matt.moffa asked a question
How to create accessible, multigenerational river access?
We are doing some work on a trail through a riparian environment in Vermont, and are very focused on making the area multigenerational, and accessible to all, regardless of abilities. Does anyone have any recommendations, or know of any existing guidelines?
Do you have experience creating accessible, multi-generational access to sensitive riparian or other natural environments? What barriers emerged? What were your major takeaways? Were any resources on the topic particularly helpful?
Cara Rudelson asked a question
Looking for a safety training video or PowerPoint for general grounds maintenance on boarding...anyone have anything to share?
Jared Mummert asked a question
How are you advancing equity in your city?
Comment below with your answer. Then, check out our new learning series videos to see how your peers are incorporating equity into their work!
10-Minute Walk Learning Series
Molly asked a question
I know our commitments are due by the end of the month. Can you reclarify what format you would like these in? Thank you!
Hi, Molly. Thanks for your question! Commitments will be submitted as a part of the midterm report. The report questions will walk you through the 10-MW framework and produce a 3-5 sentence commitment.
Akosua asked a question
How have other cities managed building a successful park coalition with multiple partnerships and competing interests?
Hi, Akosua! I hope we were able to answer your question during the Q&A session. Thanks for posting!
Is there are link to the webinar recording that could be posted?
Yes! Here is the recording: https://youtu.be/Mc1LJHQJqCI?list=PL3-Qjkytw6LrObPpthValVmGMGjRQRgg8
Jared Mummert asked a question
Who is in your park coalition? How do you form successful partnerships?
This month the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series is exploring partnerships and coalition building. We want to know how the 10-Minute Walk cities do it. Let us know in the comments!
The live virtual 10-Minute Walk Q&A Session on this topic will be this Thursday (6/21) at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Leave us your burning questions on partnerships in the comments!
You can register here:
Stephen Schenkenberg asked a question
Does your conservancy have a brand/marketing partnerships policy?
As our nonprofit parks conservancy in the Midwest gains more visibility, we are receiving more requests from area businesses to form short- or longer-term brand/promotional partnerships. Short term meaning a one-day in-store promotion with proceeds benefiting us; longer term meaning proposing a specific product that would connect with our conservancy. We are wondering if other conservancies have found success in creating a policy of some kind to assess requests like this that come in. Thank you. — Stephen
iamjessklein asked a question
Where do I START?
I see so many resources here, is the best way to dive in and make a group for my 10 minutes away park?
The Pathways section is a good place to start. The questions & answers provide a guide through some information without dumping it on you all at once. https://www.parkology.org/ParkHome?showQuestions=true
Parkology asked a question
Do you know how many people are using your parks?
Not your community centers, not the parks with gate fees, ALL of your parks. Why are we not drawing on existing data to understand how busy our parks are? The tiny computers we all carry around both collect and report how busy everything else is (such as the wait time at my favorite brunch place). How can we tap into big data to better manage parks and user experience? @Ryan Mottau asked in our ideas section for one of our pathways here: https://www.parkology.org/ParkIdeaDetailPage?idea=08746000000h3GIAAY
Parkology asked a question
How long of a walk is your closest park to home?
Let us know!
I have about 4 playgrounds within a 15 minute walk from my apartment (or about 25 minutes if my toddler is walking :)
rbanner asked a question
A 10-Minute Walk city recently asked us this question and we could use more examples! Have you created an equity-based prioritization model for park planning and/or capital improvement plans?
We'd love some examples from from all sizes of cities -- large urban to suburban.
Great question! Minneapolis and San Fransisco come to mind - they are both great and detailed models! https://www.minneapolisparks.org/about_us/racial_equity/ http://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/PROSAC-memo-Equity-Aug-2016-1.pdf
jnguyen asked a question
Data on injuries that occur in parks
I'm thinking about indicators to measure the safety of a parks system and wondering if data on non-transportation related injuries that occur in parks is collected at the local level. This could include intentional or unintentional injuries that are the result of falls, slips, violence, or other causes. Ideally the data would reflect the location (or park) and type of injury that occurred. Is this information collected by any parks agencies, hospitals, or other entity?
I think the National Health Interview Survey captures this to some extent. I'd appreciate any other ideas, especially ones that might be more approachable to a non-technical audience. Thanks in advance!
jnguyen asked a question
Hi, does anyone have examples of indicators or methods for evaluating an entire park system? (as opposed to individual parks)
Additionally, has anyone seen examples of how information collected using a park assessment tool, such as the Community Park Audit Tool (CPAT) https://activelivingresearch.org/sites/default/files/CPAT_AuditTool_v3.pdf, can be effectively presented if the assessment is conducted for multiple parks within a city?
This whole area is evolving, but let me suggest a few places to start: 1. The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore methodology might be helpful. We look at Park acreage, access, investment and 4 amenities. http://parkscore.tpl.org. 2. New Yorkers for Parks have developed a good set of criteria that are probably more actionable and can be rolled up into a city-wide score vs. the Active living research form (which looks great but is very detailed) -Visit their 2016 scorecard on community initiative parks: http://www.ny4p.org/research/report-cards/NY4P_Report_Card-CPI2016.pdf 3. SOPARC is a standard that helps capture phyiscal activity- both the City Park Alliance and the Trust for Public Land have used it. See http://www.cityparksalliance.org/why-urban-parks-matter/national-study-of-neighborhood-parks 4. NRPA has a certification program for public park agencies that includes elements of park evaluation - http://www.nrpa.org/certification/accreditation/CAPRA/
Thanks, Charlie! This gives me some good ideas to start with.
I would also look into the Neighorhood Parks usage study here: https://www.cityparksalliance.org/why-urban-parks-matter/national-study-of-neighborhood-parks
drouse asked a question
I have received an inquiry from Steve Stycos, a city council member in Cranston, RI, regarding minimum size dimensions for dog parks. They have a 100' x 120' space they want to use for this purpose. Does anyone have info I could share with Steve?
@Charlie McCabe @Tom McCann Do either of you have information that David can share with Steve?
Hi @David Rouse - smaller dog parks are being built more and more as denser cities seek places to accomodate dogs and their owners that live in built up well established neighborhoods. I'd point you to folks at RUFF (responsible urbanites for fido) in the North End of Boston who worked with the city to repurpose a small multi-level park space as a fenced in dog park with about the same dimensions. They just opened their permanent site and raised funds for the bulk of improvements. They have fencing, artificial turf, irrigation and disinfectant systems and play features as well as a tight knit group of volunteers that really take care of the park. We'll be writing up a story on them soon, but you can reach them at www.ruffboston.org
andrewgill asked a question
Insight on outdoor fitness equipment...
We at Pease Park Conservancy (ATX) were recently awarded a grant from a local healthcare provider to replace three outdoor fitness equipment pieces. Currently, we have a chin-up bar, push-up bar, and sit-up bench. The grant will allow us to replace the equipment and make modest landscape/site improvements. We are in the process of addressing any site requirements (i.e., ADA and surfacing) with the City of Austin, but we would really appreciate any insight on reputable outdoor fitness equipment vendors and/or insight on preferred equipment. We are hopeful to engage members at the nearby senior center, but would be interested in understanding what has been successfully, or unsuccessfully, installed at other parks. Further, we are interested in learning more about programming the space after installation. The site is adjacent to the University of Texas, a city senior center, and numerous urban core neighborhoods. Thanks!
Hi - the Trust for Public Land has been very involved in creating Fitness Zones in a number of city parks across the US. The equipment allows for a wide variety of users - from young to seniors to use them despite any issues with mobility or range of motion. We'll work on getting some more details for you, basic information is available by searching for "fitness zones" on tpl.org. Thanks!
Andy, still working to get more info, I'm waiting to hear from our staff in Miami as they have some specific expertise I'd like to draw on....
Sorry for the delay - we generally use equipment from one of these vendors - Greenfields, Landscape Structures, and Kompan. Still working on getting specific inptu from our Miami project manager, she's built 25 in Miami parks....
Thank you Charlie! Since my post, we've begun discussions with the nearby Senior Center. We are interested in polling their members and staff about what sort of equipment they'd utilize and how they might create a programming plan for this enhanced area. We'll report back soon!
Another popular manufacturer is PlayWorld - https://playworld.com/fitness-wellness-products
Charlie.McCabe asked a question
Looking for Organic Practices in Parks
We (the Trust for Public Land) are looking for organizations and individuals that we can speak to regarding organic management practices in public parks. Thus far, we've only found one that is completely organic - the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston and a number of cities that are on the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) plan to an Organic first plan. Among the cities and parks we know are Durango, Carlsbad CA, Irvine, Edmonds WA, Tacoma, San Juan Capistrano, South Miami, Klyde Warren Park (Dallas) and The Esplanade Association, Boston. We're looking to obtain lessons learned, best practices and challenges. Thanks!
natalie.garcia asked a question
Is there anything you can do or suggest to help us save the park?
A local municipality is trying to take about 100 acres of park land to construct a building. Some of us in the community have been trying to fight this, but we are at a point where we need help to save this park.
@Jayni Rasmussen @Kevin Roth @Kevin O'Hara from NRPA received a similar question to this last week, if anyone else has similar experiences please answer below.
A couple of first steps to recommend: 1) First, most states have some level of protection for public lands and what steps must be taken to allow that land to be "alienated" or made available for uses other than public park usage. Check to see what steps must be taken. 2) Your city probably has this knowledge baked into a local ordinance or code that they must follow. Just asking questions via a letter, in a public meeting, or better of the parks director is a way to ensure that this process is triggered. 3) Generally, most cities do not have enough parkland based on the 10 minute walk campaign that both the Trust for Public Land and NRPA are sponsoring. There should be no net loss of parkland. Stating this repeatedly and in public is often enough to make public officials think twice.
natalie.garcia asked a question
Is there research on the safety of overhead utility lines in proximity to recreation resources?
There is a reconstruction project adjacent to a utility easement and residents have expressed concern over its potential danger. Any help in locating appropriate resources would be greatly appreciated.
@Charlie McCabe received this inquiry a few months ago from a Midwestern city, if you have any additions or experience please answer below!
Answer: This issue comes up every now and then, and is usually addressed by one of the following articles, one is about trails, the balance are more about EMFs in detail: http://www.americantrails.org/resources/land/PowerLineBC.html - Safe management of power line trails on americantrails.org https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2014/09/01/do-high-voltage-power-lines-cause-cancer/#65b4597c6497 – Do high voltage lines cause cancer? (Forbes Magazine) National Institutes of Health – EMFs - https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/emf/ National Cancer Institute - https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet That said, overhead power lines can be unsightly and people don’t like them in and around neighborhoods as a result.