The promise of play

The promise of play

Executive
Kids need to play.  We all instinctively know it.  If you Google the importance of play you will find many studies validating it, saying things like “Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, cognitive dexterity, and emotional strength.” “Kids Need to Play” was the aptly named Parks program funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) last summer.  In partnership with other parks systems, we deeply discounted access to activities throughout the County to help all our kids get outside and play after being cooped up by COVID. Yesterday, I was invited to make some opening comments at the annual Promise of Play Symposium sponsored by Greentrike (formerly the Children’s Museum).  The Greentrike team, led by Executive Director Tanya Durand, is challenging us to take…
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Across the aisle

Across the aisle

Executive
A fantastic thing occurred this week when people who can often be at odds with one another joined together to achieve a common goal. An assemblage of local and federal elected officials from both sides of the aisle, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and others gathered at the site of the 100-year-old Chambers Creek dam to announce plans to remove the dam, restore the salmon run and renovate the bridge that connects two cities. The agreement was years in the making, in part due to the many stakeholders and varied objectives that needed to be considered. [caption id="attachment_3463" align="aligncenter" width="6088"] Many stakeholders came together to reach an agreement[/caption] I wish I could have attended the press conference to enjoy the celebration of collaboration and compromise.  But the County was well-represented by Don…
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