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.

  • Case Study

    Green City, Clean Waters: Philadelphia’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Solution

    Read how Philadelphia built 172 stormwater tree trenches, 25 stormwater bump-outs, 48 rain gardens, 50 porous paving sites, and 132 other green stormwater infr…

  • Case Study

    Developing Arts and Cultural Programs to Revitalize Parks and Communities in New York

    CPF brings 900 arts and cultural performances each year to a total audience of nearly 400,000, making it one of the largest providers of cultural programs in N…

  • Case Study

    Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway Trail System

    Learn how a determined group of citizens, united around a public goal of preserving their neighborhood and city, successfully worked with the government to imp…

  • Case Study

    Constructing, Operating, and Revitalizing Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Brooklyn Bridge Park a financially self-sustaining park that does not drain city resources for annual operation and maintenance or eventual capital improvement…

  • Case Study

    Branching Out: An Exploration in Arboriculture for Boston Youth

    This program provides young people with an introduction to tree care, hands-on field experience with professional arborists, and opportunities to learn about c…

  • Report

    Active Parks, Healthy Cities: Recommendations from the National Study of Neighborhood Parks

    City Parks Alliance

    This report curates multiple case studies for each of the four major findings from cities of different sizes and geographies for park and recreation profession…

  • Member Exclusive

    Building Bridges: A Community-Based Stewardship Study for an Equitable East River Park

    The Trust for Public Land, James Lima Planning + Development

    Identifies park stewardship structures that depart from typical “conservancy” mode and makes recommendations on park equity and funding mechanisms.

  • Member Exclusive

    City of Brownsville & National Wildlife Refuge Cost Share Agreement

    City of Brownsville

    This is a cost-share agreement between the City of Brownsville and the Laguna Atacosca National Wildlife Refuge to fund a full-time term position to do communi…