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CONSERVATION
Just asking two or three simple
questions can help park and
recreation professionals and people
outside of the field to think about the
role of parks in community resilience.
Can We Talk About Resilience?
By Ayanna Williams, MSW
T
his year has provided many opportunities to practice resilience
- the ability to adapt and rebound when faced with
change. Sometimes, you can anticipate change and plan for
it. Other times, the change might be so subtle and slow that you
don't realize it's happening. Resources to respond (such as money, volunteers,
supplies, etc.) might be readily available, or it might take some time
to figure out an appropriate response.
Anytime is a good time to discover
resilience in your community.
We can foster resilience by
cultivating relationships across sister
agencies (e.g., local health departments
or nonprofits), neighbors
and other like-minded partners and
advocacy groups. I recently moved
about 400 miles from a city I called
home for 15 years. The first places
I visited were parks. Some I visited
for a quiet respite to clear my mind
and get away from the stress of
moving. I also sought out parks for
local farmers markets and social opportunities,
like outdoor concerts.
I found myself looking around to
see who and what was in the park. I
looked for green infrastructure projects.
Some became easy to see when
it rained, and the grounds became
saturated like an over-filled sponge.
I noticed recreation centers were the
location of cooling centers when
the heat climbed above 90 degrees
and stayed there for a week. I was
looking for community resilience
and was relieved to find it.
Anytime is a good time to explore
resilience in your community. New
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leadership, planning and budgeting
are opportunities within which you
might discuss the role of parks and
recreation. Most types of plans can
include a discussion of resilience,
master plans, strategic plans, sustainability
plans, community revitalization
and emergency preparedness.
Just asking two or three simple questions
can help park and recreation
professionals and people outside of
the field to think about the role of
parks in community resilience:
* Distributive - Who has physical
access to local park and recreation
spaces? Is there parking, sidewalks
and public transportation?
* Procedural - Who decides the
budget, operations, maintenance
and programming? Can leadership
in the parks department,
elected officials or engaged residents
influence the process?

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