As we put our February issue to bed, those of us at Parks & Recreation Magazine found ourselves somewhat conflicted as we pondered our very colorful cover, meant to illustrate the excitement of adult sports trends. Our observant graphic designer Matt Brubaker pointed out, “even with all that color there is a lack of diversity. How ironic…” Indeed.
The January cover story about homelessness in parks, “Out of the Shadows,” is one I’ve wanted to write for a long time. At both the 2012 and 2013 NRPA Congresses, I attended education sessions on homelessness presented by Sara Lamnin, and in each, I hoped to gather some stories from other attendees of successful programs that park agencies have implemented to work with the homeless people living in their parks.
December’s cover story by John Crompton focused on the evolving lifestyle and financial factors motivating today’s seniors toward recreation. Senior Editor Danielle Taylor discusses how the seniors in her life found a wide range of ways to stay active and well.
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. The trend of diminishing green space is pretty well summarized in the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” by Joni Mitchell and later the Counting Crows. Luckily for us though, there is a newer trend of taking back some of those parking spaces and converting them into open space and parks—parklets. At the NLC Conference last month, we met with Seattle’s Department of Transportation who launched a pilot parklet program in August of 2013 that aims to create new public spaces while ensuring the flow of traffic and parking are maintained. Read on to find out more about how parklets might bring unique open space to your community or city.
Requirements for accessible trails are evolving and advancing and if you are in parks and recreation, it is time to get familiar with what’s to come in the next few years.
In this second part of a two-part blog series, accessibility expert John McGovern, J.D., outlines what you need to know about coming requirements.
Trails across the United States help connect people to nature, inspire healthy activities, and by their very nature, help protect natural places - making communities more livable and connected.
Recently there has been a lot of chatter about accessible trails and coming regulations. Maybe you’ve heard about it, maybe you haven’t. Either way, since we all strive to ensure all people have access to the benefits of parks and recreation, like trails, it is critically important to be aware of what is currently in place around trails accessibility and what’s to come in the next few years.
Accessibility expert, John McGovern, J.D., authors this two-part blog series on accessible trails. In this first part, he clears up the confusion about what is currently a requirement at this point in time.
One of the fiercest citizen uprisings in Turkey’s recent history ignited and it was all for the love of one little park. Protestors gathered to protect Taksim Gezi Park in Instanbul from redevelopment into a shopping mall. The protest brought together thousands in Turkey and now globally to defend dwindling green space. NRPA’s own Gina Cohen, was traveling in Turkey during the protests and shares commentary and information about Taksim Gezi Park, the significance of the protests and why these recent events stand as a reminder to us all of the deep significance parks and open public spaces have for people no matter where they are from.
Community gardens can be powerful things. They can bring communities together, provide fresh and healthy produce to those that may have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, they can connect generations and pass on traditions and so much more. Often run by local parks and recreation, community gardens have the power to improve communities. Recently, we visited Rosemont Park District in Illinois and saw first hand how the Grow Your Park grant from NRPA and the Darden Foundation is changing not only the landscape of this small town, but is also bringing generations and the community closer.
In this month’s Parks & Recreation cover story, agency leaders discuss how their programs and facilities fit into NRPA’s three pillars—conservation, health and wellness, and social equity. But above all, the pillars are a communications strategy, so how are these agencies communicating those priorities to the public and policymakers? Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard takes a look at how three agencies are using the pillars messaging in three very different ways.
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