Park and Recreation Stories: Your Story Starts Here

By Cara Myers | Posted on March 13, 2024

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Park and recreation professionals are storytellers at their core. Whether reflecting fondly on their childhoods as park and rec kids, sharing insights on how they entered the field, or detailing how far they’ve come decades later, folks in this industry have countless tales to tell.

That’s why we started the video-storytelling project — Park and Recreation Stories. This collective effort aims to capture the memories and insights of park and recreation professionals, as well as commemorate significant events experienced by NRPA members, partners and advocates. The initiative promotes the voice of the people who have dedicated their lives to the field of parks and recreation for the purpose of creating strong, healthy and vibrant communities across this country.

The intent of interviews was to elevate and honor the authentic expression of each individual story. Topics of discussion include career development, passion for outdoor activities that promote both physical and mental health, desire to give back, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

We’re excited to continue sharing these stories with you throughout 2024 and into 2025 as we begin celebrating our 60th anniversary. By advancing a deeper appreciation of the essential work accomplished by park and recreation professionals, celebrating those who have impacted the field, and uplifting agencies across the country that continue to move the work forward, we aim to inspire your own work with every video.

Follow along as we dig deep into the passion, enthusiasm and joy that keep individuals so dedicated to the world of parks and recreation. Because everyone deserves a great park.

Cara Myers is NRPA's Marketing & Engagement Manager