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Chicago Park District Superintendent & CEO Michael Kelly and park team pose with finalist 2021 NRPA Gold Medal Award.
Chicago Park District Superintendent & CEO Michael Kelly and park team pose with finalist 2021 NRPA Gold Medal Award.
Photo: Chicago Park District

As we reflect on this past summer, I am grateful that so many of our members stepped up to welcome back our residents and patrons into parks across the country. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, parks were one of the most reliable public spaces for people to get out and have a sense of normalcy. Moving forward, parks continue to play a critical role in our communities. And, our park and recreation professionals continue to strive to make our public spaces more accessible and equitable for all our residents, guests and visitors.

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