Resources for Park and Recreation Professionals

With help from our members and research partners, we make the following resources and tools available to equip parks and recreation departments, municipalities, urban design and landscape architecture firms, and advocacy organizations to enhance capacity and build equitable, healthy, and engaged communities.

  • Technical Tool

    Engage Protect Connect

    Engage, Connect, Protect highlights the need to create opportunities to engage with diverse youth as the next generation of environmental stewards through cult…

  • Member Exclusive
    Technical Tool

    San Francisco Emergency Child & Youth Care Program

    San Francisco Recreation and Parks

    A playbook for providing care for children with parents and caretakers on the front-lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Technical Tool

    Cities Conecting Children to Nature Municipal Action Guide

    National League of Cities Children & Nature Network

    Guidance for establishing new connections between children and nature through training, access to national experts, and peer learning opportunities.

  • Member Exclusive
    Technical Tool

    Survey: Summer 2020 Recreational Programming

    City of El Cajon

    A survey by El Cajon Parks & Rec Dept's regarding summer classes, in-person camps, and virtual camps to prepare for summer programming within social distancing…

  • Policy

    Executive Summary: COVID-19 Emergency Childcare Operation for Health Care Workers, First Responders, and Low-Income Working Families

    San Francisco Recreation and Parks

    Policy that focuses on emergency childcare, including creating a curriculum for youth experiencing anxiety and stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Member Exclusive

    Austin’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature

    Outlines partnership strategies and steps for cross-sector planning to ensure all children have abundant and equitable access to nature.

  • Case Study

    Girls Play, LA

    City Parks Alliance

    The City of Los Angeles's Department of Parks & Recreation's "Girls Play, LA" focuses on fitness for girls in under-served communities.

  • Case Study

    Cities Connecting Children to Nature

    City of Austin Parks and Recreation

    Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) is a national initiative that seeks to create more equitable and abundant access to nature in cities.

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    Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

    Fit2Play is an MDPROS park-based afterschool health and wellness program promoting healthy weight and cardiovascular health.