Resources for Park and Recreation Professionals

With help from our members and research partners, we make the following resources and tools available to equip parks and recreation departments, municipalities, urban design and landscape architecture firms, and advocacy organizations to enhance capacity and build equitable, healthy, and engaged communities.

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    Chicago’s Green Schoolyards Program

    Chicago, IL

    Partnering with Chicago Public Schools provided a unique opportunity because the school district has a significant need for updating play equipment, but very l…

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    A Former Chemical Plant Site Proves Key to a City’s Resiliency

    Hoboken, NJ

    Taking the long view, city planners turn a former industrial site into a modern urban park that that also manages stormwater runoff.

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    Mobilizing Investment and Building Capacity

    Las Cruces, NM

    Planning for extreme weather catalyzes a $400,000 investment in a historically underserved neighborhood in the Southwest.

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    A Funding Patchwork Fuels the Yonkers Greenway

    New York, NY

    A US EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Catalyzes a Decade of Funding in Yonkers, NY

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    Floods Lead to Millions for a Beloved Riverside Park

    Elizabeth City, NJ

    An urban wasteland finds new life thanks to public-private partnerships in Elizabeth City, NJ.

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    Citizens Step Up for Parks and Outdoor Space

    Boulder, CO

    A small increase in sales tax drives Boulder, Colorado’s impressive park system.

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    Local Funds for Local Parks

    Minneapolis, MN

    A network of 150+ neighborhood parks is bolstered entirely by local funding.

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    Nina Scarito Park

    Minneapolis, MN

    This $2.9 million park project was made possible through a combination of federal, state, city and private funds. Over 500 hours were volunteered by local resi…

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    Manchester Street Park

    Lawrence, MA

    Through a series of partnerships, the city of Lawrence developed a former industrial site into a five-acre community park, leveraging more than $3.7 million to…

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    Technical Tool

    Placemaking for an Aging Population: Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks

    Luskin School of Public Affairs

    People over age 65 in the U.S. remain highly underserved in regards to parks. This report draws from different sources to understand how parks can be best desi…