By Chris McGregor, Peoria Grown Board Member
February 15, 2023
Parks enhance the lives of community members in many ways. As people across the country have increasingly crowded into urban areas, parks are a respite of calming green space in the urban jungle. For communities of any size, parks are a gathering place and focal point of local pride.
The face of America is changing. According to the most recent national census, Americans are getting older, and we are becoming a much more diverse country. These demographic changes are creating new needs for existing communities to address. This includes park and recreation systems.
How can an established park and recreation system adapt to the changing needs of the people using these facilities in the community? One solution is through partnerships with community organizations. These partnerships can be mutually beneficial.