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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    Rose Kennedy Greenway

    City Parks Alliance

    As a destination for tourists, a gathering space for residents, and an economic driver, the greenway has reconnected the city with its waterfront.

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    Atlanta BeltLine

    City Parks Alliance

    The BeltLine has become a critical piece of infrastructure, connecting Atlantans with each other and the surrounding greenspace and managing stormwater.

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    Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment for Student Learning

    This program develops critical thinking in students by using field studies to teach the scientific method of inquiry and respect for the environment.

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    Los Angeles Summer Night Lights Crime Prevention Program

    Parks that are peak gang activity areas can be transformed into vibrant community spaces after dark with organized activities for at-risk youth and families.

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    Seattle Shoreline and Salmon Habitat Assessment

    Seattle Parks identified the most viable sites by considering both the needs of migrating juvenile salmon and the potential conflicts with human uses at variou…

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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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