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Parks And Recreation

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  • CitiesSpeak

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, 134 of the nation’s most influential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign,…

A public park.
A public park.
  • CitiesSpeak

Groundbreaking research shows how the design and maintenance of public spaces
can directly impact our civic health.

This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber.

The Assembly Civic Engagement Survey…
photo - Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
photo - Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
  • CitiesSpeak

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Hensley won the unanimous support of the city council when they recently created the document as part of a larger strategy to connect children to nature…

photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
photo - Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights
  • CitiesSpeak

In many cities, one of the most popular services utilized by the community is open space, including parks and playgrounds. Unfortunately, park use is also one of the hardest things for cities to measure.

This is…

photo - How One Park District in Illinois Is Making Smarter Parks
photo - How One Park District in Illinois Is Making Smarter Parks
  • CitiesSpeak

The benefits of public green spaces within, or accessible to, urban areas are much greater than are often immediately understood. Here’s how cities stand to gain from increasing access to parks.

This is a guest…

NYC High Line Image
NYC High Line Image
  • CitiesSpeak

One hundred years ago, lawmakers were considering a radical idea to preserve some of our nation’s most iconic landscapes “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

Indeed, what the founders of the national park idea had in mind nearly…

Jefferson memorial
Jefferson memorial
  • CitiesSpeak

Recognizing the extra burden on families during the summer, and challenges this can pose for maintaining a safe and vibrant city, local leaders are placing increased focus on expanding summer learning opportunities in their cities.

For…

  • CitiesSpeak

This post was co-written by Kellie May. A version of this post appears on the National Recreation and Park Association's blog, Open Space.

In cities across the country, parks and recreation departments are often the go-to resource for…

Healthy eating
Healthy eating
  • Case Studies & Practices
Program Goals

The natural beauty of the landscape in Parkland, Florida has regularly attracted tourists to its green space, lakes, and world-class golf courses. But thanks to a deliberate focus on inter-generational active living, Parkland is…

  • CitiesSpeak

Two developments last week provide opportunities for cities to connect young people to the outdoors and to local history.

For some children, spending time outdoors isn’t as easy as it should be. In many communities, safety concerns and a…

Kid running
Kid running