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  • 16 Jun 2017 7:05 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    On June 14, 2017 in Washington D.C., Arizona State Parks and Trails received the Outstanding State Trail Program Award from the Coalition for Recreational Trails. The award was presented at the Tom Petri Annual Achievement Award Ceremony, which recognizes outstanding use of funding from the Recreational Trails Program. The Arizona program led by Mickey Rogers, Chief of Grants and Trails, was recognized for....Read More

  • 13 Jun 2017 9:59 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced the top four candidates for the Gold Medal Award, including Arizona State Parks and Trails as a finalist. Over the last two years, Arizona State Parks and Trails has established a self-sufficient funding structure, achieved record visitation and revenue and implemented a plan to reinvest in the system and create new parks.

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  • 05 Jun 2017 10:23 AM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    The full details of President Trump’s budget request for FY18 were released last week, which, if enacted, would mark a devastating divestment in programs critical to parks and recreation across the nation. The budget now includes funding for mandatory programs, with significant cuts across the board on both the discretionary and mandatory sides.

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  • 24 May 2017 12:16 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s FY18 budget request:

    “NRPA is deeply troubled by the cuts outlined in President Trump’s FY18 budget request. These cuts, which are reckless and shortsighted, turn back the clock on decades of progress in the areas of health and wellness, conservation, and social equity. Parks and recreation services are cost-effective solutions to some of our nation’s greatest challenges, therefore, cutting funding for programs that park and recreation agencies rely on for support is outrageous. Without these programs, many of the communities our agencies serve will be adversely affected — especially those that are underserved.  

    This budget proposal eliminates or decimates full article.

  • 19 May 2017 10:21 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON — Nothing gives U.S. presidents the authority to abolish, shrink or otherwise weaken national monuments, four legal scholars have concluded in a new analysis.

    However timely and significant, the findings are likely to be ignored by President Donald Trump, who appears set on trying to rescind monument status on sites such as the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, or at least shrink them. If he does, the administration will almost certainly be challenged in court.

    In their paper, three law professors from the University of Colorado, UCLA, and the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty research fellow at UCLA conclude that Congress, not the president, has sole legal power to rescind or weaken protections for monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Read Full Article...

  • 08 May 2017 3:22 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is pleased to announce the release of the most recent edition of the National Standards for Youth Sports, which have served as the blueprint for conducting top-quality youth sports programs for 30 years.

    The Standards were first unveiled in 1987 when NAYS convened recreation leaders and other top experts involved in all different areas of youth sports in Washington, D.C., to take an in-depth look at the state of organized youth sports.

    Since that historic gathering, the Standards have served as the premier resource for how thousands of recreation professionals have conducted their youth sports programs to best meet the needs of all their participants. Read Full Article Here...

  • 02 May 2017 12:27 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) is an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. Membership in the Academy gives you a voice to help with the advancement of the park and recreation field.

    I encourage you all to review the attached application and consider nominating colleagues for membership to keep the AAPRA strong and growing. Nominations are due June 20, 2017. 

    Click here for application, rules and instructions.

  • 25 Apr 2017 4:13 PM | Carey Antoszewski (Administrator)

    This is a great article from Association Adviser offering 5 suggestions in which your organization can offer professional development to Milliennals.

    Professional Development for Milliennals (and everyone else too) article

  • 12 Apr 2017 6:25 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    April is finally here and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to celebrate National Park Week! Parks across the country will host exciting events from April 15 to April 23, inviting visitors to visit, learn about, and enjoy the remarkable places and programs that are part of our National Park System! In honor of this annual festivity, admission will be waived at the over 400 National Park Service sites for the National Park Week weekends (April 15-16 and April 22-23), so be sure to mark your calendars and set a reminder to get out there and #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque!

    Head over to to get some inspiration on what to do and to check out some other great ways you can support our parks in April. A big thanks to our remarkable group of corporate partners, several of which are hosting special offers during April in celebration of National Park Week, including limited-edition products, that provide additional support for our national parks.

  • 07 Apr 2017 1:20 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Many of the critical federal programs that benefit parks and recreation are at risk of being cut or even eliminated. You can help us save these programs by inviting your members of Congress to your next event and showing them first-hand how important parks and recreation is to your community.

    It's easier than ever to invite your members of Congress for a visit with NRPA's new, interactive Park Champion Advocacy Toolkit!

    Do you have an exciting event like a:

    • Park dedication;
    • Program kick-off;
    • Earth Day, Arbor Day, or Kids to Parks Day event; or
    • Park and Recreation Month celebration?

    This step-by-step guide walks you through inviting your members of Congress to your next event. With this toolkit, it only takes a few moments to make a big difference for the future of parks and recreation.     Get Started with the Toolkit

    Host your members of Congress at an event by August 31 to be eligible for the Park Champion of the Year Award. The recipient of this award will receive recognition at the NRPA's Annual Conference in New Orleans and round-trip flights and lodging for two in your agency to come to Washington, D.C., in spring 2018 to advocate for parks and recreation on Capitol Hill. Have you already hosted your members of Congress at your agency this year? Tell us about it here to enter your event for consideration.

    If you need any help planning your Park Champion event, please do not hesitate to contact Jayni Rasmussen

    Advocacy and Outreach Manager  - National Recreation and Park Association (440) 522.9162

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