What attaches you to your community?

I’ve been meaning to post a link to this site for quite some time.

The real reason that I work for the Spokane Parks Foundation is not that I love parks (though I do!). It’s really that I love this community and want to support its growth and improvement. I worked for an organization similar to the Foundation a few years ago and that was where I learned of the immediate and perpetual impact that well-thought-out, well-maintained, well-used parks and public spaces have on a community.


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation asked a few simple questions:

What makes a community a desirable place to live? What draws people to stake their future in it? Are communities with more attached residents better off?

They found that one of the drivers that attaches people to their community (meaning that they don’t just live there but get involved…vote…volunteer…) is “the area’s aesthetics (its physical beauty and green spaces).”

Take a moment and read the article, browse the website and tell me what you think!



Start them young….

Sesame Street has teamed up with the National Parks Foundation and the National Park Service to get kids excited about our national parks.


This is all the more important, coming at a time when the National Park Service has had to cut about 1,000 seasonal employees from their employment roles. For some parks this means shorter hours at Visitor Centers, whereas others will close key buildings completely. But the ever-popular Junior Ranger talk and guided tours will be casualties in many places.

What ARE our trees worth?

When my husband and I moved to Spokane we took 3 1/2 days to drive across the country. By the time we took our exit off of I-90 and turned up the hill to our new home we were filled with anticipation…and a strong desire to get out of the car!

As we drove up the hill, the street was lined with mature trees whose branches spread, turning the street into more of an avenue or promenade. It was a warm welcome that we truly appreciated.

The City of Spokane is one of trees, with a small section in the Parks and Recreation Department devoted to Urban Forestry. That dedicated group works diligently to ensure that our city trees are healthy, that trees are added whenever possible and wherever appropriate. We all know the aesthetic value of those trees – this article highlights the economic value as well.


Welcome to the Spokane Parks Foundation Blog!

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But we regularly come across very interesting articles or information that just doesn’t quite work on any of those, and so have created this blog as a place to post information about parks and public spaces throughout Spokane County – and how what is happening in the rest of the world is impacting our work.

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