Parks and health
For decades, 1.13 acres of land on Monitor Avenue in Watts lay vacant, overgrown with weeds and strewn with garbage and broken glass. When plans for a housing development fell through, the prospect of giving local children and their parents a safe,... Read more
From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness details more than 75 innovative features and programs-including 14 case studies-that maximize a park's ability to promote physical activity and... Read more
A quarter-acre inner city playground and clubhouse, Hayes Valley Playground is located in a diverse, community-oriented San Francisco neighborhood. The park's clubhouse is a regular gathering space for residents and provides much needed programming,... Read more
The goal of this white paper is to help inform local planning decisions by discussing the potential benefits of adding green space to an urban area and introducing methodologies for estimating potential greenhouse gas emission reductions.
This report prepared for the Minneapolis Downtown Greening Initiative describes the users, uses and features of successful downtown parks.
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
Too many community leaders feel they must choose between economic growth and open space protection. But no such choice is necessary. Open space protection is good for a community's health, stability, beauty, and quality of life. It is also good for the... Read more