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EDITOR'S LET TER

Let's Talk About Money
When you think of getting a loan, I bet you think of a bank. This is where people seeking
money upfront to buy a home or car usually go. It's true for CFOs and business owners
anticipating expansion of their firm or even to make ends meet during tough economic
times, and it is also the case for park directors. Going to a bank has a definite upside. A
local bank can generate support within the community, and depending on the relationship
one has with the bank, financial terms may be agreeable.

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

However, let's take a step back for a moment and consider all of the options, because yes, there are other options.
In this issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, our cover
feature, " Tomorrow's Park at Today's Price, " by Director
of the Land Conservation Loan Program at The Conservation Fund Reggie Hall, brings to light the benefits of
working with nontraditional lenders. Whether you look
at securing your funds through a traditional institution,
an individual supporter or a conservation lender, this article will walk you through the steps necessary to make
the best choice for your park agency.
Often those hard-earned funds are earmarked for facility upgrades, additions and equipment, including playgrounds. In this month's Operations column, Associate
Editor Samantha Bartram outlines some points to consider when planning a themed playground. In " Let Your
Imagination Run Wild, " on page 60, Bartram talks with
leading manufacturers of themed playground equipment to determine how best to select a theme, plan your
equipment acquisition and, ideally, form an even stronger connection with the communities you serve.
Our Social Equity column on page 40, by Ken Koonce, speaks to the lack of diversity
in the field of parks and recreation professionals. Koonce, a recent retiree from the post
of recreation coordinator/supervisor at North Carolina's Mecklenburg County Park and
Recreation Department, speaks firsthand about the slowly changing culture of the park
and recreation industry and focuses on a range of topics from salaries to nepotism that
often stifle much-needed progress in this area.
It is apparent this year more than ever, as NRPA celebrates its 50th anniversary, that many
agencies are ready to embrace growth opportunities, whether in staffing or physical expansion of facilities. Perhaps this is the time to choose the road less traveled as we look
ahead to where the next 50 years will take us.

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