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National Recreation and Park Association

 The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) commitment to providing places to be physically active extends beyond parks alone. Through its “Step Up to Health…It Starts in Parks” initiative, the NRPA hosted 32 one-day training summits with more than 2,300 people nationwide, helping professionals and advocates to mobilize community around healthy lifestyle goals. Soon, summit materials and tools will be available online.

NRPA also sponsors an ambitious agenda of conferences and events. This month’s Urban Park and Recreation Summit, for example, will convene park leaders together from across America to help build a national urban park and recreation movement. The resulting initiative aims to generate support and federal funding for urban park systems.

The organization also helps communities in need. The NRPA Gulf Coast Park and Recreation Relief Fund will support a wide variety of park and recreation reconstruction efforts for communities that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

For more than 40 years (NRPA) has helped advance opportunities for people to be active by promoting local parks systems in communities across the country. Learn more at

Last updated 5/17/2006

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