The Community Planning and Research Collaborative (CPARC) was established at UNH in 2014 and was designed to work with park and recreation departments and community agencies to complete applied research and evaluation projects to address critical needs.  The CPARC project team assigned has expertise in community planning and parks and recreation administration.   Since 2010, team members have conducted more than 25 community planning and program evaluation studies in New England and throughout the country.

The Department of Recreation Management and Policy at UNH is a fully accredited academic department through the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. The Department’s 11 full-time faculty provide education, research, and community outreach/consulting services in the areas of parks, recreation, tourism, sport and related areas. The Department currently enrolls approximately 275 undergraduate and approximately 20 graduate students.  Department faculty provide expertise in the area of applied research designed to create solutions to real-world problems, and have professional experience in the parks and recreation profession.