Tag Archives: Parks

The Trust for Public Land Releases 2017 ParkScore Index, Rating Park Systems in the 100 Largest U.S. Cities

​Minneapolis has the best park system in the United States, according to The Trust for Public Land’s 6th annual ParkScore index. Minneapolis narrowly edged out cross-town rival Saint Paul to earn top honors for the second consecutive year. San Francisco climbed into third, pulling ahead of Washington, DC, and Arlington, VA, mostly because of improved access to basketball courts at schoolyards now open after hours and on weekends. Portland, Irvine, New York, Madison, and Cincinnati rounded out the top 10.... Read more

Phase One of the Rail Park, Philly’s High Line, Will Open Soon

This early portion of the Rail Park, ​Philly’s own version of the High Line, is almost ready. The cost is $10.3 million, and nearly all of the money has been raised through local, state and private funds. This part of the Rail Park is about relaxation, entertainment and community gathering as much as it is about walking. There will be benches, trees, flowers, art from the Percent for Art program and industrial swings modeled somewhat after the makeshift swings built on... Read more

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Webinar

The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting a webinar to highlight their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Through this program, the NPS works with local leaders to build partnerships and engage their communities in outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Join them for the webinar to learn how to secure help for your community project. Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in... Read more

Boston Is Now Building Public Parks Under Interstate Highways

​ The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and National Development announced plans for Ink Underground, an urban park that will span eight acres partially under Boston’s Interstate 93. The park will serve as a connector between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods via pedestrian boardwalks, art and cultural installations, and bicycle paths along the channel. Read more... Read more

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

​ Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? The National Park Service (NPS) can help! The NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. NPS’s national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Applications are... Read more

Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

​A $15 million redevelopment of Houston’s Levy Park resurrects a green space that for years was little more than an afterthought. The mid–20th century six-acre park officially reopened in February, 19 months after the park’s reconstruction began. Throughout the day, thousands of people took in a central playground flanked by two large lawns, 30 mature oak trees, rain and community gardens, a dog park, and other elements. All were designed to foster a heavy dose of daily programming such as... Read more

Green Infrastructure in Parks: Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

Public parks offer ideal locations for green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management and have the added benefit of providing sites that engage the public and empower communities to become involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure projects. Presenters in this National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) webinar include representatives from municipal stormwater management agencies and urban park systems who will discuss their experiences with implementing green infrastructure stormwater management projects in parks. Register now... Read more
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