Editor's Letter

Hate Has No Place Here

Parks should be places that unite communities, not divide them. It’s our job to create places that respect the opinions of all community members and welcome people from all walks of life.

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Arts and Parks: A Natural Fit

Arts and culture reflect our natural surroundings — whether it’s Ansel Adams’s photograph, “Yosemite Falls,” or the PBS documentary, “10 Parks that Changed America” — arts give us a greater appreciation of our green spaces, as well as bring awareness to environmental causes.

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Beyond Child's Play

Whether you’re a child, teen or adult, being able to engage in play in neighborhood parks and participating in fun-filled activities at local recreation facilities is essential to maintaining one’s physical and mental health.

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Think Healthy Across the Board

Don’t forget to promote the importance of good health and wellness while offering fun summer programs and activities.

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A Path to Leadership

NRPA has the tools to help you nurture future as well as current leaders in your organization.

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A Threat to Our Legacy

Now, more than ever, it's important for those of us in parks and recreation to continue to draw attention to critical environmental causes, such as clean water and clean air, climate change and land conservation.

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It’s All in the Details

Attention to detail is critical to the successful planning and execution of any project.

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A Guiding Hand

Find out what all awaits you in the pages of this month's Parks & Recreation magazine.

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Keep On Moving

What's the key to staying mentally and physically "young" as we age?

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Celebrating Community and People

Two communities: one celebrating renewal; the other diversity - both celebrating togetherness.

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United We Serve

That so many of us share the impulse to serve is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

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Another Year of Progress

More and more, cities are being defined by the open space and public parks that connect city dwellers to nature and offer access to healthier lifestyles.

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The Good, the Bad and the Resilient

When the going gets tough, parks and recreation gets going.

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History in the Making

In this issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, we bring to light the history of the National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial, and the ADA, which marked its 25th anniversary last year.

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Safe Spaces

Parks, open natural landscapes and recreation centers have served as places where we can let down our guard and enjoy some respite and restoration during times of both peace and distress.

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Park Panacea

Connecting parks with public health as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving healthy outcomes for patients.

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From Leadership to Zika

The variety of ways park and recreation professionals are called on to lead.

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Where Will All the Flowers Go?

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen highlights the articles that speak to the importance of conserving land, water and energy, and parks and recreation's role in those efforts.

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Designing Change

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen salutes the behind-scenes teams who plan the layout and execute the building or renovation of park and recreation facilities. 

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Great Expectations

NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, a former resident of Orange County, California, provides some additional insight about the Great Park project, one of this month's feature stories, and shares news of recent awards Parks & Recreation and the Marketing Department have earned.

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Diligence, Not Despair

Park and recreation agencies and professionals are the backbone of their communities in times both challenging and tranquil.

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Saluting MWR

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, salutes the Morale, Welfare and Recreation professionals, experts in cutting-edge recreational opportunities for military families.

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The Art of Progress in Many Forms

 NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, highlights the growing popularity of arts in parks and the wealth of education and special events on tap for this year’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. 

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The Times, They Are A-Changin’

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director Gina Mullins-Cohen agrees change is hard, but it’s also necessary. 

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30 Years of Summer Fun

 NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen, embraces the height of summer as one of the most important times of the year for parks and recreation. 

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Walking the Walk of Park Talk

NRPA Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director, Gina Mullins-Cohen gives an overview of the recent Magazine Advisory Board meeting and a preview of this issue’s feature articles. 

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The Opportunity of Justice — for All

Parks & Recreation magazine’s editorial director considers housing equity, parks and recreation in South Dakota, and reinventing recreation centers.  

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Look Ma, No Food!

NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director mulls what the massive decline in pollinators might mean for our global future.

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This Brave New World

NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publishing and editorial director muses about the future of drone use in parks and NRPA's new "I'm a Park and Rec Kid" campaign.

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Let’s Talk About Money

NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publishing, and editorial director reflects on the financial state of the parks and recreation industry and what the future holds.

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Boom or Bust?

Gina Mullins-Cohen, NRPA's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing, and Editorial Director, ponders this month's feature article, which examines towns that have made a direct link between excellence in parks and recreation and a booming economy.

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Tipping Points

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director ponders the future of the field, armed with solutions and answers gleaned from examining the past and engaging current experts.  

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Making It

Gina Mullin-Cohen, NRPA's vice president of marketing, communications and publications, reflects on NRPA's recent conference and asks the membership how we can better serve our communities through our desire for change.

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49 and Counting

 Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director reflects on unsupervised children in parks and social equity, while looking ahead to NRPA’s 50th anniversary. 

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The Making of a Park and Rec Kid

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s Editorial Director challenges readers to find the “park and rec kid” inside and give some thought to how early experiences with parks and recreation shape today’s perceptions of the industry.

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…and Justice for All

Parks & Recreation Magazine’s publisher and editorial director talks about social equity, one of NRPA's three strategic pillars and the main editorial focus of the August 2014 issue.

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Three Little Words

Elizabeth Beard, managing editor of Parks & Recreation Magazine, talks about learning new things every day in her profession and how park and recreation professionals can benefit their communities best when they open up to learning from others' experiences.

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Playing for Real

Managing Editor Beth Beard talks about the difficulties cities face when considering entering a public/private partnership but cautions against losing sight of the bigger picture

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Golf the Fairway

Parks & Recreation's Managing Editor Beth Beard discusses the socially equitable aspects of golf that can make it a game for everyone.

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Every Park Is a Water Park

Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard discusses many essential ways that water ties all parks together.

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Passion Play

Parks & Recreation's Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard discusses the demonstrated passion people have for their parks.

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When to Succumb to Peer Pressure

Managing Editor Elizabeth Beard introduces several articles in this issue of Parks & Recreation and explores how the power of social suggestion can influence fitness, conservation, spending habits and more.

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In Parks We Trust

Managing Editor Beth Beard shares her thoughts on the expectations our communities have in their parks and recreation departments and introduces NRPA's new three-pillar messaging campaign.

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Work Smarter, Not Just Harder

Editor Phil Hayward discusses technologies trending in parks and recreation.

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Information, Please

Editor Phil Hayward explains the significance of research for the future of parks and recreation.

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The Power of Advocacy

Editor Phil Hayward shares his perspective on how the recent election might change the field of parks and recreation, and how NRPA members can take a more proactive stand.

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Fundamental Progress

Editor Phil Hayward shares his thoughts on the powerful role parks can play in promoting the general health and wellness of American communities.

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Winning Hands

Parks & Recreation Editor Phil Hayward introduces the cover story on park-friendly mayors and gives tips on how to bring your local elected officials around to your cause.

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The More Things Change

The editor of Parks & Recreation shares his thoughts on proactively embracing change for the future of the park and recreation industry.

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Playing It Too Safe?

 What's lost in the debate about whether or not playgrounds can be too safe is whether kids are even getting enough unstructured playtime outside at all.

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