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EQUITY
Are We Building People -
or Just Running Programs?
By Tim Herd, CPRE
P
art of why parks and recreation doesn't receive more of the rave
respect it deserves, in my opinion, is because most people notice
programs far more than the objectives behind them.
That's not surprising. It's always easier to focus on outward expressions
than on internal improvements of the mind, body and soul. But
that's where the common disconnect begins, I believe.
When we providers declare
that parks and recreation are
essential community services,
what does that mean to our
constituents?
When we providers declare that
parks and recreation are essential
community
services, what does
that mean to our constituents?
What is our bottom-line purpose of
enabling quality leisure experiences?
And are we cognizant enough
of it?
* Is it just a walk in the park - or
is it physical exercise, stress relief
and mental rejuvenation?
* Is it merely a 'Paint With Me'
class (with wine!) - or is it
stretching skills and enriching re24
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People participate in a group exercise
class in a downtown Philadelphia park.
lationships?
* Is soccer practice just about scoring
a trophy - or is it developing
fine-motor skills, building teamwork,
modeling good sportsmanship,
and growing cooperative
social interactions among diverse
teens, teams and talents?
* Is it merely an object of public
art - or is it celebrating cultural
heritage, invigorating a downtown
district, connecting destinations,
and attracting visitors,
tourists and new businesses?
* Is it just an evening activity - or
is it character development, [antigang]
intervention, and preventative
treatment for abusive and
addictive behaviors?
Are we strategically planning with
such measurable outcomes in mind,
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