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

The Yards Park, in Washington, D.C.

Want to Swim in the Potomac? Army Corps to Study the Possibility

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could soon study how to legalize swimming in the rivers around the nation’s capital—a scenario that would have seemed impossible in the not-too-distant past.

December 27, 2022 - DCist

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New Density Control Measure to Close Some New York Streets to Cars

To encourage recreational walking while practicing social distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the New York City mayor and city council speaker to devise a pilot project to provide for open streets.

March 26, 2020 - CNBC

MLK Drive Philadelphia

MLK Jr. Drive in Philadelphia Closed to Motor Vehicles During Pandemic

The closure will give cyclists and pedestrians a safe roadway to use while maintaining social distancing.

March 25, 2020 - Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

The Yards Park, in Washington, D.C.

Coming Soon to D.C.: Rivers Clean Enough for Swimming

A tremendous open space and recreation addition could be on the horizon for residents of Washington, D.C., but there's still work to do in cleaning the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.

August 30, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

Monument Review: Recreation a Larger Economic Benefit Than Ranching and Timber Combined

Why is the Department of Interior considering a reduction of the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument?

July 5, 2018 - Oregon Public Broadcasting

In New Jersey, Beach Parking Located Right on the Sand

This summer, the seashore town of Wildwood is charging a fee for people with the right cars to park in a very convenient location.

June 11, 2018 - The New York Times


Dallas Skaters Hope for a New Park

Texas cities are home to many half pipes and grind rails, but Dallas lags behind other cities in the region.

March 3, 2017 - Dallas Morning News

Minneapolis, Park, Bossen Field

Changing Tastes Push Minneapolis' Parks From Baseball to Soccer

In a move to address changing preferences, some Minneapolis' parks are slowly eliminating baseball diamonds and tennis courts in favor of adaptable fields and multi-purpose courts.

July 18, 2016 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune

L.A. County's Strategy for Better Park Planning Explained

Los Angeles County's Community Parks and Recreation Plans (CPRPs) are an evolved methodology to process a broad range of data to better site and design community parks. CPRPs are explained by L.A. County park planner Clement Lau

March 30, 2016 - UrbDeZine

Los Angeles River Kayak

Ranking the Best (and Worst) Cities for Recreation

July is "National Park and Recreation Month." To commemorate, WalletHub compiled a ranking system that compares cities by their recreational opportunities.

July 25, 2014 - WalletHub

Sans Litter Ban, Tubers Trash Rivers in Texas

Tubers and tourists had their right to litter protected by a district judge in Texas. What they got as a result was…a lot more litter.

July 11, 2014 - New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

Los Angeles River Kayak

Los Angeles River Visionary Reflects on $1 Billion Recommendation for Revitalization

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced its preference for a $1.08 billion plan to restore habitat in the Los Angeles River, many credited Lewis MacAdams's fight to change the city's relationship with its waterway over nearly three decades.

July 3, 2014 - The Planning Report

Reviewing San Francisco’s Presidio Conversion

The conversion of San Francisco’s Presidio military base to parkland is reviewed by Los Angeles County park planner Clement Lau.

June 10, 2014 - UrbDeZine

Reno: The Biggest Little 'Livable' City in the World

Concerned about becoming a "western Detroit," the city of Reno, built around the gambling industry, seeks to shake off that trademark with new investments in other industries and amenities.

June 21, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

The Roof as Living Room

Washington, D.C. residents are getting creative with their green roofs, writes Sarah Meehan, from keeping bees on them to hosting league bocce games. Even those without roof access might get lucky and have a view of one that's artfully designed.

October 19, 2011 - The Miami Herald

New Ruling Means Greater Access to California Coast

A ruling this week by the California Coastal Commission will allow a dozen new picnic areas and up to five new trailheads, in addition to camping areas for 280 people and new access to the Coastal Slope Trail. The camping will be the first in Malibu.

October 15, 2010 - The Planning Report

Turning a Golf Course into a Public Oasis

National City, CA has only 2 acres of public parks per 1000 residents, as opposed to the national average of 10 acres. A new plan proposes to transform a 44-acre golf course into an innovative new central park.

February 16, 2010 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Fittest Cities in America

Travel + Leisure has released its list of America's "fittest" cities.

January 13, 2010 - Travel + Leisure

Canada's 'Ice War'

Winnipeg and Ottawa are facing off over which city has the world's longest -- and best -- ice trail.

January 9, 2009 - The Globe and Mail

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