Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Toward a Bright Future

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Toward a Bright Future

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As I write this in late May, the spring meeting of NRPA's Board of Trustees has just concluded, and I'm excited to report that it was a tremendous success. My thanks to all who helped make it possible, especially NRPA staff, the 46 trustees who took time from their busy schedules to attend and our gracious hosts in Coral Gables, who went out of their way to make sure our meeting was enjoyable and productive.

As you're all aware, NRPA is coming through a time of transition-we've had three executive directors in 18 months, and like most nonprofits, we've experienced some challenging financial times lately. But I can honestly say that the future of NRPA looks bright. John Thorner, our new executive director, has been on the job just two months now, but he's already exhibited such energy and vision that it seems like he's been with us much longer. Our transition committee has exhibited grace and style as it has helped John step into his new role. On the fiscal front, we're addressing those challenges by finding ways to cut costs without cutting programs wherever possible, and making sure that any cuts we're forced to make are thoughtful. This year's budget is the lowest in years, showing that we're taking a proactive approach to keeping NRPA fiscally healthy.

Some great ideas were generated at the spring meeting through the use of roundtable discussion formats. When small groups of enthusiastic people start talking face to face, it's amazing how lively and idea-filled the discussion becomes. Ideas included new fundraising techniques, ways to get more people involved in public policy, methods of maintaining and increasing membership, and more. We appreciate the enthusiasm and creative thinking of all who participated.

One important idea that we're all considering is how to maintain support for parks and recreation on the federal level. …

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