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.

  • Technical Tool

    2020 Funding Guide A Playcore Company

    Useful list of funding sources to access resources to plan, build, and program parks and other communities assets.

  • Member Exclusive
    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…

  • Case Study

    Fairmount Park

    City Parks Alliance

    Fairmount Park uses park infrastructure to serve multiple functions; offering green space, delivering clean water, improving the city’s air, providing transpor…

  • Case Study

    Shelby Farms Park and Greenline

    City Parks Alliance

    Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and features open pastures, forested areas, an international award-winning playground, equestri…

  • Case Study

    Cumberland and Riverfront Parks

    City Parks Alliance

    These parks fulfill a vital role in managing stormwater and making Nashville safer and more resilient.

  • Case Study

    Lafitte Greenway

    City Parks Alliance

    A small investment in the Lafitte Greenway created a means of transportation for local residents, catalyzed development in the area, and increased environmenta…

  • Case Study

    The High Line

    City Parks Alliance

    Lauded as one of the most innovative urban reclamation projects in modern history, New York’s High Line has effectively paved the way for using public parks to…

  • Member Exclusive

    Draft Resolution Supporting Efforts to Connect Anchorage Through Parks, Trails, and Non-Motorized Transportation

    Anchorage Park Foundation

    Draft resolution to connect Anchorage and request Congress to increase funds in the 2020 Federal reauthorization.

  • Video

    City Parks: America’s New Infrastructure – Traffic & Transportation

    The transportation-focused video of the five-part series documenting the multi-functional benefits of urban parks.