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NCRPA response to COVID-19

Last Updated 3.30.2020 - Per the Executive Order issued on Friday 3/27 by Governor Cooper, all playgrounds are to close on Monday 3/30 at 5pm and remained closed for 30 days unless extended.  See the details on page 3 - highlighted area.  NRPA has issued a statement of closing playgrounds/play structures that can be viewed here


The North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) is following the evolving novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in our state, across the country and the world.  NCRPA staff is closely monitoring the situation to determine how and when it may affect various events this spring. NCRPA is following the CDC employer response recommendations for our office as well as NCRPA-sponsored events. The best way to reach our team is via email and we will do our best to follow up with voicemails left on our office line.

The team at NCRPA is working to support our members through information sharing, online resources and alternative means of delivery for workshops and events so members can continue their professional development and earn CEUs.  As the situation evolves and we learn more, we will work on updating members on possible changes to future workshops, events, and meetings. The health, wellness, and safety of our members and the communities they serve are important to all of us at NCRPA. Please feel free to visit this page for updates.

NCRPA is collecting information on closings, planning and staffing as it relates to parks and recreation.  You can view the file here.  Changes to this information are accepted from agency directors or their representative.  Please do not request permission to edit the file, we are keeping it closed so it can be viewed by all.  

NCRPA Workshop and Events Changes:

  • 2020 SWAC Basketball Tournament is canceled, with the hope to offer an alternative to be offered later in the year. 

  • The Recreation Programs Summit will be offered in a shortened format online on its original dates, March 31st and April 1st,  with part of the workshop taking place in Greensboro later on this year. 

  • NCRPA’s third meeting of our Racial Equity Learning Cohort has been moved to April 23rd, and will be an online format. 

Webinars: NCRPA will be offering weekly webinars to keep member connected. 

We also know many of our members are having the same conversations with their teams and stakeholders across the towns, counties, and regions they serve. Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Departments serve communities in various capacities from after school, athletics, senior centers, aquatics, special events and more. Additionally, many parks and recreation departments are vital to emergency management response by providing support through physical space, resources, and staff capacity.  NCRPA will work to support our members as we all do our best to remain healthy.

Corona Virus in Parks and Open Space: Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation. NC Recreation & Park Association (NCRPA) is joining the National Recreation and Park Association(NRPA) in joint statement on using parks and open space while maintaining social distancing.  As organizations who support the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.

We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) put together a variety of resources that can be found  here:   

Additionally, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) is continuing to share updated information on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services also has resources available here:

As efforts are built to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in U.S. communities, the N.C. League of Municipalities has assembled the following list of resources here:

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is providing information and resources here:

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