Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Peace amid Chaos

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Peace amid Chaos

Article excerpt

Our world is not always a calm and placid place. News headlines blare back and forth in a nonstop rhetorical battle, and elections, politicking and lawmaking are often shrouded in ugliness and divisiveness. Can anything bring us together?

Yes - and parks and recreation holds the key. In times of polarization, park and recreation centers bring everybody together. Venture outside on a warm spring afternoon and you will see people of all ages, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds smiling together and enjoying the park. In a world increasingly divided by artificial barriers, bubbles and differences, our expansive natural parks foster inclusion and togetherness. Need inspiration? Look no further than the words of these respected leaders:

Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters - these places are your birthright as Americans.

-President Barack Obama

The parks belong to the people and [all] parks should be accessible to the people. …

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