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.

  • Policy

    Executive Summary: COVID-19 Emergency Childcare Operation for Health Care Workers, First Responders, and Low-Income Working Families

    San Francisco Recreation and Parks

    Policy that focuses on emergency childcare, including creating a curriculum for youth experiencing anxiety and stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Policy

    COVID-19 Response Plan

    Seattle Parks & Recreation

    Lays out preparations for Seattle Parks & Rec to coordinate with city agencies to provide essential services during a pandemic.

  • Technical Tool

    Closed/No Social Gathering Park Signs

    San Francisco Recreation and Parks

    These physical signs dictate park closures and advise on social gathering best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Case Study

    Beyond Location Maps

    Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

    This case study from LA Parks & Recreation outlines how park agencies can use GIS mapping to achieve their equity goals.

  • Technical Tool

    Active Parks, Healthy Cities Toolkit

    City Parks Alliance

    Share Active Parks, Healthy Cities with your colleagues, elected officials, local agencies, and partners.

  • Member Exclusive

    Muddy River Restoration Project Partnership Agreement

    Department of the Army

    Project partnership agreement between the listed organizations outlining the terms and responsibilities for the construction of the Muddy River Flood Risk Mana…

  • Case Study

    Los Angeles Summer Night Lights Crime Prevention Program

    Parks that are peak gang activity areas can be transformed into vibrant community spaces after dark with organized activities for at-risk youth and families.

  • Case Study

    Portland’s Green Street Program

    Vegetated streetscape facilities are designed to handle runoff can filter water, remove pollutants, and reduce demand on stormwater infrastructure.

  • Case Study

    San Francisco ParkScan

    ParkScan, web-based reporting system, collects data from park users to inform park maintenance needs and problem areas.