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

    Park Signs: Visiting the Park? Keep Six Feet Apart!

    Memphis River Parks Partnership

    COVID-19 social distancing signage.

  • Technical Tool

    Infographics | COVID-19: Be Smart. Do Your Part.

    Montgomery County Parks & Rec

    Various COVID-19 related signs meant to educate park visitors on safe ways to access and use park facilities.

  • 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.

  • Member Exclusive

    City of Olympia Loose Needle Collection Guide

    City of Olympia, WA

    This policy outlines procedures to minimize the risk of inappropriately discarded needles on the City of Olympia’s parkland.

  • Member Exclusive

    City of Olympia Interim Removal of Garbage and Temporary Shelters Policy & Procedure

    City of Olympia, WA

    Procedures for serving notice on illegal encampments on city property and for removal of garbage, temporary shelters, and personal property.

  • Report

    Case Studies: City Parks – A Smart Investment for America’s Health, Economy & Environment

    City Parks Alliance

    Explore stories of parks whose infrastructure plays a vital role in their cities' social, economic, and well-being.

  • Member Exclusive
    Technical Tool

    City of Olympia De-escalation Guidelines

    City of Olympia, WA

    De-escalation guide for staff in challenging situations with people suffering from mental health issues or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  • 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

    McKinley Park: Barrier-Free and Accessible

    Learn how this accessible park was built and how it goes beyond ADA Standards for Accessible Design, informed by community input to address a wide variety of s…

  • Case Study

    New Orleans’ Lafitte Greenway – Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles and Improving Park Access

    Learn about New Orleans' greenway that facilitates safe travel, supports active living, and promote economic recovery in adjacent flood-damaged neighborhoods.