Parks as Infrastructure

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Parks as Infrastructure

City Parks – A Smart Investment for America’s Health, Economy & Environment | Case Studies

We’ve compiled stories and strategies from 11 American cities who have leveraged city parks to create positive, lasting change in the social, economic, and physical well-being of their residents.

City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure

This five-part series documents the multi-functional benefits of urban parks. With growing urban populations and aging infrastructure, local governments and their city planners are taking a fresh look at parks as a wise investment of municipal resources to address our greatest urban challenges—from stormwater management and flood prevention to reducing public health costs to economic revitalization and job growth.

Videos were made possible by generous support from The Speedwell Foundation.

How Parks Spur Economic Growth

Parks drive economic activity and spur private sector investment. This video features inspiring examples from New York, NY; Greenville, SC; Washington, D.C.; and Nashville, TN.

How Parks Build Resilient Cities

Parks help mitigate stormwater while adding recreational opportunities and spurring additional private investment. This video features examples in Atlanta, GA; Nashville, TN; and Houston, TX.

How Parks Improve Transportation Options

Linear parks and trails provide exceptional, healthy, and sustainable transportation options to city residents. This video features the Fairmount Park System in Philadelphia, PA; The 606 in Chicago, IL; and The Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans, LA.

How Parks Contribute to Health and Social Benefits

City parks provide many health and social benefits. This video features examples from Brooklyn, NY; Denver, CO; and Oklahoma City, OK as well as national context for the health benefits of parks.

Research: Economic Benefits of Parks and Urban Infrastructure

Many of the parks featured in the videos are part of a multi-year study conducted by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers into the economic benefits of U.S. infrastructure investments in collaboration with more than 50 university, industry, and government partners. City Parks Alliance is compiling recent park infrastructure research into a new report due out in September 2019.

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