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PERSPECT I VES A MESSAGE FROM NRPA' S LEADERS
Why Equity and Inclusion Matter
Although our September issue
highlights equity, this work
- creating spaces and programs
that serve everyone - is a
career-long, life-long effort.
That is why we lift up equity
and inclusion practices in every
issue, on our website and social
media platforms, and through
our programs and partnerships.
For this focused issue, we are
casting our gaze both backward
and forward.
For me, looking back takes me
directly to summer programs in
the playgrounds in the small mill
town where I grew up. It forces
me to recall why those programs that helped to fill the
days between school sessions made such a huge difference
to me. My house was an unpredictable one -
sometimes nervously quiet, other times loud and volatile.
Escaping to those programs and having a chance to
play and craft with other kids and under the supervision
of a caring, engaged adult made me feel safe and gave
me a window into a world where I was free to be me.
Fast forward to July 2021, I was on a visit to Town
Camp, a youth summer camp operated by Oakland
(California) Parks, Recreation and Youth Development,
where I met a little boy. He had made a beaded
bracelet especially for my visit. Receiving that bracelet
took me right back to those programs on the playground.
I think about the impact that Town Camp is
having on that little boy and all the kids who are participating
in it. They say it takes a village to raise a child.
I'm here to tell you that parks and recreation is an utterly
essential part of that village.
As you dive into this issue and explore the history of
parks and recreation - how we got to where we are -
and learn about projects and programs happening right
now, I invite you to reflect on why equity and inclusion
matter. Scratch that. I challenge you to think about all the
kids in your district, every single one of them. How are
your spaces and programs set up to help them; how do
they contribute to kids' growth and development; and how
can they be an essential part of that village of support?
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On that same July trip, I visited the oldest playground
in the United States - opened in 1887 in San Francisco's
Golden Gate Park. As I stood there, I thought
about the amazing movement that served as the origin
story for NRPA - the movement to give children access
to play spaces and time to enjoy them. While that
movement was beautiful and transformative, it didn't
consider equity. As a result, over the many years since
our inception, we have had some children who got a
lot and others who got little or nothing. Here's the truly
powerful thing about movements: they can evolve and
change as our knowledge, understanding and awareness
increase. To visit that playground today is to see
kids from across the city, from all walks of life and
backgrounds, playing and discovering together.
In the July issue of Parks & Recreation, my colleague,
NRPA Vice President of Education and Chief Equity
Officer Autumn Saxton-Ross, shared a quote from
Fred Rogers who said, " There's a world of difference
between insisting on someone's doing something and
establishing an atmosphere in which that person can
grow into wanting to do it. " In the weeks and months
ahead, we will continue to lift up practices, training
and programs that support equity and inclusion. And,
we will amplify these through stories in this magazine.
We will be doing this under our new program, titled
" Equity in Practice. "
To share another Rogers quote, " Imagining something
may be the first step in making it happen, but
it takes the real time and real efforts of real people to
learn things, make things, turn thoughts into deeds
or visions into inventions. " I imagine a world where
everyone knows parks and recreation is the field that
most exemplifies service to community, that proves our
essential role every day, and that operates the most inclusive,
equitable and effective programs in communities
big and small - all across the country.
KRISTINE STRATTON
President and CEO

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2021 - Parks & Recreation

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