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Help build the "Seeing Parks in a New Way" Library!


"Seeing Parks in a New Way" is a page in the Health in Parks Brochure that encourages forward thinking. This is a great place to share research or other documents about emerging trends and ideas for health and wellness through parks and recreation programs.

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Please send your recommended additions to with the following:

  • A brief summary about the key findings, why you recommend this item, and the library category(ies) the item would best fit.
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Title Summary
Community-Based Participatory Research

This report combines lessons and best practices from around the country with insights drawn from six case studies set in California. Background and context are provided, along with promising practices, sample resources, and tools to assist local leaders in planning their own CBPR-inspired projects.

The Dirt – Uniting The Built and Natural Environments Co-Designing Parks with the Community

This interview with Toody Maher, founder and director of Pogo Park, describes the efforts to transform a community in Richmond, known as the Iron Triangle, through community involvement.

This article also discusses What Works and Park Access in California.

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

This report describes how green infrastructure can enhance park design, utilization, reduce maintenance costs, and provide economic and environmental benefits.

Local Government Officials’ Perceptions of Parks and Recreation

Learn about how local government officials from outside the park and recreation sector currently view park and recreation services compared to other city services. Consider what perceptions may need to change, and how.