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NRPA 2011 Annual Convention – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GREEN

NRPA 2011 A NRPA 2011 Annual Convention – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE GREENThousands of park and recreation professionals gathered last week at the Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta to learn about new trends and innovative products making an impact in their industry.  The …

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Once Upon a Play Time

Once upon a time, a boy lived in a house at the end of a road. The house was surrounded by fields. The boy rode his

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Rethinking Ways to Get Kids Active

 

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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Obesity is one of the most significant public health problems confronting society today.  One in three American children is overweight or obese. They are …

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Are parks important places?

Last week, Barbara Tulipane, CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association, said in an email:

“Parks are often the first to be cut when state and local politicians are faced …

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Risk vs. Reward

climber green 300x231 Risk vs. RewardEvery year it seems more and more safety measures are imposed to ensure our children are safe.  In fact, the belief that kids will glide through childhood unscathed is becoming standard.  Younger …

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Can a small playground encourage inclusive play?

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Almost every inclusive playground I have ever seen is huge.  The new playground in Auburn, Wash. is 32,000 square feet and cost more than $300,000.    …

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Multi-generational play proves popular abroad

Pingpong Multi generational play proves popular abroad

Throughout my career, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to many different places.  A common thread among my trips is that almost every city I’ve visited has a large park with playgrounds, …

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Haiti: Day 5

By Julie Rearick

The ribbon-cutting is today at 10:00 am, but we left at our normal time of 7 a.m., so we could decorate the playground with balloons and ribbons.  Families stood …

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