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History of the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is actually an accumulation of five organizations that decided that working together would be far more effective than working separately. On Aug. 14, 1965, the National Recreation Association, the American Institute of Park Executives, the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, the American Recreation Society, and the National Conference on State Parks all joined forces to become the National Recreation and Park Association. The group looks to improve the experiences people have at parks, make the park playground a safer place, and give people reasons to enjoy their local, state, and federal parks. Along with playground improvements, the NRPA has created 10 separate operational branches that all deal with various aspects of park maintenance and advancement.

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