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Do you consider parks an important community asset? Why?

James Valadez

City Council, District 3

Parks are without question an important community asset.

For context my father worked for Austin’s Parks & rec department for 33
years. Some of my fondest memories have happened in city parks. I feel
that as a result of my exposure to parks from a very young age it led to a
life long love of fitness and in turn a far healthier lifestyle than if parks had
not been a priority for the city in which I grew up.