Moving Beyond Intent: The Tools to Take Equity into Action


New park organizations have an unprecedented opportunity to redefine what open spaces can be and what they can do in communities. However, they often lack tactical tools to implement equity and community wealth building into park design and operation. So where can they start?

This panel will present a “how-to” process and toolkit to park practitioners for infrastructure reuse projects based on a two-year research project that asks what conditions– social, spatial, political, or economic–must exist to ensure socially just outcomes. Panelists will reflect on their experiences from inception through pilot testing, including feedback of a park organization that piloted the toolkit’s development.


  • Explore the importance of connecting equity and impact measurement in the field of infrastructure reuse and parks and open spaces
  • Learn about a Best Practices Equity Action Toolkit and how to use it as parks practitioners
  • Hear lessons learned while piloting the Toolkit process and tools, as well as examples and results from case studies that may be relevant to your community


Asima Jansveld

Managing Director, High Line Network

Mary Bogle

Principal Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute

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Rebecca Cordes Chan

Executive Director, Friends of the Rail Park