Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Why Parks and Recreation? Varied Reasons, Unified Goals. (Tip-Off)

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Why Parks and Recreation? Varied Reasons, Unified Goals. (Tip-Off)

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Why are you involved in parks and recreation? At the recent NRPA Board of Trustees meeting in Big Sky, Mont., Dr. Ellen O'Sullivan, CPRP, asked that question during her Core Values Workshop. The trustees' answers were diverse:

"I developed my self confidence by learning to dive off the high dive at a recreation center when I was a child. After overcoming that fear, I knew I could meet any challenge. I wanted to give this gift of confidence to others."

"I wanted to create a safe haven for kids of working parents, and I saw the opportunity through my city's park and recreation department. The more I got involved, the more I realized that this one department was the glue that held my community together, and I wanted to be a part of it."

"My favorite memories as a child are outdoor experiences in parks with my family. Hiking, camping, picnics. I want to be sure that these resources are available for future generations, so others can share in these memories."

"I always enjoyed sports and found that this was a career where I could mix business with pleasure . …

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