Creating Places That Matter

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From playing host to a day of family barbecues and fireworks-watching in July to providing a daily space to play, walk and workout—or just sit and enjoy nature—all year long, parks serve as a critical “third space” in our communities—somewhere we go to connect other than home, school and work. But ensuring parks are capable of meeting the wide-ranging needs of the community members they serve can be a big challenge.

In our annual look at parks, playgrounds and sites, we consider smart strategies for ensuring your parks are reaching far and wide to bring your diverse community together for respite, recreation and more. From a closer look at innovations in park design to an examination of multigenerational playgrounds, and how site furnishings can enhance the park experience, we cover a variety of approaches you can take to make sure your park is a place that matters.


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management
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