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PERSPECT I VES A MESSAGE FROM NRPA' S LEADERS
Access and Equity
As we reflect on this past summer, I am grateful that so many
of our members stepped up to welcome back our residents and
patrons into parks across the country. During the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic, parks were one of the most reliable
public spaces for people to get out and have a sense of normalcy.
Moving forward, parks continue to play a critical role in our
communities. And, our park and recreation professionals continue
to strive to make our public spaces more accessible and
equitable for all our residents, guests and visitors.
Access to recreation begins with proximity of our residents
to a park or open space. NRPA is part of 10 Minute Walk, a
national effort dedicated to improving access to safe, quality
parks and green spaces. The goal is to provide everyone with
convenient access to a park within a 10-minute walk of their
home by 2050. This is an ambitious goal to be sure, but we all
know the importance of parks to the health and wellness of
our communities.
Once someone gets to a park, their experience can be impacted
by how accessible the park landscape and features are. We
are all familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination
based on disability and has led to many changes in the way our spaces, buildings and
parks are designed and built. We continue to consider not only physical limitations, but other
challenges people face, such as sensory or cognitive issues, and strive to make inclusivity a
conscious effort.
Our programs and recreation also are designed to allow everyone to participate. I am proud
that Chicago was home to the first-ever Special Olympics held at our very own Soldier Field in
1968, and that we have hosted multiple Paralympic and adapted-sport national championships
over the past two decades.
Recently, the focus of the field has been on equitable access, and rightly so. Equity is a
core pillar for NRPA, which notes we must acknowledge the past and recognize the systemic
inequities that have created very different lived experiences in communities across the country.
Park and recreation departments and other organizations are now embedding diversity,
equity and inclusion into our work and approach to program delivery. It is important to
ensure that programs, infrastructure and opportunities are equitable in those communities
that need it most.
See you in a park!
MICHAEL P. KELLY
Chair, NRPA Board of Directors
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