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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

Wellston, MO: The Transformation of Trojan Park

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Wellston, MO:  The Transformation of Trojan Park

NRPA partnered with Great Rivers Greenway, the regional parks and trails district in the St. Louis region, and the city of Wellston, Missouri to transform a vacant lot into a vibrant community park through NRPA’s 2016 Parks Build Community initiative. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, Trojan Park was transformed into a high quality and inviting public space.

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2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure

Monday, October 10th, 2016
2016 Report Card for Tennessee

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) TENNESSEE CHAPTER Executive Summary Tennessee, the “Volunteer State,” the “Country Music Capital of the World,” boasts the official slogan, “Tennessee – America at Its Best.” Already, Tennessee has been named “Best place to move to.” What would it take for Tennessee to be known as the “Home of America’s […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Dolesh, Vice President of Conservation & Parks, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Richard Dolesh on The Infra Blog

“The idea of green infrastructure in parks is beautifully suited to the whole notion of community engagement and empowerment…Citizens often feel they don’t have a voice in how their government works and the projects that they commit to and how money is spent, but in the notion of putting green infrastructure stormwater management in parks, it opens up a whole new realm of how and what citizens can do to influence the outcomes of how stormwater is managed.”

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Livability Near High-Traffic Streets

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Measuring traffic

Shortly after the advent of cars, a conflict arose between moving traffic and residential livability. The typical response was to push traffic off residential streets and onto nearby major roads. This line of thinking evolved into a more hierarchical approach to street network design and what are known as arterial roads designed to carry the vast majority of vehicle traffic.

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Disparities in Park Quality and Pedestrian Streetscape Environments

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Disparities in Park Quality, Disparities in Pedestrian Streetscapes

Low‐income and minority populations suffer disproportionately high rates of chronic disease. Accordingly, national and international authorities have made the elimination of health disparities a priority. Many factors can contribute to health disparities, including disparities in the quality of neighborhood environments. For example, having a neighborhood park and pedestrian‐friendly streets may impact opportunities to engage in physical activity – a behavior that can reduce risk of chronic disease.

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Green Infrastructure Improves Communities

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Green Infrastructure Improves Communities

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, NRPA and APA are working to demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure in urban communities. Using parks for green infrastructure is a creative and cost-effective alternative to gray infrastructure that allows nature to filter pollutants from rain water, reduce storm water issues and give communities access to more green space.

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Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Cycling is getting safer as more people ride

In cities that are building protected bike lane networks, cycling is increasing and the risk of injury or death is decreasing. Pairing appropriately-scaled bike share with protected bike lanes increases ridership and is essential to equity and mobility efforts.

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Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation: Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation: Mammoth Cave National Park

This video takes a look at how the U.S. Department of Energy is helping to support a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles at Mammoth Cave National Park, reducing carbon emissions and preserving the park’s natural beauty.

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Using Data to Foster Biking and Walking to School

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Safe Routes to School


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Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

As anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of really relaxing spaces to sit. Public space not only should be inviting, pretty, clean and artistic, but increasingly a place to spend time and sit. And not just sit – but relax, meditate and maybe unexpectedly doze off if you want.

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