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Creating Sustainable Community Parks, 2nd Edition

2010
Authors: Jessica Sprajcar
Outlines the benefits of enhancing the natural resources in local parks and other landscapes, to maintain these areas in a sustainable manner, and to provide a step-by-step guide to help staff and volunteers achieve those results. It is directed primarily towards those charged with the design and maintenance of parklands, retail centers, housing developments, industrial parks, schools and other land uses, although the principles outlined in the book could also be used by individual homeowners.
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Creating Sustainable Community Parks and Landscapes: Case Studies

A collection of case studies based on sustainable park management strategies.
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Duff Park and Trails Case Study

Authors: Betsy Aiken
This is a case study of Duff Park, which came into being via a partnership between the state, Murrysville, multiple community organizations, and various individuals. The park now includes a nature preserve containing an important old-growth deciduous forest and five miles of trails.
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Exploring the Active Lifestyle: An Outdoor Industry Foundation Consumer Outreach Report

2004
Organizations/Sources: Outdoor Foundation
In its efforts to grow participation and the success of the outdoor industry, OIF commissioned harris Interactive to conduct a consumer research study that will provide information to develop an action plan to increase participation in human powered outdoor activities.
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Financing Municipal Recreation and Parks

2005
This comprehensive resource guide is designed to help staff and volunteers responsible for managing municipal recreation and parks services wade through the maze of financing possibilities.
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From Lawn to Meadow: Protect Water and Provide Habitat While Saving Money

2017
Authors: Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Converting areas covered by turf grass to meadows can be financially rewarding and relatively simple on both public and private land. It can also deliver substantial environmental and aesthetic benefits.
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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 in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

2017
Organizations/Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This guide is intended to encourage partnerships between park agencies and stormwater agencies aimed at promoting the use of green infrastructure on park lands. The guide offers information on why partnerships between stormwater managers and parks managers can be beneficial and how you can create such partnerships. The guide presents an overview of green infrastructure and describes practices that can be used to manage stormwater in parks. In addition, you will find information on factors that influence the selection of appropriate green infrastructure practices, such as maintenance requirements.
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Green Infrastructure Opportunities that Arise During Municipal Operations

2015
Organizations/Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This document provides approaches local government officials and municipal program managers (Figure 1) in small to midsize communities can use to incorporate green infrastructure components into work they are doing in public spaces. The guide demonstrates ways in which projects can be modified relatively easily and at a low cost recognizing that municipal resources can be limited.
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Green Principles for Park Development and Sustainability

2011
These are best practices for developing parks that are environmentally sustainable and successful in connecting people to nature, including nature-based stormwater solutions (green infrastructure).
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Hiring Municipal Recreation and Parks Personnel

2009
This resource guide is designed to help staff and volunteers responsible for managing municipal recreation and parks services wade through the variety of financing possibilities.
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Investing in Equitable Urban Park Systems: Emerging Funding Strategies and Tools

2019
Organizations/Sources: Urban Institute
Working from the premise that all residents deserve similar levels of access to good parks—not simply as a matter of right but because of parks’ significant benefits for people’s health, the environment, and other outcomes—this report seeks to understand the multipleways that communities are funding their park systems, paying special attention to parks serving low-income neighborhoods. In our review, we place emphasis on (1)understanding how equity is approached in raising and distributing funds and (2) elevating innovative, emerging models or approaches to funding parks, particularly those that capitalize on parks’ many benefits.
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Joint Articles of Incorporation for the Planning, Development and Operation of "Regional Parks"

2006
Organizations/Sources: Centre Region Council of Governments
Intergovernmental agreement established by the Centre Region COG for the purpose of planning, developing and operating regional and multi-municipal parks.
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Keys to Success Stories in Community Recreation Initiatives

2003
This document is a description of how four regional recreation providers have been able to enhance and develop recreation and park facilities.
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Lardner’s Point Park Greenway Case Study

Authors: Carolyn Wallis
This case study of the Lardner’s Point Park project in Bucks County discusses the initial component of a new public greenway along the North Delaware riverfront and the collaborative efforts of local and state resources involved in the funding and planning of the project.
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Managing Natural Resources: A Guide for Municipal Commissions

2008
Authors: Bill Elmendorf
This publication is a guide to municipal land use planning. It covers topics that include tree commissions, public landscaping, stormwater management and reclamation of vacant lots.
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Mental Models That Block Strategic Plan Implementation

Authors: Jon Kohl
Organizations/Sources: reflections.solonline.org
This article will illuminate mental models that may interfere with strategic plan implementation by looking closely at one example: the park systems.
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Multi-Municipal Cooperation for Recreation and Parks

2006
This publication provides a foundation on the basic concepts of public recreation and parks services in Pennsylvania. It also covers the demographic, environmental, social and other issues that face our municipalities and impact the provision of recreation and parks services.
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Municipal Recreation Programming

2008
This handbook is organized so that your municipality can more easily understand the elements that go into offering community recreation programs. It focuses on how to plan and implement municipal recreation programs, not how to conduct and supervise individual activities.
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Outdoor Nation Special Report: Barriers to the Outdoors

The first in a series of Outdoor Nation Special Reports, The Outdoor Foundation's Barriers to the Outdoors, provides insights from a growing community of 'Outsiders,' which represents youth ages 13-30, that have come together to influence America's outdoor programs, policies and products.
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Pennsylvania's Mowing Calculator

2016
This calculator has been created for public and private land owners who regularly care for lawns. This tool calculates fuel, dollar, greenhouse gas (GHG), and other savings associated with changing current mowing practices.
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Policy for Accepting Recreation and Park Facilities into the Regional System

1988
Organizations/Sources: Centre Region Council of Governments
Policy for Accepting Recreation and Park Facilities into the Regional System
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Recreation and Parks Board Handbook

2005
Written for advisory board members, this guide helps move advisory board members towards that perfectly functioning board.
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Resource Guide for Planning, Designing, and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks

Parks have long played an integral role in community landscapes. As open green space becomes more scarce, public park agencies have new opportunity and reasons to work with other departments and agencies to utilize protected public green space in innovative ways. Designing new or existing parks to manage stormwater using green infrastructure principles is an ideal way to realize many of these benefits. Green stormwater infrastructure installations can be used to revitalize existing parks or enhance the design and functionality of new parks.
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Safe Storage and Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals

Organizations/Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Fact sheet highlighting the hazards and storage practices of pool chemicals.
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Save Your Park and Recreation Department: Reference Material

2014
This publication is a compilation of articles and research materials addressing the value of parks and recreation departments.
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Smart Collaboration: How Urban Parks Can Support Affordable Housing

2009
Authors: Peter Harnik and Ben Welle
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
This paper focuses on the role mixed-income infill housing and a network of parks can play in increasing city density, increasing access to parks for residents of all income levels, and strengthening cities. Key findings include: States can promote or reward the construction of affordable housing through the offer of funding for parks; cities can integrate the planning and creation of affordable housing and parks; private developers can build compact developments that allow for walking, affordable housing, and parkland; and community development corporations can expand their work beyond housing to include parks.
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The Excellent City Park System: What Makes it Great and How to Get There

2003
Authors: Peter Harnik
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
This report helps to create a framework for understanding how cities create and support successful parks. The Excellent City Park System builds on measures of park system success first introduced in Peter Harnik’s Inside City Parks in 2000. This volume enlarges the number of cities gauged against those measures to 55 as it introduces new concepts of what makes a park system great.
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Top 10 Best Green/Sustainable Practices for Recreation and Conservation Sites

List of best practices to ensure that parks and recreation sites and environmentally sustainable.
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Top 10 Stormwater Best Management Practices for Parks

List of effective nature-based stormwater management practices including riparian buffers, pervious pavement, trees, and bioswales.
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Trails, Parkland, and People: Montgomery County Open Space Report

2015
Organizations/Sources: Montgomery County Planning Commission
This report is the result of a collaboration between Montgomery County’s open-space board and parks, trails, and historic sites advisory board. The two boards have reviewed the network of publicly available park, trail, natural, and historic assets in Montgomery County and identified opportunities to expand, enhance, protect, and connect those assets. The recommendations presented in this report are consistent with the goals and actions put forth in Montgomery County’s Montco 2040 comprehensive plan and are intended to provide the county commissioners with useful strategies as they consider and prioritize future open space opportunities, expenditures, and programs
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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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