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W E A R E P A R K S A N D R E C R E AT I O N

COVID-19 and Parks and
Recreation: One Year Later
By Jennifer Cox

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n the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a racial justice
movement, growing economic pressures, health crises and devastating impacts of climate change, park and recreation professionals are
continuing to serve their communities by maintaining essential infrastructure and providing innovative and vital programming. They also
stepped into new roles to protect, strengthen and heal their communities.
During the past year, local agencies scaled up childcare programs and
learning centers, offered shelter to people without housing, managed food
distribution programs, served as testing and vaccine distribution sites and
coordinated disaster response - all while maintaining critical infrastructure that promotes physical and mental health and a healthy environment.
COVID-19 continues to highlight what has been true for many years: parks
and recreation is vital to ensuring that all people - no matter their race,
ethnicity, income, age, location or gender identity - thrive.

To document the essential role
of parks and recreation and advocate for necessary and sustained
investment, NRPA developed a
suite of resources to provide elected officials, park and recreation
professionals, and partners with a
clear pathway to advance climatereadiness, equity and overall
well-being through parks and recreation. Informed by NRPA research, a roundtable with mayors
from cities across the country,
NRPA's monthly Urban Leaders
Convening, and interviews with
park and recreation professionals,
the following resources were developed (nrpa.org/Coronavirus):
COVID-19 and Parks and Recreation: Response and Recovery showcases the role parks and recreation

NRPA developed a suite of
resources to provide park and
recreation professionals and
others with a clear pathway to
advance climate-readiness,
equity and overall well-being.

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