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Tech Tools for Park Selection and Planning

Presenters from The Trust for Public Land will share their Climate Smart Cities decision support tool and their ParkServe platform and its access impact mapping tools, which provide data and decision support for cities around the country. Climate Smart Cities arms communities with climate-related data and maps for park system planning and advocacy that identify where to invest to create more resilient park systems. The ParkServe platform provides users with nearly 130,000 park locations in roughly 14,000 municipalities around the country with the ability to analyze the ten-minute walk access to those parks. Users can determine where future parks will provide the services to neighborhoods most in need. Together these tools provide baseline information on demand for recreation access and the locations, type and use of nearby parks and open space.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Montgomery Parks will present a new GIS tool used in the Energized Public Spaces (EPS) Functional Master Plan that analyzes walking access to public space experiences. The resulting platform provides a measurement of amenity experiences supplied compared to the population served in each part of the County. This tool enables an objective comparison of service levels for different communities. The methodology recognizes that all parks aren't created equal for everyone. It defines what types of experiences are needed and where, supporting and encouraging an equitable distribution that serve all ages and abilities.

Session Presentation Slides

Slide Deck: Tech Tools for Park Selection and Planning


  • Learn a methodology to prioritize parks and recreation areas for resource allocation promoting social equity in urban areas.
  • Learn how to measure and map access to park experiences.
  • Learn how to balance and visualize shortages in three major park experiences categories: active, contemplative and social gathering.