Center for City Park Excellence

Article by Peter Harnick and Alexandra Hipple that appeared in the September 2016 edition of Parks & Recreation magazine.

Off-leash dog parks led the pack in new urban parks, growing by 4 percent in 2015 and 89 percent since 2007, according to The Trust for Public Land’s most recent data on the nation’s 100 biggest city park systems across the country.

Each year, The Trust for Public Land wrangles stats on parks in the hundred most populous cities in the U.S. Want to know the largest city park in the country? Or the oldest? Or the most popular?

Based on in-depth surveys of park systems in the nation's 100 most populous cities, City Park Facts is the most comprehensive source of urban parks data. The report covers park acreage, spending, and accessibility as well as the number of specific types of parks in each city. 

Documentary buffs, grab the popcorn! We can’t wait to watch "10 Parks That Changed America," airing on PBS April 12.

Super-slides and wave pools? Try bioswales and rain gardens. Across the country, city parks are doing double-duty to help control stormwater—and infrastructure’s rarely looked so good.

A new report from The Trust for Public Land that explores the intersection of green infrastructure and parks.

San José, northern California’s largest city and home to many of Silicon Valley’s largest employers, has a large natural and developed park system that provides beauty, recreational opportunities, access to nature, and positive environmental impacts to residents, workers, and tourists alike.

The Swedes have a word with no English equivalent: allemansrätten, “every person’s right” to roam.

A small but significant percentage of city parks are being paid for out of a federal funding source known as the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it is the premier source of direct aid for lower-income city neighborhoods.

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