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May 2020


NRPA Report Benchmarks Parks & Recreation Agencies

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) released a new report giving park and recreation professionals the data they need to be industry leaders while best serving their communities with its "2020 NRPA Agency Performance Review." The report, along with its accompanying interactive and customizable online reporting tools, is a comprehensive resource of park and recreation data and insights that park leaders can use to compare their agency with those across the United States.

The report provides key metrics to empower park and recreation professionals to compare agencies and identify best practices. Key findings from the report show that the typical park and recreation agency: has one park for every 2,281 residents; manages 11 miles of walking, hiking, running and bike trails; has 8.1 staff members per 10,000 residents; has operating expenditures per capita of $81.19; and recovers 25.9% of operating expenditures through revenue generation.

The report also shows the critical role park and recreation professionals play in the lives of youth, with 57% of agencies providing afterschool care and 83% of agencies offering summer camps.

The review's key findings come from data provided by 1,053 park and recreation agencies in "NRPA Park Metrics," NRPA's benchmarking resource that assists park and recreation professionals in the effective management and planning of their operating resources and capital facilities. The report not only provides benchmarks, but also shows the breadth and depth of activities and roles that park and recreation leaders are performing.

"Now more than ever, we recognize that park and recreation professionals are delivering essential services," said Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and CEO. "The Agency Performance Review demonstrates park and recreation's positive contributions to communities across the country and that this indispensable local resource deserves full funding support as we start on our path to recovery."

The report helps park and recreation professionals evaluate the performance of their agencies and understand how they relate to their peers in terms of staffing, budget, amount of park space and facilities.

To learn more, visit www.nrpa.org.


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