by Cort Jones of NRPA
Right now, our country — and the world — is facing a pandemic, systemic racism, hunger, homelessness, the opioid crisis, and many other tragedies that are presenting challenges for communities. As a field focused on building community and ensuring the health and well-being of the people they serve, park and recreation professionals are the heroes the world needs now more than ever. Throughout Park and Recreation Month this July, NRPA will show the world how critical parks and recreation is and tell the stories of the people who are caring for our public spaces and managing the many programs intended to enhance quality of life for all people. In this piece, NRPA shares the nominations it received as part of their “Celebrating YOU this July” campaign for Park and Recreation Month.