Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Parks and Rec Up Close

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Parks and Rec Up Close

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As the new year unfolds, it's not uncommon for park and recreation professionals to ask themselves: "What will the next 12 months bring?" Too bad it's not as simple as shaking a Magic 8 Ball or breaking open a fortune cookie for the answers. Instead, we rely on research and industry forecasts to identify the trends in parks and recreation that will have the most impact on our operations and enable us to make better, informed decisions.

In our cover story, on page 38, "Top Trends in Parks and Recreation for 2018," NRPA's vice president of strategic initiatives, Richard Dolesh, puts on his prognosticator's hat to identify key trends in our field. Dolesh touches on everything, from underground parks and drones to four-legged creatures invading our green spaces.

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to learn from the past. The article, "The Great Recession's Profound Impact on Parks and Recreation," on page 50, by researchers Nicholas Pitas, Austin Barrett, Andrew Mowen and NRPA's vice president of research, Kevin Roth, discusses how the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 hit park and recreation agencies the hardest by forcing local governments to dramatically cut their budgets. …

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