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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
This guide provides a framework to increase safe and equitable access to parks and green spaces. It focuses on access to parks via active transportation as well as ensuring a high-quality, safe experience within the park itself. The guide includes recommendations to help local decisionmakers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing Collaborative
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
This guide outlines how coordinating affordable housing development with park expansions can help municipal park agencies serve low-income households without raising concerns about gentrification and displacement. It recommends targeting these coordinated projects in transit-rich...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Public Spaces
Parks and natural spaces promote mental, physical, and environmental wellbeing, and many parks departments are leveraging parks and recreational resources to improve health outcomes. This report outlines the benefits of preserving access to parks and green spaces and provides policy...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
This report outlines best practices for effective park development and recommends that cities take inventory of their land assets, prioritize park safety and equity, and regularly engage with the public. It also highlights case studies that have implemented successful park development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania, Texas
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
Parks enhance communities by promoting physical, mental, and social health. This guide outlines the 'complete parks approach', which helps local governments promote parks improvements by engaging communities who have historically been overlooked during parks planning discussions,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source Building Bridges Across the River
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
The 11th Street Bridge Park will expand pedestrian mobility, incorporate educational resources, and provide a public venue for arts and cultural programming. This equitable development plan outlines the project's community engagement emphasis and highlights its strategies for developing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source United States Department of Agriculture
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources
This guide outlines best practices for converting vacant land into publicly accessible green spaces and parks. It specifically highlights eight "green patterns" or strategies for holding and converting vacant land including establishing temporary green spaces in plots reserved for...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States, Pennsylvania
Source We Conserve PA
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This guide examines economic impact studies of public parks, and finds parks provide many economic benefits to their surrounding communities, including increased property values, increased tax revenues, decreased medical costs due to recreational opportunities, and decreased stormwater...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2006
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
City parks and open space improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities attractive places to live and work. This report examines studies on the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of city parks and finds that many cities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
Over the past thirty years, Milwaukee County Parks has struggled to stay on top of repairs and upkeep, citing the decrease in funding caused by their dependence on falling property tax levy allocations. In response to these challenges, this report explores peer park systems across...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source The Trust for Public Land
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
Philadelphia's park system has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in value, primarily through increased property tax revenues from properties in proximity to public parks and increased sales tax revenues from tourism. This study examines the economic benefits associated with...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Community Development, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Public Spaces
Recreational spaces improve community and individual health, increase home values, and preserve green spaces. However, access to recreational spaces is limited, particularly for low-income communities and communities of color. ProGov21's Recreation Roadmap outlines funding, access,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
When parks are built in historically marginalized areas they can contribute to 'green gentrification' as improved access to natural spaces increases property values and brings an influx of wealthier residents. This guide outlines policy strategies for greening marginalized communities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Health
Over the past several years, shared use has emerged as a promising strategy for creating opportunities for physical activity, particularly in places where recreational space is scarce. Too many cities and towns lack the resources residents need to be active, and finding safe, accessible,...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance permits transitional encampments for homeless individuals on all publicly owned property, and implements regulations regarding encampment management, community outreach, transit accessibility and more. It also outlines encampment permit requirements and allows permits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Public Spaces
Passing a local resolution is one way for communities to promote obesity prevention policies. This report outlines NPLAN's model obesity prevention resolution, explaining how it works and the specific policies it promotes. It focuses on ten areas of improvement: (1) the built environment,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
The city of Lincoln is home to 133 miles of trails and more than 125 parks and green spaces on over 6,000 acres of public land. Lincoln's trail system consistently ranks among the best in the country. Numerous partnerships exist throughout the community to promote and encourage active...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) North Carolina
Source Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County Parks and Recreation Department
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Public Spaces
Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County consolidated their parks departments which reduced costs but maintained quality facilities and services. This report provides an overview of how major changes that followed the merger helped improve community access to sports complexes, and recommends...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Public Spaces
Minneapolis' 20-Year Neighborhood Park Plan provides funding for the restoration, repair, and replacement of deteriorating park assets, and directs capital investments toward historically underserved communities. This report provides an overview of rehabilitation projects and outlines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States, Arizona
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Public Spaces
The City of Phoenix has become a model of Lean Governing, demonstrating the benefits of community revitalization when a municipality enables and encourages the work of creative entrepreneurs, small developers, neighborhood leaders, and community organizations. Along the way, it has...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Washington
Source Clark County
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
Park Impact Fees (PIFs) are fees levied on the construction of new residential housing to provide an ongoing source of revenue for park and recreational space development. This guide outlines best practices for implementing PIFs and highlights how Clark County and Vancouver have developed...

Type Ordinance
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Baltimore City Council
Policy Areas Public Safety
This resolution prohibits the City from selling, transferring, or franchising access to the City's water supply system, sewer system, and underground conduit system for cables wires and other facilities. Under this resolution, the city retains its authority to grant franchises or...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Recreation and Park Association
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
This report finds that urban parks reduce air temperatures, air pollution, ultraviolet radiation, and atmospheric carbon dioxide. It recommends preserving and increasing urban tree cover, planting long-lived trees, reducing fossil fuel use in maintaining natural urban spaces, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
This guide promotes partnerships between parks agencies and stormwater agencies that prioritize green infrastructure development in parks. It examines the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure, identifies optimal installation locations, outlines funding...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source World Resources Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Public Spaces
Improving access to urban green spaces can promote equity in health, safety, and climate resilience. This report outlines how access to quality green spaces like public parks and athletic fields is often linked to wealth and examines how local governments can improve green space equity...

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