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.
How Biodiversity Creates Healthy Communities
The December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode, we’re diving into one of the feature stories, “Biodiversity Lays the Pathway to Good Health.” The article explores how COVID-19 could be the tipping point for connecting biodiversity with human health, and we’re thrilled to be joined by LaDonna Baertlein, director of business development for Dig Studio, and Laurel Raines, senior principal for Dig Studio — a landscape architecture, urban design & planning compa
Community Healing in the Wake of Trauma
On this episode, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talks from NRPA Virtual, when we were joined by NRPA Director of Health Allison Colman, as well as Mercy Santoro, the deputy director of Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, to chat about community healing in the wake of trauma. This year, unfortunately, has been full of traumatic experiences for so many, and in this session (and now this episode) we unpacked some of those traumas.
How to Make Your Voice Heard on Election Day and Beyond
Today is Election Day – an important day for our country, our democracy, our values and our future. Whether you mailed in your ballot, voted early or are still undecided as you listen to this episode, we know our guests are going to provide sage wisdom on all things elections, voting and why it’s important to advocate at the federal, state and local level. Today's guests are NRPA’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Elvis Cordova and NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Kyle Simpson.
Park and Rec Planning in a New Era with David Barth
On this bonus episode of the podcast, we’re going to be diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the November issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “A New Approach to Parks and Recreation System Planning.” In this article, David Barth — our guest on today’s episode — writes about how today’s environment is shifting our thinking about the future of parks and recreation.
How to Center Equity in All That We Do
With NRPA’s 2021-2023 Strategic Plan, we made a commitment to centering equity in all that we do. On this episode, we're joined by Autumn Saxton-Ross, who joined NRPA as the vice president of education and chief equity officer in September 2020. Her role will increase NRPA's capacity and enable us to partner more holistically across the field, promote/scale-up equity-centered practices, and ensure that our member engagement and educational programs are aligned and support park and recreation professionals
How Action Sports Can Build More Equitable Communities
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re thrilled to be joined by Selema Masekela, a beloved commentator, journalist, host and Emmy nominated producer, best known for his work on VICE, E! Network, National Geographic, Red Bull Media House and the X Games, to talk about how sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing are not only great outlets for physical activity, but also tools for social connection, fostering creativity and self-expression, and building more equitable communities.