We have a park, but need to increase use.

Parks have the potential to improve health, strengthen communities, and connect people to nature . . . but only if people go! Unfortunately, most neighborhood parks are underused. Well-used parks provide greater benefits to their community, feel safer, and are much more likely to have vocal constituency to support them.

There is no single “right” way to activate a park, and each community is different. However, recent research studying park use in parks across the country has identified some the most consistently successful strategies for increasing park use.

Two girls on a track race towards the camera.
Image credit Jenna Stamm