Play and Youth Sports Grant Open

The Play and Youth Sports grant, funded through a collaboration between NRPA and the Walt Disney Company, is now seeking applications of interest. The grant will provide park and recreation professionals with funding, support and a peer network to increase access and re-imagine the delivery of play and youth sports. The grant will support both a park improvement project and the development of a Community Play Report. Grant amounts are $26,000 to $66,000 per project. Applications of Interest are due May 8. Learn more by logging into your NRPA Account.

Enjoy the outdoors for solitary exercise to protect your physical and mental health

The National Recreation and Park Association recently prepared a statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many organizations across the nation have signed on to voice support.

We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.

Read the full statement and pledge your organization’s support.

Call for Presentations for Annual Conference

We’re seeking proposals for presentations at the 2020 SDPRA annual conference that fulfill the educational needs of our diverse attendees. Proposals for relevant topics are being accepted through April 30. Session proposals that are relevant to a cross-section of members are more likely to be selected. The South Dakota Parks and Recreation Conference will be held October 13-15, 2020, in Yankton, SD. Learn more