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EDITOR' S LETTER
Celebrating Community Strength
July is always a very special month for NRPA and the magazine,
as it marks our Park and Recreation Month issue, this year with the
theme, " Rise Up for Parks and Recreation. " As I reflect on this theme,
I'm reminded of the different ways in which our field has stepped up
during the most difficult times in service of communities across the
country. This month also celebrates the community members who,
through their volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy, have risen up
for the field to ensure that our professionals have the supported funding
and resources to continue this essential work. The magazine team is
honored to tell these stories from both perspectives, while highlighting
their acts of strength and perseverance.
Among those compelling stories is the one told by NRPA's Cort
Jones, as he reveals our Park and Recreation Month Cover Contest
winner in the article, " We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation at Phoenix's
Piestewa Peak, " on page 34. Jones discusses the inspiration behind City of Phoenix's photo
- U.S. Army Private Lori Piestewa, " who lost her life at the age of 23 during the Iraq War in
2003. " He adds, " Piestewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe, was the first Native American woman
to lose her life in overseas combat while serving in the U.S. military. " Piestewa Peak is named in
her honor.
Next, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing a group of community heroes in the feature
article, " Flint: A Portrait of Resilience, " on page 40. After the Flint Parks and Recreation
Department disbanded in 2014, these selfless residents rose up to adopt their neighborhood parks
by keeping them clean, advocating for repairs and improvements and creating programming for
fellow community members, including youth sports programs. " We have parks in every ward,
every neighborhood in Flint. And we have people who deserve to have equitable access and equitable
facilities. They deserve the ability to use parks that are safe, clean public spaces - and the
city doesn't have the capacity to do that, " says Nancy Edwards, recreation programs and grants
officer and director of Keep Genesee County Beautiful.
Shifting gears to Southern California, contributor Wendy Chan takes a closer look at the newly
completed second phase of Earvin " Magic " Johnson Park, a 126-acre park located in South Los
Angeles' Willowbrook community. Chan writes that the park's comprehensive design plan shows
" what a complete makeover could look like, including new recreation amenities and innovative
green infrastructure, demonstrating how urban environments can be models of water conservation
by reducing the negative impacts of untreated stormwater. "
I hope this year's Park and Recreation Month theme inspires you to " rise up " further for your
profession and for other issues meaningful to you that may help make life a little better for those
who cannot speak up for themselves. After all, your voice and actions can help strengthen a community.
And, that's definitely worth celebrating!
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