To harness Americans’ untapped passion for public parks and recreation, NRPA each year conducts a study explore Americans’ usage of parks, the key reasons that drive their use, and the greatest challenges preventing increased usage.This annual study probes the importance of public parks in Americans’ lives, including how parks rate against other service offerings of local governments.
The journal solicits high quality manuscripts from authors inside and outside of academia.
Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts (relevant to outdoor recreation, education, or leadership) in the following three categories: (1) Regular Papers, (2) Essays, Practices and Commentaries, and (3) Research Notes.
NRPA's Promoting Parks and Recreation's Role in Economic Development report explored the role that quality park amenities play in 21st century regional economic development.
Based on conversations with more than 70 park and recreation professionals, economic development practitioners and site-location consultants, this report highlights the important supporting role parks and recreation in recruiting and retaining businesses and skilled workers.
Historically, park and recreation agencies have had a complicated relationship with the homeless community they serve.
On one level, public parks are resources for the entire community, providing valuable services to all people.NRPA developed the Parks and Recreation Inclusion Report to provide greater insight into how agencies across the United States ensure that all members of their communities can enjoy parks and recreation.The study also highlights the significant challenges facing the industry in delivering on this promise.Farmers Markets—Parks and Recreation Connecting Communities to Healthy Foods report explores the role park and recreation agencies play in bringing farmers markets to their communities.The report explores markets’ product and services offerings—spanning from fresh produce and protein to entertainment and educational programming, as well as the organizations that agencies partner with to make their markets successful and the challenges they must overcome.On another level, the prevalence of homeless individuals using park resources can put great pressure on the finite resources of park and recreation agencies.The circumstances of homelessness vary significantly by city, with each park and recreation agency facing a unique set of challenges and holding a unique perspective.NRPA's Economic Impact of Local Parks Report not only demonstrates that the nation's local parks generate more than 4 billion in economic activity per year and support more than 1.1 million jobs from operations and capital spending alone, but also breaks down the significant economic impact for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.This report definitively supports the argument that parks are powerful engines of valuable economic activity and deserve support and recognition from elected officials, policymakers and the public.But park and recreation agencies are as diverse as the communities that they serve, and what works well for one agency may not be best for your agency.Therefore, you need data to identify the best practices best to serve your community optimally.