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October 2019


NRPA Awards Grants to 10 Communities to Expand Park Access

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New Study May Change Use of Chlorine Stabilizers in Swimming Pools - September 2019

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City Parks Alliance on Park Funding & Equity - September 2019

Survey Reveals Top Outdoor Recreation Activities - August 2019

Pediatricians Urge Communities to Provide Swim Lessons for All - August 2019

Report: Tennis Participation Remains Consistent - August 2019

Survey: Only Half of Collegiate Sports Programs Follow NCAA Model for Student Medical Care - August 2019

Fieldhouse Renovated, Expanded at UW-Platteville - July 2019

NRPA, Disney Award Play Space Grants - July 2019

Swim Clinic Teaches Water Safety Basics - July 2019

Nation's Pediatrics: Put More Emphasis on Enjoyment of Sports - July 2019

Diabetes Declines, National DPP Program Helped - July 2019

Washington, D.C., Unseats Minneapolis as Best City Park System - June 2019

Survey: Half of Americans Use the Pool as a 'Communal Bathtub' - June 2019

NFL Foundation Helps to Advance Youth Wellness - June 2019

Youth Sports Participation Holds Steady in 2018 - June 2019

Dog Parks Still on the Rise - May 2019

USA Swimming Grants Will Boost Learn-to-Swim Programs - May 2019

IHRSA: One in Five Americans Belong to at Least One Health Club - May 2019

New Program Aims to Grow Pickleball & Tennis - May 2019

IHRSA Reports on Health Club Compensation - April 2019

Grant Funding Brings Parks Closer to People in 10 Cities - April 2019

Note & Float Program Reaches Lifesaving Milestone - April 2019

Fund Established to Assist Aspiring Women Coaches - April 2019

Applications Open for ESPN RePlay Program - April 2019

NRPA Offers Play Space Grants - March 2019

Smarter Lifeguard Management - March 2019

U.S. Soccer Foundation Aims to Boost Female Participation - March 2019

In Oregon, Outdoor Recreation Saves $1.4 Billion in Healthcare Costs - March 2019

Survey: Communities Should Support Pollinators - February 2019

NSPF, APSP Unite to Form Pool & Hot Tub Alliance - February 2019

Guide Aims to Help Gyms Implement Diabetes Prevention - February 2019

Senior Living Continues Shift Toward Wellness - February 2019

Partnership Aims to Expand Play Opportunities - January 2019

Grant Funds Help Educate Pool Operators - January 2019

NFL Foundation Grants Boost Local Football Fields - January 2019

Leaders Recognized for Advancing Outdoor Recreation - January 2019

Goldfish Swim School Sponsors USA Swimming Foundation - December 2018

Physical Activity for Kids Gets Low Grade - December 2018

New Law Helps Sports Medicine Professionals & Athletes - December 2018

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Nearly $1 Million in Pool Grants Awarded - November 2018

Report: One in Four Americans Use a Health Club - November 2018

New Active Transportation Program Aims to Boost Health & Environment - November 2018

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By Chandler Garland

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently announced that 10 communities will receive grant funding in support of city planning and policy efforts to increase access to high-quality, close-to-home parks and public green space.

Totaling $400,000, the grant funding was given in coordination with 10 Minute Walk—a campaign dedicated to improving access to parks and green spaces and positively transforming communities. The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) are working together to ensure everyone has safe access to a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

"Parks are essential to healthy and thriving communities, but we need long-term solutions to ensure parks are well-maintained, accessible and located where they are needed most," said Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and CEO. "This funding allows cities to create systemic change that will continue to benefit their communities, not just today, but far into the future."

In addition to funds that support equitable park access, these communities receive ongoing technical assistance, professional development and access to networks of like-minded park and recreation professionals throughout the country.

The communities receiving grant funding are:

  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Crawford County, Ark.
  • Gwinnett County, Ga.
  • Klamath Falls, Ore.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Norwalk, Calif.
  • Perris, Calif.
  • Starkville, Miss.
  • Winchester, Ky.

These communities join 22 other municipalities that have previously received grant funding through this program and have committed to implement plans, increase funding and create policies that increase access to quality parks for everyone—particularly for vulnerable and underserved communities. This group of grantees will kick off their planning at a training in Tacoma, Wash.

Raleigh, N.C., a grantee-city that received funding earlier in 2019, is creating a community engagement plan that addresses access, equity, collaboration and continuous reinvestment. Raleigh is a fast-growing city with a pressing need to retrofit an auto-oriented built environment. Through the partnership with NRPA, Raleigh has been able to develop a community-driven park access assessment tool that ensures gaps in park quality are improved, particularly for the communities in Raleigh that are at high risk of poor health, economic and environmental outcomes.

NRPA works to improve park access by providing opportunities for funding, networking, capacity building and professional development to local park and recreation agencies. Just and fair access to parks is linked to increased physical activity, improved mental health, stronger community bonds and enhanced sustainability. In the past five years, NRPA has provided more than $14.5 million to directly improve park spaces, and has developed best practices, learning opportunities and more for park professionals.

As part of this work, NRPA has created the Community Engagement Resource Guide, which provides park and recreation professionals with a roadmap to implement equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies around the planning, design, construction, maintenance and activation of park projects and plans.