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Our Park and Recreation Poem with Kwame Alexander

Submit your park and recreation poem!

Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories. Our local parks are often our first experiences in nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity. They are places to gather with friends and family, spaces to celebrate life’s special moments, spots of respite and healing, sites that connect us with essential community services, and so much more. Local parks have been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of our community members finding a new appreciation for the essential spaces park and recreation professionals manage and vital programs they provide. This year for Park and Recreation Month, in partnership with Kwame Alexander, we are creating a community poem — one poem compiled from your many voices. We want to hear your community’s stories about what their local parks and recreation means to them.

Your poem should begin with, or include somewhere in the poem, the line:

"Everything around you is…"
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