Park Stories

Avalon Green Alley Network Project

Avalon Green Alley Network Project - green alley view

The Avalon Green Alley Network, located in dense residential neighborhood in South Los Angeles, consists of six interconnected alleys, streets, and sidewalks. Two complete alley retrofits, featuring replicable low impact development (LID) green infrastructure features, improve storm water management and pedestrian connectivity. Pedestrians share these green alleys with vehicles, except in one segment which is car free. New street trees and art alleys, featuring community-based murals, provide additional benefits to the neighborhood.

Better Block Project

Better Block Project. Pedestrians, cyclists and cars all have their lanes in this busy road. A new bicycle lane is full of people and a cyclist in a sit-down cycle turns left across the image into traffic

Better Block Project: A pop-up - Ad-hoc activities and events that occur on non-park public spaces to create social connections, to create needed assets, and to highlight important issues. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Field Guide can be found here.

Boeddeker Park

Boeddeker Park. Children in white shirts and dark pants play on a bright blue and green playground

Boeddeker Park is the largest open space in the Tenderloin. Before the renovation, this 1-acre park was undesirable and unsafe for the 50,000 people that live nearby, but the new community-driven design transformed the space into a safe and inviting space for all. The rebuilt park is a large-scale urban park that includes a state-of-the-art clubhouse, a basketball court, fitness equipment, children’s play area, lawn and plazas for community gatherings, and a garden. Sustainable systems are integrated throughout the project and the park earned 2 stars as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).

Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou - Listen spelled out in large letters freestanding on open grass

Buffalo Bayou: Urban wilderness - Creating unexpected moments of wilderness and reprieve in urban environments. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Field Guide can be found here.

Dance Place - 8th Street Arts Park

Dance Place - 8th Street Arts Park. A young adolescent wearing striped leggings leaps over a crouched child to shoot a basketball.

Dance Place 8th Street Arts Park: Inside/Outside - Reclaimed underused spaces adjacent to cultural institutions, bringing the spirit of the inside activities to a broader community. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Field Guide can be found here.

Governors Island Public Art

Governors Island Public Art. A grey shack on a greey hill overlooking a sparkly body of water at dusk.

Governors Island Public Art: New experience in a historic park - A historic park leveraged to tell new and complex stories about its community. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Field Guide can be found here.

Kiwanis-Methow Park

Kiwanis-Methow Park

The Trust for Public Land has led the renovation of a small park in South Wenatchee called Kiwanis-Methow Park. More than 4,200 people live within a 10-minute walk of the park, which serves predominately low-income and Latino residents. The community had thriving pockets of arts and culture (such as mariachi groups) and an appreciation for the nearby outdoors. By working with local leaders and connecting citizens to resources, the park project sparked a new wave of civic activism that spurred broader investment in the neighborhood.

Louis Armstrong Middle School Park

Louis Armstrong Middle School Park with children playing

The LAMS Sports Complex/Community Playground (designed by the students, staff and community members) now provides a safe place for students and members of the community to go to enjoy sports activities such as basketball, handball, track, soccer, football or volleyball as well as a day of relaxation in the park. This green infrastructure now captures rainwater that once created puddles in the holes of our schoolyard and offers play equipment for our students. The LAMS Sports Complex/Community Playground is also now a part of a plan to have “a park within a 10-minute walk” of every community member.

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Medical Mile (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Medical Mile: A brick colored wall is decorated with phrases like be active, help every child, and be safe.

Medical Mile (Little Rock, Arkansas): Public realm activation - An example of shared programming in multiple spaces to support a larger narrative about the city. Featured as a case study in the Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking. A full version of the Field Guide can be found here.

Memorial Park Conservancy BioCycle Program

Memorial Park Conservancy BioCycle Program construction

The Conservancy’s onsite recycling of soil biology screens stockpiled mulch to produced native, nutrient-rich compost for specific Park projects, resulting in a significant ‘economic win’ for an ongoing capital improvement that was in need of soil amendments to support the ecological restoration of a highly degraded site. Construction activities revealed that the native soil of the Park lacked the necessary nutrients and has a poor structure. The necessary addition of compost for revegetation efforts was critical but costly. By taking advantage of this rich resource on-site, MPC is saving money that can be spent on other enhancements.

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