Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Protecting Nature's Gifts

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Protecting Nature's Gifts

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It's been nearly a month since the end of the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history, and we are already seeing the devastating effects it's had on our national parks - especially on Joshua Tree National Park. There, protected trees were toppled over onto their sides by vandals who cut down the trees to create new roads for their illegal off-roading and who spray-painted rocks and discarded their trash right on the ground.

While some turned to vandalism, others stepped forward - volunteering to pick up trash and clean restrooms at various parks, including Yosemite National Park and Joshua Tree. These are good Samaritans who understood that we all have the responsibility to be stewards of our parks and public lands.

The city of Tempe, Arizona, knows all too well the importance of being a faithful overseer of its parks, as illustrated in this month's cover story, "Tempe Parks Get Some TLC," on page 44. Continuing our parks transforming cities, towns and communities series, contributor Vitisia Paynich highlights four of the 30 completed projects that are part of Tempe's $60 million Parks Capital Improvements Plan.

Tempe parks aren't the only ones undergoing transformations. On December 11, 2018, Maryland's Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at ABC Park, NRPA's 2019 Parks Build Community (PBC) project. NRPA Media Specialist Suzanne Nathan takes a closer look at this 2-acre park in the article, "Parks Build Community Project - 2019: The Renovation of Baltimore's ABC Park," on page 56, as well as details BCRP's planned improvements. …

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