Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Ensuring Our Parks' Future

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Ensuring Our Parks' Future

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It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

- President Harry S. Truman

The process of planning a park's future is truly a team effort that should encourage ideas and suggestions from many diverse voices. What's more, it shouldn't matter who receives the credit for those ideas.

Our cover story, "Learning + Play = Sandorf Park" on page 42, offers a behind-the-scenes look at this year's project in Indianapolis, Indiana. Located on the southeast side of the city, Sandorf Park has been serving its citizens since 1959. Writer Paula Jacoby-Garrett goes one-on-one with the project's planning team to learn more about the specific needs of the community, creative design plan, as well as some of the challenges and concerns they're addressing regarding the project's revitalization process.

Next, contributors Deborah Cohen, MD, MPH, and Bing Han, Ph.D., discuss the benefits of assessing how much people utilize their local parks in the article, "Measuring the Use of Public Neighborhood Parks," on page 48. …

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