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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- Economic Development
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- Land Protection
- Parkland Alienation
- Skate Park
- Urban Greening/Biodiversity
- Workforce Development/Youth Employment
- Youth Programming
Neighborhood Park Service: Strategies to create an equitable and activated park system for the District of ColumbiaSumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, with assistance from Catherine O’Donnell, GW Climate and Health Institute
This report provides policy recommendations for how the NPS and Congress can leverage greenspaces to create a better park system in Washington, DC.
Examining facilitators and challenges to implementing equitable green space policies: Lessons from Los Angeles CountyJournal of Urban Affairs by co-authors: Alessandro Rigolon, The University of Utah, and and Jon Christensen, University of California, Los Angeles
This research report investigates facilitators and challenges of implementing equitable green space policies in Los Angeles County.
Greenspace in American Cities: How Access to Parks and Nature Can Improve Health and Well-BeingCityHealth, Beaumont Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Trust for Public Land
This report highlights disparities in greenspace access and outlines policy solutions that can ensure that all communities have access to public land.
What Makes Parks Safe?Dr. Anna Barker and Professor George Holmes (University of Leeds) with Dr Rizwana Alam, Lauren Cape-Davenhill, Dr Sally Osei-Appiah and Dr. Sibylla Warrington Brown, in collaboration with West Yorkshire Combined Authority
This research report promotes the use of parks by women and girls, by understanding and responding to the barriers to feeling safe.
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Inclusive Healthy Places Companion Guide for Park and Recreation ProfessionalsGehl (gehlpeople.com);The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Offers a comprehensive approach to leverage inclusion and health equity that inform the planning, design, development and evaluation of public spaces.