Magazine article Parks & Recreation

50 Years: The Next Big Thing

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

50 Years: The Next Big Thing

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In our anniversary year, it seems appropriate to take pause to honor those individuals who 50 years ago had the foresight and were willing to become change agents and innovators of their day by establishing the National Recreation and Park Association. It is worth noting that we truly owe them a debt of gratitude for laying the groundwork to bring us to where we find ourselves today. As a result of their innovations, we have countless examples of how we have advanced tremendously during the past 50 years, resulting in positive effects on the economy, environment, and health and well-being of people throughout our nation.

In order to truly honor their legacy, it becomes incumbent upon us to consciously examine and determine what we are willing to do to continue the association's advancement during the next 50 years. As our technology counterparts say, " What's the next big thing!" So, it also seems appropriate for us to ask ourselves the question: Are we not the new change agents, or as I like to say, the "strategic radicals" of our time? Are we willing to embrace new innovative thoughts and actions, as our forefathers did, in order to realize a quantum leap for our association over the next 50 years? …

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