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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    Shelby Farms Park and Greenline

    City Parks Alliance

    Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and features open pastures, forested areas, an international award-winning playground, equestri…

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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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    Birmingham’s Railroad Park

    A great spot to watch the trains and celebrate cultural events, the Railroad Park has successfully reinvigorated a central area of downtown Birmingham.

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    San Francisco ParkScan

    ParkScan, web-based reporting system, collects data from park users to inform park maintenance needs and problem areas.

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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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