your community. your parks. your voice.

“Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They define the shape and feel of a city and its neighborhoods. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Access to parks and natural amenities is the foundation of great places–they are what attract people — and investment. Most importantly, public parks can provide rich and equitable opportunities for all residents. Mecklenburg County needs to plan for our future that will include easy access to parks.”

Darlene Heater – Executive Director, University City Partners

Parks not keeping pace with Charlotte growth
UNC Charlotte
https://ui.uncc.edu/story/mecklenburg-parks-hurt-lack-funding

Why Parks and Recreation are Essential Public Services
National Recreation and Park Association
https://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Advocacy/Resources/Parks-Recreation-Essential-Public-Services-January-2010.pdf

State and local parks facing budget cuts
WBTV
http://www.wbtv.com/story/10446283/state-and-local-parks-facing-budget-cuts/

Park and Rec cuts mean fewer summer options for families
WCNC
https://www.wcnc.com/article/news/local/park-and-rec-cuts-mean-fewer-summer-options-for-families/275-374064442

Mecklenburg parks rank last nationally. Advocates have a plan to change that.
Charlotte Observer
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article224630420.html

Charlotte Talks: Mecklenburg Parks at the Bottom of National Rankings, New Parks Director Weighs In
WFAE
https://www.wfae.org/post/charlotte-talks-mecklenburg-parks-bottom-national-rankings-new-parks-director-weighs#stream/0

County leaders, It’s time to invest in parks and greenways!
Sustain Charlotte
https://www.sustaincharlotte.org/county_leaders_it_s_time_to_invest_in_parks_and_greenways

Mecklenburg County Park Value Report
The Trust for Public Land
https://www.tpl.org/mecklenburg-county-park-value-report#sm.0000wkw3yyh3af5lwx42g4ofcsi49

Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America (Charlotte is ranked #62)
https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072/

Why are parks important to cities?
City Parks Alliance
https://www.cityparksalliance.org/mayors-for-parks/why-are-parks-and-lwcf-important

Why urban parks are essential infrastructure
Governing
https://www.governing.com/gov-institute/voices/col-urban-parks-essential-infrastructure.html

Mayors get it: Parks are problem-solvers
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/mayors-parks-problem-solvers

The best – and worst – Cities for park systems in America (Charlotte is ranked #97)
Patch
https://patch.com/us/across-america/best-worst-cities-park-systems-america

Active Parks, Healthy Cities
City Parks Alliance
https://www.cityparksalliance.org/storage/documents/active-parks-healthy-cities.pdf?pdf=aphc-report

Access to parks, open spaces in your community can be a health factor
UCLA
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/public-health-experts-find-poor-neighborhoods-lack-access-to-parks-open-space

The importance of local parks
Perfect Mind
https://blog.perfectmind.com/the-importance-of-local-parks

The fight to preserve urban parks for people
Next City
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/city-parks-alliance-saving-urban-parks-from-development

Nation’s mayors launch groundbreaking 10-minute walk to a park campaign
The Trust for Public Land
https://www.tpl.org/media-room/nations-mayors-launch-groundbreaking-10-minute-walk-park-campaign#sm.0000wkw3yyh3af5lwx42g4ofcsi49

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission, Priority needs and funding analysis Jan 2019
Mecklenburg County
https://www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec/InsideTheDepartment/Documents/PRC%20Minutes/2019_Feb%20PRC%20Budget%20Priorities%20and%20Resolution.pdf

Our cities need more green spaces for rest and play – here’s how
The Conversation
http://theconversation.com/our-cities-need-more-green-spaces-for-rest-and-play-heres-how-28271

10 Ways that parks and playgrounds benefit the community
May Recreation
https://info.mayrecreation.com/blog/10-ways-that-parks-and-playgrounds-benefit-the-community

Importance of Parks and Recreation
Eastern Kentucky University
https://recreation.eku.edu/importance-parks-and-recreation

2019 NRPA Agency Performance Review
National Recreation and Park Association
https://www.nrpa.org/publications-research/research-papers/

How large parks complete cities
The Nature of Cities
https://www.thenatureofcities.com/2017/03/27/large-parks-complete-cities/

Websites Worth Following?

https://www.cityparksalliance.org/index.php

https://www.nrpa.org/

https://www.thenatureofcities.com/

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