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so that we can better determine the
difference that the Catherine Street
Park renovation is making. As we
have seen throughout the United
States, COVID-19 is likely to impact
not only the evaluation of this project, but also the community around
the park far beyond the present time.
The data source for the public
safety and economic data is the
Baltimore City government.
Community Perceptions - According to a Summer 2019 survey
conducted prior to the park's reopening, residents were dissatisfied with
each park space on a number of fronts
- from the quality of amenities to
the lack of programming opportunities for the community (see Figure 2).
NRPA is still determining when
to safely conduct surveying given
current public health challenges. In
the final summer of community data
collection, July 2023, we will conduct
longer interviews with community
members to give us a richer understanding of the renovation's impact.

NRPA, with support from its PBC Research
Partners, is conducting an evaluation of the 2019
PBC renovation project at Catherine Street Park.

Figure 1. Total Violent and Nonviolent Crime Incidents
Catherine Street Park vs. Control Park, Sept. 2017-2019

800
738
700
634
600

617

588

QCatherine Street Park

500

QControl Park

Sept. '17-'18

Sept. '18-'19

Conclusion

Figure 2. Percent 'Extremely Satisfied' among survey respondents
38 responses in Catherine Street Park / 31 responses in Control Park
53%
49%

QCatherine Street Park
QControl Park

48%
41%
37%
31%

32%
27%
23%

22%
18%
11%
4%

Presence
of other
kids

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It is too early to know the renovation's
impact on the health, public safety
and economics around Catherine
Street Park, but the increases we have
seen thus far in children's physical
activity are promising. NRPA will
update this report on an annual basis
to inform all stakeholders of our latest
data and conclusions.

Availability Presence of
General
Play
of open supervision/ cleanliness equipment
spaces
staff
for kids

| J U LY 2 0 2 0 | P A R K S A N D R E C R E AT I O N . O R G

Programs

6%

Fountains,
restrooms

Kevin Brady is NRPA's Senior Evaluation
Manager (kbrady@nrpa.org). J. Aaron
Hipp is Associate Professor of
Community Health and Sustainability in
the Department of Parks, Recreation and
Tourism Management at North Carolina
State University (jahipp@ncsu.edu).
William Beam is a Graduate Assistant in
the Department of Parks, Recreation and
Tourism Management at North Carolina
State University (wtbeam@ncsu.edu).



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