Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Time for Celebration

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Time for Celebration

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It's the time of the year when communities around the world are in a festive, celebratory mood. From decked out neighborhoods and city streets, to parks aglow with holiday lights, there are plenty of opportunities for people to come together to ring out the old and ring in the new year.

When it comes to community celebration, music, particularly outdoor music, is a great harmonizer. In "Urban Music Festivals, Considered," this month's cover story on page 56, author Eric Tamulonis looks at the spectacle behind the popularity of music festivals and the pros and cons of producing concerts in a park setting. He addresses the security risks involved with music festivals, but points out that park and rec agencies shouldn't be deterred from hosting such events: " ... it is a tribute to the ideals of our society that we continue to define major urban gatherings as a public good, one that is worthy of protection to prevent harm," he writes.

Communities coming together to celebrate the outdoors and being connected should be the norm rather than the exception. And, in "Open Streets: ICT Brings Wichitans Together!" on page 64, Troy Houtman of the City of Wichita, Park and Recreation Department, shares how his community has embraced Open Streets, a growing movement across the United States that entails closing a city street to vehicular traffic and paving the way for bicyclists, walkers, runners and other culture-related activities.

Grand openings are another time for celebration, and our annual conference a few months ago in New Orleans began on a celebratory note with the opening of Lemann Park, the 2017 Parks Build Community project, along a portion of the Lafitte Greenway. …

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