Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Whose Parks Are These?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Whose Parks Are These?

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Whose parks are these, the rocks and grass and trees?

People from all walks of life seek out parks to escape daily strife.

Parks are meant for public enjoyment, a diversion away from our routine employment.

People who use them as a place to relax have all paid their dues through some sort of tax.

Whether to camp or fish or lie in the sun or otherwise enjoy some sort of fun we all own a piece of this land we call park; to some claims of ownership we've all made our mark.

But often these parks are in serious dispute. Some want the land for other uses, or just don't give a hoot.

It's a continual struggle to maintain a park. Those who don't understand think it's a lark.

When we consider all the competing demands for these fragile and threatened, scenic lands we soon realize there's not enough ground to meet all the needs or to quite go around. …

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