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

    Managing High-Quality Parks Environments: Models and Lessons from Selected Parks in New York City, Chicago, and Cincinnati

    University of Buffalo

    This report examines the management features of the 21 parks to identify lessons for how to create and maintain a premier waterfront gathering place.

  • Policy

    Partnership Policy Operating Procedures

    Austin Parks and Recreation Department

    Seeks to strengthen partnerships between the City of Austin, private organizations, volunteers, and community groups to provide recreational opportunities effi…

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    Technical Tool

    Vancouver Park Board Best Management Practices Cutsheets

    Vancouver Park Board

    Contains BMPs for a variety of naturalized meadows, including no mow, low mow, enhanced low mow, and wildflower, as well as design and layout options.

  • Member Exclusive
    Agreement

    City of Austin Park Operations and Maintenance Agreement

    City of Austin, TX

    This park operations and maintenance agreement outlines the roles and responsibilities of The Trail Foundation and the City in maintaining a trail.

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    Agreement

    State of Washington Contract for Encampment Cleanup Services

    State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services

    State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services contract for encampment cleanup services with a third-party vendor.

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    Agreement

    City of Olympia Services Agreement for On-Call Homeless Encampment Clean-Up Services

    City of Olympia, WA

    This on-call services agreement from the City of Olympia is with an independent contractor skilled in the area of homeless encampment clean-up.

  • Agreement

    Partnership Agreement of Portland Parks & Recreation and The Forest Park Conservancy

    Forest Park Conservancy

    Key assumptions outlined for how Forest Park Conservancy works cooperatively with city agency to care for a 5,000+ acre park with 70+ miles of trails.

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    Agreement

    Partnership Agreement for the Five Mile Creek Greenway

    Freshwater Land Trust

    This group is working on a 35-mile trail in an industrial area, working to restart local investment after major industry closures. They have implemented succes…

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