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National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Brief Description of Your Organization's Activities:: 

Mission: To advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

Goals:

  • To promote public awareness and support for recreation, park and leisure services as they relate to the constructive use of leisure and thereby to the social stability of a community and the physical and mental health of individuals. NRPA strives to promote public awareness of the environmental and natural resource management aspects of recreation and leisure services.
  • To facilitate the development, maintenance, expansion and improvement of socially and environmentally relevant public policy that supports recreation, parks and leisure programs and services; to enhance the development of parks, recreation and tourism professionals and to provide services that contribute to the development of NRPA
    members.
  • To promote the development and dissemination of the body of knowledge in
    order to improve the delivery of service, increase understanding of
    leisure behavior and expand the body of knowledge relative.

NRPA has three entities that will work with the Coalition.
First, our Public Policy Office:
The National Recreation and Park Association is a recognized voice on Capitol Hill. Our proven advocacy team knows how to get things done and how to help members and mobilize millions of people to influence important
national, state and local bills and legislation. We work to gain funding for vital programs and increase public awareness and support for the benefits of public parks and recreation nationally and locally.

Second, our National Partnership Office:
The NRPA Community Mobilization Framework is a roadmap to achieve tangible outcomes that enhance or improve the health and livability of community nationwide. Each element of the NRPA Community Mobilization Framework utilizes existing investments and resources within independent institutions to align and aggregate assets into a coordinated and collaborative approach across the community landscape. This alignment approach centers on what strengths individuals, organizations and institutions have, how they can add value to what they already do and techniques to improve practices to increase the potential for achieving stated goals.

The NRPA Community Mobilization Framework is designed to support a leadership role for park and recreation agencies to address a variety of complex social issues. Tested through an extensive three year field study and evaluated by the National Institutes of Health, fifty-six magnet center* communities effectively implemented the community mobilization framework in eleven different states. A second round of testing in thirty-eight communities focused on improving the quality of youth sports and illuminated the unique capacity of this public sector institution to effectively lead community-wide initiatives across a variety of complex social issues. The NRPA Community Mobilization Framework has been recognized as an effective approach for social change initiatives and has increasingly been adopted by institutions across public, private and non-profit sectors.

Third, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society:
The National Therapeutic Recreation Society is a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association. NTRS specializes in the provision of therapeutic recreation services for persons with disabilities in clinical facilities and in the community. NTRS members include practitioners, administrators, educators, volunteers, students, and consumers.



Organization Website : www.nrpa.org

 
Contact: Monica Hobbs Vinluan
1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone : 202-887-0290
Fax : 202-887-5484
Email : mvinluan@nrpa.org



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