From climate change to systemic inequities, increasing crime and economic disparities, the challenges in cities are daunting. Yet city managers and planners have long recognized the many benefits that flow from investment in a robust and vibrant urban parks and recreation system.
Increasingly, city planners and managers realize just how essential parks are in resiliency planning. Cost-sharing across agencies can leverage funds for park creation, maintenance and programming allowing cities to maximize the many benefits of parks to cities and residents.
Take climate change. We know that nature in cities helps keep urban environments cooler and cleaner to improve public health. Parks serve as buffers to rising sea levels, protecting coastal communities–or help conserve water where there is drought. Park and recreation agencies provide frontline services during times of crisis–from food distribution to daycare. We rely on outdoor recreation opportunities as places for solace, stress relief, and enjoyment to get us through turbulent times. Parks are essential resiliency infrastructure.
One of four tracks at this year’s Greater & Greener (Philadelphia, June 18-21, 2022), “Resilient Cities” will showcase how urban parks strengthen municipal resilience planning. In this track’s sessions, we’ll hear from experts about:
Managing urban land for climate resiliency.
Community-based sea level rise adaptation planning.
Parks as community spaces for climate action.
Funding equity for resilient parks.
…and more sessions to be announced soon!
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