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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.


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Getting to know the NCRPA Summer Interns!

Posted By Matthew Carusona, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Thursday, June 9, 2016

This Summer NCRPA is hosting two AWESOME interns!  We asked  Hana and Andrea.a few questions to help our members get to know them. You can contact them at or 

1. What has been the best part of your internship so far?

Andrea: The most interesting part of my internship so far has been getting to go and sit in on an NCRPA board meeting! It was a great way for me to see all the moving parts of NCRPA behind the scenes.

Hana: I enjoyed visiting different departments while helping with NCRPA's events. Going to these events gives me the opportunity to meet a diverse group of parks and recreation professionals.

2. What are you most excited about moving forward?

Hana: It would be learning about how different recreation and parks organizations in our state operate and gaining knowledge to help me in my career decisions for the future.

Andrea: I am most excited to help out at the Football Summit that is partnering with USA Football and the Carolina Panthers. 

3. One cool or interesting fact people may not know about you?

Andrea: I've gone waterfall hiking in Honduras for the past two years while on orphanage outreach trips!

Hana: The past year I have been traveling all across the United States on weekends facilitating youth activities as part of an internship with Project YES!

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PlayPrints in Action

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, September 14, 2015

Happy Monday!

During the month of September, the NCRPA Wellness Initiative is recognizing National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by spreading information and increasing awareness of childhood obesity across the state of North Carolina. After all, it is part of our mission to encourage healthier lives in our communities!

In relation to becoming more physically active, NCRPA is pleased to announce that the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and NCRPA have collaborated to build healthier communities by providing grants to install PlayPrints at outdoor spaces across the state.  PlayPrints grants have been awarded to over forty local park and recreation departments across the state. What exactly are PlayPrints? Playprints are markings of colorful shapes, images and games painted on open pavement! For more information, please the recent NCRPA PlayPrints press release!

PlayPrints are a creative way to encourage more physical activity at your local parks! Do not fret if you are a community without PlayPrints! Chalk is a great alternative and can even help encourage the creative side of children when you leave it up to them to craft their own designs! Although PlayPrints are permanent and will generate more activity from passive users, chalk will help spark some ideas and can be versatile in a place or instances where a permanent design won’t work. The following are three ideas to get children involved and active at a park! Hopscotch is a great way to encourage children to actively use designs on the ground; have the children come up with patterns or play follow the leader. Four Square is another great way to have multiple kids involved in a game at once! It encourages healthy competition and needs limited equipment, all you need is a bouncy ball! Finally ask participants to create a small obstacle course using the markings on the ground! Have them jump, skip, crawl or balance on the lines on the ground! Don’t be afraid to get creative and find alternative games for children to play! If you did receive a PlayPrints grant you can use sidewalk chalk to create supplemental games and patterns to go along with your PlayPrints during programs or events. Remember the goal is to simply get our communities active and moving!


If you have ideas or suggestions of promoting activity within your local parks, then please share by submitting or emailing us on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net





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