Case Studies


Despite the geographic diversity of urban parkland in the United States, all parks and communities have to address some common issues. The goal of these case studies is to facilitate knowledge-sharing and help park leaders across the nation to learn from each other’s successes and setbacks and ultimately build green, vibrant, and equitable cities together.

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    Developing Arts and Cultural Programs to Revitalize Parks and Communities in New York

    CPF brings 900 arts and cultural performances each year to a total audience of nearly 400,000, making it one of the largest providers of cultural programs in N…

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    Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway Trail System

    Learn how a determined group of citizens, united around a public goal of preserving their neighborhood and city, successfully worked with the government to imp…

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    Constructing, Operating, and Revitalizing Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Brooklyn Bridge Park a financially self-sustaining park that does not drain city resources for annual operation and maintenance or eventual capital improvement…

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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…

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

We’ve compiled stories and strategies from 11 American cities who have leveraged city parks to create positive, lasting change in the social, economic, and physical well-being of their residents.

Share Your City Park Story

How have you engaged your community through park programs? What programs have you implemented that transformed your city into an equitable, green, and vibrant place to live? Share your story for a chance to be featured on our site and shared with our national network of park professionals.

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