National Study Visits on Parks and Open Space

In conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which promotes the bold idea that everyone in urban America should live within a ten-minute walk of a high-quality park, ULI is offering 2.5 day National Study Visits to support cities with their 10-minute park access goals. Through these intensive technical assistance opportunities, communities work together with ULI District Councils and national experts, to better understand park challenges and identify strategies to overcome park access barriers and park quality deficiencies.

View the 10-Minute Walk National Study Visit Guidebook

Land Acquisition Strategies for Equitable Park Access in Grand Rapids, MI

From March 25-27, ULI convened a group of member experts in Grand Rapids, MI  for a parks and open space National Study Visit. National experts advised the city and area stakeholders on a land acquisition strategy for equitable park access. Participants were asked to consider several factors, including:

  • The optimal location for new parks to ensure that all existing residents are within a 10-minute walk to the space;
  • Options for size and placement that would have the largest impact on equitable park access;
  • Specific properties that would be ideal for future park space;
  • Consideration of the city’s growth patterns to plan for future parks; and
  • Consideration of land values to guide the budget for future park space acquisitions.

National Experts

Study Visit Chair, Melani V. Smith, Los Angeles Metro and the Sol Price School of Planning at the University of Southern California; Rachel Banner, National Recreation and Park Association; Ryan P. Cambridge, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf; Juan Cano, Cano Development; Darryl Ford, City of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation; Douglas W. Hattaway, The Trust for Public Land; Erin Lonoff, HR&A; and Jon Trementozzi, Landwise.

ULI will share a white paper of the recommendations in the coming weeks.

Achieving Community Accessible Open Space within the Triangle in Lewisville, TX

From March 27-29, ULI convened a group of member experts in Lewisville, TX for a parks and open space National Study Visit. National experts advised the city and area stakeholders on ensuring park access and connectivity for existing and future residents of ‘The Triangle,’ a community bounded by highways and arterial roads. Participants were asked to:

  • Develop clear strategies, tools and next steps so the city can achieve publicly accessible open space within the Triangle;
  • Ensure a focus on producing equitable outcomes that inform the redevelopment, development and connectivity to park access within the Triangle; and
  • Identify equitable community engagement strategies for residents in the Triangle.

National Experts

Study Visit Chair, Cate Townley, Colorado Department of Public Health; Isabelle Domyeko, New Economics and Advisory; Adrian Engel, Fehr & Peers Parks; Clement Lau, County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation; TJ McCourt, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Culture Resources Department; Jared Mummert, National Recreation and Parks Association; Molly Plummer, The Trust for Public Land; James Rojas, Placeit.

ULI will share a white paper of the recommendations in the coming weeks.