Editors Letter

Commit to Self-Care This Summer

As the school year draws to a close across the country, parks and recreation is preparing for what’s certain to be a very active — sometimes, demanding — three months.

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Shifting Our Thinking About Emergency Readiness

The more park and recreation professionals shift their thinking about emergency readiness, the more community members and local elected officials will see you for what you truly are — first responders.

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Inaction Is Not an Option

Engage with your own constituents, invite them into the climate change conversation, and discuss ways for making your communities more environmentally resilient.

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Community Engagement Should Be Key to Park Design

As stewards of the land and champions for public health and well-being, park and recreation professionals can create a world that is more equitable, inclusive and resilient.

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True Leadership Means Lifting Up Everyone

When it comes to community leadership, parks and recreation sets a very high bar.

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A New Year With New Insights and Fresh Ideas

The new year is a chance for thought leaders who have their finger on the pulse of emerging trends to share what they’ve gleaned.

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A Year of Optimism and Opportunity

I am optimistic that this strong sentiment and affection for parks will continue long after this pandemic ends.

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Research Presents the Bigger Picture

Research and evaluation enable us to make more informed decisions, especially when investing in parks and recreation.

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Think Inclusive, Not Exclusive

Today’s park and recreation projects challenge us to think differently about how we plan and design our open spaces.

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Seeing DEI Up Close

Seeing diversity, equity and inclusion up close and across the park and recreation community is both inspiring and noteworthy.

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Working Collectively Toward a Greater Purpose

This month’s issue highlights the projects that park and recreation professionals have been working on and reminds us about the importance of partnerships and volunteerism.

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Park and Recreation Month Resonates With People

This month’s Park and Recreation Month issue had Executive Editor Vi Paynich reflecting on her own personal connection to the field.

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Good Health Should Begin With Us

How can we, as park and recreation professionals, help community members maintain their overall health if we ignore our own health needs?

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Images Are a Window Into Your Community

As you market to local constituents, also consider promoting your park and recreation agency and community to a national audience.

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Make Earth Day Count

To celebrate April 22, encourage your community members to do their part by reducing their own carbon footprint.

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Inspired Park Design

Park and recreation professionals recognize the importance of designing open spaces that are accessible, inclusive and inviting to all.

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Passing the Torch

Our seasoned professionals have dedicated their careers to mentoring the next generation of park and recreation leaders.

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What Will the ‘New Normal’ Look Like in 2021?

While it is clear that P&R agencies have been forced to alter their operational practices during this global pandemic, what’s not clear is what the “new normal” will look like for the field.

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NRPA Rolls Out the Virtual Red Carpet

In this special 2020 NRPA Annual Conference issue, you'll find details about NRPA Virtual - from fun, interactive virtual events to engaging keynote speakers.

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Equity Is Not a State of Mind

Park and recreation professionals advocate for their community members by bringing attention to racial, economic and health inequities that exist in their communities.

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Renewing Our Sense of Nature

This health crisis has renewed our sense of nature and open spaces. It’s reminded us to truly appreciate our outdoor environment and understand how it contributes to our mental and physical health.

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Celebrating Our Park and Recreation Professionals

Our country is facing many challenges, and park and recreation professionals stand out as a beacon of hope for the progress that can be made to overcome these challenges.

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Maintaining a Healthy Outlook

Parks & Recreation magazine’s new executive editor, Vitisia “Vi” Paynich, reflects on the June issue and the challenges the field is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Uncovering Disparities in the Age of COVID-19

Research shows that some populations are more impacted by COVID-19 than others, both by the disease itself and by the economic fallout. This imbalance of burden-bearing remains true for many of the issues the world faces today and will face in the coming months and years.

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Putting People into Park Design

Public parks serve as the ultimate equalizer by welcoming people — regardless of culture, race, age, abilities or income level — to recreate, experience and learn.

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Leading the Way

This month’s issue focuses on the ways park and recreation professionals can lead the conversation, the actions that advance our mission and enhance the quality of life for all as we navigate this new decade and the challenges in front of us.

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Reflecting on the Past, Preparing for the Future

We are excited to start the new year by continuing to celebrate the exceptional profession and people we serve, the good work you have accomplished and all the great things you have yet to do.

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The Importance of Conscious Design

At the core of our design process should always be the questions, “Who is this for?” and “How am I helping?”

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Telling Our Stories

Publishing editorial director, Gina Cohen, reflects on the November issue of Parks & Recreation.

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Social Equity: Forecasting for a Brighter Tomorrow

This year’s Social Equity issue focuses on the importance of making shared spaces welcoming and inclusive for all.

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Celebrating Parks and Recreation

The NRPA Annual Conference has officially arrived! It is now time to set goals for the upcoming year.

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Embracing Change

Whether it’s welcoming a new CEO or embarking on a new initiative, there’s always a mixture of excitement and anxiety – embrace it.

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Sounds of Summer

Gina Mullins-Cohen, Editorial Director, shares her thoughts on this issue of the magazine.

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Déjà vu

In the midst of some pretty weighty issues, there are things we can and are doing to not only improve the health of our communities, but also of our environment.

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Telling the Park and Rec Story

Marketing and public relations are important tools to communicate the messages and impact of the diverse field of parks and recreation.

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Every Little Bit Helps

We all need to look for the ways we can help put Mother Nature in a better mood!

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Protecting Nature’s Gifts

To live healthier lifestyles through the enjoyment of parks and recreation, we need to take it upon ourselves to help preserve our open spaces and natural habitats.

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How Are You Leading?

In this issue, take a closer look at the skills and courage required to be an effective leader in the field of parks and recreation.

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Empathy Requires Understanding

In this issue we examine the balance park managers must strike between addressing the health and safety concerns associated with homelessness and remaining empathetic to their predicament.

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Celebrating Community

In this issue we celebrate the increasing importance and prioritization of listening to community, especially when it comes to creating open spaces where all feel welcomed.

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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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Ensuring Our Parks’ Future

When it comes to ensuring the future of our parks, one thing is for certain: neither one person nor one agency can do it alone.

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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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