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  • Economic Impact Study and Agency-Level Analysis

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2018

    Hear the results of the newly released Economic Impact of Parks study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis for NRPA.

    imageHear the results of the newly released Economic Impact of Parks study conducted by the Center for Regional Analysis for NRPA. The presenters will highlight economic activity and job creations resulting from the operations and capital spending of America’s local park and recreation agencies, including a review of the states where activity is the greatest. Further discussion will center on the additional ways that parks and recreation drives economic activity and how parks and recreation professionals and advocates can use these findings to support greater and more stable funding for their agencies.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin A. Roth is NRPA's Vice President of Professional Development, Research and Technology. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and metrics that enhance park and recreation agency performance and make the case for increased and more stable agency funding. Kevin also guides the development of innovative in-person and online educational offerings for professionals that advance parks and recreation in their communities. He also oversees the team delivering IT and web services to the association.

    Kevin has served in research and leadership functions in the nonprofit association space for more than two decades, including overseeing both research and IT at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and conducting survey research at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

    Terry Clower, PhD

    Northern Virginia Chair, Professor of Public Policy, Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University

    Terry L. Clower is Northern Virginia Chair and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also director of GMU’s Center for Regional Analysis. The Center provides economic and public policy research services to sponsors in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Prior to joining GMU, he was director for the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas. Dr. Clower also spent 10 years employed in private industry in logistics and transportation management positions.

    Mark White, PhD

    Deputy Director-Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government

    Dr. White is the Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. Dr. White joined the Center in January 2016. He is currently serving as project lead on the creation of the Economic Growth and Diversification Plan for Region 7 (NOVA) in the GO Virginia initiative. Prior to joining the Center for Regional Analysis, Dr. White was the Vice President for Research at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) in Arlington, VA.

    During his 11 years at CREC, Dr. White managed a wide variety of economic and workforce development research and technical assistance projects across the United States and Canada. These projects include numerous industry cluster and value-chain analyses in Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He also facilitated economic and workforce development planning initiatives in regions in North Carolina, Iowa, Texas and Ontario. He also supported the Georgia Governor's Office of Workforce Development's Work Ready Regions Initiative for four years by providing labor market information used to inform and shape regional workforce strategies. Dr. White’s training activities include developing and delivering curriculum related to data-driven, strategic planning for the US Economic Development Administration and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. 

  • CPRP Basic Learning Pack

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes: ​- CPRP Preparation Courses: Operations​ Finance​ Human Resources​ Programming​ Communications​ - CPRP Practice Examination​

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    The Basic CPRP Learning Pack includes:

    The Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) Preparatory Courses supply professionals with the most effective CPRP certification preparation. The CPRP Online Prep Courses are designed as an intensive review program for professionals seeking the CPRP certification. The CPRP Learning Pack includes the Programming Module, Human Resource Module, Finance Module, Operations Module, Communication module, and the CPRP Practice Exam. Access is valid for 6 months from date of purchase.  Access is granted to the consumer only as a limited license and grants that user a non-transferable personal license to access and use the online learning center for the CPRP prep course and its content for personal, non-commercial use only.

  • CPRP: Four Letters; Unlimited Possibilities.

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/01/2018

    Join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. We will also explain how you can get a free CPRP Prep Course by applying by February 28, 2018.

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    Whether you want to make a bigger impact on your community, keep your expertise fresh, or improve your professional status, becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) will open the door to more and better opportunities. Join us for this webinar to learn first-hand how becoming a CPRP has benefitted so many others in the profession, and to learn some insider tips on how to apply and pass the exam. We will also explain how you can get a free CPRP Prep Course by applying by February 28, 2018.

    Molly Sullivan

    Certification Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Molly Sullivan, is the Certification Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. In this role Molly provides assistance to professionals who are currently maintaining their professional certification, or seeking to obtain certification.  Molly received her Bachelors of Arts in Communications from George Mason University. She has been working for and volunteering with historical and agricultural parks in Northern Virginia for most of her life. Molly currently volunteers as an adult leader for the Hoofers and Heifers 4-H Club, out of Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia, furthering her passion for educating youth and the public about agricultural traditions.

    Karla Kelley, MS, CPRE

    Regional Manager, DC Department of Parks and Recreation

    Karla Kelley is a distinguished leader with a successful 20 year history of working at the intersection of community needs and assets, programmatic and policy solutions. Karla is the interim Therapeutic Recreation Manager with DC Department of Parks and Recreation and has worked for the department for 2 years.  She is responsible for the  programmatic, administrative and fiscal oversight of a citywide therapeutic recreation program,  She is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and holds a Masters degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. Karla's passion has culminated in more than 20 years of  professional work experience in the field of youth development, education and recreation management. Karla serves as a member of National Recreation and Parks Scholarship and Award Committee.  

  • CPSI Preparation Course

    Contains 11 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The CPSI Preparation Course includes 8 online modules which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination.

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    The CPSI Preparation Course includes 8 online modules which will help prepare an individual to take the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Examination. The course provides rich, in-depth analysis of ASTM standards related to playground safety focused on the process of safety inspection from design, through audit and inspection, to maintenance and risk management practices. The course also provides learners with scenarios to apply their understanding of this material. 

    Once registered, you will have access to the course for 180 days. The course is worth 1.2 CEU upon completion of all course components. 

    Playground Related Standards and Guidelines

    • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Public Playground Safety Handbook (free PDF from cpsc.gov)
    • ASTM F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use(for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2223 Standard Guide for ASTM Standards on Playground Surfacing (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2373 Playground Equipment for Children Under the Age of Two (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1292 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2479 Standard Guide for Specification, Purchase, Installation and Maintenance of Poured-In-Place Playground Surfacing (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F2075 Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1951 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment(for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1918 Standard Safety Performance Specification for Soft Contained Play Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • ASTM F1148 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment (for purchase from ASTM Intl)
    • Department of Justice ADA Guidelines and Standards 

    CPSI Resources

    Playground Related Resources

  • REAL Action: Getting Started with Building Racial Equity in Your City

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/19/2018

    Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. This webinar will examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Participants will take away concrete steps they can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

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    In the wake of the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, the National League of Cities created REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge  and capacity to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable communities. This webinar will provide participants with practical examples of how city leadership can embed racial equity into their priorities.  Learn how local government leaders can reduce racial bias through smart policy decisions and strong civic engagement. This webinar will examine how racial tensions have affected cities across the nation. Learn how to shift from a reactive approach to a proactive agenda. Participants will take away concrete steps they can take to advance racial equity and racial healing work in their cities.

    Closed Captioning Services brought to you through generous contribution from Earth Networks


    Eric Hamp

    Director, Member Relations and Professional Development, National Recreation and Park Association

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    Leon Andrews, Jr.

    Director, Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL), National League of Cities

    Leon T. Andrews, Jr. was appointed as the inaugural director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities and prior served as the senior fellow and program director at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he led all of the Institute’s youth development work with mayors and other municipal leaders around the country including in areas related to childhood obesity, disconnected youth, youth engagement and leadership, and youth master planning since 2006. Before joining the National League of Cities, Leon completed a research fellowship at The Forum for Youth Investment. Leon has an extensive background working in government, the community, the private sector, and academia for the last 25 years including the United States Department of Justice, United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, the United States Public Interest Research Group, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, YouthBuild Pittsburgh, the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a PhD candidate in the Urban and Regional Planning program at The University of Michigan. Leon is married to an amazing woman, Dr. Kristine M. Andrews, for the last 14 years and they have three beautiful daughters – Jessica Austin, Julia Iris, and Joanna Jonas.

    Art Hendricks

    Equity & Inclusion Manager | Equity & Inclusion Office Portland Parks & Recreation

    Mr. Hendricks serves as the Equity and Inclusion Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation and has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of diversity development, equity and/or inclusion that spans the private, non-profit and public sectors. His experience includes developing marketing and public participation processes designed to increase the involvement of communities of color in city programs and decision making process and working with key stakeholders to develop policy and culturally specific programs that increase access and improve outcomes for youth and families of color.
    Currently, Mr. Hendricks is responsible for the Equity and Inclusion Office for Portland Park & Recreation which is responsible for assisting the organization develop culturally responsive programs and activities for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities that include outreach and engagement of underrepresented communities including people of color and people living with disabilities

  • Innovation. Speed Sessions from the 2017 Annual Conference

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/27/2017

    ​This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation: Future-Proofing Your Organization, Innovation in 19.5 Minutes, and Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R's Future.

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    This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation:

    • Future-Proofing Your Organization: Is your agency ready for the future? Technology, energy, globalization, Generation Z, and other forces will change our world drastically — start planning now. This session will provide best practices, resources, learning lessons and tips to form your own internal think tank to research future trends and foster innovative and critical thinking throughout your organization.
    • Innovation in 19.5 Minutes: Park and recreation agencies need to constantly adapt services as a result of changes in market demand, industry trends, new uses of technology, and changes in customer requirements. Embedding innovation within an agency is something that requires purposeful direction in the organization's leadership system, organizational culture, and systems such as recruitment, hiring and feedback systems. The session will also provide details of innovations happening around the country.
    • Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R’s Future: Do we dare to make the types of changes that will catapult parks and recreation into our rapidly changing world?  How do we deal with the demands for customization, popularity of virtual reality, the preferences of multiple generations and the permanently unemployed?  How do we keep up with or even surpass the challenges posed by these changes?  Will parks and recreation as we now know it even exist in 10 years?  Let’s revamp our world.
  • NRPA 2017 Conference Innovation Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference, Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out, The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion, and Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead.

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

    • Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference: This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation:
      • Future-Proofing Your Organization: Is your agency ready for the future? Technology, energy, globalization, Generation Z, and other forces will change our world drastically — start planning now. This session will provide best practices, resources, learning lessons and tips to form your own internal think tank to research future trends and foster innovative and critical thinking throughout your organization. 
      • Innovation in 19.5 Minutes: Park and recreation agencies need to constantly adapt services as a result of changes in market demand, industry trends, new uses of technology, and changes in customer requirements. Embedding innovation within an agency is something that requires purposeful direction in the organization's leadership system, organizational culture, and systems such as recruitment, hiring and feedback systems. The session will also provide details of innovations happening around the country. 
      • Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R’s Future: Do we dare to make the types of changes that will catapult parks and recreation into our rapidly changing world?  How do we deal with the demands for customization, popularity of virtual reality, the preferences of multiple generations and the permanently unemployed?  How do we keep up with or even surpass the challenges posed by these changes?  Will parks and recreation as we now know it even exist in 10 years?  Let’s revamp our world.
    • Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out: Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.
    • The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion: The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.
    • Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead: Scrap your marketing plan and learn how growth hacking techniques from Silicon Valley start-ups, including data analysis, marketing automation, user-experience design and design iteration, can lead to more effective marketing, higher participation and increased revenues, all without breaking the budget.
  • Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.

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    Elected officials, citizens and staff have higher expectations of your park system than ever before — exceptional programs, customer service, experiences to name a few. With lagging tax revenues and ongoing political pressures to downsize government spending, many park and recreation agencies have chosen to reduce services, eliminate staff, or even close parks and facilities. Cutting services or raising taxes is not the only choice; another option is creating innovative and new ideas to meet the challenges through staff involvement. To meet demands, we must change the way we think, innovate, and lead. Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.

    Session outcomes:

    • Explain the methodology and strategies required to lead change,
    • Identify and discuss programs and processes that work, and 
    • Quantify the benefits and challenges faced by implementing change within the organization.

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRE

    Monon Community Center Director, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRE, is the Assistant Director for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Kurtis oversees a $13 million annual operating budget and ensures that that the department operates at a high-level of cost-recovery. At its peak time during the year, Kurtis leads upward to 600 staff providing high level service and sales to members, guests, and the community.

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  • A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?

    Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.​​

    imageIt's important that park professionals understand the value of our parks, understand the math behind the analysis, and some of the other ways parks increase economic activity. Parks can increase health and wellness, provide habitat, reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water. Your park is valuable, but how do you measure its significance? With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.

    Session outcomes:

    • Identify data sources and potential partners to assess the economic impact of your parks.
    • Understand how this assessment can help boost your park agencies value within your community.
    • Understand how to calculate the property value and/or tourism impact of parks.

    Brendan Daley

    Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Chicago Park District

    Brendan Daley has over 20 years’ experience working on sustainability and strategic policy initiatives in local government. Brendan currently manages the strategic direction of the Chicago Park District. He also manages sustainability initiatives across all 600 parks in the city. Before working at the Park District, Brendan worked at the Chicago Department of Environment, most recently at the Deputy Commissioner overseeing energy and air quality projects.

    Brendan holds a BA in Political Science from Roosevelt University, an LLB in Law from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a Certificate in Civic Leadership from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a LEED accredited professional with the US Green Building Council and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional through the National Recreation and Parks Association. Brendan wants to live in a world where teachers are paid more than CEOs, honey bees are abundant, and kids play outside as often as possible.

    As a sustainability and strategy implementer, Brendan has been a guest lecturer at Chicago universities, park conferences, writer for various publications, and an accomplished speaker on the environment. When Brendan is not reducing, reusing, composting, or recycling, you can find him making pie, gardening, golfing, or telling really bad dad jokes to his kids. 

  • Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the Community

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    ​Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community.

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    Arts are limited in schools and arts institutions are often intimidating, while parks are open and inviting spaces. There is an opportunity for Parks Departments to play an active role in providing well rounded and engaging arts programming. Like traditional sports programs, the arts also foster positive growth for all ages. Arts can be used to build self -confidence, improve self- expression, enhance problem solving, encourage innovation, tackle social inequity and build community bridges. Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community. Robust, well designed arts programs not only unite diverse audiences, they can be a catalyst for addressing social equity.

    Session outcomes:

    • Be able to identify a community challenge or opportunity where arts can be used to solve the problem.
    • Understand how to leverage resources (both dollars and partnerships) to create greater art opportunity for your participants.
    • Understand how practical application of art programming can bridge social equity gaps that may exist in your community.

    Amy McBride

    Tacoma Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma, WA

    Amy McBride is the Arts Administrator for the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality at the City of Tacoma. With over 20 years’ experience as an art professional and a goal of creating a fertile ecosystem for arts to thrive, Ms. McBride manages three funding programs for arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming and formulates effective policy. She developed the public art plan for Metro Parks’ recently initiated 1% for art policy and in partnership with the District, manages the new public art program.

    She holds an M.A. from the University of Washington-Tacoma in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on urban art and BA from the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Mary Tuttle

    District-wide Programs Manager, Metro Parks Tacoma

    Mary Tuttle has a passion for creating opportunities which connect people to parks and programs. She spent seventeen years of her career serving in a variety of capacities relating to the arts, spanning work in public schools, universities as well as public and private agencies. From 2006 - 2015 Mary focused on building a viable arts program brand at Metro Parks Tacoma, known as Metro Arts. 

    Metro Arts has grown to an annual attendance of 90,000, with a total cost recovery rate of 80%. It is primarily a direct service provider, with offerings in Visual, Performing & Culinary Arts. Metro Parks Tacoma was awarded the prestigious City of Tacoma’s Arts Patron award in 2016, for both its public art and programming commitment to the community.