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National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference

New Orleans French Quarter
The NRPA Annual Conference is the premier annual meeting of the park and recreation community. This national conference is your best opportunity to network with thousands of your peers, learn from some of the top thought leaders in the field, and get insight into innovative practices and programs from other agencies. September 26-28 in New Orleans. Learn more and register... Read more

City Parks Welcoming Their Neighbors

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is working with the communities who live around the park’s northeast border to find out what kind of space they would be most excited to use, in continuation of developing a welcoming environment. Included in this population are immigrants, particularly those from the Caribbean and Latin America. Hester Street Collaborative, a nonprofit that specializes in connecting with communities who aren’t likely to be plugged in via traditional channels such as mailing lists, is helping the Alliance gather diverse... Read more

More than a Few Trees: Parks add Economic and Intrinsic Value to Communities across North Texas

Communities across North Texas are developing at rapid rates. But as populations increase, neighborhoods expand and more businesses move to the area, several parks departments are working to carve out green spaces for residents to enjoy. Since July is National Parks and Recreation Appreciation month, Renee Jordan, chief park planner at Plano Parks and Recreation, took a minute to reflect on the true value of a local park. Read more... Read more

Rating Green Space by Tranquility could Mean Higher Quality Developments

A scientific tool to measure the tranquility of urban environments and public spaces could lead to the creation of better green space in developments, according to its creators. Lead researcher Professor Greg Watts from the UK’s University of Bradford said the Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool (TRAPT) tool could help planners, architects and environmentalists understand the impact of greening measures like trees, hedges or additional vegetation on urban spaces. Read more... Read more

Nearby Nature for Human Health: Sites to Systems

​​While many cities have created rich systems of public parks, presenting residents with ample opportunity to linger in nature, the same cannot be said for all urban settings. That need not be the case. In the report, “Nearby Nature for Human Health: Sites to Systems,” the authors provide a “how to” on creating systems of linked parks and open spaces that can become health support systems, offering opportunities for city residents to be outdoors in pleasant environments. Read report... Read more

New Tool Helps Planners Make a Stronger Case for Parks

​It’s no secret that city parks and green space are good for more than recreation; they’re beneficial to physical and mental health and can even have an impact on climate change. The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund have launched a database to help give the lowly park more political clout. Read more... Read more

From Rails to Trails: Turning Rail Corridors into Public Spaces

The National Trails System Act, adopted in 1983, has helped preserve and restore thousands of miles of rail corridors that would have otherwise been abandoned. Instead, old tracks be can be turned into parks, nature trails, cycle paths and public gardens that offer a much-welcomed green pocket at the heart of fully urbanized communities. Read more... Read more

Vacant Lot Transforms Into Sculpture Park in East Baltimore

Once a dumping ground for garbage, the vacant lot on Homestead Street in East Baltimore is now a beautiful sculpture park. Dubbed The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park, the new installment is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Office Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Sustainability’s Growing Green Initiative’s Lots Alive grant program that supports the creation of temporary public art projects on vacant lots. Read more... Read more
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