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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    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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    NashVitality Community Health Program, Nashville

    NashVitality aims to improve citizens' quality of life through health, programming, and green initiatives.

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    Little Rock’s Innovative Medical Mile

    By providing a safe, accessible, and inspiring public space for citizens to exercise, the Medical Mile increases awareness and prevention of obesity and heart …

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    McKinley Park: Barrier-Free and Accessible

    Learn how this accessible park was built and how it goes beyond ADA Standards for Accessible Design, informed by community input to address a wide variety of s…

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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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