Pearls Of Wisdom

In similar fashion, in a three-page hand-written letter, Davis postulated a few simple but powerful concepts that are as potent and vital today as when he started in the field:

• Clean, well-maintained facilities encourage wider use and promote recreation as a good tax-dollar investment.

• Recreation professionals must tell their citizens why it is vital to fund and support healthy public-recreation programs.

• In today’s fiscally constrained climate where people are under enormous stress, affordable public-recreation service becomes even more imperative.

Hearing this from a recreation war horse like Davis strengthens my resolve to follow his philosophy. It parallels my experience in this field, and I’ve discussed some of these points in past columns. If recreation professionals don’t emphasize the essential importance of the services we provide to the very fabric of life in America, who will?

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, is Director of Leisure Services (parks, recreation, library) in Peachtree City, Ga. Contact him at (770) 631-2542 or e-mail dls@peachtree-city.org.

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