Not Your Toddler’s Playground

“You don’t stop playing because you grow old — you grow old because you stop playing.” This insightful quote was recently shared via white board in NRPA’s break room, but it’s illustrative of an attitude being embraced by America’s growing senior population. The elders of our communities are living longer and staying more active than ever, and that’s a trend to which those of us in the park and recreation industry will want to pay close attention. The folks at Galveston County Parks and Senior Services are ahead of the curve, having dedicated the first senior playground in the country at Carbide Park. And while the intense Texas summer heat is putting somewhat of a damper on early use, park officials expect the Motion Wellness System will soon be occupied by dozens of area seniors eager to keep a firm grip on their youthfulness and vitality.

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