City Parks Forum Case Studies



Through symposiums, case studies, briefing papers, technical reports, and a white paper, the City Parks Forum project of the American Planning Association explored the future shape and role of urban parks — and the cities that contain them.

The 23 case studies gathered here began as case problems identified by mayoral fellows at one of six symposiums held around the U.S. from 1999 through 2002. Using program faculty expertise, grant funding, and most of all, considerable community resources, grantees addressed their park challenges in a variety of ways.

Common to all their efforts are the themes of public-private partnerships, community engagement, leadership support, and using parks to address other urban challenges.


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Date Published
Dec. 1, 2002
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American Planning Association

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Alexandria, Virginia: Windmill Hill Park Design
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Buck Boyle Park
Buffalo, New York: Graffiti Cleanup Program
Charlotte, North Carolina: Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Eugene, Oregon: Santa Rosa Park Expansion
Fort Worth, Texas: Trinity Trails Wayfinding System
Honolulu, Hawaii: Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Facility
Jackson, Mississippi: Jackson Metro Parkway and Lake Hico
Kansas City, Kansas: Rosedale Arch Site Improvements
Lincoln, Nebraska: Greenprint Plan Challenge
Louisville, Kentucky: Portland Wharf
Madison, Wisconsin: Penn Park Renovation
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kilbourn Park and the Milwaukee Riverfront
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Peavey Park Community Listening and Visioning Project
Nashville, Tennessee: Park Plan for Bell's Bend
New Orleans, Louisiana: Kids Café Pocket Park
Orlando, Florida: Parramore Park Development
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Nine Mile Run Stewardship Model
Reno, Nevada: Special Events Plaza
Rochester, New York: Cemetery Viability Project
Salt Lake City, Utah: Pioneer Park Revitalization
Toledo, Ohio: International Park Design Charrette
Virginia Beach, Virginia: Princess Anne Commons