percentage of the overall budget.

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10 Ways to Design Healthy Communities
Courtesy of Urban Milwaukee

By Virginia Small

Making healthy choices easy is a public-health goal. And how communities are designed can actually have a dramatic impact on that goal. Better still, any civic-minded group or individual can initiate community-health-oriented projects, from developing a new trail or park to reprogramming existing facilities.

That’s why the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its National Center for Environmental Health established the Healthy Community Design Initiative and hired Dee Merriam in 2008 as a community planner. Merriam, a landscape architect, was charged with helping identify planning policies that might lead to healthier communities.

I spoke with Merriam about the practical approaches she espouses. A gracious advocate for big-picture thinking, she stressed the importance of structuring collaboration into community planning, design and development processes. She said that although most government regulations are founded on “providing for the public health and welfare,” it’s actually “rare for public health and community development officials to collaborate.” She encourages professionals with diverse titles to “get out of their silos.” Operating in isolation often wastes tax dollars on duplicative systems instead of leveraging opportunities to serve broad public goals, she stressed.

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Butte-based app developer sees bright future in destination application concept
Courtesy of the Montana Standard

By Annie Pentilla

Butte-based couple Sean and Jessica Kalagher have turned a love for the outdoors into a concept that could give destination tourism a techy new edge.

During their nature excursions, the couple often lugged around bulky field guides — one for mammals, another for birds, and maybe a third for flowers — but found that the weight and the cost of several manuals, which can range from $20 to $30 each, started to add up.

And, as it turned out, Google doesn’t work when you’re standing in the middle of the wilderness, so searching for a bird or a flower on the internet was out of the question.

This problem got Sean and Jessica to thinking: what if there was a smart phone app that would allow users to carry a variety of field manuals in the palm of their hands?

The app, called iXplore Yellowstone, helps users identify flora, fauna, geological features and other items commonly found inside the park without cell service or Wi-Fi, as long as the entire app is downloaded.

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New Book: In Defense of Public Lands

By Steve Davis

Our federal public lands now face unprecedented waves of proposed legislation to either privatize their ownership or else transfer large blocks to state control (to do with as states please). Even short of privatization, public lands now face an onslaught of resource extraction and lax regulation. The Trump Administration’s recent elimination of nearly 2 million acres of National Monument designations at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah is the largest such declassification of protected land in U.S. history.

In my book "In Defense of Public Land", I lay out biological, economic, and political arguments for why privatization, transfer, and deregulation of our public land are disastrously bad policies.

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2017-18 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report
Courtesy of CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking

FHWA recently released its annual Recreational Trails Program report which highlights examples of trail construction, maintenance, assessment, and educational efforts supported by RTP funding. It also focuses on benefits communities have gained; opportunities for public-private partnerships; program funding and administration; the RTP Database; how States use funds; and eligible project types with project examples.

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What kind of place does Nashville want to be?
Courtesy of Governing.com

TENNESSEE - Nashville is booming. Some 5,000 hotel rooms are currently under construction with new high-rise hotels by Marriott and Westin soaring over the 2.1 million-square-foot, guitar-shaped Music City Convention Center downtown. Visitors to the city have swelled from 2 million a year in 1998 to more than 14 million today. Not long ago, the city’s Department of Public Works commissioned a study to measure the foot traffic along Lower Broadway and on First Avenue on a typical Thursday and Saturday. Planners were shocked to discover that the number of pedestrians using those streets was comparable to foot traffic in Times Square.

People aren’t just visiting. Every day, roughly 100 people move to the region. Whole new neighborhoods have risen to accommodate the growth. In the process, Nashville has become something it never was before -- hip. Affluent Nashvillians once flew to New Orleans for fine food. Now Nashville chefs regularly appear as James Beard Award nominees, and trendy eateries in New York feature such Nashville specialties as “hot chicken.” On screen, the hillbillies of older shows such as “Hee Haw” have given way to the heartthrobs of “Nashville,” the musical network drama that premiered in 2012 and ran for six seasons.

Nashville’s recent rise is not accidental. It reflects a concerted quarter-century effort by mayors to encourage investment in the city center -- and a half-century-old bet on what at the time was a unique, strong mayor form of government, one of the nation’s first consolidated city-county governments.

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This City Removed 2 Confederate Statues. Then the State Retaliated.
Courtesy of Governing.com

By Alan Greenblatt

TENNESSEE - Memphis sought permission from the Tennessee Historical Commission to remove the statues, but was refused. So Memphis came up with a workaround. Turner and his allies created a new nonprofit that took ownership of the parks where the statues were located. With the state unable to preempt a nonprofit, the statues were removed. “There were a lot of lawyers involved,” Turner says. “Everybody wanted to comply with the letter of the law.”

The option of selling the parks to an entity that could get rid of the statues “was an option that was probably not intended by the state law,” concedes Worth Morgan, a member of the Memphis City Council. Yet he insists it was legal. “We believe what is honored in public spaces in our city parks is for us to say,” Morgan says. Having made the decision to remove the statues, even in the face of a clear Tennessee statute and denial of permission from a state commission, Morgan is perfectly willing to accept the consequences. “Honestly, for me, if $250,000 is the price for all of us to move on and be done, then hallelujah,” he says.

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Senators Launch Another Effort To Pay For National Parks' Maintenance Backlog
Courtesy of National Parks Traveler

By Kurt Repanshek

For the third time in a little more than a year, senators have introduced legislation aimed at addressing the staggering maintenance backlog across the National Park System. The latest bipartisan effort, which could cover more than half of the nearly $12 billion in backlogged work, pulls aspects from the previous two measures that have failed to gain traction.

The measure, which currently lacks a House companion, takes a more aggressive approach than the previous two to make progress on reducing the maintenance backlog. The Portman-Warner bill called for annual appropriations from Congress, over a three-decade period, to cut down the backlog. The Alexander-Simpson bill is the de facto Trump administration proposal to create a fund of up to $18 billion from revenues derived from on- and offshore energy development to pay for the work.

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Milwaukee County Parks at a Crossroads
Courtesy of ShepherdExpress.com

By Virginia Small

WISCONSIN - It’s long been a truism that Milwaukee County residents love their parks. Nonetheless, continual defunding for three decades has left much of this historic park system frayed and even derelict. Thus, park facilities are increasingly susceptible to threatened or actual closures and transfers, including piecemeal handing off of parks to be managed and even controlled by nonprofit or for-profit entities.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has declared that he expects that county parks will soon operate entirely on revenue from fees, concessions and other sources—instead of continuing to rely on time-honored support from local taxes, as reported by the Shepherd Express in January. Ever-higher user fees are resulting in park services becoming less affordable for many residents. Other parks-related disparities impact racial and economic equity.

Privatization deals sometimes limit public access to facilities. A wide range of “public-private partnerships” with for-profit or nonprofit entities have many potential accountability levels and outcomes.

Notably, no other urban park system in the country is trying to finance its operations solely through earned revenue, according to Charlie McCabe, director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence. He said that generated revenue “is a small portion of most city parks’ budgets.” That figure is currently nearly 65% for Milwaukee County Parks.

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Sequoia Park Zoo unveils North America's first Redwood Canopy Walk experience
Courtesy of KRCR News

By Andy Krauss

EUREKA, Calif. — The Sequoia Park Zoo announced plans to build a Redwood Canopy Walk and Native Predators exhibit Tuesday after receiving new funding from a state grant and private donations.

The Redwood Canopy Walk experience will be the first of its kind in North America. Along with the Native Predators exhibit, the walk will expand the zoo's grounds by an acre in Sequoia Park. Once completed, it will allow guests to meander from tree to tree on suspended bridges 100 feet above the ground.

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A 'wild mile' on the Chicago River? It might be closer than you think
Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

ILLINOIS - From the Cherry Avenue Bridge, the rehabilitated span for trains and pedestrians at the northern tip of Goose Island, the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River looks like a silty, murky mess. The riverbanks are scarred with concrete and wooden and metal retaining walls. Unruly trees pay the barriers no mind, stretching defiantly into the water, their sagging branches capturing a flotilla of plastic bags and beer cans.

But look southward from this point only a few steps from the rush of North Avenue, toward the Lincoln Park Whole Foods store, and the river is alive with floating tufts of greenery. The gardens are the beginning of a vision to turn the old industrial channel on Goose Island’s eastern edge into a “wild mile,” an eco-park of floating plants, wetlands, kayak piers and public walkways.

Turning the postindustrial landscape into a thriving ecological oasis will take time, but changing the character and composition of the waterway, organizers say, will benefit area residents, employees of nearby businesses and visitors at an often-overlooked section of the river. The aim: making the river a living entity.

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Webinar: Opportunities for Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns
Courtesy of the Federal Lands Transportation Institute Training Newsletter

Date: July 11, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: America Walks

At America Walks, we believe that all communities of all shapes and sizes have the potential to be walkable communities. We have seen inspiring work being done across the US to promote physical activity and improve walkability in small towns and rural communities. This webinar will explore some of that work and the trends of walkability in rural communities.

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

Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services
City of Santa Ana, California
Posted July 27, 2018. Closes August 6, 2018.

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


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