Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Values and Voice

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Values and Voice

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I want to share with you a column that was so beautifully written by Kevin O 'Hara, our VP for Urban and Governmental Affairs, in a recent issue of Urban Insider.

We often talk about our values and who parks and recreation gives voice to. This is a testament to the power of our values and voice. Thank you, Kevin, for capturing who we are and what we stand for.

Our Values, Value and Voice

Who is the most important user of parks and recreation infrastructure? Mothers and children? Teens? Seniors? Millennial? Does it matter?

When we talk about our values, the idea of value, and our voice, we're really talking about the values and voice of your work and the work of people on the ground in parks and recreation. So, here's my summation:


Parks and recreation has the ability to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, yearround, and regardless of race, creed, background or ability to pay, in pretty much every community in the country. Because of this, we may be one of the few trusted entities left in American society, or certainly in government.


Our ability to deliver both joy and substance--giving the option for Life-affirming experiences with nature and preventative healthcare through intentional programs--uniquely positions parks and recreation to provide the balm to our troubled national psyche. No matter what you need, we've got you covered. Stressed over the latest tweet from our commander in chief? Try a tai chi or Zumba class. Commute getting you down? Try a walk with your kids or dog along a trail. …

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