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Benefits of Parks and Recreation

This article identifies and categorizes four benefits of Parks and Recreation: Individual, Community, Economic, and Environmental. Within each category are dozens of specific benefits, which are substantiated by facts, field studies, testimonials and research findings.
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Benefits of Urban Trees

Organizations/Sources: United Nations
Fact sheet outlines the environmental, aesthetic, economic, and health benefits of trees in urban environments.
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City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Municipal Forest Resource Analysis

2008
A cost-benefit analysis of Pittsburgh's street tree program using software developed by the USDA Forest Service called STRATUM, showed that Pittsburgh's 29,641 publicly managed street trees provide cumulative benefits to the community valued at an average of $81 per tree annually, for a gross total value of $2.4 million annually. When the city’s annual $816,400 in tree-related expenditures are considered, the net annual benefit to the city is $1.6 million, or $53 per tree per year.
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Conservation Industrial Parks: Managing for Money Savings, Healthy Employees, and a Clean Environment

This information sheet provides ideas for converting traditional industrial park sites into conservation-oriented spaces using landscaping techniques, renewable energy, and other environmentally conscious design practices.
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Conservation in Urban Communities

2009
Organizations/Sources: Heritage Conservancy
This presentation focuses on conservation efforts in urban communities
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Declining Urban and Community Tree Cover in the United States

2018
Organizations/Sources: United States Forest Service
Scientists with the USDA Forest Service estimate that between 2009 and 2014, tree cover in the Nation’s urban/community areas declined by 0.7 percent, which translates to losing an estimated 36 million trees or approximately 175,000 acres of tree cover annually.
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From Neat to Natural: Township Parks are getting a Green Makeover

2010
Authors: Jill Ercolino
This article published in PA Township News discusses the "green movement" initiative encouraging townships to put aside traditional park designs in favor of more natural settings. By using greener options, townships can protect landscapes, save time and money by minimizing upkeep, and still allow municipalities to provide places for sports, play, and other recreational activities.
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Green Infrastructure Handbook: BMPs in Hartford, Connecticut

2018
Outlines various green infrastructure techniques and their benefits, along with links to other resources. Includes color photos.
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Green Investment Strategies: A Positive Force in Cities

2008
Authors: Susan Wachter
Organizations/Sources: University of Pennsylvania
This research in Philadelphia looks at buyers’ willingness to pay more for property in neighborhoods that have undergone greening. Greening works to transform blighted vacant lots through debris removal, community gardens, and newly landscaped commercial corridors.
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Green Roofs

Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County Planning Commission
Short guide explains the benefits of green roofs and various green roof options.
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Municipal Tree Management

2008
Explains the benefits of urban trees and describes strategies to improve tree cover in communities.
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Mutlple Benefits of Community Gardening

2012
Fact sheet highlights the numerous studies demonstrating the positive impact of community gardens on health, property values, municipal budgets, food security, carbon emissions, and crime rates.
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Quantifying Urban Forest Structure, Function & Value:

1997
This paper reviews research concerning urban forest structure, function, and value, with emphasis on results from the Chicago Urban Forest Climate Project. In 1991, the $59 million in benefits from its trees in energy savings, air-pollution mitigation, avoided runoff and other benefits far outweighed the $21 million in costs of planting and maintenance. It takes between 9 and 18 years to pay back planting and maintenance costs.
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Shade: Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy People

2005
Organizations/Sources: Georgia Urban Forest Council
Businesses that invest in trees realize far reaching and ever growing returns: they increase property value, increase the amount shoppers will pay for products, decrease air conditioning needs, and increase employee productivity, satisfaction and retention. Trees decrease health care costs by luring people outside and encouraging increased physical activity and by providing cleaner, safer air.
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Stormwater to Street Trees: Engineering Urban Forests for Stormwater Management

2013
Organizations/Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Guide to planting and managing trees in urban environments.
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The Determinants of Neighborhood Transformations in Philadelphia, Identification and Analysis: The New Kensington Pilot Study

2005
Authors: Susan Wachter
Organizations/Sources: University of Pennsylvania
Starting in 1995, the New Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia was revitalized with street tree plantings, the planting of grass and trees on vacant lots, and the conversion of vacant lots to community gardens or side yards for adjacent homeowners. The goals were improving the community’s appearance, curbing population loss, attracting new residents, and encouraging reinvestment. There was a $4 million gain in property value through tree plantings and a $12 million gain through lot improvements.
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The Economic Benefits of Cleveland Metro Parks

2013
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
Study finds that Cleveland-area parks and trails enhance property values, provide recreational opportunities, improve human health, attract visitors, and provide natural goods and services such as filtering air pollutants and managing stormwater. Additionally, they support local jobs, boost spending at local businesses, and generate local tax revenue.
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The Economic Benefits of Denver's Park and Recreation System

2010
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
Study calculates the economic benefits of the city's parks, including $18 million net income from tourist spending, $30 million in boosted property values, and $804,000 million in stormwater management savings.
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The Economic Benefits of San Francisco's Park and Recreation System

2014
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
Study calculates the economic benefits of San Francisco's parks, including $431 million net income from tourist spending and $122 million in boosted property values.
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The Economic Benefits of Seattle's Park and Recreation System

2011
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
Study evaluates the economic value of Seattle's parks, related to property value, tourism, direct use, health, community cohesion, clean water, and clean air. The parks generate nearly $20 million in tax revenue, boost property values by $80 million, and save residents $64 million in medical costs.
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The Economic Benefits of the Park and Recreation System in San Jose, CA

2016
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
By providing park areas and access to an array of free or low-cost outdoor activities, such as biking, exercising, exploring nature, gardening, hiking, picnicking, swimming, walking, and wildlife viewing, San José generates numerous economic benefits within the local community. Parks, trails, and community centers enhance property values, provide recreational opportunities, improve human health, attract visitors, and provide natural goods and services such as filtering air pollutants and managing stormwater.
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The Effect of Community Gardens on Neighboring Property Values

2006
Study finds that the opening of a community garden has a statistically significant positive impact on residential properties within 1,000 feet of the garden, and that the impact increases over time. It finds that gardens have the greatest impact in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Higher quality gardens have the greatest positive impact. Finally, it finds that the opening of a garden is associated with other changes in the neighborhood, such as increasing rates of home ownership, and thus may be serving as catalysts for economic redevelopment of the community.
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Trees in a Sustainable Community Park Setting: Enhancing Quality of Life for All

2008
Authors: Jessica Sprajcar
This article, published in Sylvan Communities magazine, provides a snapshot of the information found in the “Sustainable Community Parks” publication, with a specific focus on the use and benefits of native trees.
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TreeVitalize: A Partnership to restore tree cover in Pennsylvania

2009
This presentation focuses on DCNR's TreeVitalize program and specifically how tree planting in urban areas impact water quality
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Why America Needs More City Parks & Open Space

2004
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
This white paper outlines the critical need for city parks, particularly in inner-city neighborhoods. It address the social, environmental, economic, health and community development benefits parks bring to a city and its residents.
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