Professional Resources

Professional Resources

Here you can find links to other sites which you may find of interest in planning for your department's or organization's programs. If you would like to suggest a link/resource that would be helpful to parks and recreation professionals, please contact us at [email protected].


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination.

ADA & Service Animals


American Hiking Society

A national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.

American Red Cross, Connecticut

Information on all Connecticut Red Cross chapters, contact info, course info, disaster preparation information and more.

CDC Playground Injury Fact Sheets

A compilation of statistics of statistics on playground related injuries.

Concussions: CDC HEADS UP To Youth Sports

HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative offers info about concussions to coaches, parents, & athletes involved in youth sports. It provides important info on preventing, recognizing, & responding to a concussion.

Concussions: Resource Video 1

A parent's message on the effects of a concussion on his child.

Concussions: Resource Video 2

Concussions: what they are and what to do.

Connecticut Safe Sport Policy: Child Abuse Prevention

Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children in Connecticut (GTF) was required per PA No 21-64 to develop handouts for distribution to parents, coaches, & youth camp counselors. These handouts can be found here.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Playground Safety Handbook

Playground Safety Handbook

CT Convention & Sports Bureau

CT DCF Child Abuse Registry Background Checks

Click here to learn how to file a request for DCF child abuse background checks

CT DCF Online Mandated Reporter Training

Follow this link to access the on-line Mandated Reporter Training for Community Providers.

CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)

DEEP is a state agency of Connecticut that oversees the natural resources and environment of the state, as well as regulating public utilities and energy policy.

CT Department of Labor Employment of Minors

Permitted Occupations for 14 & 15 Year-Olds

CT Office of Early Childhood, Care4Kids License Exempt Regulations

CT Office of Early Childhood, Division of Licensing, Youth Camp Licensing Program

Connecticut Statutes & Regulations governing youth camp licensing requirements.

CT Office of Tourism

The Office of Tourism works to make tourism a leading economic contributor and a source of pride for CT. They partner with the CT business community regional tourism districts to position the state as a prime destination for leisure & business travelers.

Department of Homeland Security

"Active Shooter Preparedness"

Doggy-U - Service Animal Information

A Resource for All Things Service Dog!

EEE Resource Guide

In light of the recent cases of Eastern Equine Encephalits (EEE) in the State of Connecticut, CRPA has compiled the following resources for our members to help you educate your residents and to help departments determine how to respond in the event a case is found in your municipality.

EPA - Biopesticide Active Ingredients

EPA list of all biopesticide active ingredients (biochemical and microbial) that have been registered by EPA as of July 25, 2018.

Gizmo for Mental Health

Click here to find a children's mental health program & kit

Land Trust Alliance

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that works to increase the pace of conservation, enhance the quality of conservation, and ensure the permanence of conservation.

League of American Bicyclists

Information on becoming a bike friendly community.

Minimum Wage Resources

Connecticut's minimum wage will rise from $10.10 to $11.00 on October 1, 2019. It will then increase by $1.00 every year until it reaches $15.00 on June 1, 2023. Future increases will be tied to the federal employment cost index. This increase is expected to have a drama c impact on municipal budgets. In light of that, CRPA has prepared a few resources that we hope will be helpful in your upcoming budget negotiations.

National Alliance for Youth Sports

"Recommendations for Communities Helping Community Leaders Establish a Strong and Positive Youth Sports Culture"

National Alliance for Youth Sports

Recommendations for Communities Helping Community Leaders Establish a Strong and Positive Youth Sports Culture (Executive Summary)

National Alliance for Youth Sports

An advocate for positive and safe sports and activities for children. The goal of NAYS is to make sports and activities safe and positive by providing programs and services that add value to youth sports.

National Center for Safe Routes to Schools

Information on walking & bicycle safety

National Parks & Conservation Association

NPCA works to ensuring that parks and landmarks are protected by advocating for the national parks and the National Park Service and educating decision makers and the public about the importance of preserving the parks.

National Recreation and Park Association

NRPA is the parent organization of CRPA and is dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation, and conservation.

NRPA Recommended Guidelines for Credentialing Volunteers

NRPA has developed a set of Recommended Guidelines for Volunteer Background Screening in park and recreation settings. The goal of these recommendations is to make communities safe by advancing optimum volunteer management practices.

President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

The President’s Council engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.

Professional Trailbuilders Association

North America’s largest private sector group of trail specialists, professional trail contractors, designers, and consultants.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Work with communities of all sizes to help them meet the dynamic challenges of trail development for the creation of successful multi-use pathways.

Trust for Public Land

Creates parks & protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities & helps raise funds for conservation, conduct conservation research & planning, acquire and protect land, & design & renovate parks & playgrounds.

United States Sports Academy

The largest sports university in the world, providing courses in sports management, sports medicine, and coaching.

Urban Parks Institute/Project for Public Spaces

PPS is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.