Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What's in an Anniversary?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

What's in an Anniversary?

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What makes anniversaries special? Is it because they represent how far an organization has come? If an organization makes it 25, 50, 100 years, does it prove that it has somehow done everything right to have endured? Perhaps. But that's not why I think anniversaries are worth celebrating--especially not NRPA's 50th anniversary.

NRPA's accomplishments over the past 50 years are great--too great to enumerate in a letter, magazine or maybe even a small library While those accomplishments are part of our celebration, our anniversary is worth celebrating because of what our mission is moving forward and what we are poised to accomplish in the next 50 years.

Our collective work and vision has set us on the path to a future where parks and recreation will be recognized as a critical piece of the solution to the world's toughest problems. Instead of vying to be included in meetings about the health and wellness of our citizens, city conservation practices and social equity challenges, we will be sought out as the first authority on these issues.

And it won't just be elected officials, community organizations or government entities that seek out parks and recreation first. …

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