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.

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    Memorandum of Understanding Between Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Philadelphia Department of Human Services

    Philadelphia Water Department & Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment

    MOU builds opportunities for disconnected young people and returning citizens, creating promising futures by tackling environmental challenges.

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    Case Study

    Starting A Corps Manual Case Study: The Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative

    The Corps Network

    A step-by-step guide with milestones and benchmarks for those starting their own Corps program from exploratory phase to full operation.

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    MOU Between Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

    Mayors Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

    Agreement between Philly Parks & Rec Dept. and PowerCorpsPHL, an AmeriCorps initiative that engages “Opportunity Youth” in advancing their lives through servic…

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    Technical Tool

    Cities Connecting Children to Nature: City-Corps Partnerships (July 2019)

    CITY-CORPS + Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN)

    Shows how to establish service and conservation corps partnerships that engage young people in hands-on city projects, developing diverse green jobs.

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    Community Youth Services Partnership Success

    City of Olympia, WA

    Olympia, WA allocated $20K to Parks Dept for employment program targeting low-income youth at-risk or under sheltered and who may lack basic skills.

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    Youth Entrepreneurship Program MOU Miami

    City of North Miami Parks and Recreation

    Memorandum of understanding between the listed organizations for the shared implementation of a Youth Entrepreneurship Program (established by the Advocacy Tru…

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    Racial Equity Action Plan

    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has been working on equity, inclusion and diversity since 2011. Currently, three areas of work – Racial Equity…

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    New Communities Program – Park and Neighborhood Revitalization in Chicago

    The New Communities program helps ensure that residents and businesses benefit from neighborhood revitalization and participate in planning for the neighborhoo…

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    Branching Out: An Exploration in Arboriculture for Boston Youth

    This program provides young people with an introduction to tree care, hands-on field experience with professional arborists, and opportunities to learn about c…