City Parks Blog

January 7, 2015, 8am PST
The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence released a report placing the value of San Francisco's park system at $959 million.
City Parks Blog
May 24, 2012, 10am PDT
A new tool for assessing the quality of the park systems in America's cities was unveiled this week by The Trust for Public Land. Ryan Donahue delivers the rankings.
City Parks Blog
December 8, 2011, 1pm PST
The 100 largest U.S. cities added 120 new parks last year, but overall spending remained largely flat. Approximately half the cities experienced cuts in their parks budgets, forcing departments to defer maintenance costs even as usership grows.
City Parks Blog
December 6, 2011, 11am PST
In declaring Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia a National Monument, President Obama circumvents Congressional approval - which would be required to make it a National Park.
City Parks Blog
November 29, 2011, 2pm PST
In San Francisco, almost one out of every six acres is slated to become parkland in the new urban infill projects in Mission Bay.
City Parks Blog
November 1, 2011, 2pm PDT
Union Station in Washington, D.C. has "about 29 million people" pass through the station each year. An 18-month reconstruction project is in the works to improve walkability and safety for the massive number of visitors.
City Parks Blog
October 26, 2011, 12pm PDT
Pollution has caused the Anacostia River to suffer, writes Ryan Donahue, and efforts to revitalize the area were put on hold just as the recession began. Since then, the District has implemented programs to help restore this neglected area.
City Parks Blog
October 5, 2011, 8am PDT
In Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare just celebrated its "1st Birthday Bash" according to Coleen Gentles.
City Parks Blog
July 6, 2011, 5am PDT
The City Parks blog looks at Santa Fe Railyard Park and Plaza, one of the winners of this year's Rudy Bruner Awards for Urban Excellence.
City Parks Blog
May 17, 2011, 2pm PDT
Ryan Donahue of the Trust for Public Land says that it depends on age, health, time availability, quality of surroundings, safety, climate, and many other factors.
City Parks Blog
July 15, 2010, 11am PDT
City Parks Blog asked Peter Harnik to answer questions about his new book, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, that covers how cities can plan for parks as well as how to create them in 'all built-out' settings.
City Parks Blog
March 19, 2010, 2pm PDT
A string of connected parks laced through cities has been a vision of city planners since the days of Olmsted. Ben Welle of the Center for City Park Excellence has some ideas how that that vision can be implemented today.
City Parks Blog
December 13, 2009, 5am PST
Parks and trails can be used to create low carbon cities.
City Parks Blog
August 19, 2009, 11am PDT
A new report issued by The Trust for Public Land details the park and recreation system acres and facilities of the nation's largest 77 cities. The report shows that Americans are flocking to their city parks more in a down economy.
City Parks Blog
July 15, 2009, 10am PDT
Cities can expand transit service areas by providing convenient access by bike.
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