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ADVOCACY
July is Park and
Recreation Month, a
national month-long
celebration of the vital
work park and recreation
agencies do to serve their
communities all year long.
Reframing the Conversation
Around Parks and Recreation
By Dan McCarthy
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July
Month,
ocal parks and recreation centers are those special places that
often provide us with our first experiences in nature and introduce
us to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places
to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life's special
moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential
community services and so much more. The services park and recreation
professionals provide are vital for communities - from protecting natural
resources to providing open spaces for all people.
is Park and Recreation
a national
month-long
celebration of the vital work park
and recreation agencies do to serve
their communities all year long.
This year, NRPA is asking our
members and supporters to rise up
and help tell the story of parks in
their communities. Telling stories
is one of the most powerful ways
that folks can influence, teach and
inspire others. Storytelling forges
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connections between people and
ideas; stories convey culture, history
and values that unite people.
To help park and recreation professionals
tell their agency's story,
NRPA put together some compelling
data and perspectives.
Data Is on Our Side
The data is clear: public support
for local parks and recreation spaces
has always been high, but it
has surged since the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic.
According to NRPA's 2021 Engagement
With Parks Report (nrpa.org/
Engagement), people place a high value
on the programs and services that
park and recreation agencies deliver
to their local communities every day
and strongly support their mission.
Some key findings include:
* In the United States, 260 million
people visited a local park or
recreation facility at least once
during the past year.
* Four in five U.S. adults seek
high-quality parks and recreation
when choosing a place to live.
* Eighty-seven percent of people
agree that parks and recreation is
an important service provided by
their local government.
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