The Larger Importance of Small Parks

A new book shows that even small parks have the potential to engage social and ecological issues through thoughtful design.

The book, "Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns," is by Ann Forsyth and Laura R. Musacchio.

Erick Villagomez has this review. He writes:

"Small parks play a pivotal role in North American cities by being the main open space for most neighbourhoods. As such they often are arguably the most significant social space within the urban landscape, over and above providing a soft, natural terrain for people to interact with on a daily basis.

Yet, despite their intimate importance to the lives of everyday citizen, their limited size - and often fragmented distribution - puts small parks at the bottom of the open space priority list, behind larger regional parks and conservation areas whose ecological and social merits are clearly understood and respected. "

Villagomez calls the book "an excellent, well-structured read."

Full Story: Designing Small Parks: A Manual for Addressing Social and Ecological Concerns

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