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PERSPECTIVES

Taking a Stand

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T CONGRESS THIS YEAR, you will hear a lot about NRPA's " three pillars, " and you'll also
hear (and have heard in this column) a lot about the job we all have to do telling our collective
story. As park and recreation professionals serving vastly different communities, you do so
many things and have a lot of great things to talk about. And as an association helping you to do your
job better, we do as well. It is really easy to get tangled up and cluttered when it comes to our messages.
That is where the " three pillars " come in-conservation, health and wellness, and social equity-all concepts that NRPA stands for and all areas
where you are uniquely positioned to make the
greatest impact and stand out above the rest.
In early 2012, the NRPA board and staff developed three position papers based on the pillars that
were announced at a special briefing on Capitol
Hill during the Legislative Forum (available on
www.nrpa.org/About-NRPA). Our goal was to
provide a clear and concise message so that Hill
staffers would remember and appreciate the tremendous impact parks and recreation have on
this nation and its economy.
It is in that spirit that we want you to think about
these pillars, as areas of focus to help us all communicate better. Again, I know we all do so much,
but here is why we landed on these three areas:
CONSERVATION-Parks are critical in the role
of preserving natural resources that have real economic benefits for communities. We are the leaders, often the only voice in our communities, for
protecting open space, connecting children to
nature, and providing education and programming that helps communities engage in conservation practices.

BARBAR A TULIPANE, CAE
President and CEO

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS-Agencies lead the
nation in improving the overall health and wellness of communities. You are essential partners
in combating some of the most complicated
and expensive challenges our country faces-
poor nutrition, hunger, obesity, and physical
inactivity.
SOCIAL EQUITY-Universal access to public
parks and recreation is a right, not just a privilege.
Every day you are working hard to ensure that all
members of your community have access to the
resources and programming you offer. Very few-
if any-can claim the same.
NRPA stands alongside each agency and individual in the responsibility to be a loud voice
for the significance and impact of our collective work, elevated by these three pillars. This
month, thousands of NRPA members will come
together at the annual Congress and Exposition
in Anaheim, California. At our opening general
session on Tuesday, October 16, we will reinforce
these pillars with the announcement of some
very exciting initiatives that will give a collective lift to the profession, the communities we
serve, and the association. I can't wait to see
you there!



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