City Parks Forum Briefing Papers
The City Parks Forum is dedicated to providing information on how healthy parks are fundamental to many aspects of community prosperity. These include improving economic health and vitality, reducing crime, improving public physical and mental health, creating a strong sense of community, supporting overall quality of life … the list is quite long. All these issues are important to communities across the country, and to those both in and outside the parks profession.
While these benefits are understood broadly, they have not been compiled and presented in a way that explicitly shows these relationships. The City Parks Forum has produced a series of briefing papers on “How Cities Use Parks For …” to meet this specific need. Our hope is that this series helps to support mayors, their parks advisors, private sector parks advocates, planners, and others in promoting parks and ensuring an urban parks legacy across the country.
[NOTE: By clicking on the link for each of the subjects 1 – 11, you can go to the webpage containing the briefing papers for that subject. There is also a link to a pdf, which you can print from or download.]
American Planning Association