The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative (BHP) works to engage, inform, and inspire ULI members and partners to do more to advance health.
Parks and open spaces are essential components of resilient, healthy, and equitable communities. In partnership with the Trust for Public Land and the National Recreation and Park Association, ULI is working to ensure that everyone in urban America has the opportunity to live within a ten-minute walk to a high-quality park.
ULI is excited to share information about important upcoming park-related opportunities:
- Urban Open Space Awards: Do you know of any outstanding parks and open spaces that have been instrumental in promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable outcomes? Be sure to nominate these vibrant and catalytic spaces for the ULI Urban Open Space Awards. Submissions will be accepted until March 5, 2018. Learn more.
- Advisory Services panels: ULI is offering one-week Advisory Services panels focused on parks at a cost to sponsors of $25,000 (a typical panel costs $130,000). Learn more and be in touch at [email protected] if you are interested in exploring this opportunity.
- District Council Engagement Grants: ULI will offer $5,000 grants to support district council programming focused on parks and open space, such as convenings, research, and communications. Only U.S district councils will be eligible. Stay tuned to learn more.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is offering technical assistance grants to city parks departments to help them set and attain park goals. Learn more about these opportunities in an upcoming NRPA webinar on February 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Register for the webinar here.
ULI is partnering with Smart Growth America to host the conference Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets in Nashville, Tennessee, from Tuesday, April 3, to Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The conference will explore opportunities to create streets that reflect local arts and culture and that work better for everyone who lives, works, and travels along them. Lessons from ULI’s ongoing Healthy Corridors Project will be a key theme at the conference. Learn more.
- APA Issues Healthy Communities Policy Guide: The American Planning Association has developed a guide that identifies policy ideas for elected officials aimed at improving community health and quality of living through planning. The Healthy Communities Policy Guide addresses challenges derived from the built, social, and natural environment; provides policy recommendations; and helps policy makers integrate health considerations into planning processes and outcomes. Learn more.
- Upcoming Summits to Explore Creative Placemaking: Between March and October 2018, Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Denver; Newark, New Jersey; Charleston, West Virginia; and College Park, Maryland. The conferences, hosted by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and ArtPlace, will bring leaders together to explore topics including public safety, gentrification, equity, and economic development. Learn more
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