People, Parks & Communities

Tim Herd champions the improved stewardship of both natural and human realms. His connective leadership and resources foster collaborations to advance economic, social, and ecological interdependence. His results produce an informed society motivated to create public spaces that advance health, livability and well-being.

A brief selection of written resources

evolution of parks and recreation resource

From “Nice to Have” to “Need to Have” a case for local parks and recreation            (Campaign manager)               Case study resource: Parks and recreation are among our most cherished public spaces and programs,  and yet they can be vulnerable when compared to other municipal services. The validity of parks and recreation ought not to be measured against other government services. Parks and recreation are essential in their own right and touch the lives of nearly every resident.

Parks, Livability and the Triple Bottom Line (Author)             Feature article resource: Providing for both the immediate and long-term needs of our communities is a perilous balancing act for the public sector, requiring purposeful, triple-bottom line investments in our economic, environmental, and social health and well-being.

Natural Connections  (Advisor)                     Planning resource: 2014-2019 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan; 20 recommendations, 83 action steps. Winner of the National Recreation Resource Planning Award. Five priority areas present primary challenges and opportunities in Health and Wellness, Local Parks and Recreation, Tourism and Economic Development, Resource Management and Stewardship, and Funding and Financial Stability.

community recreation park resourcesPositioning Recreation and Park Systems as an Essential Community Service  (Lead Author)                 White paper resource: Communities where parks, greenways, trails, and recreational services play a vital role in the lives of their residents are invigorated places to live; and are more likely to experience continual regeneration of its physical, cultural, and historical aspects. Such invigorated living contributes to a broad range of documented physical, mental, social, and spiritual benefits.

It Starts in Parks series  (Author)                  Opinion-Editorial resource: How parks, recreation and open space contribute to economic development, environmental sustainability, and social equity.   Part 1. Open Space Boosts the Local Economy      Part 2. Sustainability Starts with Parks      Part 3. Parks, Recreation Promote Health