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.
- Member ExclusiveBy Kathy McGlauflin- American Forests Foundation, Tanya Denckla Cobb- University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation
Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan: 2016 -2026Plan
Developed to expand awareness of the benefits of urban forests as green infrastructure and increase investments in urban forest resources.