As a couple who works professionally in public health and policy, we see public parks as an integral part of any thriving community. Public parks are spaces where kids, families, friends, pets, and community members can gather to have fun and rest. Being at the kite festival with our new puppy was such a special experience. It was her first big outdoor event and we loved seeing her curious eyes soak in all the laughter, wind, kite flying, and delicious food. We need more public parks because every community deserves green space!