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the Black experience in our parks
system. Within a matter of weeks,
we found this park in Brooklyn -
Cadman Plaza Park.
My staff called me and said,
" You will not believe it. There
are 19 benches as you enter this
park. " And so, we decided to plant
19 trees and paint the existing 19
benches in the Pan-African flag
colors [of red, black and green].
We called it Juneteenth Grove, and
it was opened on Juneteenth 2020.
We went on to rename another
28 spaces [in honor of prominent
Black figures]
throughout New
York City. We went further to look
at our policies [and]...to look at
our training. Those were ongoing
things, but we wanted to show that
this was not just a one off where
we painted a mural and moved on.
My departure has really concerned
a lot of staff because they feel that
leadership is going to go away, but I
made sure we planted deep enough
roots in the path forward that it will
be sustained in future years.
P&R: What does your next
chapter look like?
Silver: I'm going to be a principal
of the McAdams leadership team.
My goal really is just to be a special
advisor on planning, parklands
and public spaces. I'm also going
to be an ambassador for the firm.
I'll be going to a lot of industry
conferences to speak [and] to get a
better pulse on some of the emerging
issues and trends. Also, I'll be
developing both current and future
talent. But more importantly, [the
team] wants to make sure I have a
very strong lens on diversity, equity
and inclusion - both within the
company and externally on projects
that we work on. That's just a
snapshot, but those are some of the
things that I will be doing.
P&R: What advice would you give
to future generations of park and
recreation professionals?
Silver: The residents in your community,
your town and your city
are [currently] going through
these traumatic and anxious
events. And, we have the privilege
to help them heal. That's why I
say parks are part of our healthcare
system. Future park and recreation
professionals need to understand
the power of parks and
the role you play. To me, that is
a unique responsibility. As I said
earlier, your agency is also the
department of fun. No other city
agency has that distinction. And
through programming and athletics,
you have the opportunity to
bring so much joy and happiness
to your community. Also, find
friends, allies and champions,
because very often when tough
times come, the park and recreation
budget gets cut. And so, you
need those champions and advocates
who can tell the elected officials
- those who do the budget
- the value and the importance
of parks. I don't know how to put
a price tag on how parks saved so
many places during COVID. And
the number one thing I'll leave
people with is...when tough times
come, you have two options: to be
bitter or to be better. Use those experiences
to be better because the
public is relying on you to bring
those incredible green spaces to
the population.
Vitisia Paynich is Executive Editor and
Director of Print and Online Content at
NRPA (vpaynich@nrpa.org).
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