Plan on It
It’s a great but rare day when all goes according to plan. Dwight Eisenhower knew this well when he quipped that plans were useless for preparing for battle, while planning was indispensable. Polar explorer Roald Amundsen simplified it even more with his observation that adventure is just bad planning. But for our purposes in the field of parks and recreation, I like the advice tendered by the great civic architect Daniel Burnham: “Make no small plans.”
There is much in this issue of Parks & Recreation to support this thinking. Our cover story this month shows how Miami-Dade County, Florida, parks, recreation, and open space department plans in 50-year increments. Its current master plan treating all public space as parkland is hardly small thinking. That the depa....
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