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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    Starting A Corps Manual Case Study: The Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative

    The Corps Network

    A step-by-step guide with milestones and benchmarks for those starting their own Corps program from exploratory phase to full operation.

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    River Garden | Memphis, TN

    Memphis River Parks Partnership

    A once dormant park has transformed into a breathtaking public space on the riverfront of downtown Memphis.

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    Equity in the Fourth Bluff District

    Memphis River Parks Partnership

    Memphis River Parks Partnership discovers transferring park ownership to local non-profit greatly assists equity in developing urban parks.

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    Washington Area Bicyclist Association | Washington, DC

    Washington Area Bicyclists Association, Washington D.C

    The Washington Area of Bicyclists Association annual fundraising bike ride showcases urban environment and historic sites along the C&O Canal.

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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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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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