Magazine article Parks & Recreation

New Map, New Destinations

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

New Map, New Destinations

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Last month, Board Chair Steve Thompson described how NRPA has adopted a new three-year strategic plan covering the period of July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2016. This strategic plan is very important to our Association--it charts the course of where we want to go, sets broad goals of how we want to achieve our vision and identifies objectives that we will measure ourselves against to complete our goals.

Because long, drawn-out strategic plans can be terminally boring, we took a new approach. Instead of a long litany of goals, objectives and tactics, we strove for fewer words but bigger ideas. We want everyone inside and outside of NRPA to easily understand what we are about. Therefore, we used NRPA's three pillars--conservation, health and wellness, and social equity--as the foundation for the new strategic plan. I encourage you to read the new plan at www.nrpa.org/strategic plan--you will find it simple, direct and to the point.

I believe the environment is ripe for welcoming a new approach to solving many national problems--this is both a challenging and exciting time. I want to hear what you think some of the greatest challenges will be in parks and recreation over the next three years. What do you think are the greatest problems we face in conservation, and what do we need to do to meet them? How can we address national issues in health and wellness, and what should we be doing first? And how can we best contribute to solving the challenge of providing access to all persons, regardless of age, ethnicity, income, abilities or background? …

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