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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    The High Line

    City Parks Alliance

    Lauded as one of the most innovative urban reclamation projects in modern history, New York’s High Line has effectively paved the way for using public parks to…

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    Beyond Location Maps

    Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

    This case study from LA Parks & Recreation outlines how park agencies can use GIS mapping to achieve their equity goals.

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    Pullman Peace Playground Project

    KaBOOM!

    The story of a neighborhood struggling with poverty and gun violence that rallied to construct a playground. This and other case studies sponsored by REI.

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    Buffalo Bayou Park

    City Parks Alliance

    Buffalo Bayou Park links a network of trails, open space, public art, and other amenities while helping the city manage stormwater runoff.

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    Confluence Park

    City Parks Alliance

    Once an industrial dumping ground, Confluence Park is now the premier outdoor recreation destination and educational resource for the city of Denver.

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    The 606

    City Parks Alliance

    Chicago’s 606 is the world’s first raised, multi-use trail and is a prime example of multi-use infrastructure.

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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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