Play

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and this year’s theme is “Get Your Play On.”  I think this is a perfect theme.  Parks provide a great place to play, and recreation departments should embrace that and market their parks to their residents and to the public at large.  As a parks and recreation professional, I want people to use our parks.  They are a place to relax, a place to get exercise, a place to explore, a place to enjoy the fresh air, and, most importantly, a place to play.  But is it possible to just “play?” The word

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Play is serious.  Bet you’ve never considered that as a fact.  How can play be serious?  Isn’t play just play? Play is a universal language.  So yes, play should be simple.  Yes, play should be easy.  However, in today’s fast-paced, high-pressure world, things aren’t always as easy as they should be.  We need reasons why we should be doing things, data to back up and prove those reasons, and the time, energy, and commitment to do those things.  And play is one of those things.   So, it’s time to get serious about play. The Three Things That Make Play Easy

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