A Systems Approach to Assessing Parks


What makes a park successful depends heavily on neighborhood context, and assessing a parks system is an important step in making equitable improvements and creating a Complete Parks system. This means making decisions based on data about people’s entire experience with parks—getting to a park, spending time there, safety and maintenance, proximity to quality schools, affordable housing, local businesses, and key services, and more. 

The Complete Parks approach has immense potential to create an inclusive parks system and simultaneously address an array of planning, public health, and environmental issues. This session highlights the benefits of collaborating with other government agencies and community-based groups to conduct a meaningful parks system assessment. Speakers will present sample indicators and metrics, provide guidance for multidisciplinary groups to collect and analyze the data, and share possible strategies for creating a Complete Parks system.

Session Length: 1.25 Hours

Credit: 0.1 CEU

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Gregory Miao

Senior Staff Attorney, ChangeLab Solutions

Gregory works on issues related to active living, healthy housing, water quality, and alcohol control. Drawing upon his experience as a former municipal attorney and planner, Gregory wrote the Complete Parks Model Resolution. Gregory graduated from St. Lawrence University and holds a JD from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in urban and regional policy from Northeastern University.

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