Tag Archives: Recreation

National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference

New Orleans French Quarter
The NRPA Annual Conference is the premier annual meeting of the park and recreation community. This national conference is your best opportunity to network with thousands of your peers, learn from some of the top thought leaders in the field, and get insight into innovative practices and programs from other agencies. September 26-28 in New Orleans. Learn more and register... Read more

Outdoor Recreation Economy Report

Outdoor recreation is among our nation’s largest economic sectors. From the smallest rural towns to the most densely packed cities, outdoor recreation powers a vast economic engine that creates billions in spending and millions of good – paying American jobs. When we invest the foundation of the recreation economy, our public lands and waters, there is compounding return in the form of healthier communities, healthier economies and healthier people. Read report... Read more

Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program

​The National Park Service (NPS) announced funding to support recreation and conservation projects through its Rails, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Through the RTCA program, NPS helps organize, strategize, build public participation and partnerships, and implement a conservation and/or recreation project that is important to your community. Consideration will be given to projects that have specific goals and results for conservation and recreation in the near future, have broad community support, and that advance the NPS mission. Applications due June... Read more

The Place Value Economy: The Role of Outdoor Recreation in Creating Great Places

​This Community Builders webinar will explore the role of outdoor recreation as a tool for improving quality of life and local economies. Following an introduction to the findings in their Place Value study, which examines the relationships between community amenities and economic activity, a panel will discuss strategies for leveraging outdoor recreation for economic development at the state and local level. Register now... Read more

Outdoor Recreation and the Local Economy

Communities nationwide are seeking news ways to leverage their outdoor recreation amenities to stimulate and grow their local economies. In addition to their social, environmental, and physical benefits, trails, parks, and other natural features offer Main Streets myriad opportunities for new investment and sustainable economic growth. Join this Main Street America webinar how communities can realize the potential of their outdoor recreation amenities for economic development. Register now... Read more

$600K Awarded to Vermont Towns for Outdoor Recreation Projects

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced today that $600,000 is being awarded to Vermont municipalities for public outdoor recreation projects. The outdoor recreation grants are funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program of the National Park Service. Read more... Read more

Recreational Trails Program 2017 Achievement Awards

The Coalition for Recreational Trails is accepting nominations for projects in the categories of construction and design; maintenance and rehabilitation; public-private partnerships and access to public lands; community linkage; education and communication; accessibility enhancement; multiple-use management and “corridor sharing”; use of youth conservation/service corps and community outreach; and engaging public-sector partners. Nominations due April 13. Learn more... Read more

Englewood Line Trail Could Create Recreation and Job Opportunities for Chicago Residents

Building on Daniel Burnham’s vision to create a network of interconnected parks, Chicago is looking to build more rail-to-trails like the Bloomindale Trail. One rail-to-trail in the works is the Englewood Line Nature Trail, a proposed two-mile elevated greenway located in the South Side community of the same name. Englewood is a predominately African-American neighborhood that was once home to a bustling commercial district. If the rail-to-trail were built, it could bring in more community investment and improve the quality-of-life... Read more
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