Magazine article Parks & Recreation


Magazine article Parks & Recreation


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A Q&A with the mind behind the 2014 Park and Recreation Month theme

Every year, NRPA members take the Park and Recreation Month theme and make it their own. The posters, events and contests put on during July are always so creative that this year, we let you choose the theme! We asked for your ideas and put the top four to a public vote. The winner: "OUT is IN," thought up by Karen Green, recreation specialist at the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation in Maryland.

What message did you want to convey with your entry?

The importance of thinking outside the box - or in this case, our build- ings. The great outdoors is a natural public playground.

How have you celebrated Park and Recreation Month in the past? What successes have you had that you'd like to share?

We have an incredible staff with an af- finity for nature. Their enthusiasm for their work is shared by many. In the past, the month has been celebrated with trail walks and runs, canoe trips, family campfires, fishing derbies, and grandparent and me programs.

How do you plan on imple- menting "OUT is IN" and celebrating Park and Rec- reation Month at your agency this year?

That is still under con- struction. We are fortunate to be in an area with a waterfall, an estuary (the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehan- na River converge here), wonderful equestrian areas, an outrageously good Farm Fair, festivals and outdoor con- certs. Harford County offers so many opportunities. We will be highlighting quite a few of these as we encourage the populace to get out and about to enjoy things up close and personal.

How do you implement "OUT is IN" on an everyday basis? …

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