NRPA Statement on Monuments in Public Parks

Source: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Barbara Tulipane, CAE, president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) issued the following statement in response to the removal of statues and monuments in public parks:

“Our parks are home to many monuments of historical significance. While these monuments may be highly regarded by some, to others, they represent hate and oppression. We cannot change our history, but we can take the necessary steps to ensure every person, regardless of their race, background or culture, is at ease in our parks.

Our American motto: 'e pluribus unum — out of many we are one' is more important now than ever and still holds true.”

About The National Recreation and Park Association 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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