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  • Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:07 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    What does a tennis-loving married couple made up of a software engineer and a sales and marketing guru do when they become frustrated with outdated reservation technology at their favorite tennis facility? They design and sell a high-tech solution to the problem. 

    NOTE: The National Association of Park Foundations is launching strategic partnerships with product and service providers in the park and recreation community that possess valuable solutions and park space improvements that members of the NAPF should be aware of. 

    Reservation-based racquet sports such as tennis and pickleball require a means by which players can reserve and then gain access to the court. The owners of these facilities want security and happy customers. Customers want a hassle-free means to reserve, pay for and enter the court. 

    CourtReserve offers a host of different solutions based on the needs of the client. In fact, it is the clientele, such as tennis and pickleball instructors, directors, and facility managers that have helped CourtReserve to develop the products that solve the problems they experience running and operating tennis and pickleball facilities. CourtReserve is a web-based software platform and mobile app that seamlessly orchestrates court management/utilization, program/event management, pro scheduling, member management, financial accounting, and more. The platform is used by over 800 facilities in over 19 countries. The company, which was started in 2016 by Tim and Ashley Owens, has developed a reputation for excellent customer service and product development that is driven by the needs of their clients. 

    A growing worldwide resurgence of racquet sports is driving the innovation that CourtReserve is harnessing in its web and mobile applications. Park and recreation agencies and park foundations that manage court space can benefit from CourtReserve’s products to enhance revenue and security within their racquet sport assets. 

    Stay tuned to your email and this blog for announcements about more strategic partnerships between the NAPF and product/service providers in the park and recreation community.

    Learn more about CourtReserve & their products by visiting their website or socials:

    Website:  https://courtreserve.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtreserve

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/courtreserve/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CourtReserve 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/12610332

    Phone: (844) 407-3737

    Email: Info@courtreserve.com


  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023 2:12 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)
    This live feed is owned and operated by Friends of Big Bear Valley, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

    The nest is located in Big Bear Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. It is about 145 feet up in a Jeffrey Pine tree. The nest is the current home for Jackie and Shadow, a local bald eagle pair.

    Click here to go to the live YouTube feed of the nesting bald eagles.

  • Sunday, January 15, 2023 4:00 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston County Parks is introducing a new music event for people with disabilities and their families and friends.

    The inaugural Inclusive Silent Disco will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Edisto Hall at James Island County Park.

    Click here to learn more.

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2022 10:19 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    This is an occasional series in which we highlight an NAPF member that does something worthy of getting a story in the media.

    Oswegoland Park Foundation presents $25,000 check to park district to help local families in need

    The Oswegoland Park Foundation (OPF) has, for the second time, completely funded the Oswegoland Park District’s Financial Assistance Program.

    In a presentation to park district leadership on Oct. 27, OPF President Karen Kelly and board member Sudeb Chatt delivered a check for $25,000 to cover expenses for local families and individuals who rely on the program to cover the costs of Kids Connection, team and individual sports and other activities available through the Oswegoland Park District.

    Continue reading here.
  • Monday, September 12, 2022 1:32 PM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Are you curious how the NAPF supports and grows park foundations around the country? Are you a non-member interested in learning how you can get 3 months of NAPF membership for FREE? Are you a member that wants to learn more about your benefits?

    If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should watch this 30 minute webinar where we ask and answer critical questions about foundations, the mission and purpose of the NAPF and membership in the organization. Just click the link and enter the passcode.

    Membership at The NAPF: What’s In It For My Foundation?

    Passcode: Cy7pS=E!

    Don't miss out on our September new Member Special!

    Buy a 12-month membership and get 3 months free

    This promotion runs from September 7th through October 7th, 2022.

    This promotion is for non-members. We will have a promotion for renewing members at the end of the year

    Any new member that pays for their membership during the promotional period is automatically enrolled. Your renewal date will be adjusted to 15 months out

    Dues must be paid by October 7th, 2022, in order to qualify

    Previous members whose membership expired prior to January 1, 2022, qualify for this promotion

    The value of this promotion is approximately $100.

  • Wednesday, September 07, 2022 10:42 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Kaleidoscope Park Foundation (formerly Frisco Park Foundation) is an NAPF member. -KK

    An upcoming 5.7-acre park located near the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway has a new name and a park foundation, according to a Communities Foundation of Texas news release.

    Kaleidoscope Park, located within the Hall Park office district in Frisco, is slated to open in late 2023, according to the news release. The park will feature free year-round public programming including weekly films and concerts, fitness and well-being activities, and performances.

    Keep reading here. More reporting here

  • Friday, September 02, 2022 11:53 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. seeks an energized and motivated individual to serve as Executive Director. 

    This full-time, salaried position requires excellent leadership and fundraising skills, organizational and park management abilities, a high level of attention to detail, strong communication skills, budget management experience, flexibility, a good sense of humor and a general comfort level working with diverse groups of people. A willingness to work numerous nights and weekends is also necessary. 

    This position reports directly to the Greensboro Downtown Parks Inc. Executive Committee and will be evaluated annually based upon the organization’s success.   

    See attachment for more details.

    GDPI Executive Director Job Description.pdf


  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:58 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    Ever wonder where our members are located in relation to a map of the United States? Wonder no more. Click here. This is not a real-time map and is arrived at using a download of our active members list from 10-3-22.

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022 11:19 AM | Kevin Korenthal (Administrator)

    The Joliet Park Foundation and its agency have happened upon a heart-warming and viral story related to a stuffed animal that was found in the park.

    "The song, “The Place Where the Lost Things Go”, in the 2018 file, “Mary Poppins Returns”, states that no object is truly lost forever—”just out of place.”

    Such is the case with Odie, a stuffed dog who was left behind at Juliet’s Pilcher Park Nature Center for the past week. According to Sue Gulas, president of the Juliet Park Board of Commissioners, a maintenance worker found her and brought Odie to the front desk."

    Continue Reading

  • 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!

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