Editors Letter

Why Parks Should Go to the Dogs

Dogs provide health benefits to their owners, so shouldn't park agencies help provide communities with parks and amenities designed especially for those canine companions?

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Diversity Does Not Equal Inclusion

Diversity, which has become an overused and sometimes politically charged term, doesn’t necessarily equate to inclusion.

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Reimagining Parks and Recreation

Working together to gain an understanding of what our green spaces could look like in the near future.

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Designing a Better Future

Learn about two approaches to creating welcoming, functional and fun green spaces and give some solace about the push for high-density development.

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Unplug and Play

Given today’s tech-obsessed world, we often find ourselves glued to our small screens, while forgetting that there’s a whole world outside waiting to be discovered.

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Healthy Choices for Life

You can’t preach what you fail to practice.

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Leadership Through Encouragement

Many leaders make sacrifices and work hard to reach their goals, but they also acknowledge that they cannot be truly effective if they fail to teach, nurture and motivate their staffers to achieve their own success.

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Creating Tomorrow’s Conservationists

By helping children develop an early passion and appreciation for nature, you could be creating the next generation of conservationists.

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Parks and Rec Up Close

As the new year unfolds, it’s not uncommon for park and recreation professionals to ask themselves: “What will the next 12 months bring?”

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Showing Our Resolve

Time and time again, park and recreation agencies have shown their resolve by facing challenges head on, leading their communities through tough times and finding the silver lining in the wake of tragedy and adversity.

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Inclusion Is The Solution

Social equity serves a critical purpose: helping park and recreation agencies create a positive influence on the communities that they serve by emphasizing inclusion of all community members.

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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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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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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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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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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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This Much We Know

I have always been reluctant to get too wrapped up in generalizing about age groups. Too often we run the risk of being flat-out wrong, insulting, or both. But, when a demographic tidal wave of 72 million enters its retirement years, it’s just too large to ignore. This is especially true for the field of parks and recreation.

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Natural Leaders and Changing Models

Reaching out to fellow agencies and private partners is the new model of park leadership, whether in creating greener communities or managing park operations. This month's feature stories on conservation leaders and public-private partnerships show the power of outreach and partnership--though in vastly different ways.

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Solid Green

Now is the time for park and recreation agencies to leverage all the environmental good they do by embracing roles as conservation leaders in their communities.

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Issues and Trends

The February 2012 issue of Parks & Recreation explores topics related to the economy: funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Occupy Wall Street, invasive species, technology, developing non-traditional open spaces, and Washington State parks.

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