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EDITOR'S LET TER

Tipping Points
Where is that corner, the one that you turn heading off in a new and irreversible direction?
Is it to be discovered out there in the near or distant future, waiting to appear in sabotage
without warning? Is it simply a slow-to-realize plan coming to form as you close in on it,
walking step by step toward an elusive image - an ideal?
This issue of Parks & Recreation speaks to such concepts -
the revelation holding the ability to trip up the well-intended
and the best-laid plans or the dream that changes a course of
direction forever.

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Barbara Tulipane, CAE
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING,
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLISHING,
AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Gina Mullins-Cohen
gcohen@nrpa.org
EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Danielle Taylor

dtaylor@nrpa.org
ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Samantha Bartram
sbartram@nrpa.org
EDITORIAL INTERN

Marissa Bracamonte
mbracamonte@nrpa.org

NRPA's CEO and President Barbara Tulipane interviews Paul
Gilbert, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, in this must-read feature. Gilbert, who has
written a book addressing the ambitions of professionals in the
field of parks, recreation and tourism, asserts that park and recreation agencies can only continue to flourish by continually
reinventing themselves as in an entrepreneurial organizational
model. Do you agree? Read the interview and book review starting on page 35.
Rich Dolesh, NRPA's vice president of conservation and parks, addresses the new and
more limiting safety standards for playground surfaces recently adopted by an ASTM
subcommittee in his Operations article on page 54. If these new conditions are finally
approved by ASTM's Committee on Standards, they could have critical bearing on our
public playgrounds throughout the nation. The principles intend to lessen the chance of
injury in playground falls, and Dolesh asks the tough questions dogging the industry in
this developing story.
We also give you one final look at NRPA's 2014 annual convention. This special section
provides a roundup of the education sessions, the award presentations, the exhibit hall
and the opening general session, each a reminder of the progression of opportunities
available now and in the future for park and recreation professionals.
Our goal at NRPA is to provide answers and seek out solutions. Solutions that work when
you reach that point in the future that might trip things up, and answers so when opportunity comes, you will be prepared to seize it. Your NRPA membership, the content in
this magazine, and the networking opportunities and education provided from NRPA's
annual convention provide these solutions and answers. The social and moral awareness
established through NRPA's Three Pillars of Conservation, Health and Wellness, and
Social Equity have been established to offer hope and afford ongoing opportunities of
positive, irreversible change.

GINA MULLINS-COHEN
Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing
Editorial Director

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