Some of our favorite moments in any urban area are when we are exploring parks. Explore the kinds of amenities public investment in parks can provide communities.
Urban parks and open spaces are the lungs letting the community breathe. For decades municipal parks have ranged from the large, passive open spaces to more programmatic areas in neighborhoods, providing public amenities and a variety of recreational activities. Ultimately, they are the nodes for a community, giving long lasting and invaluable community identity.
But what kind of amenities can public investment in parks provide communities today? Brownfields, empty lots, and underused spaces are now providing local governments and partners new opportunities to connect neighbors and build equity.
Join the Alliance for Innovation, Dale Larsen, Professor of Practice & Honors Faculty, College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University and Heather Wimberly, VP of Operations at Guthrie Green in Tulsa, OK on October 31, for a look at the nexus between urban parks, local governments, and local partners and how Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Oklahoma helped transform a blighted property into a public benefit for a downtown neighborhood.
Recognized by the American Planning Association as one of the Great Places in America for Public Spaces, they write:
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Guthrie Green is an example of the successful conversion of a blighted industrial site into a vibrant urban community space that helps drive economic development in a formerly sleepy downtown neighborhood.
American Planning Association, Guthrie Green: Tulsa, Oklahoma
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