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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    Healthy Aging at the Older Americans Center

    Older Americans Center, Jasper, IN

    A single fitness class started over 30 years ago has led to a thriving, full-time exercise program focused solely on residents age 55 and up.

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    Girls Play, LA

    City Parks Alliance

    The City of Los Angeles's Department of Parks & Recreation's "Girls Play, LA" focuses on fitness for girls in under-served communities.

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    FY17 LWCF ORLP Selected Projects

    National Park Service

    A description of 16 Selected Projects and associated award amounts for FY17-18 LWCF-ORLP

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    FY15.FY16 ORLP Selected Projects

    National Park Service

    A description of Selected Projects totalling $13.3 Million for Improvements to Local Parks and Recreation in 22 Cities for Fiscal year 15/16

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    FY 14 LWCF ORLP Selected Projects

    National Park Service

    A description of seven LWCF ORLP Fiscal Year 2014 grantee projects and associated award amounts.

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    San Francisco: Cal Enviro-Screen 3.0

    San Francisco Recreation and Parks, San Francisco Parks Alliance

    The approval of a park revenue measure drove the development of an equity analysis, which leveraged a statewide open data set provided by the EPA.

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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.

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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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