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PUBLISHER'S LET TER
PRESIDENT AND CEO

Change Agents

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

Gina Mullins-Cohen

Flying back from Denver after attending the New Partners for Smart Growth conference, I
couldn't help being enthusiastic about the future of parks and recreation and the natural role
park agencies have as leaders in creating green and healthy communities. At the conference,
active discussions and workshops focused on the challenges faced in planning both urban
and rural communities. Speakers focused on efforts aimed at removing industrial pollutants
of land and air from underserved communities, as well as strategies to replan communities
to eliminate food deserts. Encouragingly, almost all
of the speakers in the sessions I attended championed
the right all communities have for easy access to green
space - to me, this means parks.

gcohen@nrpa.org
SENIOR EDITOR

Danielle Taylor
dtaylor@nrpa.org
ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Samantha Bartram
sbartram@nrpa.org
PUBLICATION DESIGN

Creative By Design
www.creativebydesign.net
SENIOR MANAGER OF
ADVERTISING

Dana Storm

Thinking of the challenges many of the speakers
brought to light, I realized there is a lot of truth
in the saying, " The more things change, the more
they stay the same. " While individuals, community
leaders and planners organize, strategize and make
way for improvements, it often takes years to see
the outcome of their good efforts. This proves how
and why park agencies, core to the community, can
make a difference today.
This issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine addresses
two urgent considerations key to most communities.
They are issues we can address now, and doing so
will have great impact toward positive changes. First, NRPA's president and CEO, Barbara Tulipane, speaks one-on-one with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell about the
critical need for children to discover the wonders and joy of being outdoors and how
getting kids involved in sports and physical activities is the first step to a healthier future.
Secretary Jewell is a true park champion voicing support for the endeavors of park agencies of all sizes, and in her interview with NRPA, she also discussed the importance of
parks to the U.S. economy, pointing to the millions of jobs housed within the park and
recreation industry. Next, Rich Dolesh reports on the disappearing monarch butterfly.
The important role this beautiful creature has as a key pollinator throughout most of our
country will amaze you. Dolesh addresses the active role parks can play in helping to save
the monarch and challenges agencies to take part and support this cause.
As always, we welcome your opinions and comments on the content within Parks & Recreation Magazine. If you have a good story, chances are we want to hear it, so call us or
send an email. Being actively involved and sharing your voice is one more way to create
effective, lasting and positive change.

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

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