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Pedestrians and people on bikes on Atlanta BeltLine multiuse trail

How To Prevent ‘Green Gentrification:’ Lessons from the BeltLine

For one author, the key is focusing on affordable housing from the start.

January 27, 2023 - The Conversation

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Advancing Parks and Recreation with Census Data

Census data are used in a variety of ways that impact parks and recreation, including helping to determine where new parks are built and how funds for park projects and recreation programs are distributed.

January 24, 2023 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

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Outdoor Destinations for the Carless in Los Angeles

Learn about eight L.A. parks that you can reach from Union Station without a car.

January 23, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Rendering of Midtown Connector freeway cap park in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Receives $3.2 Million for Freeway Cap Plan

The federal funding will help move forward planning for an ambitious proposal to cap a downtown Atlanta freeway with a 25-acre park.

January 19, 2023 - Urbanize Atlanta

A rendering of a large park space and public theater.

Harley Davidson Includes Community Park in Headquarters Revamp

Milwaukee is about to get a major community space upgrade thanks to one of its most recognizable hometown brands.

January 12, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

Concrete walking and biking trail winding through trees and bushes

Data-Driven Effort to Re-envision Conservation and Prioritize Vulnerable Communities

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved the 2022 Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+), which focuses on environmental conservation and restoration, regional recreation, and rural recreation.

December 28, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

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How Big Data Informs Park Planning

Data analysis and research by national organizations are helping to ensure equitable distribution and provision of parks and recreational facilities.

December 12, 2022 - On Common Ground

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The Importance of Restoring Degraded Lands in Los Angeles County

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors just approved the Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+), which highlights the need for transforming degraded lands such as landfills and oil fields into parks and open spaces, particularly in underserved communities.

December 11, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

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Using Technology to Advance Park Planning

A variety of new tools can help with community engagement and data collection and analysis for park planning projects.

November 6, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Trail through forested area in Virginia

Virginia Office of Trails Allocated $89 Million

The newly formed agency is tasked with developing and improving trail networks in the state.

October 28, 2022 - The Virginia Mercury

Playground with yellow slides in Rimgrove Park, Los Angeles County

Serving Communities and Advancing Equity Through Parks

Parks are not just for fun and games. They are also centers of community, offering shelter, food, and employment for the most vulnerable.

September 19, 2022 - Fast Company

Rolling green hills in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles

New Parks Needs Assessment Standards in L.A. County

The report contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural needs in Los Angeles County.

September 19, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Los Angeles City Hall

Los Angeles County Launches New Power of Play Initiative

The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation and the L.A. County Parks Foundation are partnering on an initiative to build awareness, support and a safety net to provide vulnerable youth and families access to high-quality programming.

August 8, 2022 - SCV News

Rendering of kayakers on river and people sitting on riverbank in new park

‘Climate-Adaptive’ Park Planned for Ohio River Shoreline

The project aims to slow erosion along the riverbank and restore the formerly industrial area to a more natural state.

July 24, 2022 - Governing

People walking on a concrete pathway at Presidio Tunnel Tops with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background

Presidio Tunnel Tops Links San Francisco Parks Above Seven Lanes of Traffic

Encompassing 14 acres, the project spans a major parkway and includes a two-acre children’s play area, trails, several overlooks, and gathering spaces from picnic areas to a campfire circle.

July 18, 2022 - CNN

Welcome sign for Rock Creek Park, Washington. D.C.

National Park Service Weighs Changes to D.C.’s Beach Drive

The scenic road has been closed to car traffic during the pandemic, but the park service could begin allowing through traffic nine months of the year.

July 13, 2022 - DCist

Empty Parking Lot

Depave Paradise: Reclaiming Parking Lots for Park Space

The promoters of a new park hope to provide a model for how replacing surface parking lots with green space can mitigate urban heat and boost urban biodiversity.

June 7, 2022 - Greater Greater Washington

Green roof in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

How Rotterdam’s Green Rooftops Fight Urban Heat

An elevated park in Rotterdam shows how green roofs can cool cities and create public parks in tight quarters.

June 5, 2022 - Surface Magazine

View of fountain and buildings in Fair Park, Dallas

New Park Coming to Historic Dallas Fairgrounds

A 20-year plan to revitalize a historic Dallas fairground will bring much-needed new green space and multi-use venues to Fair Park.

June 1, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Hopscotch squares on concrete schoolyard with basketball hoop in background

The Social and Economic Benefits of Green Schoolyards

New research suggests that switching from asphalt to green, park-like schoolyards brings economic benefits in addition to public health improvements.

May 26, 2022 - Trust for Public Land

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