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P&R: What are the three biggest
lessons you learned during your
tenure with NYC Parks and
Recreation?
Silver: To me, the parks are the heart
of the city. That is first and foremost.
The second one is that...you
cannot have a quality city unless
you have quality parks...throughout
all the neighborhoods. Everyone
deserves a quality park. My
hope is that it's within close walking
distance. You need to have access
to a quality park because these are
the social gathering places where
people come together to socialize,
to get healthy, or to [enjoy the] mental
health benefits. The third one
[is what] I had mentioned earlier,
[which is]...how it really can help
in climate change. Every city is trying
to do something, and the parks
system really represents that opportunity
- whether it's street trees,
park trees or the landscape itself. I
want to make sure we don't underestimate
the power of this essential
infrastructure. Parks aren't just places
people can go to, but also [places
that] actually can assist in [combating]
climate change. So, those are
the three things that I somewhat
took for granted, but now it's just
part of my overall thinking and
DNA. I now get it. I understand
parks and they're powerful. And to
me, those are the biggest lessons I've
learned now that I've been in parks
and recreation for over seven years.
P&R: You once said that park
and recreation agencies need
to " develop a 21st century
infrastructure. " Could you please
elaborate?
Silver: Parks should not just be
these [places] that sit in isolation;
they shouldn't just have one purpose.
There are
health benefits,
climate change benefits and social
benefits. Across the board, public
spaces and parks are now being
looked at very differently in the future.
In the 20th century, these were
just nice green spaces. Now in the
21st century, as people are coming
back to cities, they need to adapt
to a 21st century design. Parks
[must] have a universal design, as
we have an aging population. We
need to make sure our park paths
are smooth - whether for a wheelchair,
cane or [walker].
They have to have lots of seating.
In the past, parks were places
you just strolled through. You want
people to sit there and enjoy themselves
- particularly our aging
population who love just to sit in a
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