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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    The Brickline Greenway: Charting a Path towards Social Equity in St. Louis

    City Parks Alliance

    With cities everywhere focused squarely on equity issues right now, it is a hopeful time for those in St. Louis who’ve been advocating for, funding, and buildi…

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    Chicago’s Green Schoolyards Program

    Chicago, IL

    Partnering with Chicago Public Schools provided a unique opportunity because the school district has a significant need for updating play equipment, but very l…

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    A Former Chemical Plant Site Proves Key to a City’s Resiliency

    Hoboken, NJ

    Taking the long view, city planners turn a former industrial site into a modern urban park that that also manages stormwater runoff.

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    Mobilizing Investment and Building Capacity

    Las Cruces, NM

    Planning for extreme weather catalyzes a $400,000 investment in a historically underserved neighborhood in the Southwest.

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    A Funding Patchwork Fuels the Yonkers Greenway

    New York, NY

    A US EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Catalyzes a Decade of Funding in Yonkers, NY

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    Floods Lead to Millions for a Beloved Riverside Park

    Elizabeth City, NJ

    An urban wasteland finds new life thanks to public-private partnerships in Elizabeth City, NJ.

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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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