Center for City Park Excellence
San Diego's Balboa Park, one of the largest and most cherished urban parks in the country, is at a crossroad, facing challenges of automobile traffic, homelessness, horticultural decline and maintenance cutbacks. Drawing upon user surveys, budgetary... Read more
The Trust for Public Land partnered with the citizens of Hartford to set a strategy to revitalize the city's historic, yet struggling, park system.
This report on Salem, Oregon's park system was created assist in creating the city's 1999 Park and Recreation master plan.
Urban park advocates struggle mightily to create new green space through a precious parcel here and an irreplaceable acre there. But a large swath of existing parkland is given over to the prosaic task of automobile storage, complete with its side impacts... Read more
The Open Space Implementation Strategy was prepared for the city of Waukegan, Illinois, for their Lakefront-Downtown Master Plan.
The park network in Hartford, Connecticut, was once among the nation's best. While strengths remain, the network needs attention to regain prominence. Abundant parkland and an extensive network of park Friends groups could help the city unify park... Read more
Intended for park advocates and professionals, The Health Benefits of Parks: How Parks Help Keep Americans and Their Communities Fit and Healthy makes a powerful case for the ways that parks support and promote healthy lifestyles, particularly in cities.... Read more
This report provides examples of exceptional practices in the cities studied along with a referral to some of the city park facts collected by the Center for City Park Excellence.
Keeping Balboa Park Magnificent in its Second Century PART I: A Look at Management, Fundraising, and Private Partnerships at Five Other Major U.S. City Parks.