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Where Are the Nation's Top City Park Systems?

Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land's 6th annual ParkScore index. Minneapolis narrowly edged out cross-town rival Saint Paul to earn top honors for the second consecutive year. San Francisco climbed into third, pulling ahead of Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Va., largely due to improved access to basketball courts at schoolyards that are now open after hours and on weekends. Portland, Irvine, New York, Madison and Cincinnati rounded out the top 10.

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Bounce, The Y and Black Kids Swim Team Up for Water Safety

To help educate parents and children on the importance of water, pool and swimming safety, Bounce, the first over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, is joining forces with YMCA of the USA and Black Kids Swim to launch a new multifaceted public service campaign.

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Survey: 1 in 4 Adults Would Swim With Diarrhea

A new survey reveals there may be more in the pool than just water. The survey, conducted on behalf of the Water Quality and Health Council, found that one in four adults would swim within one hour of having diarrhea.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Named Newest 'Fit City'

The twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul edged Washington, D.C., in the 10th annual American Fitness Index, released by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

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High School Students Find Value in Health and Physical Education

Nearly 92 percent of high school students who have taken a health education class believe it is important to their future health. That is one of the findings of new research conducted by myCollegeOptions and SHAPE America.

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NRPA Issues Statement on President Trump's FY18 Budget Request

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association, issued a statement in response to President Trump's FY18 budget request.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

2017 IDEA World Convention, July 19 to 23 in Las Vegas. Presented by IDEA Health & Fitness Association. (
Park Planning & Maintenance Academy, Aug. 2 to 4 in Aurora, Colo. Presented by the Southwest Park and Recreation Training Institute. (
2017 NRPA Annual Conference, Sept. 26 to 28 in New Orleans. Presented by the National Recreation and Park Association. (

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Evolving Aquatics: Trends in Municipal Aquatic Facility Design

Building on a base of swim lessons, municipal aquatic facilities have grown their offerings to provide far more.

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From Land to Landscape: Effective Approaches to Park Design

From engaging your community to getting the right team together, turning your land into a landscape that will draw visitors is a big task.

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Pass It On: Cultivating New Nature-Lovers With Environmental Education Programs

To protect the environment for the long term, you need to keep educating people, young and old, about why that's a worthwhile goal.

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Parks Gone to the Dogs: Planning & Programming a Park for Pooches

Dog parks continue to surge in popularity, with new places for pooches and their owners to play and socialize popping up in communities of all sizes.

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Greener Grounds: Strategies for Successful Grounds Management

People walk your grounds every day, and they likely have no idea how much work goes into making those sites functional and beautiful.

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Free Webinar: Four Technologies to Reduce Costs & Improve Water Quality

June 22, 2017, 2 p.m. EDT

Running an aquatic facility can be a costly endeavor, especially for facilities using older equipment. But more and more facilities are adopting new, cost-saving technologies that can improve water quality while also reducing operational costs. In this webinar, operational managers, facility managers, swim coaches and other key stakeholders at aquatic facilities will learn about four cost-saving technologies. Discussion topics will include automation equipment, disinfection and filtration.

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