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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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July is Park & Recreation Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, June 29, 2015

July is only a couple days away!  This year along with the National Recreation and Park Association we will be celebrating 30 years of Park and Recreation Month. It is a great time to recognize and share that parks were created to serve the people, giving them a place to exercise, come together, enjoy nature and lead a healthier life.

The National Recreation and Park Association  is bringing the 80’s back by challenging the nation to rock Park and Recreation Month 80’s-style.  Some ideas to get your department involved in the July contest is to host an aerobics/dance party, a pick-up basketball game 80’s style (high knee socks), roller skating party, or a break dance contest during a summer camp program! For more information and to participate in the NRPA challenge then check out the NRPA Recreating Like It’s 1985 page.

Connecting the NRPA 80’s challenge, NCRPA wants your department to take the lead! It is the last month for the Me in My Park challenge. The Me in My Park challenge, ending August 1st, 2015, is asking your department, individuals and communities to post pictures to social media while at their community park using hashtag #MeinMyPark. We will be selecting the best pictures that represents a creative and engaging way of leading a healthy life while using park systems. To spice it up, during the month of July focus on the 80’s theme in the park! Whether that is an 80’s theme Zumba, yoga, Pilates, or workout class, or pick-up sports in 80’s gear, the ideas are endless! Get creative and inspire others to live up to the challenge.

Let’s become part of the NRPA challenge and add our own NCRPA twist to it! If you have any ideas about the #MeinMyPark Challenge with 1980’s theme, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


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