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.
Creating a Space for Women in Parks and Recreation
Today we are welcoming three park and recreation professionals who wanted to create a community for women in the field to come together and share their ideas, struggles and triumphs. Joining us are Lakita Watson, NRPA board member and executive director of the Richland County Recreation Commission; Katy Keller, Recreation Program Coordinator for Indian Trail Parks and Recreation; and Melanie White, Business Development and Retention Manager at Town of Leesburg.
Building ‘An Equal Future’ with TEDxCollegePark
The March issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of the podcast, we’re diving deeper into the feature story, “Ensuring ‘An Equal Future’ for All,” which introduces a new TEDxCollegePark virtual event that park and recreation professionals won’t want to miss. On today’s episode, we are thrilled to be joined by the event's co-organizers, Neelay Bhatt, vice president of PROS Consulting, and Roslyn Johnson, director of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks.
Creating Opportunities for Underserved Youth in Louisville
We’re thrilled to be joined today by JoCari Beattie, a community outreach specialist at Jefferson Memorial Forest; Dashaune Jones, the ECHO Mobile program lead at Jefferson Memorial Forest; and Kenyetta Johnson, a program assistant and focus area coordinator for Urban Conservation Corp at YouthBuild Louisville. These three have been working tirelessly to provide opportunities for underserved youth to experience the outdoors, foster equity, and address systemic racism in the outdoor spaces in their city.
Coffee Talk Replay: Park Equity and Racial Justice
On today’s episode, we’re replaying our Coffee Talk, “Park Equity and Racial Justice” from NRPA Virtual, with Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and last year’s NRPA Virtual keynote speaker, and Autumn Saxton-Ross, NRPA’s vice president of education and chief equity officer. They discuss what equity in parks and recreation looks like in practice, and how park and recreation professionals can work towards meaningful change in forming a more just and equitable world.
Celebrating Parks and Recreation’s Inaugural 30 Under 30
Parks & Recreation magazine and NRPA's Young Professional Network recently launched a new program recognizing the 30 best and brightest young professionals in the field. On today’s episode, we’re diving deeper into this month’s cover story, “30 Under 30 for 2021.” We're joined by Michael Biedenstein, park program services division manager at St. Louis County Parks, and Hayley Herzing, NRPA senior manager of membership, to learn how we’re lifting these young professionals up and sharing their go
How a Group of Teens Is Bringing a Skatepark To Their Community
Our guests today are some inspiring teenagers from Lunenburg, Massachusetts, who through a common interest in skateboarding and their school’s sponsored Genius Hour program, were able to come up with the plan for Lunenburg Skatepark, a permanent, concrete, public skate/BMX/scooter activity park, which is soon becoming a reality due to their persistence, creative problem solving, community engagement and innovative fundraising efforts.
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As both an outdoors enthusiast and parks & recreation professional, I am impressed with Open Space! I just listened to the episode about Fireflies, in which their knowledgeable guests cover everything from family-friendly activites to park management conservation strategies, and so much more. This epidose inspried me to start thinking about how we might include fireflies in with the programming we offer at our parks. I am now a subcriber and am looking forward to every episode- Great work!!!
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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.