The Alabama Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is deeply saddened by recent tragedies, deaths and incidents of racial violence across our nation. As parks and recreation professionals, we advocate for inclusiveness and fair-mindedness for all and agree that there is no place for racism, intolerance or divisiveness in our society.
Social equity is a critical responsibility borne by every public parks and recreation agency and the professionals that operate them. It is not a privilege, but a right for all people to have safe, healthful access to parks and recreation services.
On behalf of the profession, the ARPA affirms our mission to lead the state to improved mental and physical health and wellness through parks and recreation, ensuring access for all populations.
As the country faces a defining moment, it should be clear that individual or systemic social disparity and racial bigotry should not be tolerated. The ARPA will continue to search for action that brings meaningful impact, and will be part of the solution, united in our efforts to respect and enhance the lives of everyone we serve.
As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”