64 episodes

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.

Open Space Radio: Parks and Recreation Trends National Recreation and Park Association

    • Non-Profit

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.

    A Blueprint for Social Equity and Economic Prosperity — March Bonus Episode

    A Blueprint for Social Equity and Economic Prosperity — March Bonus Episode

    The March issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode of Open Space Radio we’re diving deeper into one of the feature articles, “St. Louis: A Path Toward Equitable Design.” The article showcases the framework plan for the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis — a $250 million greenway development that spans 15 miles and 20 neighborhoods, with the goal of connecting communities and unifying different populations.

    • 28 min
    Cultivating a New Generation of Diverse Environmental Leaders — Episode 060

    Cultivating a New Generation of Diverse Environmental Leaders — Episode 060

    On today’s episode, we chat with Angelou Ezeilo, founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, about the lifelong pursuit of inclusion and equity in conservation and environmental stewardship, and the need to cultivate the next generation of diverse environmental leaders.

    • 33 min
    How Park and Recreation Professionals Are Agents of Change — Episode 059

    How Park and Recreation Professionals Are Agents of Change — Episode 059

    On today’s episode, we sit down with Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, and Neelay Bhatt, Vice President at PROS Consulting Inc, to discuss their presentation at the Agents of Change Summit this week, where they'll be sharing how park and rec professionals are agents of change in their communities — particularly how they influence and change health behaviors and how parks are a solution to many of our most pressing health and wellness challenges, like obesity, mental health issues and substance

    • 32 min
    Turning Impossible Situations into Opportunities — Episode 058

    Turning Impossible Situations into Opportunities — Episode 058

    Today’s episode is a deep dive into how one impossible situation can inspire multiple opportunities within a community. We hear from Jessica Patterson from Groton Parks and Recreation in Connecticut and Officer Heather McClelland from the Groton Police Department. What started as a way for Jessica to cope with her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has turned into multiple programs and cross-department partnerships that are enriching an entire community and making it safer.

    • 51 min
    What Does It Take to Be a Courageous Leader? — February Bonus Episode

    What Does It Take to Be a Courageous Leader? — February Bonus Episode

    The February issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and we recently had the opportunity to chat with Jamie Sabbach about her article, “Leading With Courage,” for this month’s bonus episode. Jamie is the president and CEO of 110% Inc. and Amilia Consulting USA, and she joined us to talk about true courageous leadership, as well as explain why it is so important to the field of parks and recreation.

    • 21 min
    The Future of Adaptive Programming — Episode 057

    The Future of Adaptive Programming — Episode 057

    On today’s episode, we’re going back to the 2019 NRPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, where we met with Julianne Mills, a program manager for Disabled Sports USA, a leader in community-based adaptive sports focusing on one goal since 1967: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. We chat about why adaptive programming is critical to ensuring all people have access to quality park and recreation offerings.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

Becks!!!! ,

Keep it up!

The more conversations around parks and recreation, the better. I like how Open Space Radio is talking to experts inside and outside of the field to educate professionals about trends and news. It's refreshing to know that NRPA and others are providing a new avenue (the podcast) to learn about this information.

Top Podcasts In Non-Profit

Listeners Also Subscribed To