ParkXChange Resource Library

Resources for Urban Park Professionals

This searchable library hosts helpful park resource documents, including cross-sector MOUs, equity action plans, agreements for park maintenance and operations, dog park and concession management, green infrastructure development and maintenance, community benefits, arts and cultural programming and events, as well as other resource guides and technical tools to support park partnerships.

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    Policy

    City of Olympia Loose Needle Collection Guide

    City of Olympia, WA

    This policy outlines procedures to minimize the risk of inappropriately discarded needles on the City of Olympia’s parkland.

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    Technical Tool

    Workforce First Parks and Recreation Department Training Guide

    Austin Parks and Recreation Department

    Austin's Workforce First participants training guide about graffiti, litter abatement, landscaping, and park beautification projects.

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    Technical Tool

    Survey: Agency Responses to Questions about Homelessness

    Seattle Parks and Recreation

    A survey of useful responses about various topics related to homelessness issues from city agencies across the country for practitioners.

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    Report

    An Exploration of Unsheltered Homelessness Management on an Urban Riparian Corridor

    The Author Journal Compilation

    Research explores equitable and beneficial solutions to unsheltered homelessness in urban green spaces.

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    City of Olympia Interim Removal of Garbage and Temporary Shelters Policy & Procedure

    City of Olympia, WA

    Procedures for serving notice on illegal encampments on city property and for removal of garbage, temporary shelters, and personal property.

  • Case Study

    Community Youth Services Partnership Success

    City of Olympia, WA

    Olympia, WA allocated $20K to Parks Dept for employment program targeting low-income youth at-risk or under sheltered and who may lack basic skills.

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    Technical Tool

    City of Olympia De-escalation Guidelines

    City of Olympia, WA

    De-escalation guide for staff in challenging situations with people suffering from mental health issues or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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    Report

    Homeless Census & Survey

    San Luis Obispo County

    This survey, administered to 418 individuals experiencing homelessness, profiles their experiences and characteristics.

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    Technical Tool

    City of Austin Encampment Prioritization Scale

    City of Austin

    This color-coded tool presents a response protocol for staff based on existing conditions at a homeless encampment.

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    Technical Tool

    Understanding Homelessness in our Parks and Cities

    Agency + Planning

    This NRPA Innovation Lab PowerPoint presentation shares interesting facts and resources on homelessness in parks.

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