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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    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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    Fairmount Park

    City Parks Alliance

    Fairmount Park uses park infrastructure to serve multiple functions; offering green space, delivering clean water, improving the city’s air, providing transpor…

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    Shelby Farms Park and Greenline

    City Parks Alliance

    Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and features open pastures, forested areas, an international award-winning playground, equestri…

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    Cumberland and Riverfront Parks

    City Parks Alliance

    These parks fulfill a vital role in managing stormwater and making Nashville safer and more resilient.

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    Lafitte Greenway

    City Parks Alliance

    A small investment in the Lafitte Greenway created a means of transportation for local residents, catalyzed development in the area, and increased environmenta…

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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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