Urban parks have long played a vital role in community-based programs for young people. Their traditional role has been to provide venues for play--open spaces, playgrounds, sports fields, and recreational programs. Facilities of this kind make an important contribution to children's lives. But parks can go much further than simply providing opportunities for recreation. At their best, parks can offer innovative opportunities for kids of different ages to build the skills and strengths they need to lead full and rewarding lives. [View the corresponding press release]
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