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Green Infrastructure in Parks: a Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

 
This guide from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is a kind of “Green Infrastructure 101”. It summarizes the benefits of green infrastructure (GI), including economic, educational, and health benefits. It explains how GI can be less expensive and less difficult to maintain than gray infrastructure — or landscaping strategies that don’t take ecosystem services into account. The guide argues that incorporating GI into existing parks and green spaces provides habitat and ecosystem benefits for animals and plants, while also improving aesthetics and recreational amenities for local residents. It also provides excellent pointers for how to answer common questions about GI, either from concerned residents or potential partners or investors, then lays out the steps for undertaking a pilot project, and includes case studies with examples of successful ones completed in the past. It lists additional resources, including more technical guides, and includes a checklist for imagining what GI features would work best a potential site. We recommend that this guide be incorporated into staff training and used as a tool for introducing GI concepts to interested parties.
 
Citation: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. Green Infrastructure in Parks: a Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement. Vol. EPA-841-R-16-112. Washington, DC: USEPA, May 2017.

Green Cities: Good Health

Website presents research on the effect of nature and green spaces in urban areas on human health and well-being. Users can search through specific research themes and view additional resources. Created with collaboration from University of Washington, USDA Forest Service, and Urban & Community Forestry.

ParkScore

The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore compares cities throughout the U.S. based on how well they are meeting residents' needs for parks. View rankings, specifics of each city, and explore interactive maps.

City Parks Blog

City Parks Blog, a joint effort from The Trust for Public Land, Center for City Park Excellence, and City Parks Alliance, contains information related to the urban park movement. Readers can search by specific urban park issues and sign up to receive email notifications when new posts are made.

Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

A list of the Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights and what its purpose is. Also provides a link to a website for families to gain more ideas about nature activities. This publication was created in collaboration with Chicago Wilderness, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and was funded by USDA Forest Service.

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