National Recreation and Park Association
|Headquarters||Ashburn, VA, U.S.|
|Mission||To advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.|
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) provides information and services to communities in the United States attempting to make them conscious of the environment around them. It supports the construction of parks and recreational facilities around the United States. The mission of the National Recreation and Park Association is "to advance parks, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people."
On August 14, 1965, NRPA was created when five organizations merged to form a single entity. The five merging organizations were all involved in the support of park and recreation service providers in the public sector and included the National Recreation Association (NRA), American Institute of Park Executives (AIPE), American Recreation Society (ARS), the National Conference on State Parks (NCSP) and the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (an affiliate of AIPE).
The National Recreation and Park Association believes parks and recreation is used to improve a person’s potential by providing them with facilities, services, and programs that meet the emotional, social and physical needs of a community. NRPA values the environment by offering environmental educational programs, and striving for ecologically responsible management. NRPA not only values the community, but it takes a special interest in every individual it affects. It attempts to elevate the quality of life for all citizens of a community by endorsing individual and community wellness. It partners up with many other respected organizations to provide a community with access to healthcare, cultural understanding and economic aid.