Best Parks and Recreation Blogs of 2018

Updated February 1, 2018

A curated list of the best parks and recreation blogs for the dedicated professional.  Great for entry level programmers, facility supervisors, tech-savvy leaders, park planners, playground inspectors, parks and rec directors.  All the above.  This is a list that you can refer back to in order to find interesting and new trends in our field of parks and rec. Leave a comment below if you know of another blog or site I should add!

 

For Tech-Gurus and Innovative Leaders:

 

Civic Plus

Civic Plus creates websites for governments, but they also write about innovation in large organizations.  They have “how-to guides” on using social networks and user interface, in addition to covering topics specific to parks and recreation.  Have you thought about how to use LinkedIn for finding job talent and engaging employees?   

 

Active Network Blog

From the creators of Active.net software, this “Always Active” blog posts every month or so about a trending topic.  A go-to resource for new trends like how to capitalize on evolving membership models, or how millennials are driving the outdoor camping industry.

 

NRPA Blog: Open Space

A blog and podcast from the National Recreation Parks Association that covers a wide variety of topics for the entry level professional up to director level.  Their blog covers trending topics, sometimes politically, with regard to advocacy for parks, relevant information, and news for leaders.

 

For Camp & Programming Pros:

 

Summer Camp Pro

Creatively crafted activities and ideas for summer camp professionals.  If you are in parks and recreation and leading camps of any kind, definitely take a look at Curt Jackson’s wide variety blog posts and resources.

 

Patchwork Marketplace

An online store made by and for parks and recreation professionals.  If you are looking for a place that you can find unique program ideas, templates, and guides for an affordable price, look here.  If you have ideas to share, then you can get paid to do so!

 

The Camp Nerd

Patti Sampson, the brilliant mind behind “The Camp Nerd” is one of my favorite bloggers in our field.  She’s a real human being, she’s kind, and she’s creative!  She’s worked in the camp world for 17 years and is now starting her own camp! She writes about activities to try, in addition to sharing her thoughts and feelings about her journey!

 

Recreation Gymnastics Professionals

Ali from Rec Gym Pros has been involved with gymnastics for many years, and decided to put all of her resources and ideas in a single place for all recreational gymnastic professionals to share.  She’s got a TON of resources, an avid social media following, and a consistent presence on her site.

 

For Park Planners and Community Builders:

 

Trust for Public Land

For the love of public lands, the TPL covers a variety of topics around outdoor recreation, land conservation, and preserving cultural/historical places.

 

8-80 Cities

A nonprofit dedicated to bringing citizens together to create more vibrant public places.   The blog focuses on walkability, creating a sense of place, and new innovations for a more livable community.

GP RED

GP RED is a nonprofit dedicated to the Research, Education, and Development for Health, Recreation, and Land Agencies.  Their offerings on their website include a variety of research briefs, news, guides (like the Small Community Master Plan Guide) and the Redline Survey.  

 

For Outdoor Recreation Professionals

SORP

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals offers a members only area to access webinars, articles, and forums, but anyone can access their recent newsletters.  Their newsletter is a ready resource for outdoor professionals who are looks for trends in the field.

Did you find this list of parks and recreation blogs helpful?  What else would you be interested in knowing about?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

Additional Resources

Beyond blogs for parks and recreation professionals,