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one facet of its social justice efforts.
By using data-driven metrics and
methodology, these cities are hoping to undo past inequities. In Minneapolis, through the Neighborhood Park Plan, 19 new parks and
135 rehabilitation projects will be
completed. New York City is now
on track to reconstruct 67 neighborhood parks. And, Detroit has thus
far revitalized 40 small neighborhood parks. In each of these cities,
most neighborhoods had not seen
investment for several decades.
City Parks Alliance has studied
how these and other initiatives have
employed data-driven criteria to prioritize investments in parks. Findings are summarized in our report,
Investing in Equitable Urban Park Systems: Case Studies & Recommendations

	

(tinyurl.com/y4mo2ev3), and cataloged on the Equitable Park Funding
Hub (tinyurl.com/y2vydrus). The
hub, developed collaboratively with
the Urban Institute and Groundwork USA, with support provided by
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
includes a series of tools for park
professionals to explore federal, state
and local funding strategies for city
parks and public spaces.
City Parks Alliance documented equity criteria and data sources
that were used to make investment
decisions, community engagement
efforts, methods to track and evaluate programs, and policies needed to
sustain the initiatives.
Key findings that emerged:
*	 Strong leadership is instrumental
in making the case for and imple-

menting the equitable approaches.
*	 Data collection and analysis
must be transparent, reliable and
consistent.
*	 Education at all levels on the
data results is important for
building buy-in.
*	 New laws, voter-approved initiatives, strategic planning and,
sometimes, internal reorganizations are critical to ensuring that
those models are sustained.
*	 Comprehensive tracking must
occur to ensure accountability
and sustained implementation.
We seek to inspire more cities to
replicate this trailblazing work, so
that the essential benefits of parks
and recreation are enjoyed by all.
Julie Waterman is Advocacy Director at City
Parks Alliance (jwaterman@cityparksalliance.org).

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