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Senior Research Manager

National Recreation and Park Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn , Virginia 20148
United States

Company Description: The National Recreation and Park Association is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance...   more

Employment History


  • bachelors degree
    Iowa State University
49 Total References
Web References
Association Staff List | National Recreation and Park Association | NRPA, 22 Feb 2015 [cached]
Bill Beckner Senior Research Manager
National Recreation and Park Association, 24 Mar 2013 [cached]
Bill Beckner Research Manager 703.858.2142
--- "I have done a lot ..., 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
--- "I have done a lot of feasibility studies on that stuff," Beckner said.
"I would say that by the mid-1980s we pretty much had quit calling them standards," said Bill Beckner, research manager for the NRPA.
But the old standard also allowed public school gyms to at least partially be counted, if a city's parks and recreation department has access to facilities, Beckner said. Lawrence's Parks and Recreation program does use public school gyms.
That creates a lot of gray area about how large the deficit would be using the old standard. That's one reason the NRPA quit using the standards, Beckner said.
"They got to be a point of contention rather than something that was helpful," Beckner said.
--- National averages
Today, there are no set standards on the number of gyms or recreation centers a community should have, Beckner said.
But the association does have a national database that shows the average size and number of facilities for communities Lawrence's size. That database shows that even with its current number of gyms, Lawrence already has more gyms per capita than comparable cities.
At the request of the Journal-World, Beckner ran a report showing averages for cities ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 people.
2012 March : Oppatriotics [cached]
People tend to do the same activities as in their youth, said Bill Beckner, research manager for the Virginia-based National Recreation and Parks Association. That could mean new sorts of senior activity centers.
I keep waiting to see the first senior skate park, he said.
Where ballparks are at a premium ... usually they have a priority for the kids, Beckner said.
National Recreation and Park Association, 26 Feb 2012 [cached]
Quotes NRPA's Bill Beckner
Quotes NRPA's Bill Beckner
Quotes NRPA's Bill Beckner
Bill Beckner, National Recreation and Park Association: Faces of Public Health New Public Health Blog, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 6, 2012
On budget and finances for recreation centers; NRPA's Bill Beckner is quoted throughout
Includes quotes and information from NRPA's Bill Beckner.
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