NRPA Launches 'Heart Your Park' Day of Service Initiative

SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

New initiative promotes the role of volunteerism in community parks through corporate partnerships

Ashburn, Va. (Aug. 21, 2018) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is proud to announce the launch of its new “Heart Your Park” Day of Service initiative to connect corporations to volunteer community events in local parks across the country. With the help of local park and recreation agencies, corporate and community volunteers will work together to restore a park or plant trees, support wildlife, clean up local water ways, address local resiliency efforts or provide fresh food to communities.   

“NRPA is proud to serve as the national leader for the ‘Heart Your Park’ Day of Service,” said Rebecca Wickline, NRPA senior vice president of development. “Offering opportunities for volunteers to serve in their local park is another way we can help advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. It’s a win-win for park agencies and corporations.”

The Heart Your Park Day of Service initiative offers corporate employees an opportunity to serve alongside co-workers and community members as volunteers in a local park, while experienced park and recreation staff facilitate events identified as high-priority needs. By engaging volunteers in conserving and restoring public park lands, NRPA aims to provide an improved quality of life in local communities throughout the United States.

For more information on the Heart Your Park Day of Service initiative, visit

To learn more about NRPA, visit   

About the National Recreation and Park Association 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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