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Open Space Radio: Parks and Recreation Trends

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Open Space Radio covers trends in parks and recreation, shares news from the field, and interviews park and recreation professionals making a difference in their communities. Open Space Radio is the official podcast of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) — Because everyone deserves a great park.

Latest Episodes

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Today’s episode of Open Space Radio is a special one because it is officially our 50th episode! It was hard to imagine having 50 episodes when we launched two years ago, but we’re here and we’re thriving. And since it’s our 50th episode and we’ve been reflecting on when we first started, we thought it would be appropriate to use this episode to explore one of the questions we asked people while we were in Baltimore at the NRPA Annual Conference: What piece of advice would you give to your younger

13 MIN1 w ago
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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Welcome to Baltimore!

Today’s episode is a special edition of Open Space Radio — we’re diving behind the scenes of the upcoming 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, which is happening September 24-26. We’re releasing this episode a little earlier than we typically do, in hopes that those of you who are attending can tune in as you fly, drive or hike your way to Baltimore. For those of you who are unable to attend, we still have some great tips that you can apply to other conferences!

20 MINSEP 20
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Welcome to Baltimore!

Digital Marketing: It’s All About the Data

Digital marketing can be a useful tool for park and recreation agencies that want to promote their programs, special events and offerings to a broader audience, but it can also be overwhelming, whether you’re new to marketing or not. On today’s episode, we chat with Stephen Gendreau, Director of Advertising and Media Operations for ACTIVE Network, about what digital marketing means for parks and recreation and the most important thing you need for your digital marketing efforts to succeed.

18 MINSEP 10
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Digital Marketing: It’s All About the Data

Programming for the Young and Young-at-Heart

In this episode we are taking on some listener requests for more podcasts on park and recreation programming. Today, we’re looking at intergenerational programming – what it is, how it’s working in the field and how it’s impacting those who participate in the programs. We interviewed three people in order to collect these different perspectives and you’ll likely notice that our mics and audio sound a bit different interview to interview as they were done in different locations.

33 MINAUG 30
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Programming for the Young and Young-at-Heart

eSports at the Rec Center?

eSports, or video game competitions, isn’t new, but it is a growing trend. So much so that eSports is starting to make a space for itself in the world of parks and recreation. Cort and I had the opportunity to chat about eSports with Neelay Bhatt — Vice President at PROS Consulting, NRPA board member, and an established thought leader in the field of parks and recreation. In this episode we discuss what eSports is, its impact on parks and recreation and the potential opportunities it presents.

25 MINAUG 13
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eSports at the Rec Center?

Tips for Advancing in the Field of Parks and Recreation

On today’s episode, we’re joined by two people who know a thing or two about advancing in the field of parks and recreation. Joining us are Michael Kalvort, CPRE, the Recreation Services Director for City of Boca Raton, Florida, and Hayley Herzing, NRPA’s Senior Manager of Membership. We talk about the importance of saying ‘yes’ to everything you can, certification, networking, mentorship, being part of a state or national association, and continuing to learn.

27 MINAUG 6
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Tips for Advancing in the Field of Parks and Recreation

What’s Your Funniest Moment on the Job?

It’s no secret that working in parks and recreation comes with its share of unpredictable moments. You really must be ready for anything — and many times these moments provide those deeply-satisfying laughs you can feel throughout your entire body (whether it’s instantly or one of those “this will be funny when we look back on it” moments). On this episode, we chat with a few folks to get the full story behind their responses to our Instagram post asking about funniest moments while on the job.

21 MINJUL 16
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What’s Your Funniest Moment on the Job?

Game On for Park and Recreation Month with SaulPaul

Happy Park and Recreation Month! Throughout July, we celebrate all of the great things that are happening in local parks and recreation centers nationwide. This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is Game On, and we’re excited to have some fun all month long! We’re joined today by SaulPaul, a musician with a message. SaulPaul was a keynote speaker at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, and he’s back to help us celebrate Park and Recreation Month this year.

12 MINJUL 2
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Game On for Park and Recreation Month with SaulPaul

No Butts About Cleaning up Cigarette Litter in Tennessee

We’re talking about a gross topic on today’s episode of Open Space Radio, but fortunately I’m joined by a few people who are on a mission to clean things up. Today we’re talking about cigarette butt litter, and how both Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful are doing their part in their state to reduce the amount of cigarette butt litter, which contains really toxic chemicals that can be detrimental to the environment.

42 MINJUN 25
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No Butts About Cleaning up Cigarette Litter in Tennessee

LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Finding Community in Parks and Recreation

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking inclusion. And, in celebration of June being Pride Month, we’re talking specifically about LGBTQ+ inclusion in parks and recreation. We're joined by Jason Shriner, marketing manager for City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, to talk about why he feels that working in parks and recreation means being a leader in LGBTQ+ inclusion, as well as how park and recreation agencies can be more inclusive and welcoming to everyone.

27 MINJUN 11
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LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Finding Community in Parks and Recreation

Latest Episodes

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Today’s episode of Open Space Radio is a special one because it is officially our 50th episode! It was hard to imagine having 50 episodes when we launched two years ago, but we’re here and we’re thriving. And since it’s our 50th episode and we’ve been reflecting on when we first started, we thought it would be appropriate to use this episode to explore one of the questions we asked people while we were in Baltimore at the NRPA Annual Conference: What piece of advice would you give to your younger

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Welcome to Baltimore!

Today’s episode is a special edition of Open Space Radio — we’re diving behind the scenes of the upcoming 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, which is happening September 24-26. We’re releasing this episode a little earlier than we typically do, in hopes that those of you who are attending can tune in as you fly, drive or hike your way to Baltimore. For those of you who are unable to attend, we still have some great tips that you can apply to other conferences!

20 MINSEP 20
Comments
Welcome to Baltimore!

Digital Marketing: It’s All About the Data

Digital marketing can be a useful tool for park and recreation agencies that want to promote their programs, special events and offerings to a broader audience, but it can also be overwhelming, whether you’re new to marketing or not. On today’s episode, we chat with Stephen Gendreau, Director of Advertising and Media Operations for ACTIVE Network, about what digital marketing means for parks and recreation and the most important thing you need for your digital marketing efforts to succeed.

18 MINSEP 10
Comments
Digital Marketing: It’s All About the Data

Programming for the Young and Young-at-Heart

In this episode we are taking on some listener requests for more podcasts on park and recreation programming. Today, we’re looking at intergenerational programming – what it is, how it’s working in the field and how it’s impacting those who participate in the programs. We interviewed three people in order to collect these different perspectives and you’ll likely notice that our mics and audio sound a bit different interview to interview as they were done in different locations.

33 MINAUG 30
Comments
Programming for the Young and Young-at-Heart

eSports at the Rec Center?

eSports, or video game competitions, isn’t new, but it is a growing trend. So much so that eSports is starting to make a space for itself in the world of parks and recreation. Cort and I had the opportunity to chat about eSports with Neelay Bhatt — Vice President at PROS Consulting, NRPA board member, and an established thought leader in the field of parks and recreation. In this episode we discuss what eSports is, its impact on parks and recreation and the potential opportunities it presents.

25 MINAUG 13
Comments
eSports at the Rec Center?

Tips for Advancing in the Field of Parks and Recreation

On today’s episode, we’re joined by two people who know a thing or two about advancing in the field of parks and recreation. Joining us are Michael Kalvort, CPRE, the Recreation Services Director for City of Boca Raton, Florida, and Hayley Herzing, NRPA’s Senior Manager of Membership. We talk about the importance of saying ‘yes’ to everything you can, certification, networking, mentorship, being part of a state or national association, and continuing to learn.

27 MINAUG 6
Comments
Tips for Advancing in the Field of Parks and Recreation

What’s Your Funniest Moment on the Job?

It’s no secret that working in parks and recreation comes with its share of unpredictable moments. You really must be ready for anything — and many times these moments provide those deeply-satisfying laughs you can feel throughout your entire body (whether it’s instantly or one of those “this will be funny when we look back on it” moments). On this episode, we chat with a few folks to get the full story behind their responses to our Instagram post asking about funniest moments while on the job.

21 MINJUL 16
Comments
What’s Your Funniest Moment on the Job?

Game On for Park and Recreation Month with SaulPaul

Happy Park and Recreation Month! Throughout July, we celebrate all of the great things that are happening in local parks and recreation centers nationwide. This year’s theme for Park and Recreation Month is Game On, and we’re excited to have some fun all month long! We’re joined today by SaulPaul, a musician with a message. SaulPaul was a keynote speaker at the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, and he’s back to help us celebrate Park and Recreation Month this year.

12 MINJUL 2
Comments
Game On for Park and Recreation Month with SaulPaul

No Butts About Cleaning up Cigarette Litter in Tennessee

We’re talking about a gross topic on today’s episode of Open Space Radio, but fortunately I’m joined by a few people who are on a mission to clean things up. Today we’re talking about cigarette butt litter, and how both Keep Tennessee Beautiful and Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful are doing their part in their state to reduce the amount of cigarette butt litter, which contains really toxic chemicals that can be detrimental to the environment.

42 MINJUN 25
Comments
No Butts About Cleaning up Cigarette Litter in Tennessee

LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Finding Community in Parks and Recreation

On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking inclusion. And, in celebration of June being Pride Month, we’re talking specifically about LGBTQ+ inclusion in parks and recreation. We're joined by Jason Shriner, marketing manager for City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, to talk about why he feels that working in parks and recreation means being a leader in LGBTQ+ inclusion, as well as how park and recreation agencies can be more inclusive and welcoming to everyone.

27 MINJUN 11
Comments
LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Finding Community in Parks and Recreation