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WE ARE PARKS AND RECREATION
what upgrades would be most appreciated by the park's users.
Park safety also should be a priority. No matter where you
live, your children deserve to have clean parks to play in that
are free of illegal activity. To that end, park departments should
enlist the help of community leaders in the areas surrounding
parks, encourage them to monitor those green spaces for crime,
and contact law enforcement if the safety of the park is compromised.
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has
a close relationship with the Houston Police Department due
in part to the Greater Houston Police Activities League, a program
that builds community trust by giving youth a chance to
meet uniformed officers and practice a wide variety of sports
with them in a safe environment. I would encourage other city
park departments to maintain similarly close ties to law enforcement
in their areas.
Parks help sustain neighborhoods by allowing residents to
take some time away from the stressors in their lives, to experience
the outdoors and to stay active. This role for urban green
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spaces has been especially important during the coronavirus
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with their family and friends. Houston and other cities owe it
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those green spaces safe to use.
Kenneth Allen is Director of the Houston Parks and
Recreation Department.
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