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EDITOR' S LETTER
Changemakers Remind Us of the
Bigger Picture
" The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old,
but on building the new. " - Socrates
As 2022 draws to a close, I'm struck by the many inspiring stories
featured in Parks & Recreation magazine over the past 12 months. These
published accounts of the impactful work by those in the field speak
to the essential need for park and recreation services. Our dedicated
professionals are changemakers who identify a need in their communities
and pour their energy and resources into developing systems-based
solutions that will enhance the quality of life for their constituents. And
rather than dwelling on insignificant matters, they remain resolute to
solving the bigger injustices related to race, gender and socioeconomics.
This month's cover story, " Growing Bicyclists in a Traffic Garden, "
on page 34, focuses on how these miniature city streetscapes can help
enrich a kid's interest in physical activity while teaching them how to
safely navigate through the built environment. Authors Ellen Drogin Rodgers, Fionnuala Quinn
and Rick Holt discuss the long-term health benefits these outdoor spaces provide our younger
community members, while providing examples of how traffic gardens make bicycling more
accessible to children. " Traffic gardens provide small worlds in which children can learn about
traffic rules, safe navigation of cities, resolution of conflicts, and how to appropriately handle
interactions with other travelers on the roadway, " they write.
Next, contributors J. Aaron Hipp, Kat Deutsch, Christopher Dunstan, Jared Jones and Scott
Ogletree share their most recent data on Baltimore's Catherine Street Park in the feature article,
" Evaluating the 2019 Parks Build Community Project, " on page 40. This marks the third installment
of NRPA's collaboration with North Carolina State University Department of Parks, Recreation
and Tourism Management and the Center for Geospatial Analytics to evaluate visitors'
usage and satisfaction of this renovated neighborhood park.
Also, be sure to check out our special conference wrap-up article, " 2022 NRPA Annual Conference
Revisited, " on page 44. Our magazine team shares highlights from the exhibit hall, education
sessions, and opening and closing general sessions.
From building community gardens to expand community access to free and healthy food, to
constructing a playground that is more accessible to children of all abilities, to designing a dualpurpose
park and watershed management system to address social, economic and environmental
challenges in an underserved neighborhood - this is the work that changes lives. We are truly
grateful to the changemakers who remind us of the bigger picture.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
Kristine Stratton
EXECUTIVE EDITOR AND
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