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NRPA Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Association Founded August 14, 1965

NRPA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The association was founded on August 14, 1965.

On August 14, 1965, the National Recreation and Park Association was formed by the joining together of five related organizations.

Now, 50 years later, the NRPA is celebrating the association dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people.

Throughout the year, the NRPA has celebrated and honored the power of parks and recreation on conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. There are many ways to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration.

Look for anniversary-themed articles and information in Parks & Recreation Magazine, including August's special anniversary issue. There's even a special NRPA logo honoring the 50th year. Check out the celebrations on social media with the hashtag #NRPA50.

The NRPA Conference will honor the anniversary as well. For more information on the conference, visit

Additionally, NRPA collected 50 park and rec program ideas from members to be compiled in an e-book, which will be released to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

Learn more about the NRPA's 50th anniversary at

Association news and events are listed at To view the calendar of upcoming events, visit, go to the "Associations/Events" tab and click on "Search for Events."

If your association has news and/or events that you would like featured on, please send your information via email to

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