Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Mayoral Power

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Mayoral Power

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IN A TOUGH, COMPETITIVE WORLD, EVERYONE NEEDS A CHAMPION. This is especially so for city parks and recreation where myriad municipal agencies vie for scarce funding. Too often, rational and comprehensive thinking loses out to parochial thinking and ideology. Instead of viewing parks and recreation as integral components alongside education, public safety, and social services, our field often gets dismissed as being fun and discretionary. Urban park and recreation directors perennially face this dilemma, though hopefully less so as time goes on and more mayors step forward to champion their cause.

Our cover story this month profiles three urban mayors who understand this completely. Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, Richard Daley in Chicago, and Cory Booker in Newark explain why parks are essential to revitalizing their cities. Villaraigosa put it succinctly: Access to parks is not only a benefit of citizenship but also a right. The native of Los Angeles grew up in a neighborhood so rough, he could not enjoy the benefits of using the nearest park to his family's home. Ever since, Villaraigosa has been tireless in opening enough parks so that soon all L. …

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