Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Making of a Park and Rec Kid

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Making of a Park and Rec Kid

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August closes and park and recreation professionals everywhere implement new programs in preparation for fall. Parents prepare and then release their children back to school. City kids, kids from the 'burbs and kids from rural communities carry their summers with them as they forge ahead. Some hold fast to memories of family vacations while others embrace the lessons they've learned and the friends they've made at their community park and recreation center. These kids are park and rec kids.

I first heard the phrase "park and rec kid" from my colleague at NRPA, Michele White. One day at work, as each of us described our own connection to this field, White declared she was a park and rec kid. Although most of us, as adults, had not looked at ourselves from this viewpoint, it was clear by the end of the discussion that each of us had earned this noble privilege in our own way.

This issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine addresses the making of park and rec kids by speaking to the lasting influence and importance that park and recreation agencies have within a community and the irrevocable impression a park and rec experience can have on a child.

Our cover story, "Youth Service in Parks" by Jessica Culverhouse, NRPA's senior fundraising manager, addresses the volunteer requirements needed by many high school students for graduation. Culverhouse shows how volunteering through parks and recreation affords young people a variety of development opportunities, from creating a strong sense of responsibility toward their community to fostering relationships with adults who may serve as mentors. …

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