National Recreation and Park Association President and CEO Barbara Tulipane noted the health benefits of having parks nearby and that Amazon's proposal for a second headquarters emphasized the outdoors and recreational opportunities. She urged cities to pledge to make parks and green space accessible to all residents within a 10-minute walk.
Green design could save cities money as well as improve public health, according to a report by environmental consulting firm Capital E. The Delivering Urban Resilience report studied three cities, finding that expanded tree cover and making surfaces cooler were two ways to save money and benefit residents.
San Francisco's Helen Diller Civic Center Playground has reopened after a yearlong $10 million renovation. The playground now has a weather and nature theme and features new light installations and play structures.
The city of El Paso, Texas, and other organizations are working on an active transportation system for a stretch of canal that would help stormwater and flood management while providing a space for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Keller, Texas, Parks and Recreation is adding more activities for residents with special needs through its "A Sense of Adventure" program. Events include a fun run, sensory egg hunt and a monthly period where parks are reserved solely for such residents.
A plan by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to raise entrance fees at national parks would limit public access and could hurt attendance, argue Sierra Club official Jackie Ostfeld and Kyle Simpson of the National Recreation and Park Association. "The bottom line is that fewer visitors mean less revenue generation for park maintenance, the administration's stated purpose for raising fees in the first place, and will also negatively impact the communities surrounding our national parks," they write.
Improving your likability with an audience improves the likelihood your message will be heard, so learn beforehand who is sitting out there and what they want to get out of your talk, writes Jim Anderson. The audience will also feel more connected if you use inclusive pronouns such as "we" and "our."
New report released on park and recreation inclusion
A new NRPA study demonstrates parks and recreation’s commitment to providing quality programs, facilities, places and spaces that are inclusive to all people in the community. The Parks and Recreation Inclusion Report surveyed more than 500 agencies across the US, identifying the segments of the community that agencies specifically target, along with programming and engagement strategies that make these efforts successful. Read the full report.
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