Beyond Location Maps

Case Study | Community Benefits
Beyond Location Maps

This article summarizes how the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) used GIS data to complete a first-ever countywide needs assessment, which was equity-focused and identified communities with “very high” or “high” park need as measured by population density and a suite of parks metrics, including acreage, access, density, condition, and amenities. Knowing where these underserved areas are helps decisionmakers, DPR, cities, funders, and others to focus and prioritize resources in addressing park inequities. The article successfully makes the case that resources spent on hiring an internal GIS specialist pay off handsomely and efficiently.


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    Partnership Agreement of Portland Parks & Recreation and The Forest Park Conservancy

    Forest Park Conservancy

    Key assumptions outlined for how Forest Park Conservancy works cooperatively with city agency to care for a 5,000+ acre park with 70+ miles of trails.

  • Case Study

    The Brickline Greenway: Charting a Path towards Social Equity in St. Louis

    City Parks Alliance

    With cities everywhere focused squarely on equity issues right now, it is a hopeful time for those in St. Louis who’ve been advocating for, funding, and buildi…