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W E A R E P A R K S A N D R E C R E AT I O N

Remembering Barry S. Tindall
By Richard J. Dolesh

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RPA lost one of its longest serving staff members in the history of the association on May 10, 2020, with the passing of Barry S. Tindall, NRPA's longtime director of
public policy.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AAPRA

" The park and recreation movement in America owes Barry Tindall
a great debt of gratitude, " says Patrick
F. Noonan, chairman emeritus of The
Conservation Fund, former president
of The Nature Conservancy and
member of President Ronald Reagan's influential President's Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985-
1987). " Barry was at the forefront of
ideas and thinking about what the nation needed and what could be done
to ensure a legacy for conservation,
parks and recreation, " says Noonan.
" I feel proud to have known him.
The park and recreation movement is
largely what it is today because of his
contributions and ideas. "
Tindall began work at NRPA in
1967 after receiving a degree from
North Carolina State University
in park and recreation administration. He served in a variety of roles
as liaison to national groups and

Pugsley Medal winner Barry Tindall (center) in 2013 with
(from left to right) Walt Johnson, AAPRA; Fran Mainella,
former director of National Park Service; Sandra Reid, Davey
Tree Expert Company; and Tom Lovell, AAPRA.

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nonprofits on national policy and
federal legislation. He planned the
first Federal Aid Institute at NRPA's Annual Conference that led
to development of NRPA's annual
Legislative Forums in Washington,
D.C., which drew NRPA members
from across the country to advocate
for funding for parks and recreation.
Tindall was appointed director of
public policy at NRPA in 1975, a position he held until his retirement in
2005. His contributions to gaining
passage of critical federal legislation
benefiting P&R and to the development of national public policy cannot
be overstated. He fought fiercely for
appropriations for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and
was instrumental in gaining legislation and funding for urban parks and
recreation. He championed greater
involvement of parks and recreation
in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
summer food programs, the inclusion
of recreation services for children and
youth in high-risk environments, regulations regarding therapeutic recreation and accessibility, and promoted
public health in P&R.
James Kozlowski, associate professor in the School of Sport, Recreation
and Tourism at George Mason University in Virginia, and author of the
" Law Review " column in Parks & Recreation magazine, believes that Tindall's greatest accomplishment was
his leadership on the LWCF state-

side program. " Barry led the charge
for NRPA on Capitol Hill every year
to secure those appropriations for
LWCF, greatly benefitting local and
state parks and recreation. "
Tindall's accomplishments were
recognized by the U.S. Department
of Interior's renowned award for public service in 1992, and in 2013, the
American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration's prestigious
award, the Cornelius Amory Pugsley
medal, that " recognizes outstanding
contributions to the promotion and
development of public parks and conservation in the United States. "
Jane Adams, former Western regional director of NRPA and executive director of the California Recreation and Park Society, says, " As
a park and recreation professional,
I felt Barry Tindall was the voice of
NRPA on federal legislative issues.
He was relentless in his push for
LWCF for decades, and he served as
the voice for local and state government's access to those federal dollars. He was thoughtful, kind and a
great listener. Barry is one of the best
advocates I have ever met. "
Mike Phillips, former NRPA
public policy manager, says, " Barry
never met a stranger. He could talk
to anyone and everyone. " Phillips
says his access to administrative staff
and legislative aides to members of
Congress was legendary. " He was a
mentor, a teacher and a friend and I
will miss him greatly. "
Many at NRPA remember Barry
with great fondness, and his legacy
will live long. Perhaps Noonan remembers Barry best: " When I hear
his name, I have a great smile. "
Richard J. Dolesh is an Editor at Large
for Parks & Recreation magazine
(rdolesh@nrpa.org).



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