Case Studies

CASE STUDIES: CITY PARK AND RECREATION SUCCESSES

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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    New York City: Framework for an Equitable Future

    NYC Parks

    NYC Parks analyzed capital investment data from the past 20 years and established long-term community partnerships that sustain investment in the city’s parks.

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    Minneapolis: Community Outreach Department and 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan

    Minneapolis Parks & Recreation

    Minneapolis' Community Outreach Department uses data-driven racial and economic equity criteria to close park funding gaps and distribute funds.

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    Detroit: Parks & Rec Improvement Plan

    City of Detroit Parks and Recreation

    Learn about Detroit's equity-focused park planning team, which used equity data to create an improvement plan for 40 neighborhood parks.

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    Cities Connecting Children to Nature

    City of Austin Parks and Recreation

    Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) is a national initiative that seeks to create more equitable and abundant access to nature in cities.

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    Fit2Play

    Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

    Fit2Play is an MDPROS park-based afterschool health and wellness program promoting healthy weight and cardiovascular health.

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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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