Planning for Inclusive Growth with New Park Projects

Planning for Inclusive Growth with New Park Projects

City Parks Alliance, in partnership with Prevention Institute, is hosting a webinar that will focus on strategies for stabilizing communities when large-scale park and green space projects are planned in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Cities are increasingly trying to create and improve parks in communities that have faced historical disinvestment. However, there is concern that, like other forms of investment, new parks can result in increased property values and catalyze other changes that make neighborhoods unaffordable or unwelcoming for those who currently live there.

As a result, many leaders are realizing the importance of working with the community, public agencies and policymakers, and other partners early in the process to create strategies for inclusive growth. This can include housing support, economic development, business support, and overall community capacity-building.

Join us to learn about the various strategies park leaders and community groups are using to turn the fear of displacement into community-centered opportunities to support residents when beneficial park projects come to the neighborhood.



T. Christopher Peoples
Director of Equity + Economic Impact
Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis
Peoples, an Urban Economic Development Champion, leads equitable initiatives at Great Rivers Greenway (GRG). With 20+ years of entrepreneurship and urban planning experience, he spearheads GRG’s first Director of Equity + Economic Impact role, driving partnerships and policy recommendations for housing, community asset building, anti-displacement, and population retention.

Tomás Rivera
Community Organizer
Chainbreaker Collective, Santa Fe
Tomás Rivera is the executive director of Chainbreaker Collective and has been with the organization since it was founded in 2004. Chainbreaker is a membership-led economic and environmental justice organization that organizes front-line community members directly impacted by housing, transit and civil rights issues in Santa Fe, NM.



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Alessandro Rigolon
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
The University of Utah
Alessandro Rigolon is an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. His current work includes four main areas: policy determinants of (in)equity in park provision, drivers of and resistance to green gentrification, the role of green space in equitable climate adaptation, and the public health impacts of green space on marginalized communities.

Continuing Education Credits Available:

  • General CEUs
  • LA CES
  • AICP

This event is hosted in partnership with Prevention Institute.

Support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Event Contact
Diana Colangelo
Apr 18, 2024
2:00-3:00 ET
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