National Parks Reaching Out

hiking signLet’s face it – If you’ve ever visited a national park you’ve probably noticed that the visitors are not exactly representative of the U.S. population. And yet, as with all public systems, its leaders should strive to make the benefits of the system universal. Making public assets, like our national parks, welcoming to everyone isn’t just the right thing to do; it also helps to grow an active constituency for important public structures. That’s why we were thrilled to read this piece in the NY Times about the National Park Service’s efforts to engage communities of color. The Times’ characterized the efforts this way:

In a soul-searching, head-scratching journey of its own, the agency that manages some of the most awe-inspiring public places is scrambling to rethink and redefine itself to the growing number of Americans who do not use the parks in the way that previous — mostly white — generations did.

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