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Urban Parks InsiderPublished biweekly, Urban Parks Insider aims to provide you with a tailored view of the current hot topics and articles related to parks and urban environments.

How to Build a Park, Community Style!

2018 December Feature How to Build a Park Community Style 410

Explore the Taos Land Trust’s year-long, community-focused process to develop a master plan for restoring the Rio Fernando and helping reconnect the community with the land.

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New Urban Infrastructure Parks

2018 December Feature New Urban Infrastructure Parks 410

A look at three large-scale urban projects that are repurposing industrial infrastructure and how social equity is an important priority in creating these innovative public spaces.

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Tracking the Atlanta Beltline

2018 December Feature Tracking the Atlanta Beltline 410

The BeltLine’s emphasis on social equity aims to improve the quality of life in 45 historic neighborhoods and ultimately connect Atlantans of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Reconnecting Urban Communities with Their Waterways

2018 December Conservation Reconnecting Urban Communities with Their Waterways 410

Urban areas offer unique challenges and opportunities for conserving natural resources and connecting people with nature.

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Active Parks, Healthy Cities

2018 December Feature Active Parks Healthy Cities 410

Many neighborhood parks are underutilized. How can we build better closer-to-home parks? Review some recommendations from the National Study of Neighborhood Parks.

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Drones in Parks: It’s All About Perspective

2018 December Member to Member Drones in Parks 410

Park and recreation professionals are determining how to regulate drones and accommodate public recreation flying in a way that is safe and productive.

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What Happens When Parks and Artists Partner to Advance Equity

2018 December Health and Wellness Waht Happens When Parks and Artisits Partner to Advance Equity 410

Local groups in two communities were given financial and technical support to work with artists to change their approach to building and managing parks for their communities.

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An Unforeseen Catalyst, an Opportunity for Change

2018 December Social Equity An Unforeseen Catalyst an Opportunity for Change 410

New York City is continuing to transform former industrial waterfronts into publicly accessible spaces.

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A Few Safety and Security Solutions for Restrooms

2018 December Operations Restrooms

Providing a safe and secure restroom facility can be a challenge. The good news is that there are innovative and cost-effective methods for achieving all these goals.

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News Stories

12.13.18Top Story

Social equity grows more important to successful urban-park projects

12.13.18Around the Country

Field guide looks at public-space inclusivity in St. Paul, Minn.

12.13.18Around the Country

Bridge offers wildlife safer passage across busy Wash. highway