Resources

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.

  • Report

    WHO-Green and New Evidence and Perspectives for Action Blue Spaces and Mental Health

    World Health Organization

    This report presents the results of two systematic reviews on types and characteristics of green and blue spaces and mental health.

  • Report

    A Framework for Assessing Equitable Health Outcomes of Parks

    Urban Institute

    Provides a framework for identifying how park systems improves health outcomes for users and understand how parks address health disparities.

  • Technical Tool

    The Hospital Green Space Cost Savings Calculator

    Nature Sacred

    Estimate how much your institution could save costs associated with burnout among hospital staff by establishing a hospital biophilia intervention.

  • Technical Tool

    Inclusive Healthy Places Companion Guide for Park and Recreation Professionals

    Gehl (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.

  • 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…

  • Technical Tool

    Greener Parks: Green Infrastructure as a Strategy for Improving Equity and Community Well-Being Advocacy Toolkit

    NRPA

    Toolkit gives Park & Rec professionals resources for climate impacts, community health, and advance fair and just access to quality green spaces.

  • Member Exclusive
    Case Study

    River Garden | Memphis, TN

    Memphis River Parks Partnership

    A once dormant park has transformed into a breathtaking public space on the riverfront of downtown Memphis.

  • Member Exclusive
    Case Study

    Equity in the Fourth Bluff District

    Memphis River Parks Partnership

    Memphis River Parks Partnership discovers transferring park ownership to local non-profit greatly assists equity in developing urban parks.

  • Member Exclusive
    Case Study

    Washington Area Bicyclist Association | Washington, DC

    Washington Area Bicyclists Association, Washington D.C

    The Washington Area of Bicyclists Association annual fundraising bike ride showcases urban environment and historic sites along the C&O Canal.

  • Member Exclusive
    Policy

    Virginia Beach Essential Services Child Care Guidelines for Staff

    City of VA Beach

    The City of Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Department offers free child care services to designated personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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