San Antonio, Texas—John Deere is a national corporate partner of The First Tee, a non-profit youth organization that uses golf as a platform to teach life and leadership skills and provide character education programs for young people. In 2013, Deere announced a $1 million 5-year donation to the organization. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than nine million young people in all 50 United States and four international locations. For more information, visit


PlayCore Newsletter Promotes Play

PlayCore’s Play Insight newsletter provides communities with new research, upcoming education, and advancements in play. It also communicates by sharing community profiles, so others can see how a city or township has promoted play and recreation in their respective neighborhoods. Newsletters are released seasonally. Interested recipients may sign up at


National Dog Park Association Launched

After struggling for almost four years to develop a member-based dog park in her rural area in Central Pennsylvania, Roseanne D. Conrad knew that starting the National Dog Park Association is something she is called upon to do. Conrad and her staff want to provide an organization to assist and support developers, administrators and managers of existing and developing off-lead dog parks in their missions to provide a safe, clean, exciting and healthy recreational park for canines and their human companions. 

Conrad is no stranger to parks, recreation, and dogs. She currently serves as executive director of a sports and recreation park and as corresponding secretary of a newly developed 10-acre, off-lead member-based dog park. She is also in the planning stage of developing the first bike park in the same region. 

Plans are underway to hold the first National Dog Park Management Conference in early 2015 and quarterly training sessions are being developed. For more information, call (814) 614-4423, or visit




16-19 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Steamboat Springs, Colo.—Sheraton Steamboat Resort;

23-26 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Blaine, Minn.— National Sports Center;

30-2 West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Roanoke, WV—Stonewall Resort State Park;


8-10 World Aquatic Health Conference, Portland, Ore.—DoubleTree by Hilton;

14-16 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Charlotte, N.C.


3-6 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Jekyll Island, Ga.



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