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  • Sunday, August 14, 2022 1:24 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    The National Association of Park Foundations is proud to announce the creation of its public-facing philanthropic website located at www.supportlocalparks.org. This website was created to draw support from within and outside of the park foundation community to help fund the services that the NAPF provides to its members. 

    On the website, folks can learn about the NAPF, its purpose, mission, vision and activities that support local and regional park and trail foundations, friends groups, alliances and coalitions. They can then choose to support these efforts by making a one-time or recurring donation to NAPF. The funds collected through the charitable giving app are used to offset the cost of advanced park foundation startup and restart consulting services that the NAPF offers to its members. These services are provided at a significant savings vs. hiring for-profit companies/individuals to conduct this work. The funds will also be used to assist the NAPF with creating additional training and continuing education programs. It’s a goal of the association to one-day offer a credentialing process for park foundation employees and volunteer leaders.

    If you or someone you know is looking for a way to support park foundations all across America, www.supportlocalparks.org is a good place to start!

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 3:57 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Please join the board of the National Association of Park Foundations in congratulating, our Vice-Chairperson, Debbie Trueblood, MSW, FASAE, IOM, CAE on being nominated to the Board of Directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). We are excited about what this opportunity holds for Debbie and believe it reflects positively upon the NAPF to have a volunteer leader serving on the board of such an important and esteemed organization as ASAE.

    Learn more about ASAE here.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 2:48 PM | Cayce Chenault (Administrator)

    BY KATARINA VELAZQUEZ MILWAUKEE

    PUBLISHED 9:21 AM ET JUL. 12, 2022

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County is home to 169 parks and parkways.

    Jeremy Fojut is from the city and has set a personal goal for himself this summer. He plans to run through all 169 parks.

    He’s doing it to raise money to benefit the parks system. He said for every kilometer he runs, he will be donating to the Milwaukee County Parks Foundation. He said this idea was inspired from his experience with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Back during the beginning of the pandemic, what place was there for everyone the most?” Fojut said. “It was the parks, and that’s why I started this journey.”

    Since he began, he’s already knocked off more than 20 parks from his list, but he’s got a lot more left to conquer. His goal is to finish by the fall.

    He said he isn’t a runner by nature, but he’s reaping the mental and physical benefits each day he hits the pavement.

    “My focus is I want to finish this for myself, and that I’m consistent,” said Fojut.

    He said Milwaukee County is full of beautiful and scenic routes, making his trek a little bit easier.

    As he moves forward with each step, he said he welcomes new running partners. He hopes people feel inspired to join him along the way.

    “This isn’t about those big mega donations of $20,000,” he said. “Those would be nice, but it’s about getting everybody active outdoors and in their communities.”

    https://spectrumnews1.com/wi/milwaukee/news/2022/07/08/man-journeys-through-all-169-of-milwaukee-county-s-parks#

  • Friday, July 08, 2022 1:27 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    The City of Greensboro is seeking a visionary leader to serve as the next Parks and Recreation Director. The director must be a passionate, strategic, innovative, and high performing leader who can continue carrying out the “Enhance. Expand. Connect” framework and vision for the Department by building on the substantial strengths of staff and community support. The Parks and Recreation Director will report to the Assistant City Manager for Community Services, works with a Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, the Greensboro Parks Foundation, and numerous other non-profit and community partners, as well as other City Council appointed boards and commissions.

    Read more here: Greensboro_Parks and Recreation Director_Recruitment Brochure (1).pdf

    Apply here.

  • Friday, May 27, 2022 11:18 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    On Thursday, May 26, 2022, The United States Tennis Association presented, USTA & NAPF Present A Webinar: Assessing & Updating Your Park Tennis Facilities. Please see below to find links to several resources from this presentation that you may be interested in, including a link to a recording of the webinar.

    Presentation Slides

    Presentation Recording

    Pickleball Statement of Guidance

    Park Agency Tennis Assessment

    Please feel free to reach out to Kevin D. Korenthal at (940) 448-0057 or execdir@the-napf.org with any questions or interest you may have in the assessment tool and grant programs being offered through our partnership with USTA.

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 10:51 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    In an effort to provide assistance to decision-makers of facility operations at park and recreation facilities, the USTA in concert with park professionals has created a set of suggested guidelines regarding tennis and pickleball courts. This information is intended as a resource for park leaders who must make decisions surrounding the utilization and construction of these areas.  

    Statement-of-guidance FINAL.pdf

    If we can be of further assistance, or if there are any specific questions you would like to ask, please contact us at facilities@usta.com.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 3:27 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)


    The National Association of Park Foundations asks that you join them in congratulating executive director, Kevin D. Korenthal, CAE on being honored as “Certified Association Executive (CAE) of the Year” by the Dallas-Fort Worth Association Executives (DFWAE).

    McKinney, Texas, April 24, 2022: Kevin D. Korenthal, CAE joined NAPF as its executive director in December of 2021 having successfully completed and passed the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam in December of 2020. On April 23, 2022 he was honored by his peers and the board of the DFWAE as CAE of the Year at the organization's annual DFWAE Association Day. 

    The CAE of the Year Award is presented annually to the DFWAE member who supports, recruits, and encourages association executives to successfully challenge the Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam.

    “Kevin’s excitement for and promotion of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership’s CAE credential through his interactions with the members of DFWAE is a reflection of the energy and enthusiasm he puts into everything he does and reflects well upon the National Association of Park Foundations'', said Debbie Trueblood, MSW, IOM, CAE, Vice-Chairperson of the National Association of Park Foundations (and herself a CAE). “It advances the credibility and competency of NAPF to have a staff leader who holds such passion and enthusiasm for educational advancement which is a primary area of this organization’s work.”

    About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership: ASAE helps associations and association professionals transform society through the power of collaboration.

    About Dallas/Ft. Worth Association Executives (DFWAE) serves the association community by promoting professionalism, encouraging leadership development and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information through quality programs and services.

    About The National Association of Park Foundations is the trusted national leader in providing knowledge, skills and capacity to local park foundations, volunteers and other citizens who work to enhance and strengthen park systems in their communities.

    About The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is the marker of a committed association professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge essential to manage an association in today’s challenging environment.

  • Friday, April 15, 2022 2:56 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)


    See the post in our Park Foundation Help! forum here.


  • Wednesday, April 06, 2022 5:40 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Our next webinar in on April 18th and it is titled:

    Click here to learn more and register

  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:53 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Select webinars are available for 0.1 Public Parks CEU credit. If you would like a certificate emailed to you please complete the survey immediately following the webinar.


    For those of you in USPTA or PTR, these webinars are available for 0.5 CEU education credits If you would like credit, please complete the survey immediately following the webinar.

    *Please note that this webinar will be recorded and available on usta.com/webinars within 5 business days.

    February 17th: Equity in Tennis and Parks (Parks CEU)

    March 17th: Advocacy and National Tennis Month

    April 21st: Tennis Venue Services (Parks CEU)

    May 19th: Competitive Tennis Models

    June 16th: Adaptive and Wheelchair Tennis (Parks CEU)

    July 21st: Parks Partnerships (Parks CEU)

    August 18th: Coaches for Your Organization (Parks CEU)

    September 15th: World Tennis Number

    October 20th: Complementary Racquet Sports (Parks CEU)

    Learn more and register here.

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