Idris Al-Oboudi, recreation services manager for Manhattan Beach, California, looks at the greater meaning of parks and recreation from a unique philosophical perspective.
Darell Hammond, the founder of KaBOOM!, offers insight into revitalizing community parks and building community involvement through new playgrounds.
Richard Florida, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is a long-time observer of public spaces--and he writes about the factors that cause people to love where they live. In our shift from an industrial- to a knowledge-based economy, he contends, abundant, walkable, “serendipitous” public spaces have come to represent the new gold standard of community attractiveness. “A park is not a frivolity.”