February 28, 2023

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Brenda Adams-Weyant
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NACPRO is meeting in conjunction with the 2023 Special Park District Forum.  Join us in Lake County Illinois for great learning opportunities, the NACPRO awards banquet and great fellowship.  

2023 Special Park District Forum

June 19-22 - Lincolnshire, Illinois

The Lake County Forest Preserves in northern Illinois is thrilled to host the next Special Park Districts Forum. As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, we protect more than 31,000 acres of natural land and are the second-largest forest preserve district in Illinois.

Register now – today is the last day you can get the early bird rate


Welcome to our community!

Mr. Alex McKinney, Parks Manager
Washington County
Stillwater, MN 


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Member News

Monmouth County Parks leader dies after 58 years on the job
Courtesy of

By Susanne Cervenka

NEW JERSEY - James J. Truncer, the longtime leader who oversaw the growth of the Monmouth County Park System from 350 acres and three parks to more than 18,000 acres across more than three dozen facilities, died Sunday. He was 86 years old.

Truncer, of Allentown, was still serving as the county's parks director, a position he had for 58 years, nearly the entire history of the system itself.

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New app is helping Coloradans to discover the forgotten Black history of the West
Courtesy of American Trails

By Tatiana Flowers

For too long, Black history in Colorado has been ignored, according to the creators of a new mobile app that allows participants to access old photographs, oral histories and a podcast — all with the goal of preserving and teaching about the contributions of Black people in the state’s development.

The new Black History Trail, accessed through the History Colorado app, guides visitors to physical locations where they can explore, in person or virtually, the roles Black people played in building the West, an often forgotten story in American history, they said.

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Take Action: Tell Your Representatives to Protect Critical Park Funding
Courtesy of NRPA
We recently learned the U.S. House of Representatives is considering excluding local parks from accessing certain federal funds. Excluding local parks from accessing these funds — known as earmarks — is a mistake. Please join NRPA and our allies in standing against these proposed changes. Contact your member of Congress today and urge them to reconsider.
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Can social media responsibly guide environmental decisions?
Courtesy of Great Lakes Echo

By Daniel Schoenherr

Social media data mining could be a game-changer for local, state and national parks when officials can see how the public reacts to policy changes, Tyner said. “It’s really exciting to see the response to these events real-time.”

While Twitter has a greater reach than traditional surveys, it still doesn’t represent the entire region’s population, Tyner said. Combining data from social media with surveys would give researchers the benefits of both methods.
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Apply for an NRPA Scholarship or Fellowship
Courtesy of NRPA

Each year, NRPA awards up-and-coming young professionals and students for their dedication to the park and recreation profession. The scholarships and fellowships provide recipients with the opportunity to attend and explore the operation of the park and recreation field at the NRPA Annual Conference.

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Greenways for All: Support for Accessing Trails Funding
Courtesy of PBIC Messenger

The East Coast Greenway Alliance announces launch of Greenways for All, an effort to support communities from Maine to Florida, and beyond, in accessing funding for greenways and trails. The East Coast Greenway Alliance will leverage their experience and expertise to help communities navigate federal infrastructure investment programs, offer community organizing, collaborate with agencies and the public, provide resources, and help partners get projects construction-ready.

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CDC Report: Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design
Courtesy of SORP

Being physically active is one of the most important ways people of all ages and abilities can improve their health now and in the future. Yet only about 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 6 high school students fully meet the recommended levels in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Access to safe places to play and walk, such as parks, safe streets, trails, and greenways, is important for physical activity. It is also important to be able to safely and easily walk, bike, or take transit to everyday destinations such as homes, workplaces, schools, parks, health care, and food outlets.

Additionally, many people from racial and ethnic minority groups and from rural areas are less likely to have access to these safe spaces. Historical land use and housing and transportation policies can contribute to limited access. People impacted by these disparities are also less likely to meet the physical activity recommendations.

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Recycling Spent E-Bike Lithium Ion Batteries 
Courtesy of the PBIC Messenger

People for Bikes observes that millions of lithium ion batteries used in e-bikes need to be disposed of properly at their end of life. Generally, a high-quality lithium ion electric bicycle battery can last 2-5 years. Call2Recycle and PeopleForBikes joined forces to simplify recycling 33 brands of these batteries at more than 1,600 drop-off locations in the U.S.

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Apply for 2023 Trail Apprentice Program 
Courtesy of the PBIC Messenger

The Partnership for the National Trails System invites young adults aged 18-28 to apply for the 2023 Trail Apprentice Program to explore careers related to trails, network with established professionals, gain leadership skills and participate in professional activities. Apply by February 28, 2023.

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The DOT Navigator: One-Stop Shop for Federal Grant Funding
Courtesy of PBIC Messenger

The USDOT released a new tool, the DOT Navigator, to help communities understand the best ways to apply for grants, and plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. It describes the federal grant-making process and its requirements; provides a searchable technical assistance hub; and describes Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding opportunities including an upcoming funding opportunity calendar, and a discretionary grant preparation checklist. Among many other tools, the DOT Navigator links to a comprehensive chart of potential eligibility for pedestrian and bicycle activities and projects under surface transportation funding programs.

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FHWA Announces New Efforts to Improve Road Safety, Advance Complete Streets 
Courtesy of PBIC Messenger

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced two new efforts that will help States, cities, and local governments improve road safety. 

Included in the announcement is a new Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on ways to improve safety and design standards for roads to facilitate the development of Complete Streets that serve all road users and a new waiver ensuring States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) can afford certain Complete Streets activities by removing financial barriers.

FHWA also announced its latest effort to help accelerate Complete Streets efforts under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including a waiver in the legislation FHWA is implementing that will reduce Complete Streets planning costs for States and MPOs. Under the waiver, States and MPOs will be able to use federal funding for 100% of the expenses associated with certain planning and research activities.

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Environments that Promote Intergenerational Play and Recreation
Courtesy of PlayCore

Communities are made up of people of all ages. However, a study conducted by the RAND Corporation found that parks are increasingly geared toward the young. The study focused on cities with a population of more than 100,000; data collectors were sent into 174 parks in 25 major cities, asking them to describe the facilities and conditions, and the demographics of users during a typical week during the spring or summer of 2014.

Parks and open space are meant to be used by all people, regardless of age or other demographics. A well-designed environment provides a wealth of benefits for all generations.

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Feds Could Take Back ARPA Funding in Debt Ceiling Talks
Courtesy of Route Fifty

By Kery Murakami

As House Republicans push to reduce federal spending under the Biden administration, local leaders have been worried that budget negotiations to raise the nation’s debt ceiling could mean Congress would claw back some American Rescue Plan Act funds.

What’s under consideration, the aide said, is to recall funds for other parts of the $1.9 trillion rescue package that’s still in the possession of the Treasury Department. 

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‘Lake Tahoe has a people problem’: how a resort town became unlivable
Courtesy of the Guardian

by Dani Anguiano

Late last year, Lake Tahoe earned a spot on an exclusive travel guide. But the mountain destination, famed for its cobalt blue waters and Olympic-quality ski resorts, wasn’t there for the reason you’d think.

Fodor’s “No list” highlighted beloved getaways that needed a break, and Tahoe was up there with the neediest. Citing a pandemic influx of remote workers, second home buyers, traffic gridlock and packed beaches, the guide concluded “Lake Tahoe has a people problem”.

The story of Lake Tahoe is a microcosm of what’s happening in communities across California and the US, where longstanding housing problems have been intensified by the pandemic. The resulting upheaval has fueled fear and uncertainty about Lake Tahoe’s future, and forced the area to confront a difficult question: who is Tahoe for?

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The Cult of Bike Helmets
Courtesy of

When it comes to the dangers threatening cyclists, wearing a helmet is like bringing a knife to a gunfight. America’s top-selling vehicle model, the Ford F-Series, weighs up to 7,500 pounds. Its hood stands 4.5 feet tall—at the height of my chin. The fear that I feel biking in cities isn’t actually a fear of biking; it’s a fear of cars. Only a suite of infrastructure changes can combat the deadliest risk to cyclists. Not helmets alone. As a spokesperson for helmet-maker Giro told a cycling trade magazine in 2020: “There are many misconceptions about helmets, unfortunately,” adding: “We do not design helmets specifically to reduce chances or severity of injury when impacts involve a car.”

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Webinar: Building a Comprehensive Count Program in Your Park or on Your Trails
Courtesy of American Trails

Date: March 11, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: American Trails

In this webinar, American Trails will examine real-world count data that illustrates this increased use of trails and parks and discuss the logistics and best practices behind building robust count programs at multiple scales. This will include an overview of various counting technologies, as well as how to best deploy automatic counters to collect high-quality, useful data. Finally, this webinar will explore how trail management organizations can use the count data itself to improve maintenance, advocacy, and visitor experience.

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Webinar: Using a Digital Platform to Connect Trails to Tourism
Courtesy of American Trails

Date: March 16, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: American Trails

In this webinar American Trails will outline the important roles that trails can have in attracting visitors, and ways to make sure a trail is incorporated in the tourism vision or plan of a destination. This webinar will provide an overview of the Outdooractive platform, including a digital Trail Manager platform, as tools to link trails to larger audiences, streamline trail management practices, and ultimately connect trails to the broader tourism engine.

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Outdoors for All: Anti-Oppression and Inclusive Program Design four Outdoor Recreation
Courtesy of the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

Outdoor Recreation has both the opportunity and a responsibility to be more inclusive of all communities and to question dominant and privileged cultural perspectives. During this 4-part cohort series workshop hosted by Parker McMullen-Bushman form EcoInclusive, attendees will be introduced to the concept of unconscious bias, including in the development of projects and programs. Through a series of interactive virtual sessions, participants will examine privilege and bias as it pertains to planning and programming. Participants will reflect on individual and organizational practices and develop strategies for creating engaging and meaningful programming for diverse audiences. 

Registration is now open
April 4 - Session 1: Examining Unconscious Bias / Tuesday, April 4, 2023 

April 11 - Session 2: 4 I’s Of Oppression / Tuesday, April 11, 2023

April 19 - Session 3: Inclusivity Review Lens / Tuesday, April 18, 2023

April 25 - Session 4: Group Project Share / Tuesday, April 25, 2023 


Job Openings

Parks Project Manager Engineer
Oakland County Parks
Waterford, Michigan
$80,893 - $108,380 Annually
Application Deadline: Open until filled

Coordinator of Fund Development and Major Gifts
Ottawa County Parks
West Olive, Michigan
$36.47 - $47.41 Hourly
Application Deadline: March 3, 2023

Chief Executive Officer
Five Rivers MetroParks
Dayton, Ohio
$139,000+ DOQ
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2023

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