July 23, 2024

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Firering Lockout Covers for quick and easy fire control
Courtesy of Pilot Rock

The Pilot Rock FLC/B-30 firering lockout cover can be used to restrict the use of campground firerings when a burn ban is in place, or for any reason you want to prevent campfires in an area. The cover can be easily removed whenever it is safe for campers to burn again.

Our firering lockout cover will fit most Pilot Rock® campfire rings with a 30 inch inside diameter and a 32 inch outside diameter at the top flange.

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Member news

Voters to consider a 10-year, 1-mill levy for Five Rivers Metroparks in November
Courtesy of the Dayton Daily News

By Samantha Wildow

OHIO - Montgomery County voters in November will consider a new 1-mill levy to go toward a $58 million backlog of maintenance and, eventually, new projects for Five Rivers MetroParks.

This is the first time in MetroParks’ 61-year history the organization is seeking a second tax levy after more than two-thirds of voters approved a 2-mill levy in 2018, which included a 1.8-mill replacement and 0.2-mill additional levy.

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New L.A. County Raptor Rescue Center Aids Injured Birds of Prey
Courtesy of Planetizen

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP

CALIFORNIA - The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has established the county's first-ever Raptor Rescue Center at the San Dimas Canyon Nature Center, aimed at rehabilitating and releasing injured birds of prey such as owls, hawks, and falcons. The center's objective is to care for over 200 raptors annually, providing medical attention and rehabilitation to ensure these birds can return to the wild. Since its inception, the center has taken in 70 raptors and successfully released 30 back into their natural habitats.

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News & Resources

Join the Coalition Supporting S. 4673
Courtesy of National Special Districts Coalition

This vital legislation makes it possible for special districts in local communities to access essential funding for water, parks, infrastructure, fire, and other vital community services.
Led by NSDC, the bill was approved with wide bipartisan support by the full House on May 6, 2024 and if passed in the Senate and signed by the President, would establish a first-ever, formal definition of “special district” in federal law. 

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Sensing the Trail
Courtesy of American Trails

By Arwen Brenneman

The internet of things (IoT) shines most in the management and analysis of large systems. Simple data, aggregated often, becomes a powerful tool. In the world of trail and park maintenance and upkeep, IoT systems offer myriad just-in-time benefits to managers and field teams.  
Levaware systems can be set up at river or ocean side, allowing crews to arrive before or during flood conditions. Alerts can be set to text and email people when surface levels rise above a tolerance. Alternatively (or in addition to), alerts can be sent if there’s a high rate of change.

With Levaware monitoring, the trash and recycling bins themselves can alert a team coordinator when they’re nearing capacity. Crews can be dispatched in the irregular intervals are necessary to keep things clean without resorting to hyper-vigilance that uses work time that would be better allocated to other projects.

As this is a developing suite of products, we are always interested in new uses. If you have a problem this could help solve, please reach out and we’ll see what we can do.

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Polaris Creates First-of-its-Kind Electric Off-Road Vehicle Charging Network Partners in Michigan
Courtesy of American Trails

MICHIGAN - Polaris receiving a $700,000 grant to help build an EV charging network for off-road vehicles within a public off-road trail system in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The grant is through the Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification’s (OFME) new program, the Mobility Public-Private Partnership & Programming (MP4) Grant. Polaris will also equip its first Polaris Adventures Outfitter with a rental fleet of its all-new RANGER XP Kinetic.

Polaris is leveraging electric technology to build electric powersports offerings that deliver leading performance capabilities and an unparalleled experience for riders. From acceleration and control, to quieter operations and zero emissions, there are many benefits to electric powertrain technology. Polaris is focused on testing electric prototypes broadly across its product platforms and will commercialize purposefully where electrification improves the customer experience. 

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Niobrara National Scenic River - America’s First Quiet Trail
Courtesy of American Trails

NEBRASKA - The Niobrara National Scenic River is designated as America’s First Quiet Trail. This designation culminated in a two-year process that included paddling the full length of the Niobrara to collect qualitative and quantitative acoustic data. Niobrara National Scenic Trail became the second Quiet Trail in the world, preceded in 2022 only by Cuifeng Lake Circular Trail in Taiwan.

“Quiet is rare globally, as 97% of the U.S. population faces noise pollution from sources like aviation and highways. Destinations where one can experience the pure sounds of nature are becoming increasingly scarce, so we are thrilled to be able to offer this at Niobrara National Scenic River,” stated Superintendent Susan Cook. 

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San Benito, California is the first county in California to pass a new "low impact camping areas" ordinance
Courtesy of SORP

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to approve a new, accessible and clear permitting pathway for landowners to host small-scale camping. This policy expands access to camping and the outdoors throughout the county and near Pinnacles National Park, and creates income diversification opportunities for rural landowners and ranchers.

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Decarbonization and the Role of Local Park Agencies
Courtesy of NRPA

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP

By prioritizing decarbonization, park agencies fulfill their role as environmental stewards, protect public health, and enhance climate resilience. Reducing carbon emissions helps mitigate climate change, improve air quality, protect public health, and conserve biodiversity. Additionally, sustainable practices can lower operational costs, set a positive example for the community, and align with policy and funding opportunities. Through decarbonization, park agencies can help to safeguard natural environments and ensure a sustainable future.

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2024 Outdoor Participation Trends: A Record 175.8 Million People Got Outside in 2023
Courtesy of SORP

The Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Foundation's most anticipated report of the year is here. For the first time, more than half of American women are participating in outdoor recreation, and members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to be the most active adult cohort in the outdoors. Explore the high level trends shaping the industry.

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Data bikes chart the condition of bike paths
Courtesy of Route 50

By Daniel C. Vock

Many communities have started using “data bikes” to monitor the quality of their local bike network. Local planning organizations have deployed them in Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Alaska might be next, if it can secure a federal grant to purchase the specially outfitted bicycles, which are connected to an iPhone with an app that monitors the smoothness of the pavement. The cargo bikes are also outfitted with a GoPro camera in the front and a 360-degree camera on a pole overhead to collect images for sites like Google Maps.

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Watch the Greater & Greener General Session Recordings
Courtesy of City Parks Alliance

Greater & Greener 2024 in Seattle, WA was a tremendous success, bringing together over 1,200 industry professionals, thought leaders, and innovators from across the world to the heart of the Pacific Northwest where they cultivated strategies and tools on how to use parks to build more sustainable, vibrant, and equitable cities. 

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LA County Summer Youth Employment Program Empowering Thousands With Career Opportunities
Courtesy of Planetizen

By Clement Lau, DPPD, FAICP

The Los Angeles County Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has launched the annual Youth@Work program, offering up to 10,000 paid employment opportunities to local youth aged 14 to 24. The program connects marginalized and underserved youth with 160 hours of paid work experience in various high-growth sectors such as healthcare, information technology, hospitality, and public services. Since July 2023, Youth@Work has placed over 6,400 youth in positions across the county, generating $13.2 million in wages.

Collaborations such as the Puente Hills Park Project led by the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) demonstrate the diverse opportunities Youth@Work provides. Participants from local high schools gain insights into landscape architecture, design, urban planning, and ecology under professional mentorship. 

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Voices for Vaccines - Clinic Toolkit

The toolkit is for those who would like to host a vaccination clinic in their community. It outlines the steps to host a vaccination clinic, such as identifying your target audience, selecting a vaccination provider, and providing examples of how to promote. We know that the way to improve vaccination rates is to meet people where they are by bringing vaccines to those who may have obstacles accessing them. Our Hosting a Vaccination Clinic Toolkit can help you ensure your community members receive the vaccines they need. 
Please join us at our toolkit launch webinar on August 1 at 12:00 pm (Eastern)

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Equity in Practice Certificate Program
Courtesy of SORP

The Equity in Practice (EiP) program is based on the reality that we can all perpetuate racism – and that we can all take action to dismantle it. It is specifically designed for park and recreation professionals who are ready to bring equity to their everyday work, versus talking about it generally. This program marks a pivotal movement in the profession where park and recreation professionals champion equity to shape a future where all community members can experience the benefits of parks and recreation safely and as their authentic selves.

This Fall (2024) we are excited to host a cohort for both EiP Certificate 1 and Certificate 2.

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Webinar: Indigenous Placemaking Along Trails
Courtesy of American Trails

July 25, 2024
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm ET

The Federal Government in Canada recently launched the new federal tourism growth strategy—Canada 365: Welcoming the World. Every Day. A key priority of the strategy is to partner (with indigenous tourism organization and indigenous-owned businesses) to grow Indigenous Tourism. In Canada, many indigenous tourism businesses are located in rural and remote parts of the country where trails are prevalent. As a result, trails can play a key component in the delivery of wide variety of indigenous tourism opportunities. There are currently a number of innovative indigenous led tourism businesses that are actively using trails as a vehicle for delivery and this webinar will showcase some of these opportunities. Learn how indigenous operators have used trails to showcase traditional cultural experiences, ancient canoe routes, traditional culinary experiences, indigenous storytelling, along with many more.

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Webinar: Resources for Improving Accessibility on Multiuse Trails
Courtesy of Rail to Trail Conservancy

July 31, 2024
1:00 to 2:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Join the TrailNation Collaborative, powered by Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC), as we explore resources for promoting, assessing, and improving accessibility on multiuse trails. In celebration of Disability Pride Month, this session will underscore the critical role trails play in connecting people with disabilities to the outdoors and essential destinations and emphasize the importance of creating trails that accommodate all users in planning, design and engagement. 

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Webinar: Beyond the Minimums - Accessibility Series Part 3
Courtesy of PlayCore

August 7, 2024
2:00 to 3:15 PM (Eastern Time)
Registration code: COMMUNITY

Meeting the minimum accessibility design standards for play and recreation areas is the first step to ensuring everyone can participate, enjoy, and experience park and play area facilities. During the session, a panel of individuals with disabilities and professionals who support persons with disabilities will discuss features that can “make or break” play and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism, people with developmental disabilities, people with various sensory or communication needs, or individuals who are neurodivergent. Strategies, design elements, barriers, and accessibility will be discussed differently. We hope you will join us for this look beyond the minimum accessibility design standards to discover how your community can make your park and play areas more inclusive for everyone. This is the third session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series.

Parts 1 and 2 available on demand at

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Webinar: US Trails Stewardship Initiative 
Courtesy of American Trails

August 22, 2024
1:00 to 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

As hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the United States have come to rely on mobile applications to navigate our public lands, visitors can be led to dangerous or environmentally sensitive areas when these apps include unofficial and unmaintained trails. Many navigation applications pull this trail data from multiple sources and rely heavily on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.

The Trails Stewardship Initiative is a project of OSM US focused on improving OSM trail data quality in support of responsible recreation. OSM's US Trails Stewardship Initiative is a collaboration of government, volunteer, and private sector stakeholders working to address issues in trail mapping, outdoor recreation, and public land management. Through these efforts, navigation apps will be able to better display OSM trail data, improve equitable access to the outdoors, and trail users’ ability to engage in responsible recreation and protect our natural world. 

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Job openings

NEW – Parks and Recreation Director
Town of Mooresville, North Carolina
$122,325 - $153,047 Annually
Application Deadline: Aug 19, 2024

NEW - Executive Director
Vernon Hills Park District, Illinois
$165,000 - $200,000 Annually
Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2024

NEW - Parks Natural Resource Program Coordinator
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation
San Jose, California
$88,454 - $107,057 Annually
Application Deadline: Aug 12, 2024

Golf Director
LA County Department of Parks and Recreation
Alhambra, California
$127,854 - $198,840 Annually
Application Deadline: Open until filled

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The next issue of NACPRO News will be delivered on August 6, 2024.

If you have news or an article to share, please send it to the editor by August 5. 

Brenda Adams-Weyant
(814) 927-8212
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