Five Things You Will Learn in the December Issue of Parks and Recreation Magazine
There is so much to learn in the December issue of Parks & Recreation. Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard highlights five great stories you wont want to miss. Read the articles and tell us in the comments what your key learnings are!
Parallel Parking Not Required: Parks in Parking Spaces
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.
What is an Accessible Trail? Part Two
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.
What is a Trail? What is an Accessible Trail?
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.
An Istanbul Traveler’s Account: More Parks are Desperately Needed in this City
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.
From Gravel Lot to Garden of Possibilities
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.
UPDATE Announcement from the DOJ about Access to Existing Swimming Facilities
The Department of Justice (DOJ), late on May 17, released an important announcement regarding access to new swimming facilities, and access to existing swimming facilities. It has not yet been published in the Federal Register, but the DOJ is announcing an extension regarding EXISTING pools and the access requirements until January 31, 2013.
Three Ways to Use the Three Pillars
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.
Staying Current Navigating the ADA Requirements for Existing Title II Swimming Facilities
John McGovern, J.D., of Recreation Accessibility Consultants (RAC) provides perspective on the ADA Requirements for Existing Title II Swimming Facilities. NRPA and RAC collaborated on an open letter that outlines how park and recreation agencies can make
existing swimming facilities accessible.