The recession and diminished public funds have left many Valley cities park poor. Remember when you were a kid and spent countless hours scaling the jungle gym and smacking a tetherball at your local park? Or, maybe you have fond memories of your parents pushing you on the swings or catching you at the bottom of the slide. Neighborhood parks play a multifaceted role in the lives of Valley residents, according to Dale Larsen, a professor at Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and former Parks and Recreation director for the City of Phoenix. Parks provide nature in an urban environment, a place for children to play, a property-value boost for residents and a gathering place for the surrounding neighborhood, he says. “What we need are safe, citizen-driven neighborhood parks that reflect the needs of that community.”
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